As the end of the year approaches, I’ve found moments to reflect on what we have endured, accomplished, and learned these last two years. COVID-19 has deeply impacted us as an organization, economic community, and cultural community. Since August 30th, south Louisiana has reckoned with the damage inflicted by Hurricane Ida. However, our recent challenges also remind us of our strength, resourcefulness, and capacity to adapt.
The HCCL’s network of sponsors, partners, and members allows us all to share ideas, find solutions, and foster growth to develop businesses proactively. We continue to offer vital networking opportunities, both virtually and in person. Through our ongoing commitment to each other’s well-being, we were able to return mainly to in-person gatherings this year, including our signature events and our 2021 Excelencia Gala honoring exceptional community leaders.
We’ve accepted several recognitions, including the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 2021 Chamber of the Year Award and the CityBusiness 2021 Nonprofit of the Year Award. I’m humbled, knowing these awards result from our commitment to each other and to forward momentum. I’m grateful for the positive results of our advocacy and leadership and as the voice of the Hispanic business community.
Just as the Chamber’s work grows and improves, our contributions through the HCCL Foundation gain ground on the inequities surrounding us. The Foundation’s ongoing training and education programs improve the caliber of our workforce and increase our ability to compete in a rapidly changing economy. The success of our HCCL Foundation programs rests on your support and engagement and on our collective dedication to building a more equitable community.
Over the past two years, I have felt shaken by our uncertainties. I’ve also been reminded of how privileged I am to serve in this capacity with you. I am grateful for this HCCL family. May you have a blessed Christmas and a prosperous and healthy 2022!
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