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  • 07/17/2018 1:45 PM | TLC Team (Administrator)

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Latino Coalition (TLC), the leading, national non-partisan advocacy organization representing Hispanic businesses and consumers, released the following statement regarding Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court:

    "Judge Brett Kavanaugh is an exemplary individual and an extremely qualified legal constitutionalist with a record of ruling against the kind of regulatory overreach that can be chilling to America’s entrepreneurs,” said TLC Chairman and former U.S. SBA Administrator Hector Barreto. “The Latino Coalition urges the Senate to put partisanship aside in order to quickly confirm Judge Kavanaugh. We believe he will protect the rights of all Americans, including the small-business owners who suffer most when government goes beyond its constitutional bounds.”

    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 and 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.

  • 06/27/2018 2:40 PM | TLC Team (Administrator)

    WASHINGTON, June 27, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Latino Coalition (TLC), the leading, national non-partisan advocacy organization representing Hispanic businesses and consumers, issued the following statement on the T-Mobile-Sprint merger based on the benefits the transaction will bring to Hispanic business owners across the country:

    "The T-Mobile-Sprint merger will inject competition in the telecommunications market, while improving coverage and ushering in the next generation of nationwide 5G technology critical to Hispanic businesses and workers across the nation," said TLC Chairman and former U.S. SBA Administrator Hector Barreto. "This transaction will foster economic growth, while enhancing business, economic, and social development of Latinos. We look forward to the benefits our members will receive from the new T-Mobile's expanded footprint and 5G development."

    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.

  • 06/21/2018 9:01 AM | TLC Team (Administrator)

    WASHINGTON, June 20, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On June 15, The Latino Coalition (TLC), the leading, national non-partisan advocacy organization representing Hispanic businesses and consumers, and Job Creators Network (JCN), hosted the Small Business Rising Summit at the Marriott Irvine Spectrum Hotel in Orange County, CA.

    Attracting over 200 dynamic business leaders, prominent executives and high-profile speakers, the Small Business Rising Summit featured deep-dive sessions that examined the impact of regulations, healthcare and taxes. Showcasing the importance of small business to the overall economy and how to leverage entrepreneurial diversity for optimal opportunities, the event highlighted key public policies and gave attendees the opportunity to build professional and personal networks.

    "The Small Business Rising Summit in California highlighted the fact that the environment for small businesses to start and grow has never been more promising," said The Latino Coalition Chairman and former U.S. Small Business Administrator Hector Barreto. "Providing invaluable insight and resources for independent business owners, or 'founders,' the summit took a closer look at the historic economic success we are seeing thanks to policies that are good for job creation. America is on the rise again, and entrepreneurs are excited about opportunities that will unleash more of this nation's economic potential."

    Headlining the event was former Secretary of Health and Human Services and Job Creators Network Fellow Tom Price. As a physician who has served in the legislative and executive branches, Price offered a unique perspective on the practical and policy implications of volatility in health insurance premiums.

    Attendees also heard from business leaders and experts such as: Anna Cabral, former U.S. Treasurer; Carlos Contreras, Commercial Vice President at California Resource Corporations; President & CEO AltaMed Health Services; Zoila Escobar, President of AltaMed Foundation AltaMed Health Services Corporation; Jennifer Korn, Special Assistant to the President and White House Deputy Director for the Office of Public Liaison; Alfredo Ortiz, President and CEO of Job Creators Network; Thomas Sullivan, Vice President of Small Business Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Maxine Turner, Cuisine Unlimited Chair, U.S. Chamber Council on Small Business; and Peter Villegas, Vice President of Latin Affairs for The Coca-Cola Company, among others.

    "Last week's Small Business Rising Summit helped us personally connect with the driving force of our economy. Focused on this nation's job creators, the event touched upon the challenges entrepreneurs face today, while also serving as an effective tool to help build and improve small business development," said Alfredo Ortiz, president and CEO of The Job Creators Network.

    A significant deliverable during the summit was Chairman Barreto's announcement of a new partnership through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Job Creators Network and Latino's For Tennessee. These organizations join TLC's network of 100+ partners working to enhance the overall business, economic and social objectives of the Hispanic community.

    President and CEO of Litografía Magno Graf, Armando Prida Huerta was recognized with the Sanchez to Sanchez to Smith Award for his successful career trajectory and unwavering leadership within the Latino community.

    "With such an exciting time for the fastest growing sector of the economy, I am looking forward to our October 2nd Gala in our nation's Capital. We anticipate a historic gathering of the business community to celebrate the growth and prosperity of Latino business founders, and our contributions to the U.S. economy," Barreto added.

    The Latino Coalition would like to thank the following Title Sponsor: Wal-Mart. TLC also acknowledges and is grateful for all its partners: AltaMed Health Services Corporation, Altria Client Services, Alvarado Smith, American Facility Service Group Inc., Association for Affordable Medicines, AT&T, Atticus Group Inc., Bank of America, Benefits Exchange Alliance, California Resource Corporation, Coca-Cola Company, Comcast/Universal, Direct Selling Association, East West Bank, Ecco Select, Google, Herbalife, Hispanic Business Roundtable Institute, H&R Block, International Franchise Association, Intuit, Koch Industries, McDonald's, Microsoft, National Association of Broadcasters, National Cable & Telecommunications Association, NV Energy, PG&E, PhRMA, Southern California Edison, T-Mobile, The Latino Coalition Foundation, The Libre Initiative, Tributo Tequila, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, Univision, Verizon. Media Partners: Conexión, Finding Productions, Tico Sports Productions, LLC.

    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 and 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.

    ABOUT JOB CREATORS NETWORK- Job Creators Network is the country's premier advocacy and educational resource for American small businesses and their employees. Visit www.jobcreatorsnetwork.com/.

    SOURCE The Latino Coalition

  • 06/14/2018 11:02 AM | TLC Team (Administrator)

    By Hector Barreto and Alfredo Ortiz

    Hector Barreto, Chairman of The Latino Coalition and Alfredo Ortiz, President and CEO of the Job Creators Network

    Thursday, June 14th, 2018

    State officials often note that California is the fifth largest economy in the world. Not as well known is that 99.8 percent of all businesses in California are small businesses, according to the SBA. In fact, there are nearly 4 million small businesses in California, which means that roughly one out of every seven small businesses in America is in the Golden State. They employ 7 million Californians, which is roughly half the state’s entire workforce.

    Forty percent of California small businesses (1.6 million) are owned by minorities. The largest group among them are Hispanics, who employ nine workers per firm, on average. Latino businesses are on the rise everywhere, but in California they are rapidly becoming central to the economy.

    California businesses face many challenges, including sky-high taxes and suffocating regulations. The healthcare debate that is now raging among candidates for governor has grave implications for the state’s economy, and it’s a chance for Latino business owners, especially, to exert their influence.

    The question by which even Democrats are divided is whether California should move to a single-payer system, under which most Californians who now receive coverage through their employers will be forced into a state-run system. California would become the first state in the country to abandon private insurance in favor of a program under which government makes all the decisions.

    Ironically, the idea was popularized two years by presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, a socialist from Vermont. Senator Sanders may have excited Bay area liberals with his plan, but his fellow Democrats back home in Vermont toyed with the idea and then abandoned it once the dreamy political rhetoric collided with the fiscal reality. Then Governor Peter Shumlin, who rode into office on the promise to make healthcare “free” for everyone, stunned single-payer cheerleaders across the country by announcing that his own plan was unworkable, mainly because it would have required Vermont to double its taxes.

    “The potential economic disruption would be too great to small businesses, working families, and the economy,” said Shumlin. Indeed. If only Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, the current frontrunner for the June Primary Election, would get the message.

    Newsom is backing a similar plan that would require $200 billion in higher taxes, according to some estimates. That proposal, which is currently under consideration in the Legislature, would eliminate all private insurance companies and dissolve Medi-Cal, the state’s insurance program for low-income residents. A vast new bureaucracy would be erected to provide insurance to all 30 million Californians. With it would come thousands of pages of new regulations putting politicians and bureaucrats in charge of our healthcare decisions. Not only would the plan strictly limit our choices, but the avalanche of higher taxes would almost certainly trigger an exodus of businesses and taxpayers.

    There’s a better way. Last year, President Trump signed an executive order requiring federal agencies to seek ways to make insurance more affordable. The Labor Department set to unveil a new rule, which has received relatively little attention from the media, that has the potential to revolutionize healthcare for millions of Californians, especially small business owners and their employees.

    The proposed regulation would greatly expand association health plans (AHPs). AHPs allow small businesses to purchase health insurance for themselves and their employees through large employer organizations. Essentially, they allow small businesses to create the same kind of market advantages that enable large corporations to get much better rates on their plans. By forming large groups, AHPs allow small businesses to expand the risk pool and spread the costs. They also allow small businesses to shop for the best plans, even across state lines. The idea is to maximize purchasing power and increase competition among providers in a truly national market.

    AHPs have existed for years, but they’re limited by myriad state regulations and rules that restrict the types of organizations that can offer insurance. The DOL rule would take down those obstacles.

    California small businesses and their employees have waited decades for a solution to the high cost of health insurance. Single payer is most definitely not it. In fact, that scheme would explode the private, employer-based system that Californians prefer and jeopardize the state’s economy. The current system is also unsustainable. Small businesses and their employees need more choices, more competition, and lower costs. We would urge small business owners, and especially California’s burgeoning Latino business community, to engage on both issues in a way that ensures better healthcare and a stronger economy for every resident.

    – Hector Barreto is Chairman of The Latino Coalition, America’s leading advocacy group for Latino business owners. Alfredo Ortiz is President and CEO of the Job Creators Network, the country’s premier advocacy and education resource for small businesses.

    Source: OPED on Fox & Hounds Daily

  • 06/01/2018 9:36 AM | TLC Team (Administrator)

    WASHINGTON, May 31, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On June 15, The Latino Coalition (TLC), the leading, national non-partisan advocacy organization representing Hispanic businesses and consumers, will join forces with the Job Creators Network (JCN), to host the Small Business Rising Summit in the heart of Orange County.

    Taking place at the Marriott Irvine Spectrum Hotel, the Small Business Rising Summit will be a one-day event dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs and strengthening the economy. The event will bring together hundreds of small-business owners from across the nation and abroad with influential leaders, chamber executives and government officials. The summit will serve as a platform to build professional and personal networks while also highlighting the public policy issues impacting business, including regulation, health care costs, and taxes.

    "The Latino Coalition is very excited to be partnering with Job Creators Network for the Small Business Rising Summit in Irvine, CA," said Hector Barreto, TLC Chairman and former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. "JCN understands that the small-business sector is finally growing again, and this has terrific implications for the American economy – especially in communities that are in need of the unique economic opportunity offered by small-business ownership. Our strategic partnership will work to enhance the overall business, economic and social objectives of America's entrepreneurs and their employees."

    "In March, we concluded a historic summit that featured President Trump, Labor Secretary Alex Acosta and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, as well as bipartisan congressional representatives. We look forward to keeping the momentum going with this conference, focused on the new era of entrepreneurship," Barreto added.

    "Job Creators Network advocates to protect the 85 million people who depend on the success of small business," said Alfredo Ortiz, President and CEO of JCN. "As the voice of Main Street, we are focused on providing business leaders and entrepreneurs with the tools to succeed. Our partnership with TLC will not only provide the small business sector a variety of development opportunities and strategies; it will promote policies for an economy that is growing, wages that are rising and job creation."

    Seeking to empower the job creators of our nation, the summit will highlight how to build and improve small business development in the U.S. through a series of high-impact panels, breakout sessions, engaging influential speakers and networking opportunities. Attendees will hear from business leaders and experts such as: Silvia Aldana, Manager of Federal Government Relations for PG&E; Carlos Contreras, Commercial Vice President at California Resource Corporations; Zoila Escobar, President of Altamed Foundation Altamed Health Services Corporation; Carlos García de Alba, Mexican General Counsel in Los Angeles; Jennifer Korn, Special Assistant to the President and White House Deputy Director for the Office of Public Liaison; Thomas McClary, Musician and Founder of the Commodores; Alfredo Ortiz, President and CEO of Job Creators Network; Dr. Tom Price, former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary; Adalberto Quijada, Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration's Santa Ana District Office; Thomas Sullivan, Vice President of Small Business Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Peter Villegas, Vice President of Latin Affairs for The Coca-Cola Company, among others.

    For more information or to register and view the conference agenda, visit www.thelatinocoalition.com/events.

    The Latino Coalition would like to thank the following Title Sponsor: Wal-Mart. TLC also acknowledges and is grateful for all its partners: AltaMed Health Services Corporation, Altria Client Services, Alvarado Smith, American Facility Service Group Inc., Association for Affordable Medicines, AT&T, Atticus Group Inc., Bank of America, Benefits Exchange Alliance, California Resource Corporation, Comcast/ Universal, Direct Selling Association, East West Bank, Ecco Select, Google, Herbalife, Hispanic Business Roundtable Institute, H&R Block, International Franchise Association, Intuit, Koch Industries, McDonald's, Microsoft, National Association of Broadcasters, National Cable & Telecommunications Association, NV Energy, PG&E, PhRMA, Southern California Edison, T-Mobile, The Latino Coalition Foundation, The Libre Initiative, Tributo Tequila, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, Univision, Verizon. Media Partners: Conexión, Finding Productions, Tico Sports Productions, LLC.

    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 and 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.

    ABOUT JOB CREATORS NETWORK- Job Creators Network is the country's premier advocacy and educational resource for American small businesses and their employees. Visit www.jobscreatorsnetwork.com/.

    SOURCE The Latino Coalition

  • 05/11/2018 12:02 PM | TLC Team (Administrator)

    The Washington Times May 9, 2018

    By Hector Barreto

    Broadband experts and community leaders around the country are discussing strategies to close the high-speed internet access divide that prevents many rural communities, consumers and small businesses from participating in the digital economy. But to meet this challenge — one of the greatest our country faces in the 21st century — Congress must resist efforts that would send internet rules back to the 1930s and curb much-needed investment in broadband infrastructure.

    The growth of the online economy in recent years has been staggering as small businesses and commerce increasingly enter the digital world. Last year, e-commerce sales reached a record-high $453 billion — a 16 percent increase from 2016 alone. But for residents of rural communities, the benefits of online shopping or launching an internet business remain frustratingly out of reach. In fact, more than 48 million Americans have access to only one or zero internet providers.

    This lack of high-speed access also hurts local economies. Studies have shown rural communities with strong high-speed connections have lower unemployment rates and higher household incomes. For example, after the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded broadband grants to farms across the country, farm owners benefited from a significant increase in sales and profits — demonstrating how expanding broadband infrastructure can support the 915 million acres of farmland throughout the U.S.

    Bringing broadband to all Americans requires smart, light-touch federal policies that can spark private investment and innovation in high-speed infrastructure. This was the regulatory approach that guided broadband for decades and facilitated an unprecedented rate of innovation that made the internet an essential component of everyday life for many Americans and an economic engine for small businesses and the nation’s economy.

    But in 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) tossed aside this successful approach by imposing 1930s-era regulations on the internet known as Title II. This quickly resulted in the loss of hundreds of billions of dollars in private investment for infrastructure projects that would have expanded broadband services to more Americans.

    Fortunately, those rules were short-lived. In December, the FCC restored the pre-2015 regulatory framework by removing Title II regulations and enacting transparency rules that require internet service providers to disclose their net neutrality policies — which can be monitored and enforced by the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general.

    However, in the wake of misinformation and overheated rhetoric from those claiming the FCC’s move would lead to the end of free speech and democracy, some members of Congress are now working to reinstate Title II through a legislative maneuver called the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The internet CRA would allow Congress to overturn the FCC’s order with a simple majority while bypassing the kind of substantive congressional debate necessary for developing internet policy that could affect virtually every American.

    This is not the way to develop smart policies for preserving an open internet that is available to all Americans — an important goal that nearly everyone can agree. But misguided partisan policy approaches such as the internet CRA — or the net neutrality bills that have been proposed by some state lawmakers — distract from real solutions that would preserve a truly free and accessible internet.

    Rather than playing policy games, open internet supporters should urge Congress to put aside partisanship and develop comprehensive national legislation that settles the debate and permanently enshrines net neutrality protections for our continued future growth.

    The U.S. is the envy of the world when it comes to digital technology and online innovation that is changing the way all of us live and do business. Today, millions of Americans remain unable to access this world of innovation and e-commerce. To help connect these Americans, Congress must deliver comprehensive bipartisan legislation that makes net neutrality the law of the land and ensures we can bring high-speed broadband access to anyone who wants it.

    Hector V. Barreto is chairman of the Latino Coalition and former administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

    Source: The Washington Times

  • 05/04/2018 1:24 PM | TLC Team (Administrator)

    WASHINGTON, DC– The Latino Coalition (TLC) Chairman and former U.S. Small Business Administrator Hector Barreto is participating today in a Cinco de Mayo celebration at the White House. Barreto released the following statement:

    “Cinco de Mayo’s meaning has shifted considerably over time; it has represented everything from immigrant nostalgia to U.S. patriotism during World War II,” explained Barreto.

    “Today, Cinco de Mayo is a uniquely American celebration that reflects the energy and ambition of the Latino-American community. I’m honored to join our president and millions of other Americans in celebrating Hispanic Americans’ entrepreneurial and artistic culture, our considerable accomplishments, and, most importantly, our aspirations as a community and economic leaders.”

    Source: PR Newswire

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