Each year the San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosts a number of signature events for members and the San Joaquin Valley community.
Annual Business Forecast Conference - JANUARY
The Annual Business Forecast Conference aims to better prepare businesses for strategic planning based on economic analysis. The conference features economists to give both a global and regional forecast allowing business owners to mitigate risk by making sound business decisions based on concrete economic data in the coming year. Past speakers include Michael Stead, Director of Capitol Markets for Bank of the West, Jeffrey Michael, Director of the Business Forecasting Center for University of the Pacific and Greenlaw “Fritz” Grupe, Chairman of the Grupe Companies.
Student Financial Aid & College Awareness Workshop - JANUARY
One of the major barriers to attending college in Latino and minority communities is cost and SJCHCC aggressively promotes college access for all through financial aid awareness. As the creator of the Student Financial Aid and College Awareness Workshop, the Chamber and the San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber Foundation work closely to enlist the business community to support the annual program which provide thousands of San Joaquin County students and their families with the information and resources they need to complete the financial aid forms necessary for CalGrants. The program is presented in English and Spanish with volunteers available to answer questions. Workshops are held for parents and students to educate them on the importance of college preparation, financial planning, and financial literacy.
Latina Business Conference - MARCH
The Latina Business Conference was formed in 2001 to champion the unique needs of businesswomen and working professionals. High profile special guest speakers have motivated and empowered attendees to pursue their professional goals for over thirteen years. The event also features a Business to Business Expo Pavilion and Hot Topic breakout workshop sessions.
Small Business & Entrepreneurial Expo - APRIL
A recent addition to the SJCHCC Signature Events, the Small Business & Entrepreneurial Expo was formed in partnership with financial literacy organization, Sus Finanzas, to present a valuable opportunity for small business owners and those considering starting a business about how to learn more about accessing capital and financially preparing their businesses for success. Provides information on the many local alternative economic incentive programs that provide low-cost capital or grants to businesses in San Joaquin County. The Small Business & Entrepreneurial Expo also focuses on grass roots marketing tactics for small businesses and what aspiring entrepreneurs need to consider when starting a business.
Annual Golf Tournament - MAY
The Annual Golf Tournament is an exciting and successful networking opportunity with members, business owners and stakeholders out on the course! The Chamber kicks off the event each year at Elkhorn Golf Club complete with breakfast, lunch on the course and a day full of fun all in support of Hispanic business growth in the Central Valley. The tournament attracts over 250 guests and focuses on strengthening business relationships within the community and fundraising for the small business education programs that assist business owners with technical and financial access.
Annual Business Awards & Installation Luncheon - JUNE
The San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce celebrates companies and individuals who have been committed to promoting a thriving business community in the county at the Annual Business Awards & Installation Luncheon. The annual program also includes the presentation of the new Board of Directors. The event commemorates the formation of the Stockton Mexican American Chamber of Commerce formed in 1972 by a group of business owners and individuals to help raise awareness for local Latino issues. The Business Awards celebrates the Business of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Corporation of the Year, Business Advocate of the Year, Community Based Organization and the prestigious John Aguilar Spirit Award.
Annual Business Procurement Expo - OCTOBER
This comprehensive procurement event pairs government and private agency buyers with small and minority-owned business suppliers and subcontractors. This event is FREE to the general public to attend and features a business expo with purchasing and procurement contacts, several break-out educational workshops, and even an exclusive networking event. Attendees will learn about the importance of certification, competitive requirements, advocacy efforts and the role civic and social engagement can play in procuring contracts.
Business Networking Mixers - MONTHLY
Develop new contacts, get to know Chamber members and build relationships with existing or new customers. Mixers are FREE to members to attend or host and generate new buzz and important contacts for your business. Also enjoy two semi- annual diversity mixers that include the attendance of over 300 connections from over five different area Chambers of Commerce. To view a list of upcoming events and social mixers.