WASHINGTON, D.C.-The Latino Coalition (TLC) applauds Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Trent Franks (R-AZ) for introducing the strongly supported and bipartisan Wireless Tax Fairness Act into both houses of Congress today.
The Latino-owned small businesses across the country that we represent would benefit greatly from this five-year freeze on cell phone taxes and fees as they depend on their phones to conduct business and stay in touch with their families. The Hispanic population is increasingly depending on their mobile phones for calls and online use 53% go online from a mobile phone according to the Pew Research Center. According to one wireless industry estimate, the average American is paying more than 16% in taxes and fees on their monthly cell bill and even over 20% in some states.
We appreciate the pro-consumer steps that Congress is taking to help address the excessive tax burden that is currently placed on our membership who need their cell phones to conduct their businesses every day. We urge both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to pass this legislation quickly.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 1, 2011) – The Latino Coalition (TLC) applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the ‘Wireless Tax Fairness Act’ earlier today. The legislation would freeze all new state and local taxes and fees on wireless for a period of five years, and our membership of Latino-owned small business would surely benefit as a result.
The Hispanic population heavily relies on wireless technology to stay connected and to get ahead. According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, more than half of Hispanics use their cell phones to access the Internet and 44% own a smart phone (a higher percentage than the rest of the general population). As it stands, the average American pays more than 16% in monthly taxes and fees on their cell phone bills, so stopping the states and localities from piling on new taxes and fees is the right thing to do for consumers.
We applaud Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Trent Franks (R-AZ) for introducing this bipartisan bill and for rallying their colleagues to strongly support it in the House. Now, we encourage the U.S. Senate to do the same to help our members who rely on their cell phones to do business every day.
About the The Latino Coalition
The Latino Coalition (TLC) was founded in 1995 by a group of Hispanic business owners from across the country to research and develop policies relevant to Latinos. TLC is a non-profit nationwide organization with offices in Southern California, Washington D.C., and Guadalajara, Mexico. TLC was established to address policy issues that directly affect the well-being of Hispanics in the United States. TLC’s agenda is to develop initiatives and partnerships that will foster economic equivalency and enhance overall business, economic and social development of Latinos. Visit: www.thelatinocoalition.com.
LOS ANGELES, CA, October 12, 2011 â?? The Latino Coalition (TLC) concluded the 2011 Southern California Economic Summit in downtown Los Angeles, Calif., which ran October 5-6, 2011 and provided small business with the tools and services necessary to survive during these challenging economic times.
â??Often times when the economy weakens, small and medium sized businesses are hit the hardest,â?? said Hector V. Barreto, TLCâ??s Chairman and former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (2001-2006). â??It is critical at times such as these that businesses have all the resources and information they need to pull through down times without losing employees or closing their doors. The Latino Coalition has been at the forefront of providing such resources and has made it priority in all planning and initiatives. Last weekâ??s Summit was a wonderful success and a great aid Southern California communities and individual business leaders in the area.â??
During the Summit, TLC facilitated and signed a historic strategic partnership with the National Society of Hispanic MBAS (NSHMBA), the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to build align and structure a cohesive movement to better assist businesses and foster greater communication among the different groups.
The Latino Coalition was proud to team up and bring together a diverse and representative group of co-hosts and communities for the summit. Co-hosts included: the Riverside County Black Chamber of Commerce, the Inland Empire Asian Business Association, the National Latina Business Women Association (NLBWA), and the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).
Many attendees benefitted from The Latino Coalition B2B National Procurement Matchmaking program, which provided businesses the opportunity to meet one-on-one with potential buyers.
â??We have found that many small business owners desperately need introductions to buyers for potential contracts,â?? Barreto continued. â??The Latino Coalition was pleased to see the matchmaking program underway this week in Southern California, because we know well and believe that small business is the engine of the American economy. Initiatives such as this weekâ??s Southern California Economic Summit empower business by offering greater access to resources, best practices and other opportunities to promote prosperity even in a weakened economy.â??
The Latino Coalition offers a special note of gratitude to all corporate sponsors for the Summit, including American Airlines, At&t, D&B, Fed Ex, Honda, MasterCard, The Travelers Institute, and Wal-Mart.
About the Latino Coalition
The Latino Coalition (TLC) was founded in 1995 by a group of Hispanic business owners from across the country to research and develop policies relevant to Latinos. TLC is a non-profit nationwide organization with offices in Southern California, Washington D.C., and Guadalajara, Mexico. TLC was established to address policy issues that directly affect the well-being of Hispanics in the United States. TLCâ??s agenda is to develop initiatives and partnerships that will foster economic equivalency and enhance overall business, economic and social development of Latinos. Visit: www.thelatinocoalition.com.
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 27, 2011 â?? The Latino Coalition (TLC) concluded the 2011 Small Business Summit in Washington D.C. The event kicked off May 23 and attracted over 750 small business owners, Fortune 500 procurement officers, government officials and a first-class list of keynote speakers.
Breakout sessions brought together the best and the brightest to discuss everything from social media and contracts to regulations and international trade. On Wednesday, May 25, following the â??Rally on the Hillâ??, The Latino Coalition sponsored a luncheon to provide a bi-partisan platform for political leaders to address the current issues facing small and medium-sized Latino business owners. Speakers included:
Congressmen Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Francisco Canseco (Râ??TX), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Sean Duffy (R-WI), Kevin McCarthy, Majority Whip (R), Mike Pence (R-IN), David Rivera (R-FL) and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX)
In addition, The Latino Coalition presented their prestigious â??Tributo Awardâ?? to the Honorable Xavier Becerra, in recognition of significant contributions to the Latino Community and their â??Leadership Awardâ?? to Senator John Cornyn, in recognition of his contributions and outreach to the Latino Community and for years of exemplary public service to this country.
â??The Small Business Summit was a phenomenal event that reinforces the actionable value we receive from the Latino Coalition,â?? said Martha de la Torre, small business owner and member of The Latino Coalition. â??To not only hear from peers about their business challenges and solutions, but to interact with political leaders and procurement professionals was invaluable to all of us.â??
The attendees heard inspiring words from this yearâ??s summit sponsors who discussed the private and public sector goals and the valuable tools they will provide to minority small and medium-sized business. Speakers included:
Silvia R. Aldana, Manager, Government Relations, PG&E, Joan Woodard, Executive Vice President for Public Policy, Travelers and Lisa Rickard, Executive Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerceâ??s Institute for Legal Reform.
The Latino Coaliton continues to be laser-focused on growing and meeting the needs of their members and capitalized on the networking and the contracting opportunities at the event. TLC expanded its relationships with Travelers and the Institute for Legal Reform and signed Memorandums of Understanding onsite with the The National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce, Ibero American Business Council and Festibanda USA.
â??We are thrilled to facilitate these important partnerships for all of the small business attendees from across the country who participated this year. The TLC summit clearly provides tangible results to everyone involved, including sponsors, procurement officers and especially our members,â?? said Hector V. Barreto, TLCâ??s Chairman and former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (2001-2006).
â??It is clear small businesses are the engine that create jobs and will lead the way out of the economic challenges our U.S. economy still faces. The Latino Coalition continues to grow exponentially and through these types of events and other initiatives we will empower and provide business opportunities on both the local and national levels,â?? added Barreto.
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 4, 2011â??The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and The Latino Coalition (TLC) today announced a collaborative agreement which will bring more than one hundred TLC members to the 2011 Americaâ??s Small Business Summit, to be held on May 23-25, in Washington D.C. As part of this new partnership, TLC will host a new component to the U.S. Chamberâ??s Summit: a B2B National Procurement Matchmaking that will connect Summit attendees with procurement officers from government agencies and Fortune 500 companies to increase small business participation in future procurement opportunities.
â??American small businesses and the U.S. Chamber have a strong partner in The Latino Coalition,â?? said Tom Collamore, senior vice president of communications and strategy and counselor to the president at the U.S. Chamber. â??For our economy to grow and create jobs, the Latino communityâ??s small business owners must be part of the solution.â??
â??The Latino Coalitionâ??s national roster of Latino-owned small and medium-sized enterprises and its recognized leadership role in the areas of entrepreneurship and small business growth for U.S. Hispanics, coupled with the emerging power of this market, makes this a logical and promising partnership,â?? continued Collamore.
According to the Small Business Administrationâ??s (SBA) 2009 Small Business Procurement Scorecard, 21.9% of contract dollars, or about $97 billion, went to small businesses, falling short of the government wide goal of 23%. Only 9 of the top 24 federal agencies reported improved performance in 2009 over their 2008 figures.
â??We have a real opportunity to generate growth in this arena,â?? added Collamore. â??Weâ??re looking forward to connecting Summit attendees with companies and agencies capable of steering major contracts to their businesses.â??
As former Director of the SBA (2001-2006), TLCâ??s Chairman HÃ©ctor V. Barreto has devoted his professional career to the advancement and empowerment of Hispanics through the expansion of entrepreneurship opportunities for them. During his stewardship, the SBA exceeded all previous records in small business loans, women and minority owned business support, disaster relief and private-public sector procurement opportunities from a portfolio of direct, guaranteed disaster loans totaling more than $45 billion.
â??We are honored and excited as we launch this groundbreaking collaboration with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,â?? said Barreto. â??Our national network of hundreds of thousands of minority-owned small and medium-sized businesses will not only benefit from the breadth of services and experience the U.S. Chamber offers, but will also add to its strength and influence throughout America.â??
The 2011 Americaâ??s Small Business Summit will bring together more than 500 small business owners, managers, and entrepreneurs from across the country to network, learn, and advocate for policies that support small business growth.
The Latino Coalition (TLC) was founded in 1995 by a group of Hispanic business owners from across the country to research and develop policies relevant to Latinos.
TLC is a non-profit nationwide organization based in California, with offices in Washington, D.C. and Guadalajara, Mexico. TLC was established to address policy issues that directly affect the well-being of Hispanics in the United States. TLCâ??s agenda is to develop initiatives and partnerships that will foster economic equivalency and enhance overall business, economic, and social development of Latinos. Visit: www.thelatinocoalition.com
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the worldâ??s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.
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