Every year, members of the West Michgian Hispanic Chamber of Commerce gather for the organization’s Annual Awards Banquet. The event is the chamber’s most attended of the year and boasted a sold out attendance in 2010. In addition to rewarding local business leaders for their commitment to the West Michigan Hispanic community, the chamber also hosts a keynote speaker to talk about relevant topics to its members. This year the chamber is honored to have Mr. Juan Tornoe deliver the 2011 keynote speech.
Over the upcoming weeks, we should plan to see much attention focused on the results of the 2010 Census. The U.S. Census Bureau has and will continue to release results on a state by state basis. A recent AP video (below) addresses the 2010 Census and the estimates that indicate a significant rise in ethnic populations, especially among Latinos.
This inspired me to consider our own Hispanic community here in Grand Rapids and West Michigan. Who is our local leader?