The Hispanic Executive Society International’s (HESI) new Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for the Northeast Houston area will be hosting a luncheon meeting for individuals interested in a leadership role Wednesday, July 14, at 11:30 at Amedeo’s on Loop 494. General meetings will be held the third Wednesday of every month, with the first meeting on Wednesday, July 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Cuco’s restaurant on Highway 59. HESI seeks to empower and network with Hispanic owners, professionals, entrepreneurs and non-Hispanics who want to expand their businesses and commerce within the Porter, Kingwood, Humble and Atascocita areas. “HESI has been mostly academic-focused since it was started in March 2008,” HESI President Joe Ramirez said. “Now we want to bring the Hispanic community an opportunity to expand their businesses and knowledge of business, and network with other Hispanics from all around the Houston area.” Monthly meetings, which will be translated to Spanish when necessary, will feature an inspiring Hispanic speaker and a program that will enhance sales and marketing skills through powerful networking events and alliances. The group hosts social events including Cinco de Mayo, Hispanic Heritage Celebration and a Holiday Gala which includes a formal evening affair announcing a Hispanic male and female of the year. This year, HESI awarded four exemplary Hispanic seniors scholarships. “We have an expanding population,” Ramirez said. “Already 41 percent of the Houston-Metro area is made up of Hispanics. The same demographics are being seen in the suburbs. We are hoping to address this expanding population by providing a place for Hispanics to come together and enhance their businesses.” The new Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is hoping to attract between 50 and 100 businessmen and women from the greater Houston area. “Controlling your destiny is vital regardless of your racial and ethnic background,” Ramirez said. “The best opportunity for Hispanics is to own a business, and the amount of opportunity in commerce in the Kingwood, Humble and Atascocita areas is booming.” Join now and assume a leadership role in the formation of a dynamic organization. For more information, contact Joe Ramirez at 832-527-0868 or visit

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