The Hispanic Chamber advocates on behalf of the business community across the 101 cities of the U.S.
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The Chamber as a Platform
The evolution of the business chamber of commerce model has been rapidly accelerated by innovations in the political advocacy sphere where lobbying interests have now supplanted traditional business organizations as the front-line stakeholders. Political lobbying groups have not only become extensions of chamber of commerce business groups, but in many cases have displaced them entirely.
Fast forward to today, one can find many permutations of the original chamber of commerce organization formed to fulfill a broad range of objectives from simply being affinity groups, business support or social circles, local political advocates for companies needed to navigate the civic realm, to those seeking the advancement of social causes. The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce model is a subset of these, branching out even further into different types of ethnocentric organizations.
In the case of U.S.-based Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, these ethnocentric organizations are for the most part organized at the national, state, and regional level. Regional chambers can be city focused or county-wide, and in many cases have affiliations with neighboring chambers as well as those organized “above” them at the state or national level. Chambers of commerce are typically independent entities with no exclusive organizational or geographic jurisdiction which technically can be overlapped by any another organization. The only exception to this rule is generally the local city chamber of commerce, where usually the municipalities play a role in preserving the exclusivity of the original founding organization.
Traditionally, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce model has served the purpose of providing advocacy for Hispanic and minority-owned small businesses, though the charter of these organizations have naturally expanded into community causes and partnerships with civic leadership in driving local socioeconomic impact. The key element that has provided ethnocentric organizations, or any organization for that matter, has been the unity among its constituent supporters or members. The stronger the member or audience base, the stronger the leverage these organizations have been able to bring to matters of sociopolitical import.