ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN News) — With the 2016 Hispanic Business Conference and Expo (HBCE) at the Orange County Convention Center well underway, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro-Orlando (HCCMO) and the U.S. Small Business Administration signed a new Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM) Friday. The two-year partnership will connect Chamber members to greater resources for capital and counseling for small businesses, and expands the SBA’s involvement in the community.
Cassius Butts, U.S. Small Business Administration Regional Administrator appointed by President Obama, was on hand to host the signing. HCCMO Chair Lourdes Mora and SBA’s Vincent LaPresti signed the SAM, bringing the partnership to life.
“We are excited for this historic event,” Mora said Friday. Butts was equally excited for the alliance. “We’re always looking for ways to serve the community, in this case, the Hispanic community.”
The SBA has provided over $521 million in small business loans in Central Florida in the last fiscal year. The organization offers funding programs for minority business owners, women business owners, and a fee-free program for military veterans.
The HBCE is running from June 2-4, 2016. The ribbon cutting ceremony to open the Expo to the public will take place at 2:30pm Friday.
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