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  • 09-Feb-2021 10:57 PM | Melanie Marie Boyer (Administrator)


    PPP Apply Now: The Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Partners to Empower Businesses to Apply for the PPP Loan Program


    Pittsburgh, PA. (February 9, 2021) – The Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Customers Bank are partnering to offer a streamlined platform for the Paycheck Protection Program, providing assistance to business owners with applications through a system that will ensure completeness of the application as well as provide one-on-one customer service in both English and Spanish.  


    “It is crucial that all businesses, especially in our underserved communities, have access to the tools needed to accurately complete a PPP application. This process will break down barriers for all businesses, especially the minority small business who are the least likely to receive funding in this last round of loans. 


    Providing one-on-one assistance in both English and Spanish, we can also help limit discrepancies in the applications process for Hispanic entrepreneurs. It is our goal, in partnership with Customers Bank, The Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation, Latino Community Center, Casa San Jose, and other partners, that all those who need PPP assistance have an equal opportunity to apply and qualify for this round of funds.”

    - Melanie Marie Boyer, Director - Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


    This program is one of a handful of hybrid financial technology models that support the SBA’s initial round of Paycheck Protection Program loans, This loan is designed to provide quick economic relief to small businesses across the country. By working with select partners, over 100,000 SBA-approved loans were processed by Customers Bank– the fifth highest of all lenders in the nation – and in 2020 provided an aggregate value of over $5 billion to small businesses without discrimination in the loan amount, business size, race, ethnicity, or any other biases. Deadline for PPP loan application is 



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  • 17-Sep-2020 3:30 PM | Melanie Marie Boyer (Administrator)

    PMAHCC Director, Melanie Marie Boyer has been named to WPXI-TV Pittsburgh's "Pittsburgh Get's Real" Advisory Board to act as an agent of change in leveling the playing field for underestimated groups to receive fair and equal opportunity, pay and media coverage.

    She was featured in the recent segment "Local leaders say social injustice won’t change until we talk about it". Check out the full article and video HERE.

    "Melanie Marie Boyer, the director of the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, said she can cite specific examples of implicit bias.

    She told the story of a successful Latina woman who owns a tech company with Fortune 100 clients that rakes in hundreds of millions of dollars, but still can’t compete in a space for capital.

    “When we look at the studies and we look at the numbers, there is no reason that 87% of all angel investing should go to white males,” Boyer said.

    Things will only begin to change by having conversations about social justice and equity Boyer said.

    “It starts with our children and teaching them about equality and that you know, you and I and the next person, all of our ideas are equal, and that we should all be given an equal opportunity to make the world a better place for everyone,” Boyer said."

  • 08-Jul-2020 10:43 AM | Melanie Marie Boyer (Administrator)

    The deadline to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been extended to August 8, 2020.

    The time is now! If you have not applied and are in need of a loan to cover your operating costs, please apply for the PPP today. Do not wait! These federal loans can be forgiven if businesses follow rules such as utilizing 60% of the loan for payroll costs as demonstrated in the graphic below



    Find an SBA-Approved Lender
    Apply through CDC Small Business Finance
    Encontrar un Prestamista de la SBA
    Aplicar a Través de CDC Small Business Finance

    As of June 27, the remaining amount left to distribute equates to more than $134 billion. This includes $10 billion of PPP funding set aside for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). 


    This extension will help America's Hispanic and Minority-owned small businesses affected by COVID-19 still seeking PPP loans.


    The US Hispanic Chamber of Commece has partnered with Goldman Sachs and CDC Small Business Finance to streamline the PPP process for our small business members. Click here to apply through CDC Small Business Finance today.


    For more information the USHCC and Goldman Sachs had proviced a bilingual webinar on the Paycheck Protection Program. To access the video, enter the case-sensitive audience passcode: GS10KSB.


    The PPP was created in March through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and has been modified twice since its passage to adjust to the needs of America’s more than 30 million small businesses. The USHCC proudly represents more than 4.7 million Hispanic Business Enterprises (HBEs). 


    The PPP loans have provided a lifeline for more than 4 million businesses who have already been approved for PPP funding. 


    We must continue to work towards ensuring that Hispanic and Minority-owned businesses have equitable access to economic relief as we recover from the COVID-19 crisis.




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  • 07-Jul-2020 11:52 AM | Melanie Marie Boyer (Administrator)

    You're invited to a Global Virtual Supplier Training and Empowerment Program (STEP) in Spanish on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. ET!

    Join us on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 3:30-5:00 p.m. ET for a Spanish-language Supplier Training and Empowerment Program (STEP) virtually on Zoom.


    What is STEP?


    Enabling the economic empowerment of women business owners is a priority at Coca-Cola. That’s because when women succeed, economies and communities greatly benefit. In 2010, Coca-Cola launched "5by20," an initiative aiming to enable the economic empowerment of 5 million women entrepreneurs by 2020 across the company’s value chain—all businesses Coca-Cola touches. STEP is designed to help women-owned suppliers stay competitive and grow their businesses.


    The Coca-Cola 5by20 program is a global initiative focused on bringing economic empowerment through business skills training, loans and financial services, and building peer networks and mentoring. 




    Coca-Cola has partnered with HopeSeasons, LLC and the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to offer a LIVE Spanish language version of STEP to equip participants with key learnings and tools to help start, grow and sustain businesses by identifying and eliminating potential barriers. Targeted symposium participation is open to organizations identified by Coca-Cola or HopeSeasons, LLC who are specifically focused on the success of Hispanic women owned businesses.


    There is no cost to participate.

    Register Here


    ¡Usted está invitado a un Programa de Capacitacion de Proveedores (PASO) Permitiendo el Empoderamiento Económico en Español el jueves 16 de julio de 2020 a las 3:30 p.m. ET!




    Únase a nosotros el jueves 16 de julio de 2020 a las 3:30-5:00 p.m. ET para un Programa de Capacitación de Proveedores (PASO) Permitiendo el Empoderamiento Económico en Español virtual en Zoom.



    ¿Qué es el PASO?

    Permitir el empoderamiento económico de las mujeres empresarias es una prioridad en Coca-Cola. Eso es porque cuando las mujeres triunfan, las economías y las comunidades se benefician enormemente. En 2010, Coca-Cola lanzó "5by20," una iniciativa destinada a permitir el empoderamiento económico de 5 millones de mujeres empresarias para 2020 en toda la cadena de valor de la compañía, todos los negocios que Coca-Cola toca. PASO está diseñado para ayudar a los proveedores de mujeres a mantenerse competitivas y hacer crecer sus negocios.


    El programa "5by20" de Coca-Cola es una iniciativa global enfocada en llevar el empoderamiento económico a 5 millones de mujeres para 2020. El programa se enfoca en la capacitación de habilidades comerciales, préstamos y servicios financieros y en la construcción de redes y orientación para individuos.




    Coca-Cola se ha asociado con HopeSeasons, LLC para ofrecer una versión en vivo de PASO en español para equipar a los participantes con aprendizajes y herramientas clave para ayudar a iniciar, hacer crecer y mantener negocios al identificar y eliminar posibles barreras. La participación en el simposio está abierta a organizaciones identificadas por Coca-Cola o HopeSeasons, LLC que se centran específicamente en el éxito de los negocios propiedad de mujeres hispanas.


    No hay costo por participar.


    Registrarse Aquí




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  • 09-Jun-2020 11:56 AM | Melanie Marie Boyer (Administrator)

    There is NO COST to attend these virtual trainings thanks to the underwriting by our partners at Wells FaWe, along with our national chapter the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, would like to invite you and your board members, staff and committee members to participate in Free Chamber Training on June 16, 30, and July 14 along with Chamber Leadership Alliance partners the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC), and the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Fund (USPAACC).

    Our first chamber training session put together by these four national chamber organizations will be covering "Fundraising and Grant Writing in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond".

    We invite our network of chamber board members and staffers to sign up for this training that will provide comprehensive training in the following four categories:

    1. Fundraising, Grant Writing & Access to Capital

    2. Leadership Development & Chamber Governance

    3. Administration and Sustainability

    4. Strategic Planning & Business Plan Development

    There is NO COST to attend these virtual training thanks to the underwriting by our partners at Wells Fargo.

    There is NO COST to attend these virtual trainings thanks to the underwriting by our partners at Wells Fargo.


    Sign Up Now


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  • 13-Mar-2020 3:05 PM | Melanie Marie Boyer (Administrator)

    March 13, 2020

    In response to the rapidly evolving events surrounding COVID-19 and in the best interest of our community at large, the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is hereby postponing all in-person events occurring through May 5th until further notice. This includes but is not limited to:

    • Great Gathering 7 (in partnership with the Pittsburgh Business Exchange)
    • Annual Members Meeting hosted by People’s Gas and Catered by Pisko Peruvian
    • Spring Networking at La Palapa
    • Team-build for a Better World at Global Links
    • Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program at the Pittsburgh Business Show
    • Pittsburgh Riverhounds Mixer and Game Attendance through May
    • Committee & Board Team Builders 
                    (Brother’s Brother - March, Fogo de Chago - April)

    Please keep in mind that if the state of public health changes this period may be lengthened or shortened depending on the recommendations of local, state and federal government or other appropriate entities.

    We encourage you to follow recommendations by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for accurate and up-to-date information on the COVID-19 pandemic.  For updates on cases in Pennsylvania, visit the PA Department of Health website.

    As per the aforementioned entities, please exercise hand washing hygiene and staying home when sick, social distancing - avoiding shaking hands, not standing close to others, not gathering in large groups, minimizing general social contact - is one of the best ways to slow the pace of the spread of COVID-19. In this manner we not only protect ourselves, but also others we come into contact with throughout the day.

    We look forward to seeing all of your healthy smiling faces once public health concerns have subsided.

    Thank you for your understanding,

    Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 

    1555 Broadway Ave, Second Floor  Pittsburgh PA 15219 U.S.A.


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  • 27-Feb-2020 4:29 PM | Melanie Marie Boyer (Administrator)
  • 17-Oct-2019 11:37 AM | Melanie Marie Boyer (Administrator)

     Second Annual Día de los Muertos Soirée to be Hosted at Market St. Events Space on Fl. 2 & 3 above Market Street Grocery

    October 15th, 2019 (PITTSBURGH, PA)  Acrobatique Creative and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to bring the second annual Día de los Muertos celebration to Pittsburgh. On Friday, November 1st, beginning at 6PM at Market Street Event Space above the Market Street Grocery on the second and third floor, guests are invited to enjoy an evening filled with themed cuisine, live entertainment and cocktails in celebration of the ancient tradition.

    The annual soirée will unite attendees with a hand-crafted Raise a Spirit to the Spirit Toast at 9P to celebrate the growth of a city, culture and people. In addition to uniting the community, a percentage of the proceeds will aid the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation Scholarship Fund. This initiative is aimed to provide academic scholarships to deserving local Hispanic students for trade, college, and graduate school. Donations will also be accepted at the event.

    "Día de los Muertos is traditionally a Mexican celebration, but here in Pittsburgh, the Hispanic Community is uniting to celebrate all Hispanic Heritage as one community unidos to support scholarships for the next generation of Latino Leaders,” said Carmen O. Malloy, Chairman PMAHCC/Peoples Gas, Sponsoring Partner. 

    General admission and VIP tickets are available for purchase at: Showclix 

    General Admission 7-10P ($11.01):

    • Appetizers featuring traditional cuisine

    • Unity tequila shot courtesy of el Jimador

    • Live music by DJ SMI

    VIP Tickets 6-7P ($25.00):

    • All of the above, plus…

    • Exclusive VIP hour from 6 PM – 7 PM 

    • Themed face painting

    • Drink ticket for a signature cocktail courtesy of el Jimador

    • Additional live entertainment by Noel Quintana 


    For more information, visit the Dìa de los Muertos event page.


    Día de los Muertos or the “Day of the Dead” is an annual holiday that is celebrated to remember friends and family members that have passed away. During this time, family members visit the gravesites of loved ones to bring favorite foods and decorations of candles and flowers. They sing, dance, eat and tell stories of their deceased loved ones.


    The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is the primary advocate for the Hispanic business community’s interests in the Pittsburgh region. The commerce strives to promote Hispanic businesses and professionals in the Pittsburgh area and to encourage the advancement of Pittsburgh’s Hispanic community.


    We are brand enthusiasts, creative problem solvers and social strategists, and we love what we do. Acrobatique is a Creative Branding Boutique that believes that a brand needs to be consistent in marketing both online and offline. It is important to make sure that consumers understand that the marketing message needs to have synergy and consistency throughout digital and traditional channels to create a successful result. 

    Media Contact: Ronda Zegarelli 303-6456

  • 10-Jul-2019 3:52 PM | Melanie Marie Boyer (Administrator)


    Madison Franc

    "2019 PMAHCC Summer Intern Madison Franc does not miss a mark. No matter what you task her with, she tackles it with ease and delivers beyond expectation- no hand-holding necessary. Madison is both a hard and smart worker and would be an asset to any team! She is trust worthy and I am happy to now call her a friend."

    - Melanie Marie Boyer- Director, PMAHCC

    Ms. Franc is a Graduate of Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, with a Bachelors Degree of Criminology and Criminal Justice with a minor in Professional Spanish. Madison has just entered the job market!

    In college, Madison remained an honors student while working and remaining an active member on campus. She was a member of Black Action society and promoted diversity and inclusion on campus (and completed the PMAHCC Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program in May, 2019)

    Ms. Franc considers her degree to be her greatest accomplishment. She is very appreciative of her education and won't stop at her bachelor's. Madison wants to dedicate her education and career to helping people that don't necessarily get the help they deserve. She also dreams of going to law school one day and potentially become a judge!

    University/ Degree: 

    Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania/Bachelors of Criminology/Criminal Justice with a minor in Professional Spanish

    Favorite College Course: 

    Inside-Out, it is new to Slippery Rock but an international course that is taught with 12 students from a university and 12 incarcerated men in a prison environment to discuss topics in Criminal Justice. 

    Why did you choose this career path?

    I like the diverse opportunity that comes with criminology and criminal justice. It allows you to impact more than just yourself and your family by opening up the possibility of helping others and future generations to come.   

    What is your dream job?

    At this particular moment I am trying to figure that out. I would like to be a judge or lawyer to help and defend people that may not always be able to defend themselves. Yet I would also like to work with juveniles and inform them of ways to increase their chances of success in the future by encouraging education and healthy living. In addition I’ve considered policy implementation, statistical research or also being a professor of criminal justice. I’ve considered a prison counselor or warden because of my recent experience. There are so many different paths you could take with this degree so I would say I am still in the process of discovering the job of my dreams. 

    What sets you apart from other recent graduates (a skill or experience)?

    The Inside-Out program has provided me with a unique experience of learning parts of the Criminal Justice system from the Inside, Out. The themes discussed and the people in this class helped me realize what I am capable of and the intelligence that I possess that initiated my go get it attitude. I am different for the better because of this experience and more driven than most. 

    Tell us about a cultural experience you have had.

    I’ve had a few cultural experiences but I would say the biggest one was coming to college. Just the general culture of college life is way different than living at home with your parents. More independence and freedom with decisions. People are being exposed to things they never have been before and you experience all types of backgrounds meshing together. It’s eye opening and something you learn to adapt to only with experience.

    What is your Hispanic background?

    My Hispanic background comes from my education of the language. I have been taking Spanish classes since 5th grade and learning about the language includes learning about the culture.  

    How did you get involved with the Chamber?

    Carmen, the chair of the chamber, spoke in a class of mine at Slippery Rock and talked about the Chamber so I got her contact information and reached out to see how I could volunteer and be a part of it and now here I am.

    What motivates you?

    I am motivated by the hopes of a better future for myself and the world we live in.

    Where do you see yourself in five years / ten years?

    In five to ten years I see myself with a more solid career path and possibly my masters and doctorate degree. I hope to be somewhat established in the professional world and be a highly educated woman. I want to be someone that can make a difference and raise the voice of people that may not be heard as well as they should be. 

    What is your greatest achievement?

    My greatest achievement is graduating from college, I am extremely grateful for my education. 

    What do you like about volunteering for PMAHCC?

    Everyone I have met so far is awesome and influential. They have so much to teach you and are more than willing to. In a month I have already learned so much about the Chamber and feel like I’m gaining crucial life skills. It’s been nothing but fantastic.

    What do you like to do if your downtime?

    In my downtime I like to read and try to teach myself new things. I recently got a keyboard piano and am in the process of becoming a musician, its going pretty average. 

    Tell us one interesting thing about you:

    I have extremely flexible toes. (Just Kidding) One interesting thing about me is kind of the opposite of interesting but I have never been on an airplane. That tends to surprise people.  

    Connect with Madison on LinkedIn

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  • 05-Jun-2019 2:47 PM | Melanie Marie Boyer (Administrator)

    As Associate Administrator of the Office of Entrepreneurial Development, Allen Gutierrez is dedicated to enhancing the nationwide network of offices, business executives, and mentors that support current and aspiring business owners as they start, grow, and compete in today’s global market. This nationwide network includes the following Resource Partners: Women’s Business Centers (WBCs), Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), and SCORE.

    Most recently, Gutierrez served as the national executive director of The Latino Coalition (TLC). Under his leadership, the coalition grew to include 1.2 million Hispanic business owners and over 90 coalition partners, transforming TLC into one of the nation’s largest and most effective Latino advocacy groups.

    Gutierrez previously served in the U.S. Small Business Administration from 2001 to 2006; during his tenure, he served as Senior Advisor to the Chief Operating Officer, as well as Senior Advisor to the Office of International Trade. As a member of the senior management team, Gutierrez served on the Executive Resource Board and executed the President’s Management Agenda to create a more transparent and results-orientated agency. During his tenure in the Office of International Trade, Gutierrez served as the key representative for SBA during the CAFTA-DR negotiations, which was signed into law as the first free trade agreement between the United States and a group of smaller developing countries.

    He is also the founder of The MCA Group based out of Southern California with emphasis on Federal & private sector procurement, special events management and multicultural marketing. Prior to joining the entrepreneur spirit and starting his own company he was the Chief Operating Officer of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (2005 to 2007) a national organization that represents the interest of over 2 million Hispanic Owned Businesses. During his tenure at USHCC he was part of the senior management team that accomplished record-breaking partnership with Corporate America, as well as high-level participation from its membership at their annual and legislative convention.

    Born in San Jose, Costa Rica, Gutierrez immigrated to California in 1974, where he achieved his dream of becoming the first member of his family to graduate from an accredited four-year college. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science with a minor in business administration from the University of Southern California.

    Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by commemorating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

    The Gala, which benefits the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (PMAHCC ) Foundation Educational Fund, will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Downtown Pittsburgh. Following a cocktail hour, Latin inspired dinner and program with a special guest keynote speaker.  Guests will dance the night away to live Latin music and enjoy casino games. Prizes may be won with casino tickets and at our extensive silent auction.

    We will announce our 2019 college and graduate school scholarship recipients at the Gala, as well as the 2019 recipient of the "Rob Vega Memorial Scholarship,". Since 2011 PMAHCC has awarded $190,000 to 119  qualifying area students of Hispanic/Latino decent. These students have attended technical schools, colleges, and universities, including Ivy League schools. Year after year, we see an increase in applicants.

    Did you know that Hispanics across the nation are opening businesses at a rate of 8 to 1 when compared to other groups? Even with this sign of prosperity, higher education remains a hurdle for this group. Latino Americans, the largest and the fastest growing ethnic minority in the United States, yet are half as likely to hold a college degree as non-Hispanic white adults and fewer than a quarter (22.6%) hold a two-year college degree or higher, the lowest of any ethnic group. With the Hispanic population of Pittsburgh seeing 170% growth from 2010 to 2018 (a time when our city lost population overall population), it is more apparent than ever that investing in the future of the local Latinx population is investing in the future of Pittsburgh!

    As an organization, we seek to increase educational opportunities by providing scholarships to outstanding Latinx students in the greater Pittsburgh area (based on both merit and financial need). It with your help, that our semi-annual Hispanic Heritage Month Gala has funded our PMAHCC Foundation scholarship program.


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