Our History and Purpose
The Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (SHCCNJ), had its beginnings in 1989 when business leaders met with Governor Tom Kean and were encouraged to start a Chamber to foster, mentor, and train Hispanic-owned businesses in New Jersey. Over the years, NJ BIZ has ranked our chamber among the largest in the state.
As a not-for-profit organization for over 30 years, SHCCNJ is the voice of the 120,000 Hispanic Owned businesses that contribute over $20 Billion to the State’s economy. The Chamber is the premier vehicle to access the Latino community and its formidable purchasing power, as evidenced by our growth of non-Hispanic membership reaching 45 percent.
The Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of NJ has been ranked as NJ’s largest chamber of commerce by NJ Biz magazine for the last 5 years. The Chamber has been actively involved with various local organizations as well as the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. We have leveraged these relationships to grow our Chamber in order to further serve our members. We are always working to find innovative ways to add additional benefits and value to our members and the community at large.
Our mission is to promote the continued growth and development of New Jersey businesses. We accomplish our mission by:
- Expanding business opportunities
- Educate and train entrepreneurs and business owners
- Encouraging mutually beneficial ties with the public and private sectors
- Serving as an active and visible advocate in the political process
- Actively promoting trade between the business community of State, National and International counterparts
The Objectives of the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey are:
- Provide technical assistance to small businesses, professional associations, and entrepreneurs via regional meetings, seminars, conferences and annual convention.
- To strengthen and expand the network of Hispanic and professional business associations at the local and state level.
- To identify and communicate the needs of the Hispanic and General business community by increasing relations with the corporate sector.
- To influence legislation, policies, and program that have a positive impact on the small business community.
- To continue to provide strong leadership for New Jersey with the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
- To provide leadership and support for excellence in education NOW for future business leaders.