Colorado Springs Utilities, Add Staff and the U.S. Air Force Academy were three of the big-name organizations represented at the first Hispanic Chamber of Commerce business exposition and job fair. The event drew 57 booths and more than 300 people, said Ivonne Bass, executive director of the chamber.
Hispanic businesses accounted for 30 percent of the booths, and the majority of booth participants saw a return on their booth investment “two times over,” said Gene Sanchez, president of the Hispanic chamber. “I know that people found jobs, too,” Sanchez said.
The event, which was held at the Phil Long Ford Center, included a Mariachi band, Panamanian dancers and the chamber’s regular networking after-hours program, Enlace Latino.
Peter Marky, president-elect of the Hispanic chamber, said the event ran smoothly and the community can count on it happening again next year. The Hispanic chamber has more than 350 members, and gaining 15 to 20 members per month, Marky said.