The Brazoria County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month with its second Latin Festival on Sept. 18 at the Pearland Town Center.

This event was created to educate and celebrate the many Latin cultures represented in our area. In addition, we added the Hispanic Hero Awards to this year's event.

The Brazoria County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has been accepting nominations and has awarded scholarships to four teachers and four students represented from four school districts in Brazoria County.

These scholarships were sponsored by BASF, Brazosport ISD, Tigner Law Firm, Rincon Law, MT Business Solutions and De La Torre Creative Media.

The Latin Festival would not be possible without support from our local businesses. We are sincerely grateful for our 2021 title sponsor, McDonald's.

Our gold sponsors for this year were Community Health Network and Dow Chemical, Silver Sponsors include MG Promotions, UTMB, State Rep. Ed Thompson, Pearland Conventions & Visitors Bureau, Internal Medicine Associates of Houston — Dr. Vishalakshmi Batchu and Chi St. Luke's.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

The Business Development Committee has been meeting to plan future workshops and industry round tables. Our first workshop is scheduled for Nov. 10 at the Springhill Suites in Pearland, sponsored by Community Health Network.

This workshop is for new businesses that need help with marketing, community involvement and the proper way to structure your business.

The fee is $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. Lunch will be provided by Sweets by Nancy.

We encourage any business that needs more information on how to get their business to grow to join us for this great event.

COFFEE WITH A COP

The BCHCC coordinated a "Cup with a Cop" event Sept. 8 with the Mexican Consulate in partnership with the Pearland Police Department.

The main goal of this event was to promote community relations with the police department, informing the Mexican community their main job is to serve and protect this community and break the barrier of fear toward police officers.

It was a huge success and I would like to thank everyone who attended.

USHCC NATIONAL CONVENTION

BCHCC will be representing Brazoria County at the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Convention in Las Vegas. This event highlights all the great things the chamber has been doing over the past year and what we look forward to in the future.

Representing the cities, communities and businesses all throughout Brazoria County plays a huge role at this event.

It gives us the opportunity to network with resources that we normally don't have the opportunity to get face to face.

We would not have been able to do this without the tremendous support of our cities and businesses — Mejia Industrial Supply, City of Pearland, City of Clute, City of Freeport, Brazoria County Elite, Gulf Coast Concrete and Shell.

WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS

• MG Promotions, Lake Jackson

• Sauce Street Grill, Lake Jackson

• Guadalajara Grill No. 2, Lake Jackson

To learn more about the Brazoria County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, please call the office at 979-233-2223.

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