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KCHCC receives prestigious Chamber of the Year Award from the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce

Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


September 11, 2021

The Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (KCHCC) is proud to announce it will be receiving the prestigious award of Chamber of the Year. This honor was awarded at the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce’s (CHCC) Annual Statewide Convention on Sept. 11 in Palm Springs, California.

“The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce was truly impressed and inspired by the work the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has been accomplishing throughout the pandemic,” says Julian Canete, President and CEO of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce. “The recipient of this award is chosen out of 115 chambers and affiliates in the State of California. Kern County not only continued to serve its members but found a way to focus on and serve Kern County’s Hispanic community at large. It will be a privilege to honor them and their work on the 20th anniversary of 9/11.”

This award recognizes a Hispanic Chamber for their work in leading the advancement of Hispanic small businesses and the communities they serve. The award recognizes excellence in operations, member services, and community leadership.  

“This is an absolute honor that I am proud to share with our Board of Directors, especially, over the course of the past two years,” said Jay Tamsi, President/CEO of the KCHCC. “Our organization is resilient and continues to be dedicated to Kern County’s economic and community development.

Since its inception in 1985, the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has been dedicated to helping Hispanic owned businesses and business professionals succeed within its community. Through various community partnerships, the organization has dedicated itself to granting access to business development workshops, community-based academies and educational seminars to its members and the community at large. Member celebrations such as grand-openings, special events and monthly mixers have also been a strong suit of the Chamber’s ability to bring its community together.

Over the last 12 months, KCHCC partnered with Kern County Public Health and numerous community partners, community leaders and health care institutions to bring free COVID-19 testing sites and vaccination clinics to Kern County’s underserved neighborhoods and community centers. These widely successful and heavily attended clinics are due in part, to the chamber’s strong community presence and esteemed reputation.

In addition to the Kern County Latino COVID-19 Task Force, the Chamber was able to implement a strong virtual learning arena for its members and local business community. Online seminars relating to employment law, health and safety rules and regulations and traditional business readiness and preparation were continuously offered during the pandemic.

The CHCC’s Annual Convention is the largest regional gathering and networking venue for Hispanic businesses in the nation. The Convention also serves as a venue where the CHCC features the accomplishments and success of Hispanic business and community.  

The CHCC is a statewide network of over 115 local Hispanic chambers and trade associations, creating the largest and premier ethnic business organization in the nation, representing the interest of the over 815,000 Hispanic businesses in California. For over forty years, the CHCC has served as the leading regional Hispanic business organization in the nation, working to bring California’s Hispanic-owned businesses to the forefront of both California and national economic agendas.


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