Open for business: Camino al Exito reaches Hispanic community
It was a great problem to have.
Hispanic Business Council organizers needed to break out more chairs as Wednesday morning’s Camino al Exito got underway inside the Carl Parker Multipurpose Center.
The large turnout demanded it.
The inaugural event delivered in Spanish and dubbed “way to success” featured four speakers and a dozen informational booths.
The Council, which operates under the Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce umbrella, targeted existing Hispanic businesses and future entrepreneurs with a goal of getting them more acclimated to the larger working community,
“We had around 105 people; it went great,” Hispanic Business Council leading manager Raquel Ochoa said. “The four speakers did amazing, speaking on their life stories from the bottom of their hearts. Everybody kept telling me how good the stories were based on their experiences.”
Ochoa hopes to expand Camino al Exito into a yearly event. She would also like to add business trainings and networking events to help Hispanic businesspeople get to know each other and get involved with the Chamber.
“We don’t see in reality how many Hispanic businesses there are in Port Arthur, but there were a lot of businesspeople asking to join the Chamber and get more information to create a new business,” Ochoa said.
“This really helped our business community and those who have a vision of creating a business in the future.”
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