Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Hispanic Business Convention of Texas

44th Annual Hispanic Business Convention of Texas
The Hispanic Business Convention of Texas attendees are from throughout the state of Texas and our nation. The attendees are business owners, entrepreneurs, corporate representatives, community and statewide elected officials, students, Chambers of Commerce and Business Organization executives, Hispanic leaders, and those interested in Hispanic business.

Together we turn contacts into contracts.

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SPEAKERS
Dynamic and motivational speakers to inspire and to open your thinking horizon. The speakers include elected officials, corporate representatives, successful accomplished people.

We will continually update the list of speakers as they have confirmed.
B2B MATCHMAKING
This complementary business matchmaking event is FREE and open to any businessperson looking to find suppliers or to find buyers for their products and or services. Pre-registration required for free admission. MILLIONS of DOLLARS of contracts will be in this one session. Can you afford not to attend?

BUSINESS EXPO
The Business Expo is FREE event for the community to attend. During the Business Expo a myriad of exhibitors from across the state and local businesses will have material and product information available for the attendees. Throughout the day will be notable people, fun opportunities and exciting surprises so no one will want to miss a minute of the Business Expo.

WORKSHOPS, SEMINARS AND PANEL DISCUSSIONS
Workshops, seminars and panel discussions are included in the full registration or you may attend all of them at a low-cost investment. These are designed to grow your business and improve your professional skillsets.
HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS
Located in San Marcos, Embassy Suites San Marcos – Hotel, Spa & Conference Center is in the business district and close to San Marcos Premium Outlets and Wonder World. This romantic hotel is within the vicinity of Dunbar Park and John J. Stokes Sr. San Marcos River Park. Deadline for Rooms is July 12 - BUT why wait?

SPONSORS
Our amazing partners and sponsors allow TAMACC to bring to our attendees more benefits and opportunities throughout the year. You are who enhances our programs and interests.

The 2018 sponsors and valued partners.

THANK YOU!

We appreciate your consideration to support the Hispanic Business Convention of Texas and provide opportunities to the Hispanic community through your generosity. Partnerships allows the organization to include more benefits to all attendees and for a full year.

REGISTER TODAY TO JOIN US AT THE CONVENTION
EVERYONE BENEFITS
Hispanic business and leaders are the backbone of our economic engine. Whether you want to meet interesting people, increase your business contracts, or hone your skillsets - this convention is the place to be. For three days of fabulous opportunities the investment starts as low as $295.00. It is the best deal of any convention in the nation.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Keep Texas Businesses Thriving

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Keep Texas Businesses Thriving
Senate Bills Propose Unfailing Regulations
AUSTIN, TX May 16, 2019 – The Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC) and U.S. Hispanic Contractors Association fully support the Senate’s efforts to provide stability as it relates to regulating businesses in the State of Texas, especially as it relates to Hispanic-owned and operated businesses. 

Hispanic Americans are a strong component of the workforce throughout the United States, and even more so in border states, like Texas. A majority-minority state, Texas constitutes one of the largest Hispanic workforces in our country and Hispanic Texans comprise an ever-increasing number of entrepreneurs opening businesses in this great state, bringing ideas to the forefront, and ultimately better benefitting Texas as a whole.

Several bills presently under consideration, S.B. 2485, S.B. 2486, S.B. 2487 and S.B. 2488, seek to ensure that the strong economic environment enjoyed by all businesses currently operating across Texas as well as any future businesses looking to relocate to the Lone Star State enjoy a welcoming business climate. To do so requires keeping employment regulations consistent across the board and not open to the incongruities that can occur when local governments are able to dictate how businesses operate within their individual jurisdictions, creating confusion and unnecessary complications for employers and employees alike.

The bills individually deal with specific aspects of employer regulations. Among them: Employment leave (including sick, vacation, holidays, disability, family, medical, retirement, etc.) profit-sharing and criminal history inquiries.  

TAMACC and the U.S. Hispanic Contractors Association of Austin fully back passage of these bills to further the strong support that Texas has shown in the past for all businesses, and in particular, for those that are Hispanic-owned and/or operated.

The bills’ primary sponsor is Brandon Creighton, R-Beaumont, along with co-sponsors, Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels and Pat Fallon, R-Denton.

TAMACC and the U.S. Hispanic Contractors Association fully support these bills that bring consistency and an even playing field for businesses operating in our great State of Texas.
About TAMACC
The Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC) is a nonprofit 501 (c)(6) organization created to promote business leadership, create economic opportunities and provide legislative advocacy for the Hispanic business community in Texas. TAMACC was founded in 1975 to encourage opportunities in commerce and to organize local programs to improve the economic condition of the Hispanic population. TAMACC is an association with more than 15,000 members and advocates for over 700,000 Hispanic businesses in Texas.

Media Contact:

Pauline E. Anton
President & CEO
(512) 444-5727

J.R. Gonzales
Executive Vice Chair
(512) 289-3758
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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Business-crippling Bill Defeated by Resounding Bi-Partisan House Vote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Business-crippling Bill Defeated by
Resounding Bi-Partisan House Vote
AUSTIN, TEXAS May 14, 2019The Texas House of Representatives on Thursday night, May 9, overwhelmingly defeated HB2101, which would have created a new class of contractors within the roofing industry and impacted anyone in the “reroofing” business, the majority of which (between 90 and 95 percent) are Hispanic-owned/operated.

The bill was sponsored by Representatives Giovanni Capriglione, R-Keller and Charles “Doc” Anderson, R-Waco, who claimed that this was an effort to better protect consumers against possible roofing fraud, particularly in light of some situations in which homeowners were taken advantage of when in need of fast roofing repairs due to storm damage. In actuality, the bill would have impacted thousands of hard-working, honest Hispanic Independent Contractors rather than a few “bad actors” who are not even legitimate businesses. 

Representative Richard Peña Raymond, D-Laredo, worked tirelessly behind the scenes to help ensure defeat of the bill, identifying colleagues from both parties to speak in opposition as well as lining up votes on the House floor. Then, during almost 40 minutes of discussion Thursday, Democrats Ramon Romero, Jr., D-Fort Worth, and Abel Herrero, D-Corpus Christi, were joined by Republican Representatives Sam Harless, R-Houston, Mayes Middleton, R-Wallisville, Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands and Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, in citing a number of concerns about HB2101 including: A desire not to overregulate small businesses; adding unnecessary licensing requirements to the industry; the creation of a new “class” of roofers; and the potential to ultimately raise the cost of reroofing homes as well as the cost of homeowners’ insurance. Additionally, at least two members contended that the bill would do nothing to protect consumers as its sponsors purported it would do.

Representatives with the U.S. Hispanic Contractors Association of Austin, Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC), the Texas Independent Roofing Contractors Association, Austin Roofing Contractors Association, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. of Texas, Republican National Hispanic Assembly of Texas, NFIB (an organization that advocates for small and independent business owners) and the League of United Latin American Citizens strongly opposed the bill.

By a 75% margin – 99 Nays to 32 Yeas – the bill died in the House.

Votes for the Bill:

Representatives Steve Allison, R-San Antonio; Charles “Doc” Anderson, R-Waco; Trent Ashby, R-Lufkin; Dwayne Bohac, R-Houston; Gina Calanni, D-Houston; Giovanni Capriglione, R-Keller; Travis Clardy, R-Nacogdoches; Nicole Collier, D-Fort Worth; Drew Darby, R-San Angelo; Sarah Davis, R-Bellaire; Art Fierro, D-El Paso; Dan Flynn, R-Canton; Roland Gutierrez, D-San Antonio; Cole Hefner, R-Mount Pleasant; Ana Hernandez, D-Houston; Justin Holland, R-Rockwall; Dan Huberty, R-Kingwood; Todd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi; Celia Israel, D-Austin; Jeff Leach, R-Allen; J.M. Lozano, R-Portland; Morgan Meyer, R-Dallas; Thresa “Terry” Meza, D-Irving; Rick Miller, R-Sugar Land; Jim Murphy, R-Houston; Tan Parker, R-Flower Mound; Ana-Maria Ramos, D-Dallas; John T. Smithee, R-Amarillo; Phil Stephenson, R-Wharton; Ed Thompson, R-Pearland; Armando Waller, D-Houston; John Wray, R-Waxahachie; and Erin Zwiener, D-Driftwood

Votes against the Bill:

Representatives Alma Allen, D-Houston; Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas; Ernest Bailes, R-Shepherd; Michelle Beckley, D-Carrollton; Cecil Bell, R-Magnolia; Keith Bell, R-Athens; Diego M. Bernal, D-San Antonio; Kyle Biedermann, R-Fredericksburg; César Blanco, D-El Paso; Greg Bonnen, R-League City; Rhetta Bowers, D-Garland; Brad Buckley, R-Salado; John Bucy III, D-Austin; DeWayne Burns, R-Cleburne; Dustin Burrows, R-Lubbock; Angie Chen Button, R-Richardson; Briscoe Cain, R-Baytown; Terry Canales, D-Edinburg; Sheryl Cole, D-Austin; Garnet F. Coleman, D-Houston; Philip Cortez, D-San Antonio; Tom Craddick, R-Midland; John P. Cyrier, R-Bastrop; Yvonne Davis, D-Dallas; Jay Dean, R-Longview; Joe Deshotel, D-Port Arthur; Alex Dominquez, D-Brownsville Harold V. Dutton, Jr., D-Houston,; Jessica Farrar, D-Houston; James Frank, R-Wichita Falls; John Frullo, R-Lubbock; Barbara Gervin-Hawkins, D-San Antonio; Vikki Goodwin, D-Austin; Bobby Guerra, D-McAllen; Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City; Sam Harless, R-Houston; Abel Herrero, D-Corpus Christi; Gina Hinojosa, D-Austin; Eric Johnson, D-Dallas; Jarvis Johnson, D-Houston; Julie Johnson, D-Irving; Kyle Kacal, R-Bryan; Ken King, R-Canadian; Phil King, R-Weatherford; Stephanie Klick, R-North Richland Hills; John Kuempel, R-Seguin; Stan Lambert, R-Abilene; Brooks Landgraf, R-Odessa; Mike Lang, R-Granbury; Ben Leman, R-Brenham; Oscar Longoria, D-Mission; Ray Lopez, D-San Antonio; Armando “Mando” Martinez, D-Weslaco; Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio; Will Metcalf, R-Conroe; Mayes Middleton, R-Wallisville; Ina Minjarez, D-San Antonio; Christina Morales, D-Houston; Geanie W. Morrison, R-Victoria; Sergio Muñoz, Jr., D-Mission; Andrew Murr, R-Kerrville; Victoria Neave, D-Mesquite; Pancho Nevárez, D-Eagle Pass; Candy Noble, R-Murphy; Tom Oliverson, R-Houston; Evelina “Lina” Ortega, D-El Paso; Leo Pacheco, D-San Antonio; Chris Paddie, R-Marshall; Jarred Patterson, R-Frisco; Dennis Paul, R-Houston; Mary Ann Perez, D-Pasadena; Dade Phelan, R-Orange; Four Price, R-Amarillo; John Raney, R-Bryan; Richard Peña Raymond, D-Laredo; Ron Reynolds, D-Missouri City; Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin; Ramon Romero, Jr., D-Fort Worth; Toni Rose, D-Dallas; Jon Rosenthal, D-Houston; Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler; D.J. Sheffield, R-Gatesville; Carl Sherman, Sr., D-Lancaster; Hugh Shine, R-Temple; Reggie Smith, R-Van Alstyne; Drew Springer, R-Gainsville; Jonathan Strickland, R-Bedford; Lynn Stucky, R-Denton; James Talarico, D-Round Rock; Shawn Thierry, D-Houston; Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands; Chris Turner, D-Arlington; John Turner, D-Dallas; Gary VanDeaver, R-New Boston; James White, R-Woodville; Terry Wilson, R-Georgetown; Gene Wu, D-Houston; Bill Zedler, R-Arlington; John Zerwas, R-Katy

Background on HB2101:

HB2101 specifically related “to the regulation of reroofing contractors; providing administrative and civil penalties; authorizing fees; [and] requiring an occupational registration.” Currently, differentiation of a “roofing” versus “reroofing” business does not exist. Included in the bill’s proposed language: anyone in the “reroofing” business would have had to officially register their company with the Texas Commission for Licensing and Regulation – with a fee attached – and be subject to fines for failing to do so. Those fines would have been set up to $5,000 per day in administrative penalties and up to $500 per violation in civil penalties. Further, the registration was not a permanent one but one that would require reapplication every two years.
About TAMACC
The Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC) is a nonprofit 501 (c)(6) organization created to promote business leadership, create economic opportunities and provide legislative advocacy for the Hispanic business community in Texas. TAMACC was founded in 1975 to encourage opportunities in commerce and to organize local programs to improve the economic condition of the Hispanic population. TAMACC is an association with more than 15,000 members and advocates for over 700,000 Hispanic businesses in Texas.

Media Contact:

Pauline E. Anton
President & CEO
(512) 444-5727

J.R. Gonzales
Executive Vice Chair
(512) 289-3758
FOLLOW US