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Wells Fargo Invests $1.2 Million to Fuel Black, Hispanic, Asian, and LGBT Chambers of Commerce

(Image: Wells Fargo) Leading small business lender Wells Fargo recently announced a $1.2 million investment, spanning two years, to provide micro grants to minority-owned businesses and to support leadership training programs made available through the U.S. Black Chambers, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce, and National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. The investment is part of Wells Fargo’s ongoing commitment to train leaders of diverse-segment chambers of commerce that includes more than $6 million in grants and sponsorships since 2003. “The U.S. Black Chambers Inc. supports the Chamber Training Institute by promoting it to our 115 chambers across the nation. Specifically, USBC brought Cassius Butts, the Southeast Regional Administrator of the Small Business Administration to the Chamber Training Institute in Atlanta,” notes USBC National President and CEO Ron Busby. “This program has educated our membership on issues in the Hispanic, Asian, and gay and lesbian communities and provided a platform for multilateral collaboration.” [Related Story: Wells Fargo Donates $25,000 To Black Female Social Entrepreneur] “Wells Fargo’s support makes it possible for the USHCC Foundation to provide our Chamber Training Institute (CTI), among other programs and grants. CTI is absolutely essential to our local chambers and makes a direct impact in the lives of entrepreneurs across the country. We look forward to growing our strong alliance with Wells Fargo.” said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. The $1.2 million total investment, announced at the USHCC 2015 National Convention, will fund micro-grants, a leadership training impact study and the expansion of the Chamber Training Institute (CTI), a program designed in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. The CTI program develops and empowers diverse chamber leaders while providing unique educational opportunities on how to grow and build their chamber for the benefit of its small business community members. Additionally, the CTI is one part of Wells Fargo’s four-point plan, introduced earlier this year to help diverse-owned small businesses become credit-ready, access credit, and achieve financial success. The Chamber Training Institute was expanded this year to include chamber leaders from the U.S. Black Chambers Inc., U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce and National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. The collaboration will expand the current program during the next two years to allow more than 800 diverse chamber leaders to participate in a free, two-day training. Currently, the CTI program has trained more than 820 leaders across 253 chambers since 2010. (Continued on next page)<!--nextpage--> “The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with the USHCC in the Chamber Development Institute. This is not only a valuable learning program for our local affiliate chambers across the nation, it’s also another example of how we actively promote all diverse communities working together just as we pledged to do when we founded the National Business Inclusion Consortium,” states NGLCC Co-Founder and President Justin Nelson. Wells Fargo, a multinational bank which is headquartered in San Francisco with “hubquarters” throughout the country, has a rich history of serving the small business community. Today, Wells Fargo serves approximately 3 million of America’s small businesses. Wells Fargo Works for Small Business is a broad initiative to deliver resources, guidance, and products to help business owners achieve financial success. This year, the company expanded the support it offers small businesses by introducing the Business Plan Center, a free online resource. The Center provides step-by-step tools and guidance to help small business owners create a simple, streamlined business plan, along with a Competitive Intelligence Tool that provides business owners with key insight on competitors in their market and industry. “We are committed to helping business owners achieve financial success, grow and create new jobs in their communities,” adds Jon Campbell, EVP and head of Government and Community Relations for Wells Fargo. “That is why it’s important for us to fund initiatives that aim to help small business leaders serve their communities more effectively. With the support from our partners at the national diverse chambers, this investment will provide dedicated resources to better serve the growth and development of diverse small business owners.”

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Leading small business lender Wells Fargo recently announced a $1.2 million investment, spanning two years, to provide micro grants to minority-owned businesses and to support leadership training programs made available through the U.S. Black Chambers, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce, and National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. The investment is part of Wells Fargo’s ongoing commitment to train leaders of diverse-segment chambers of commerce that includes more than $6 million in grants and sponsorships since 2003.

“The U.S. Black Chambers Inc. supports the Chamber Training Institute by promoting it to our 115 chambers across the nation. Specifically, USBC brought Cassius Butts, the Southeast Regional Administrator of the Small Business Administration to the Chamber Training Institute in Atlanta,” notes USBC National President and CEO Ron Busby. “This program has educated our membership on issues in the Hispanic, Asian, and gay and lesbian communities and provided a platform for multilateral collaboration.”

[Related Story: Wells Fargo Donates $25,000 To Black Female Social Entrepreneur]

“Wells Fargo’s support makes it possible for the USHCC Foundation to provide our Chamber Training Institute (CTI), among other programs and grants. CTI is absolutely essential to our local chambers and makes a direct impact in the lives of entrepreneurs across the country. We look forward to growing our strong alliance with Wells Fargo.” said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez.

The $1.2 million total investment, announced at the USHCC 2015 National Convention, will fund micro-grants, a leadership training impact study and the expansion of the Chamber Training Institute (CTI), a program designed in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. The CTI program develops and empowers diverse chamber leaders while providing unique educational opportunities on how to grow and build their chamber for the benefit of its small business community members. Additionally, the CTI is one part of Wells Fargo’s four-point plan, introduced earlier this year to help diverse-owned small businesses become credit-ready, access credit, and achieve financial success.

The Chamber Training Institute was expanded this year to include chamber leaders from the U.S. Black Chambers Inc., U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce and National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. The collaboration will expand the current program during the next two years to allow more than 800 diverse chamber leaders to participate in a free, two-day training. Currently, the CTI program has trained more than 820 leaders across 253 chambers since 2010.

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