Expanding The Power of U.S. Latinos


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  • 07/18/2017 5:29 PM | TLC Team (Administrator)

    WASHINGTON, July 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Latino Coalition (TLC), the leading national non-partisan advocacy organization representing Hispanic businesses and consumers, issued the following statement regarding health bill collapse:

    "Inaction on health care is deeply disappointing, particularly for the self-employed, who are burdened with the highest health-insurance premiums," said Hector Barreto, The Latino Coalition Chairman and former U.S. Small Business Administrator. "For several years, small business owners have been struggling under a burdensome regulation and unaffordable costs. We need action, and we need action now! Congress must work together to restore the confidence of the vital small-business sector by taking action — if not on health care, then on tax reform."

    ABOUT THE LATINO COALITION- The Latino Coalition (TLC) was founded in 1995 by a group of Hispanic business owners from across the country to research and develop policies solutions relevant to Latinos. TLC is a non-profit nationwide organization with offices in California, Washington, DC and Guadalajara, Mexico. Established to address and engage on key issues that that directly affect the well-being of Hispanics in the United States, TLC's agenda is to create and promote initiatives and partnerships that will foster economic equivalency and enhance and empower overall business, economic and social development for Latinos. Visit www.thelatinocoalition.com.

    SOURCE The Latino Coalition

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  • 06/29/2017 1:22 PM | TLC Team (Administrator)


    Ciudad de Mexico
    -El Mercado hispano es el de mayor crecimiento en Estados Unidos y sus pequenas empresas ya son mas de cuatro millones en el pais, destaco hoy la Coalicion Latina.

    Este Jueves se efectuo en un hotel del centro de Los Angeles la cumbre annual “Oportunidades Economicas,” con asistencia de empresarios latinos, lideres y representantes de diversos sectores.

    “Las pequenas empresas Latinas en Estados Unidos estan generando mas de 700 mil millones de dolares en ventas, y ese numero se va a duplicar en cinco anos, aseguro Hector Barreto, presidente de la coalicion.

    “Asi que lo que en el pasado habria sido una locura, ahora decir que estas pequenas empresas Latinas pueden llegar facilmente a las mas de 16 millones de pequenos negocios latinos sera un hecho en unos anos mas,” senalo.

    “Estamos en una ola de crecimiento impresionante y se confirma que es el sector de mayor crecimineto en la economia nacional,” resalto Barreto.

    “Los negocios latinos son claves e importantes para la economia nacional,” anadio Barreto, quien  destaco que esta cumbre abre la posibilidad de acercar herramientas a estos negocios, no solo para empezar, sino para crecer.”

    Tambien, se tiene oportunidad de encontrar gente para asorciarse y hacer negocios, asi como lideres importantes de los gobiernos federal, estatal, local regional, explico Barreto.

    En entrevista por separado, el Consul de Mexico en Los Angeles, Carlos Garcia de Alba, considero que entre la comunidad Mexicana es necesario crear una cultura empresarial entre los latinos.

    “El consulado ha puesto enfasis en esto. Necesitamos que los paisanos poco a poco incorporen en su codigo mental que no solo sean Buenos trabajadores, sino que tambien piensen en ser pequenos empresarios que creen patrimonio y empleos,” dijo.

    “Para eso necesitamos seguir formentando la habilidad y la cultura empresarial y una de prioridades de mi gestion es hacer talleres de emprendurisomo para connacionales en el consulado angelino,” anadio.

    La Coalicion Latina es la principal organizacion nacional no partidista que representa a las empresas y consumidores hispanos, junto con las Camaras de Comercio Hispana de California (CHCC).

    La Cumbre de Oportunidades Economicas exploro el actual entorno de las pequenas empresas, los retos communes que enfrentan los emprendedores y compartio estrategias y enfoques probados para tener exito en los negocios.

    Cited From: Milenio

  • 06/19/2017 12:29 PM | TLC Team (Administrator)

    WASHINGTON, DC– On June 29, The Latino Coalition (TLC), the leading, effective national non-partisan advocacy organization representing Hispanic businesses and consumers, in conjunction with the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC), will host the Economic Opportunity Summit in Los Angeles, CA at The L.A. Hotel Downtown.

    The one-day event dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs and strengthening business practices will unite influential leaders, chamber executives and government officials from the U.S. and abroad.  The Economic Opportunity Summit will explore the current small business environment, the common challenges entrepreneurs are facing and share proven strategies and approaches for succeeding in business.

    “Featuring knowledgeable speakers and high-impact panels, the Economic Opportunity Summit will tap into the critical importance of the engine of our economy,” said Hector Barreto, TLC Chairman and former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration.  “This premier summit will convene small business owners and centers of influence, while focusing on some of the major industries that have made the Golden State prosperous— energy, technology and healthcare.  We look forward to engaging and hearing from successful entrepreneurs in Los Angeles and across this nation, to discuss specific issues and solutions for growing our economy and implementing pragmatic policies that can help grow and promote our businesses.”

    The summit’s theme “economic opportunity” will prioritize small business development and encourage entrepreneurship through a series of informative panels, breakout sessions and peer networking.  Attendees will not only learn how to bolster their ventures, they will hear from impressive thought leaders and experts such as: Antonio Villaraigosa, Candidate for California Governor; Eileen Sánchez, Director of Small Business and Entrepreneurship for Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office; Michael A. Vallante, U.S. Small Business Administration Regional Administrator; Jennifer S. Korn, Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director for the Office of Public Liaison White House; International superstar and Mexican actor, Eduardo Verástegui; Carlos García de Alba Zepeda, Consul General of Mexico in Los Angeles; Frank Montes, California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce Chairman; Francisco Leon, Vice President of California Resource Corporation; AltaMed Health Services President and CEO, Castulo de la Rocha; Livier Ramirez, President of the National Latina Business Women Association in Los Angeles; and renowned Mexican singer and actor Fernando Allende, among others.

    “Los Angeles County is home to more than 400,000 Hispanic small businesses that are creating the jobs that empower our economy,” said Frank Montes, Chairman, California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce.  “Promoting an environment for entrepreneurs to truly prosper is immensely important, that is why we are excited to partner with The Latino Coalition to help our small business owners access the tools necessary to succeed in the current economy.”

    The high-impact summit will also highlight Latina-owned business in this country and their secrets for growth— a key driver of our economy’s success.

    “Women entrepreneurs have been opening doors and breaking ceilings in a competitive environment, while fueling growth and creating opportunities at a dramatic rate.  With more than one million Latina-owned businesses in the U.S. today, we look forward to hearing from dynamic industry leaders on how they are and will continue to be an important driving force in our economy,” Barreto added.

    For more information or to register and view the conference agenda, visit:


    The Latino Coalition would like to thank the following Title Sponsors: Wal-Mart and Google.  TLC also acknowledges and is grateful for all its partners: 1800 Contacts, Act Wireless, AltaMed Health Services Corporation, Altria Client Services, Alvarado Smith, American Express Open, AT&T, Bank of America, California Resource Corporation, Centene Corporation, Coca-Cola, Comcast/ Universal, CTIA, Direct Selling Association, Dun & Bradstreet, East West Bank, Edison Electric Institute, Herbalife, Hispanic Business Roundtable Institute, Honda, International Franchise Association, Intuit, JP Morgan, Master Your Card, MasterCard, National Association of Broadcasters, National Cable & Telecommunications Association, NV Energy , Paychex, PG&E, PhRMA, Quicken Loans ,  Reset Public Affairs , Southern California Edison, The Latino Coalition Foundation, The Libre Initiative, T-Mobile, Tributo Tequila, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, Univision, Verizon.  Media Partners: CONEXION, Finding Productions, Tico Sports Productions, LLC.

  • 05/12/2017 1:42 PM | TLC Team (Administrator)


    Chairman Hector Barreto discusses Hispanics in the Trump Administration and key legislation beneficial to small business. 

  • 05/05/2017 1:20 PM | TLC Team (Administrator)

    May 5th, 2017

    By: Patricia Guadalupe

    WASHINGTON – It’s been more than three months since Donald Trump was inaugurated as the nation’s 45th president. For many Latino leaders, the talk inevitably turns to the issue of the administration’s policies and its Hispanic outreach.

    Alex Veras, a Dominican American Republican activist in Massachusetts and self-described “Trump supporter from Day 1,” said he is happy with what he’s seen so far from the White House. He points to a recent White House meeting with the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and says that several high-ranking White House officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, recently spoke at the pro-business Latino Coalition gathering in the nation’s capital.

    “I believe he will be good for Hispanic entrepreneurs; you now you have a businessman running the country,” said Veras, who is also an Army veteran.

    The Senate recently confirmed the administration’s first Latino Cabinet member, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta.

    Latino Coalition community are there. “You have high-ranking officials coming to talk with us and paying attention to us immediately. If we didn’t matter they wouldn’t be talking with us,” Rosales said. “The president is interested in the community and what we have to say.”

    But recently, a coalition of over 40 national Latino organizations held a press conference and criticized Trump’s lack of outreach Hispanics.

    “We are a bipartisan group and he hasn’t once reached out to us for a meeting even though we have requested it,” says Héctor Sánchez, president of the National Hispanic Leadership Association, or NHLA.

    Janet Murguía, president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza, is blunt in her assessment of Trump’s relationship with Latinos.

    “I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s a new low in the relationship that the president’s office has had with the Latino community,” said Murguía. “We’ve not agreed on policies and agendas with every president going back several decades, but I’ve never seen the mean-spiritedness that’s been directed at our community. It’s a historic low.”

    Murguia said her group “has not seen any effort to unite the country but rather to divide it – and now it feels like he’s institutionalized a lot of that rhetoric with the policies he’s promoting.”

    She also criticized the lack of Latino appointments and staffing and what she called the lack of inclusion of the Hispanic perspective in the administration.

    “We’re concerned about what the future portends for Latinos in this environment,” said Murguía.

    Stella Rouse, a University of Maryland professor and director of the university’s Center for American Politics and Citizenship, said the president has to reach out to Hispanics, “but he hasn’t shown an inclination to do so. His inclination has been to speak to his base and sort of form a bubble around his base.”

    Rouse said that apart from not seeking Latinos, “he puts forth legislation that the community doesn’t want and he’s not taking the community’s perspective into consideration.”

    Supporters like Veras defend the president’s outlook and his way of doing things. “I like that he’s upsetting the apple cart,” said Veras. “I like that he was able to put someone on the Supreme Court, I like the executive orders ending some Obama-era policies, and I like that he’s not going to use the government to go after my guns,” said Veras.

    But NCLR and other Latino groups point to the president’s repeated calls for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border — something that Mexican officials call “a hostile act” – as well as his executive order targeting so-called sanctuary cities, his support for repealing Obamacare and budget proposals that would cut programs that benefit Latinos as examples of an early presidency that has had a negative effect on Latinos nationwide.

    Moving forward, Rouse says making an effort to engage with the community would make more political sense for Trump.

    “If he thinks that his base constituency of 30 percent is going to put him in a position to win reelection or even help Republicans in the midterm elections, that’s pretty ignorant on his part if that’s what he believes,” Rouse told NBC Latino.

    Latino organizations like the NHLA have been mobilizing on issues where they feel like administration policies are running counter to Hispanic priorities.

    Sánchez was at the recent Climate March in Washington, D.C. He said his group is concerned about the direction of policy under the Trump administration.

    “It’s an issue that affects us directly – many of us live in environmentally unsound areas and we have an administration that is anti-environment. We need to get together and get more involved to fight this,” said Sánchez.

    NCLR’s Murguía says she sees a “perverse silver lining” in that Trump is helping bring communities together. That type of civic participation is precisely what may help stop some of Trump’s policies.

    “Many of the national civil rights groups and other organizations have come together and have felt the need to partner in earnest,” said Murguía. “We can be assets to each other as we come together and there is a strength that I think can be positive as we push back (against Trump’s policies) and move forward.”

    Cited From: NBC News

  • 05/04/2017 2:48 PM | TLC Team (Administrator)

    Chairman Hector Barreto discusses the new Healthcare Bill and Corporate Taxes on Fox Business “After the Bell.”

  • 05/04/2017 1:51 PM | TLC Team (Administrator)


    – The Latino Coalition (TLC), the leading national non-partisan advocacy organization representing Hispanic businesses and consumers, issued the following statement regarding the American Health Care Act:

    “Repealing and replacing Obamacare is essential for the vitality of America’s entrepreneurs,”

    said Hector Barreto, The Latino Coalition Chairman and former U.S. Small Business Administrator.

    “The House Republicans’ American Health Care Act (AHCA) will provide meaningful relief for America’s job creators – the small business owners who are currently struggling to pay astronomical health care premiums, taxes and deductibles. TLC applauds House Republicans’ efforts to roll back taxes that will bend the cost curve down, reduce burdensome regulations and help small business owners grow and expand their businesses once again.”

  • 05/02/2017 2:29 PM | TLC Team (Administrator)

    Trump Nominee Jovita Carranza Would Be 7th Latina U.S. Treasurer

    May 2, 2017

    By: Suzanne Gamboa

    President Donald Trump’s nomination of Jovita Carranza for U.S. treasurer would put a Latina in a spot that has been held by six other Latinas, all since the Nixon administration.

    Carranza had been considered for the Cabinet position of U.S. trade representative, but that nomination went to Robert Lighthizer. Should she be confirmed, Carranza’s signature would be on Americans’ paper money. She also would oversee the U.S. Mint, Bureau of Engraving and Fort Knox. She’d also serve as a liaison to the Federal Reserve.

    Her confirmation would continue a trend of presidents filling the position with a Latina. Other Latinas’ whose signatures have been on American currency are: Romana Acosta Bañuelos, a Nixon appointee; Katherine Davalos Ortega, appointed by Ronald Reagan and then by George H.W. Bush; Catalina Vasquez Villalpando, George H.W. Bush appointee; Rosario Marin, George W. Bush; Anna Escobedo Cabral, George W. Bush and Rosie Rios, appointed by Obama.

    “She’ll be a spokesperson for the administration, especially on issues involving the Treasury, tax reform and other issues that affect our economy,” said Hector Barreto, who headed the Small Business Administration under George W. Bush. Barreto now heads the Latino Coalition, a business group. “It’s a great opportunity for her to get back in government and she is someone who backed (Trump’s) campaign.”

    Carranza declined a request for comment made by NBC News through the Latino Coalition. Generally, administration nominees withhold comment until confirmation.

    Carranza served as deputy administrator at the Small Business Administration under former President George W. Bush. She also was the highest ranking Latina in the history of United Parcel Service when she served as its vice president of air operations and president of operations for Latin America and the Caribbean, according to a GOP profile.

    A consultant with The JCR Group in Skokie, Illinois, Carranza has been part of Trump’s National Hispanic Advisory Council, a group that lost many of its initial members after Trump delivered a harsh immigration enforcement speech in Arizona during the election campaign. But Carranza remained in his camp and helped host a Latino inaugural celebration for him.

    The job is not a Cabinet position. Trump’s lone Latino nominee for his Cabinet, Alex Acosta, was confirmed by the Senate last Thursday.

    Barreto said while Latinos are not being seen in the administration’s most visible spots, there is potential for more Latinos in sub-Cabinet level positions and other administration jobs. He said Bush hired hundreds of Latinos in key staff and White House positions that aren’t as well known. However, he acknowledged that the Trump administration is behind in its appointments.

    “I know a lot of Latinos who are still interested in serving in the administration,” Barreto said.

    Hector Sanchez, chair of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, said Trump has a way to go in making Latinos feel they are well represented in his administration.

    “So far Trump is the worst when it comes to inclusion and diversity overall, but in particular when it comes to Latinos,” Sanchez said.

    She’d be the fourth in a row to hold the job and the seventh overall.

    Cited From: NBC News

  • 05/02/2017 1:35 PM | TLC Team (Administrator)


    The Latino Coalition (TLC), the leading national non-partisan advocacy organization representing Hispanic businesses and consumers, issued the following statement regarding the appointment of Jovita Carranza as Treasurer of the United States:

    “Jovita Carranza is a stellar choice for Treasurer of the United States,”

    said Hector Barreto, The Latino Coalition Chairman and former U.S. Small Business Administrator.

    “As a longtime trusted friend of TLC, I have seen Jovita triumph as a talented entrepreneur and as the former Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. She is not only a loyal public servant; she is a steadfast champion for small business and the economic growth of this nation. Jovita’s strength of character and dedicated leadership have contributed to her success story, and we have no doubt that she will serve this nation honorably as U.S. Treasurer.”

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