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Colorado Springs Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosting first ‘Fiestas de Negocios’

Colorado Springs Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosting first 'Fiestas de Negocios'

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is hosting its first Fiestas de Negocios, with an array of Hispanic cultures coming together as they support each other during the pandemic.

About 15 Hispanic small businesses have joined forces to make this event happen. Most Colorado Springs businesses say they're having a hard time bouncing back from covid challenges, but for owners who may have a language barrier, or don't know what resources or support are out there, it's even tougher.  

Doug Mercado moved to Colorado Springs from Louisiana about a year ago and joined the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in March.

"This is an opportunity for folks to learn a little bit more, not just about the chamber but about what we can help each other with, we are looking forward to seeing how we can grow the chamber and the Hispanic business community," said Mercado.

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a place where Latin small businesses come together to network, celebrate their accomplishments and provide each other with the means they need to succeed. But the business luncheons where the networking usually happens sponsorships range anywhere from $50 to $1,000. Though a ticket for the business luncheons are $25.00 and $35.00 for non-members, this time it will be free of charge.

Moni Hernandez, chair for the Colorado Springs Hispanic Chamber of Commerce says they are working to make this more accessible for small business owners in the community.

"We are doing a free event for a lot of business owners, we know that a lot of them have suffered during the pandemic and this is going to be something that is going to bring the community together," added Hernandez.

You can expect food from a variety of Latin American cultures, music, and raffles, but it'll also have a financial literacy class in an effort to make those businesses feel supported.

"A lot of the restaurants that are participating are giving us the food to give out to the community they want us to all unite to enjoy their food and know who they are because there are some businesses where people don't know where to get Venezuelan food or Columbian food," said Hernandez.

The event will be on Sunday from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and it is free to attend. It will take place at Silver Key Center, located at1655 S. Murray Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO 80916

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