About Us

Mission

To foster the economic development and growth of the Latin American business community in the Charlotte region.

Vision

To be a world-class organization for a thriving Latin American business community in the Charlotte region.

Purpose

The purpose of the Latin American Chamber of Commerce of Charlotte (LACCC) is to offer a sustainable bilingual platform of programs, events and services that engages, empowers and supports both Latino and non-Latino businesses, entrepreneurs and professionals in order to ACCELERATE their ACCESS to RESOURCES GROWTH and SUCCESS. This platform includes networking, mentoring, retooling, training, leadership development, supplier diversity, and acculturation opportunities. We aim to resolve issues of upward mobility, by increasing social capital, workforce development, economic development, leadership development, and civil engagement.

Core Values

  • Inclusion: We believe that our diverse cultural experience is our advantage, and we intentionally include and embrace all members of our community.
  • Trustworthiness: We are transparent and honor our word in everything we do.
  • Passion: We are passionate about our work and the success of our members and their businesses.
  • Teamwork: Above all, we are a team and collaborate to deliver outstanding results for our members.
  • Familia: We cherish our common heritage and traditions, and we extend a warm welcome to everyone as one of our own familia.

History

The Latin American Chamber of Commerce started in Charlotte in 1995 as “Las Americas Business Council “ within the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce thanks to a group of determined and forward- thinking Latino professionals and entrepreneurs. The LACCC was chartered by the State of North Carolina as a separate chamber in 2001 and began connecting and empowering the Latino and non-Latino business community in Charlotte. The LACCC established permanent offices at the BIZHUB Entrepreneurial Center at the CPCC central campus in 2006 with 13 board members representing corporations, entrepreneurs and professionals from the Charlotte region. The LACCC Foundation was established in 2006 to provide resources and scholarships. This foundation was repurposed in 2014 and changed its name to the Latin American Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), a separate organization from the LACCC. A formal executive director was appointed in November 2010 to create an effective platform of programs and services that would help grow and support the Latino business community in the region after the economic downturn. In April 2011, the LACCC entered into a formal strategic alliance with the newly branded Latin American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia (LACCG). In 2012, a second full time position was created as Director of Memberships and Resources Development. In 2017, the LACCC created once again an additional full time position of Administrative Assistant. The growth of our community has allowed our organization to open employment opportunities. The LACCC is currently approximately 400 members strong. The LACCC is a member of the USHCC (United State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce).

Awards

  • Minority Business Development Award 2002 by Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Councils, Inc (CMSDC)
  • Chamber of the Year 2014 by the USHCC
  • Contributors to Cultural Diversity 2014 by Johnson G. Smith University
  • Diversity Advocate of the Year 2019 by the City of Charlotte, Crowns of Enterprise
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