Hispanic business group expands, opens to all
Published 12:26 am Saturday, November 26, 2022
Two months after branching off from its parent organization and becoming an individual nonprofit, the Hispanic Business Association of Southeast Texas now has more than 60 members and an open invitation for more.
Erika Banda Menza said, “We are open to everyone, not just the Hispanic community.” “It’s more about the language barrier. People who don’t speak English don’t always have[certain]resources available to them.
The group began five years ago as the Hispanic Business Council, operating as an offshoot of the Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce.
“It was starting to escalate,” Menza said. “There are needs in the Hispanic community that we need to help fill.”
Now as a new non-profit, the group is looking forward to reaching all of Southeast Texas with a new identity and purpose.
In the past two months, the Hispanic Business Association has participated in five ribbon cuttings, partnered with New Beginnings Ministries to collect holiday toys for children, hosted two luncheons, according to a joint statement from Menza and Representative Raquel Ochoa. And talked to other businesses. and organizations, and participated in a fall festival in Port Arthur.
The statement read, “calling its members teammates because they truly feel like part of a team that works together with a common goal and that is to make room for everyone, but especially For Spanish speakers.” “Making them feel welcome, and where they can be understood and learn in their first language. Bringing events, lunch and learn meetings, workshops, presentations, networking opportunities and giving them the opportunity to promote their business.
There will be a mixer at 11 a.m. on December 6 at 2024 Netherland Avenue to meet with members of the organization
“It’s open to anyone who wants to go and meet with members of the Hispanic Business Association,” Menza said. “That’s where we’re going to announce the new board members.”
Those wishing to participate may respond by texting 409-300-8543 or 409-293-6839.
Refreshments will be provided.