Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
Professional Development and Leadership Training

BACKGROUND

Texas was the birth place of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce. Founded in 1929, the San Antonio chamber, having been originally chartered as the Mexican Chamber of Commerce, was created to unite and empower the Hispanic business community despite the economic and social conditions of the day. By 1939 both Dallas, Texas and Corpus Christi, Texas had established Hispanic chambers of there won

The Hispanic men and women of Texas have always played a significant role in chamber development and leadership, not only with in the boarders of the state but all across the country.

In 1975 the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC) was formed. At the time as it still is today TAMACC is truly a statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce that is inclusive of all the Hispanic chambers in Texas.

In 1979 TAMACC leadership was sitting at the table in Kansas City to establish a new national business organization the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC). In the genies of this organization other Hispanic leaders from across the country agreed to use TAMACC and it’s by-laws as a model in the launching of this new national effort.

Today, there are about 23 Hispanic chambers of commerce in Texas. Nationally there are over 200 Hispanic chambers across the nation that can all trace their roots, one way or another to Texas. Along with advocacy and economic development, TAMACC produce a product that impacts our state and country on a daily basis. TAMACC produces leaders.

To date three of TAMACC’s past chairmen have also served as chairmen of the board of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Leading by example at all levels has become a trademark of TAMACC leadership.

OBJECTIVE

To better prepare the men and women of Texas Hispanic Chambers to take on leadership roles and to continue demonstrating true leadership on a local, state and national level.

Part of this perpetration would be a 12-14 hour board training and leadership development course targeted to enable and empower chamber board members to have a better understand of their roles and responsibilities. This course would also give participating chambers and staff ideas, best practices and resources to be an effective chamber in their community.
Below is an outline of what a course could look like. There needs to be core components that are taught in each participating chambers but the flexibility to tailor training to their particular needs.

HISPANIC CHAMBER 101

This professional development and leadership training course is designed to better prepare individuals who are currently serving as board members or in a leadership role of a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The objective of this leadership course is to teach the fundamentals of being an effective board member and/or volunteer and best practices to properly and efficiently manage and operate a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Participants of this interactive course will learn the basic principals of what a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is and how it should operate. Participants will learn essential tools necessary to improve personal skill sets and gain the capacity to understand the infrastructure, utilize the resources and execute the leadership necessary to have and sustain a successful chamber of commerce in their community.

COURSE TOPICS

  • What is the Purpose of a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce?
  • Understanding the Legal Structure and Governance of the Organization
  • Board of Directors’ Fiduciary Responsibilities and Legal Obligations
  • Why is it Important for your Community to have a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce?
  • Organizing your Organization
  • Staying Focused on the Organizations’ Mission and Objectives
  • How to Effectively Organize and Run Chamber Meetings
  • How to Develop Effective and Profitable Programs of Work
  • Corporate Fundraising Best Practices and How to Generate Cash Flow
  • Methods to Improve and Increase Chamber Membership
  • Hispanic Chamber’s Role in Economic Development for your Community
  • Taking your Chamber to the Next Level

The above topics are designed to give your volunteers a comprehensive view of what it really takes to be an effective and responsible board member for a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Training Schedule

Chambers would be required to make a comment to have their full board present for the two days of training. The training would start on a Friday afternoon end on Saturday afternoon.

The course requires a time allotment of 12 -14 hours to done an effective training.

To schedule a training for you chamber contact Pauline Anton at panton@tamacc.org or call
(512) 444-5727

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