Central Washington Hispanic
Chamber of Commerce

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In partnership with

Association of Washington State Chambers of Commerce

King County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Hispanic Business/Professional Association of Spokane

Inland Northwest Latino Chamber of Commerce

Northwest Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce



On behalf of the recently formed Central Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (CWHCC)  
We are cordially extending the invitation to become a member.  The CWHCC promotes Hispanic businesses and other professionals throughout Yakima Valley & Central Washington who supports cultural events that contribute to the appreciation of our diversity.  Our members will represent diversified backgrounds demographics, professions and businesses. We take great pride in our organization for being a venue for Hispanic and other entrepreneurs, leaders and professionals throughout the Yakima Valley and Central Washington. We invite you to become part of something special and the great opportunity to contribute to a meaningful cause. We encourage you to take advantage of the great opportunities that this organization has to offer. We will strive to provide you with the support of our CWHCC familia.

Very truly yours,
Central Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (CWHCC)

Upcoming Events!


Thanks to all who came to our Meet & Greet! And special thanks to our speaker Mike Gempler for his insight on the role of Latinos in Washington's ag industry. 

And please don't forget to nominate a "star" from our community for this year's Estrella Awards. You can do that by visiting our website at www.cwhcc.org and clicking on the Estrella Award Nominations link. We're seeking nominees in the following categories: Civic Leader, Business Leader, Educator, Healthcare Professional, and Law Enforcement/Firefighter. We'll be accepting nomination through September 15th.


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Estrella Awards

CWHCC is pleased to partner with the Latino Professionals Association for our inaugural "Estrella Awards", designed to recognize outstanding contributors to the Yakima Valley community.

Nominations are being accepted by anyone from the community and may be made on our website. We will be recognizing individuals from five categories: Business Leader, Civic Leader, Healthcare Professional, Educator and Law Enforcement/Firefighter. You have until September 15th to make your nominations.

Finalists will be recognized during a special "Estrellas de Noche" dinner, on October 18th at the Yakima Valley Hotel & Convention Center. 

For more information contact:

  • Ignacio Marquez, Central WA Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (509) 388-8560 
  • Teresa Sanchez, Latino Professionals Association (509) 901-0865 
  • Bryan Hollenbaugh, Central WA Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (509) 952-7909

News & Updates


Regional Administrator Calvin Goings

Small Businesses Can Earn Federal Contracts

I am proud to announce that the federal government met its small business federal contracting goal for the first time in eight years. In Fiscal Year 2013, our government awarded 23.39 percent in federal contracts to small businesses. That’s  $83.1 billion of contracting dollars according to SBA’s Small Business Procurement Scorecard.  

We all know that when small businesses earn federal contracts, it’s a ‘win-win’ for the federal government and for small businesses, the innovative job creators who fuel the nation’s economy.

One of the first steps in becoming a government contractor is to determine if your small business qualifies for government contracts on SBA.gov. If your small business qualifies, you will need to register your business with the federal government’s System of Award Management (SAM), the primary database of vendors doing business with the federal government.

The SBA offers many additional support programs for America’s small businesses such as:

The SBA 8(a) Business Development Program offers an inclusive and broad scope of assistance to firms that are owned and controlled by underserved individuals. This program includes SBA’s Mentor-Protégé Program, designed to connect successful firms with 8(a) program participants to establish your small business entrepreneurial success.

The ChallengeHer Initiative, a SBA partnership with Women Impacting Public Policy and American Express Open provides women a forum for discussion on federal contracting and connects women-owned businesses to increase their small business network.

SBA’s SUB-Net is a comprehensive database listing subcontracting opportunities by large prime contractors and other non-federal agencies.

You can learn further about small businesses and federal contracting through the SBA classroom. The Government Contracting Classroom can be accessed atwww.sba.gov/gcclassroom

The SBA is here to help you, so after exploring the various SBA tools above, make sure you contact your nearest SBA office for additional resources and counseling. 

Spotlight: Influential Hispanics








Ignacio Marquez, Chairman Central Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 

"Thank you for visiting our website.  If you are not a member, we hope you consider joining our Chamber to be part of making a difference in our communities. We are at the brink of venturing into exciting times and we would like for you to join us!"