R 298
2021 -- S 0943
Enacted 06/08/2021

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators Cano, Quezada, and Acosta
Date Introduced: June 03, 2021

     WHEREAS, Incorporated on May 19th of 2016, the RI Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
was organized to represent, promote and empower Rhode Island's Hispanic business community
in order to create a business environment that sustains economic vitality by supporting the needs
of local businesses and by building strong relationships between corporate America and the
Hispanic-owned businesses in our State; and
     WHEREAS, The Chamber represents Hispanic-owned small businesses, entrepreneurs
and institutions "committed to the economic development and success of the Hispanic business
community" and based on the "highest standards of ethics, integrity, and community service"; and
     WHEREAS, In addition, the Chamber monitors and advocates "for sound public policies,
and programs that impact Hispanic businesses" and collaborates "with the Hispanic community
and other Hispanic organizations in order to support the advancement, education, and economic
growth of the Hispanic community" in Rhode Island; and
     WHEREAS, Over the past year, COVID has had a devastating effect on Hispanic-owned
businesses with 32 percent failing according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. The
Chamber has offered assistance by waiving the fee for new businesses to join, mentoring business
owners in the process for applying for state aid and Federal loans, and in communicating with the
state to try to strengthen programs for all business owners; and
     WHEREAS, The RI Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has earned the unqualified
admiration and the gratitude of the Hispanic business community, and its accomplishments over
the past five years are eminently worthy of our recognition and praise; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island hereby recognizes and
congratulates the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on the occasion of its 5th Anniversary. We
furthermore thank the entire membership for their dedicated service to the Hispanic community
and wish them many more years of success ensuring a brighter and more prosperous future for
Rhode Islanders; and be it further
      RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to Luis Torrado, Chairman of the Rhode Island
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.