U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Chairman David C. Lizárraga Introduces President Bush at the USHCC Legislative Conference
David C. Lizárraga Engages with President Bush and Congress to Advocate for Hispanic Business
Seving as Board Chairman of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), TELACU / Millennium President & CEO David C. Lizárraga introduced President George W. Bush to hundreds of Hispanic entrepreneurs and Congressional leaders at the 18th Annual USHCC Legislative Conference. During this event, the USHCC unveiled a Legislative Agenda advocating for Hispanic interests in areas such as free trade, access to capital, the housing crisis, comprehensive immigration reform, and energy.
“As the leading advocate for our nation’s more than 2.5 million Hispanic-owned businesses, the USHCC was greatly honored that President Bush addressed our assembly of Hispanic business leaders from across the country for the third time,” said Lizárraga, “As in past years, President Bush used our Legislative Conference as a platform to deliver a major policy address on the importance of increasing free trade agreements.”
In his address at the White House Briefing, President Bush said, “As business leaders, you understand that breaking down barriers to trade and investment creates opportunities for our workers, for American workers, and employees and employers and consumers.
The Conference also featured top-level Congressional leaders and White House Administration officials such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Kay Bailey Hutchison, Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez, and US Treasurer Anna Escobedo Cabral. Together with other USHCC representatives, Lizárraga met with Members of Congress on Capitol Hill to drive forward the most aggressive legislative agenda in USHCC history, one that promotes the continued growth and prosperity for the Hispanic business community and, as a result, for the entire U.S. economy.
For nearly 40 years, Lizárraga has led TELACU in becoming the 54th largest Hispanic business in the nation and 5th largest in California. He recognizes the vital importance of Hispanic business in a state where, from 1997 to 2002, Hispanic-owned firms increased by nearly 30%. Today, California has one of the largest populations of Latina entrepreneurs—the fastest growing business segment in the U.S. economy.
“In a national economy where the Hispanic business community is a vital contributor, it is crucial that we continue expanding opportunities in the global marketplace,” said Lizárraga. “The USHCC has been working diligently to strengthen relationships with our neighbors in Mexico, Central and South America, as well as in the Caribbean. And here in our own country, the USHCC will continue working hard over the next few months to ensure that each Presidential candidate understands the needs of our businesses and our entire Hispanic community. This November, Latinos will be the driving electoral force that will elect the next President of the United States.”
Date: March 25, 2008
Source: TELACU News Release