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  • 22-Dec-2021 10:43 PM | Melanie Marie Boyer (Administrator)

    Press Release: 12/22/2021

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    Empowering Business Owners and Professionals to Weather The Uncertainties Of  Covid-19 and  Develop a Renewed Resiliency For The Future

    Hillman Foundation Provides $75,000 for scholarships to the Hispanic Chamber’s BSA Business Success Academy Program


    Pittsburgh, PA. (December 23, 2021) – The Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and CE Leadership Group are partnering to launch its 2021 class of the Business Success Academy (BSA) Program to combat the disproportionate effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on Hispanic Businesses in addition to the existing business achievement gap. Applications are being accepted at until January 21, 2022 and participants will be notified by February 14th.

    “With Hispanics creating 87% of all new jobs since the great recession and Latinas (alone) creating 50% of all new jobs in the country today, it is more important than ever, to the United States Economy, that we ensure that Latinx entrepreneurs are equipped for success and poised for growth.” 

    - Melanie Marie Boyer, Executive Director, PMAHCC

    While the numbers for starting businesses and creating jobs are higher than other ethnic groups, Hispanic businesses remain the least likely to reach one million dollars in revenue. The  goal of the Business Success Academy is to provide professional and business development training to empower entrepreneurs and business owners to  grow to new levels and weather the uncertainties of the coronavirus pandemic and develop a renewed resiliency for the future and thereby strengthening the local Hispanic community and the region at large. 

    “The program is designed to grow critical professional and business skills needed to improve leadership and get work done faster, better and at a lower cost ; in all aspects of human interaction both in business and professional contexts thereby increasing overall professional performance, productivity and success.” 

    - Joe Eliza, CEO & Founder - CE Leadership Group

    The Hillman Foundation has provided funding in the amount of $75,000 to provide 20 Hispanic Small Businesses with scholarships for the program that include: Professional Entrepreneurial Program Costs, Software, Trainers, Workbooks, one-on-one Marketing (through local Marketing Company, Higher Images) or Financial Consulting Services, a print ad, graduation ceremony, video documentation and Small Business Membership with benefits (for non-members). Corporate Sponsorships are also being sought.

    To Apply Now Visit:

    Or call 412-533-9300

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  • 22-Dec-2021 9:07 PM | Melanie Marie Boyer (Administrator)

    PRESS RELEASE 12/22/2021

    Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Penn State Greater Allegheny to hold 3rd annual basketball charity event

    The Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (PMAHCC) and Penn State Greater Allegheny (PSUGA) are partnering to host their 3rd annual basketball charity game on January 8th, 2022. This event was created by Jesus Torres and his planning committee to raise funds to benefit the PMAHCC Foundation Educational Fund and PSUGA’s scholarship program.  

    “I created the event three years ago, and I wanted to marry two things that I’m very passionate about. One of them is basketball. I’m from Puerto Rico, but I moved here to the States because I received a scholarship to play basketball. I moved my senior year of high school, and then I played a little bit of college basketball,” said Jesus Torres, Celebrity Basketball Event Chair at Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Partner at Davis Torres Financial Group.

    “The second part is the importance of education and making sure that our future generations have the proper resources and help to be able to afford college. Specifically, here we are targeting the Latino community. I wanted to marry both of them together, so I created the event.”

    This event will feature celebrity appearances from Nate Walker from American Idol, Carla Cortijo former WNBA and Puerto Rican National Team Player, Garrett Miller and Brandon Gomes from Siesta Key on MTV, Derek Frazier from Big Brother, Chris Edmonds former Cincinnati Bengal and former Harlem Globetrotter player, members of the Steel City Yellow Jackets and many more. 

    The event will also feature a variety of games and prizes for attendees to enjoy. 

    “I created a planning committee, and we have people who have dedicated a lot of time to it. This year, we have someone from Penn State Greater Allegheny, Laura King, and my wife Elizabeth; they both have helped me so much. I’m grateful too for the players and coaches that have been helping with this event,” Torres said. 

    Torres said in the past two years of this event, they have raised between $23,000 and $24,000. He said this year so far, they have collected $25,000 just in sponsorships. “We have been growing since day one. Last year we had about 350 fans; this year, we’re hoping to have 500 or even more,” said Torres. 

    The charity basketball event will be held at Penn State Greater Allegheny on January 8th from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. A swag bag with snacks and gifts will be provided at the event. Tickets for this event make for a great last-minute holiday gift for the entire family! 

    Tickets can be purchased here:

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  • 09-Feb-2021 10:57 PM | Melanie Marie Boyer (Administrator)


    PPP Apply Now: The Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Partners to Empower Businesses to Apply for the PPP Loan Program


    Pittsburgh, PA. (February 9, 2021) – The Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Customers Bank are partnering to offer a streamlined platform for the Paycheck Protection Program, providing assistance to business owners with applications through a system that will ensure completeness of the application as well as provide one-on-one customer service in both English and Spanish.  


    “It is crucial that all businesses, especially in our underserved communities, have access to the tools needed to accurately complete a PPP application. This process will break down barriers for all businesses, especially the minority small business who are the least likely to receive funding in this last round of loans. 


    Providing one-on-one assistance in both English and Spanish, we can also help limit discrepancies in the applications process for Hispanic entrepreneurs. It is our goal, in partnership with Customers Bank, The Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation, Latino Community Center, Casa San Jose, and other partners, that all those who need PPP assistance have an equal opportunity to apply and qualify for this round of funds.”

    - Melanie Marie Boyer, Director - Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


    This program is one of a handful of hybrid financial technology models that support the SBA’s initial round of Paycheck Protection Program loans, This loan is designed to provide quick economic relief to small businesses across the country. By working with select partners, over 100,000 SBA-approved loans were processed by Customers Bank– the fifth highest of all lenders in the nation – and in 2020 provided an aggregate value of over $5 billion to small businesses without discrimination in the loan amount, business size, race, ethnicity, or any other biases. Deadline for PPP loan application is 



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  • 17-Sep-2020 3:30 PM | Melanie Marie Boyer (Administrator)

    PMAHCC Director, Melanie Marie Boyer has been named to WPXI-TV Pittsburgh's "Pittsburgh Get's Real" Advisory Board to act as an agent of change in leveling the playing field for underestimated groups to receive fair and equal opportunity, pay and media coverage.

    She was featured in the recent segment "Local leaders say social injustice won’t change until we talk about it". Check out the full article and video HERE.

    "Melanie Marie Boyer, the director of the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, said she can cite specific examples of implicit bias.

    She told the story of a successful Latina woman who owns a tech company with Fortune 100 clients that rakes in hundreds of millions of dollars, but still can’t compete in a space for capital.

    “When we look at the studies and we look at the numbers, there is no reason that 87% of all angel investing should go to white males,” Boyer said.

    Things will only begin to change by having conversations about social justice and equity Boyer said.

    “It starts with our children and teaching them about equality and that you know, you and I and the next person, all of our ideas are equal, and that we should all be given an equal opportunity to make the world a better place for everyone,” Boyer said."

  • 08-Jul-2020 10:43 AM | Melanie Marie Boyer (Administrator)

    The deadline to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been extended to August 8, 2020.

    The time is now! If you have not applied and are in need of a loan to cover your operating costs, please apply for the PPP today. Do not wait! These federal loans can be forgiven if businesses follow rules such as utilizing 60% of the loan for payroll costs as demonstrated in the graphic below



    Find an SBA-Approved Lender
    Apply through CDC Small Business Finance
    Encontrar un Prestamista de la SBA
    Aplicar a Través de CDC Small Business Finance

    As of June 27, the remaining amount left to distribute equates to more than $134 billion. This includes $10 billion of PPP funding set aside for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). 


    This extension will help America's Hispanic and Minority-owned small businesses affected by COVID-19 still seeking PPP loans.


    The US Hispanic Chamber of Commece has partnered with Goldman Sachs and CDC Small Business Finance to streamline the PPP process for our small business members. Click here to apply through CDC Small Business Finance today.


    For more information the USHCC and Goldman Sachs had proviced a bilingual webinar on the Paycheck Protection Program. To access the video, enter the case-sensitive audience passcode: GS10KSB.


    The PPP was created in March through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and has been modified twice since its passage to adjust to the needs of America’s more than 30 million small businesses. The USHCC proudly represents more than 4.7 million Hispanic Business Enterprises (HBEs). 


    The PPP loans have provided a lifeline for more than 4 million businesses who have already been approved for PPP funding. 


    We must continue to work towards ensuring that Hispanic and Minority-owned businesses have equitable access to economic relief as we recover from the COVID-19 crisis.




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  • 07-Jul-2020 11:52 AM | Melanie Marie Boyer (Administrator)

    You're invited to a Global Virtual Supplier Training and Empowerment Program (STEP) in Spanish on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. ET!

    Join us on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 3:30-5:00 p.m. ET for a Spanish-language Supplier Training and Empowerment Program (STEP) virtually on Zoom.


    What is STEP?


    Enabling the economic empowerment of women business owners is a priority at Coca-Cola. That’s because when women succeed, economies and communities greatly benefit. In 2010, Coca-Cola launched "5by20," an initiative aiming to enable the economic empowerment of 5 million women entrepreneurs by 2020 across the company’s value chain—all businesses Coca-Cola touches. STEP is designed to help women-owned suppliers stay competitive and grow their businesses.


    The Coca-Cola 5by20 program is a global initiative focused on bringing economic empowerment through business skills training, loans and financial services, and building peer networks and mentoring. 




    Coca-Cola has partnered with HopeSeasons, LLC and the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to offer a LIVE Spanish language version of STEP to equip participants with key learnings and tools to help start, grow and sustain businesses by identifying and eliminating potential barriers. Targeted symposium participation is open to organizations identified by Coca-Cola or HopeSeasons, LLC who are specifically focused on the success of Hispanic women owned businesses.


    There is no cost to participate.

    Register Here


    ¡Usted está invitado a un Programa de Capacitacion de Proveedores (PASO) Permitiendo el Empoderamiento Económico en Español el jueves 16 de julio de 2020 a las 3:30 p.m. ET!




    Únase a nosotros el jueves 16 de julio de 2020 a las 3:30-5:00 p.m. ET para un Programa de Capacitación de Proveedores (PASO) Permitiendo el Empoderamiento Económico en Español virtual en Zoom.



    ¿Qué es el PASO?

    Permitir el empoderamiento económico de las mujeres empresarias es una prioridad en Coca-Cola. Eso es porque cuando las mujeres triunfan, las economías y las comunidades se benefician enormemente. En 2010, Coca-Cola lanzó "5by20," una iniciativa destinada a permitir el empoderamiento económico de 5 millones de mujeres empresarias para 2020 en toda la cadena de valor de la compañía, todos los negocios que Coca-Cola toca. PASO está diseñado para ayudar a los proveedores de mujeres a mantenerse competitivas y hacer crecer sus negocios.


    El programa "5by20" de Coca-Cola es una iniciativa global enfocada en llevar el empoderamiento económico a 5 millones de mujeres para 2020. El programa se enfoca en la capacitación de habilidades comerciales, préstamos y servicios financieros y en la construcción de redes y orientación para individuos.




    Coca-Cola se ha asociado con HopeSeasons, LLC para ofrecer una versión en vivo de PASO en español para equipar a los participantes con aprendizajes y herramientas clave para ayudar a iniciar, hacer crecer y mantener negocios al identificar y eliminar posibles barreras. La participación en el simposio está abierta a organizaciones identificadas por Coca-Cola o HopeSeasons, LLC que se centran específicamente en el éxito de los negocios propiedad de mujeres hispanas.


    No hay costo por participar.


    Registrarse Aquí




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  • 09-Jun-2020 11:56 AM | Melanie Marie Boyer (Administrator)

    There is NO COST to attend these virtual trainings thanks to the underwriting by our partners at Wells FaWe, along with our national chapter the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, would like to invite you and your board members, staff and committee members to participate in Free Chamber Training on June 16, 30, and July 14 along with Chamber Leadership Alliance partners the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC), and the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Fund (USPAACC).

    Our first chamber training session put together by these four national chamber organizations will be covering "Fundraising and Grant Writing in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond".

    We invite our network of chamber board members and staffers to sign up for this training that will provide comprehensive training in the following four categories:

    1. Fundraising, Grant Writing & Access to Capital

    2. Leadership Development & Chamber Governance

    3. Administration and Sustainability

    4. Strategic Planning & Business Plan Development

    There is NO COST to attend these virtual training thanks to the underwriting by our partners at Wells Fargo.

    There is NO COST to attend these virtual trainings thanks to the underwriting by our partners at Wells Fargo.


    Sign Up Now


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  • 13-Mar-2020 3:05 PM | Melanie Marie Boyer (Administrator)

    March 13, 2020

    In response to the rapidly evolving events surrounding COVID-19 and in the best interest of our community at large, the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is hereby postponing all in-person events occurring through May 5th until further notice. This includes but is not limited to:

    • Great Gathering 7 (in partnership with the Pittsburgh Business Exchange)
    • Annual Members Meeting hosted by People’s Gas and Catered by Pisko Peruvian
    • Spring Networking at La Palapa
    • Team-build for a Better World at Global Links
    • Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program at the Pittsburgh Business Show
    • Pittsburgh Riverhounds Mixer and Game Attendance through May
    • Committee & Board Team Builders 
                    (Brother’s Brother - March, Fogo de Chago - April)

    Please keep in mind that if the state of public health changes this period may be lengthened or shortened depending on the recommendations of local, state and federal government or other appropriate entities.

    We encourage you to follow recommendations by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for accurate and up-to-date information on the COVID-19 pandemic.  For updates on cases in Pennsylvania, visit the PA Department of Health website.

    As per the aforementioned entities, please exercise hand washing hygiene and staying home when sick, social distancing - avoiding shaking hands, not standing close to others, not gathering in large groups, minimizing general social contact - is one of the best ways to slow the pace of the spread of COVID-19. In this manner we not only protect ourselves, but also others we come into contact with throughout the day.

    We look forward to seeing all of your healthy smiling faces once public health concerns have subsided.

    Thank you for your understanding,

    Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 

    1555 Broadway Ave, Second Floor  Pittsburgh PA 15219 U.S.A.


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  • 27-Feb-2020 4:29 PM | Melanie Marie Boyer (Administrator)
  • 17-Oct-2019 11:37 AM | Melanie Marie Boyer (Administrator)

     Second Annual Día de los Muertos Soirée to be Hosted at Market St. Events Space on Fl. 2 & 3 above Market Street Grocery

    October 15th, 2019 (PITTSBURGH, PA)  Acrobatique Creative and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to bring the second annual Día de los Muertos celebration to Pittsburgh. On Friday, November 1st, beginning at 6PM at Market Street Event Space above the Market Street Grocery on the second and third floor, guests are invited to enjoy an evening filled with themed cuisine, live entertainment and cocktails in celebration of the ancient tradition.

    The annual soirée will unite attendees with a hand-crafted Raise a Spirit to the Spirit Toast at 9P to celebrate the growth of a city, culture and people. In addition to uniting the community, a percentage of the proceeds will aid the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation Scholarship Fund. This initiative is aimed to provide academic scholarships to deserving local Hispanic students for trade, college, and graduate school. Donations will also be accepted at the event.

    "Día de los Muertos is traditionally a Mexican celebration, but here in Pittsburgh, the Hispanic Community is uniting to celebrate all Hispanic Heritage as one community unidos to support scholarships for the next generation of Latino Leaders,” said Carmen O. Malloy, Chairman PMAHCC/Peoples Gas, Sponsoring Partner. 

    General admission and VIP tickets are available for purchase at: Showclix 

    General Admission 7-10P ($11.01):

    • Appetizers featuring traditional cuisine

    • Unity tequila shot courtesy of el Jimador

    • Live music by DJ SMI

    VIP Tickets 6-7P ($25.00):

    • All of the above, plus…

    • Exclusive VIP hour from 6 PM – 7 PM 

    • Themed face painting

    • Drink ticket for a signature cocktail courtesy of el Jimador

    • Additional live entertainment by Noel Quintana 


    For more information, visit the Dìa de los Muertos event page.


    Día de los Muertos or the “Day of the Dead” is an annual holiday that is celebrated to remember friends and family members that have passed away. During this time, family members visit the gravesites of loved ones to bring favorite foods and decorations of candles and flowers. They sing, dance, eat and tell stories of their deceased loved ones.


    The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is the primary advocate for the Hispanic business community’s interests in the Pittsburgh region. The commerce strives to promote Hispanic businesses and professionals in the Pittsburgh area and to encourage the advancement of Pittsburgh’s Hispanic community.


    We are brand enthusiasts, creative problem solvers and social strategists, and we love what we do. Acrobatique is a Creative Branding Boutique that believes that a brand needs to be consistent in marketing both online and offline. It is important to make sure that consumers understand that the marketing message needs to have synergy and consistency throughout digital and traditional channels to create a successful result. 

    Media Contact: Ronda Zegarelli 303-6456

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