Chamber Annual Convention

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On October 14, 2016, the Statewide Hispanic Chamber Of  Commerce of New Jersey (SHCCNJ) will proudly host its flagship event, the 26th Annual Convention & Awards Luncheon. Held at the Palisadium in Cliffside Park, New Jersey, the SHCCNJ #familia will meet for a celebration of diversity and the growth of all businesses in the Garden State.

The Chamber Annual Convention is an opportunity to bring together all those who work tirelessly with the Chamber to continue its mission of being the voice of the 80,000 Latino businesses in New Jersey. Over seventy exhibitors, government officials, corporate leaders and diplomats all come together as one big SHCCNJ #familia.

“The Chamber Annual Convention, in its 26th iteration, is our signature event,” said the brand new Executive Director Jazlyn Carvajal.  “The Chamber’s mission has always been the promotion, growth and development for all New Jersey businesses.  As such, we are committed to creating platforms for both members and non-members alike to facilitate businesses growth, exposure and opportunity.  For small businesses, this means collaborations with larger corporations and government entities to grow collectively as on a #familia,” she shared.

Keynote speaker at the Chamber Annual Convention

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Senator (D-NJ) Bob Menendez

This year, the keynote speaker for the event will be Senator Bob Menendez, the longstanding Democratic Senator for New Jersey.

Senator Menendez grew up the son of Cuban immigrants in a tenement building in Union City and has risen to become one of 100 United States Senators. He served as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the 113th Congress and has been widely recognized for his leadership on promoting safe and healthy families.

He has championed legislation to support mothers suffering from postpartum depression, help families meet the challenges of autism, and keep young athletes safe from harm on the playing field. As member of the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, he has championed increased consumer protection and corporate accountability, fairness in lending, affordable housing, and comprehensive approaches to community revitalization.

Chamber Annual Convention Awards

Every year the Chamber Annual Convention presents prestigious awards to extraordinary and visionary individuals, as well as corporate and government advocates who contribute to and have demonstrated exemplary excellence and leadership in their professions.

2016 Award Recipients are:

Chairman’s Award, Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno


Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno was born in Waterloo, Iowa, moving all over the country as a child before she made New Jersey her home. Kim began her public career as a federal prosecutor where she earned a reputation as being tough and independent. She then moved to the United States Attorney’s office in Newark, New Jersey, served as Assistant Attorney General and other public positions including becoming the first female Sheriff of Monmouth County. Ms. Guadagno was sworn in as New Jersey’s first Lieutenant Governor on January 19, 2010.

Other important figures of the New Jersey business and political scene will receive awards at the Chamber’s Annual Convention including:

  • Attorney of the Year, Louis Zayas
  • Rising Star of the Year, Giselle Bellas
  • Latina Trailblazer of the Year, Mayor Wilda Diaz
  • Restauranteur of the Year, Leo Cervantes
  • Outstanding Culinary Person of the Year, Ronaldo Linares
  • Start-Up of the Year, Jimena Flores
  • Non-Profit Advocate of the Year, Jovannie Lorenzo
  • Businessperson of the Year, Rick Martinez / Señor Sangria
  • Social Media Ambassador of the Year, Myriam Cruz

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“All our nominees have cemented their places within the New Jersey business and political community,” Executive Director Carvajal said.  “However, this year we looked beyond personal achievement.  Our theme is familia, and the strengthening of the Latino business community via mentorship, volunteerism and collaboration.  All our nominees have proven their commitment to these principles.  They are mentors, volunteers, advocates and outstanding role models for us all to admire and celebrate,” she explained.

Whether availing the New Jersey community with substantive business opportunities, providing education and training or encouraging an open discourse between the public and private sector, the Chamber’s familia ideology is at the forefront of its methodology.

If you are looking to make new business contacts, explore additional business opportunities or cultivate new relationships, the Chamber’s Annual Convention has become synonymous with excellence and commitment to the business community.

Jazlyn Carvajal, Executive Director, SHCCCNJ

Jazlyn Carvajal, Executive Director, SHCCCNJ

Take advantage of the Chamber’s various workshops, opportunities for career development and networking. This luncheon is a who’s who of New Jersey finest in both the public and the private sector. Sit amongst community leaders, and learn about New Jersey’s future in international markets, market your business and get a better understanding of why working together empowers our community.

Carvajal concluded, “It has been a great honor to be appointed the first Executive Director; however, my focus continues to be the Board’s vision, the Chairman’s enthusiasm and the countless other volunteers that comprise the Chamber. I am but a small part of a larger #familia.  Together we will continue to host successful events that are integral parts in the growth and development of the New Jersey Latino business community.”

Visit us at our booth for a LIBizus Photo Gallery and enter the opportunity to win a ticket to our Best Business Award on November 29 at Son Cubano!

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