McAllen Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is spotlighted on the cover of the inaugural issue of TQ Magazine, a new quarterly publication of the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC). The magazine, launching at the organization’s 34th annual convention in McAllen July 30-August 1, seeks to connect an estimated 15,000 Hispanic Chamber of Commerce business members across the state.
“TAMACC has had the distinct honor of serving its membership by advocating for and representing the interests of Latino-owned and managed businesses for 34 years,” said Sam Guzman, President of TAMACC. “The magazine and our social media sites on facebook, twitter, and LinkedIn are natural and accessible communications platforms that will allow our organization to keep pace with the explosive growth that is occurring in our marketplace.”
TQ will frame the legislative, economic, social, and cultural dynamics that are driving the future of business in Texas. Editorially, the magazine will cover key legislative and public policy initiatives as well as state and local economic issues that are most relevant to Hispanic businesses. It will highlight the people and organizations that form the growing Latino business community in Texas and the trends that shape our business climate and economic opportunities. Through relevant news stories, profiles, and in-depth features, TQ will inform Latino business owners and create an environment for the exchange of ideas and best practices in enterprise.
The magazine is being launched next week at TAMACC’s convention in McAllen where hundreds of business leaders across Texas are convening to discuss key economic issues, business trends, and legislative initiatives from the 81st Regular Session. Among the speakers are Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Harris County Commissioner and President of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO), Sylvia Garcia, and Juan Guillermo Tornoe, nationally recognized Hispanic marketing expert and blogger of HispanicTrending.net.
“The number of Hispanic owned businesses has grown at a rate that is nearly three times that of the national average, while Hispanic women entrepreneurs start businesses at a rate that is fully six times that of the national average. The strong entrepreneur spirit of Hispanics continues to have a greater impact on our state and national economic landscape,” said Paul Saldaña, TAMACC Vice Chair of Communications. “Many share unique needs and perspectives that include contracting with governmental agencies, finance and banking, and general business assistance. TQ magazine is an opportunity for us to analyze the dynamics that affect our businesses and engage stakeholders in productive dialogue.”
The inaugural issue cover story is a perspective on the economic transformation taking shape in McAllen and the surrounding communities. McAllen is the fastest growing metro in the state of Texas and is undisputed as the retail center of South Texas and Northern Mexico. It ranks #1 in Total Retail Sales Per Household ($89,375) and is represented by 40 of America's top 100 retailers. According to 2002 Census Bureau figures, Hidalgo County had more than 34,000 Hispanic-owned businesses, representing 11 percent of the state's more than 319,000 Hispanic-owned businesses.
Also featured in the magazine is a look at the Hispanic demographic shifts and quality of life issues being studied by the City of Austin, and outcomes of TAMACC’s legislative agenda for this session.
TQ Magazine will be advertiser supported and distributed initially through local Hispanic Chambers of Commerce. Future issues will be mailed directly to members and available at select locations throughout the state.
TAMACC was founded 34 years ago to increase opportunities for Hispanic-owned businesses. Based in Austin, TAMACC acts as an organizational umbrella for Hispanic Chambers of Commerce across the state, providing advocacy, technical support, programs, and business development services. The strategic goals of the organization are as follows: (1) Economic Empowerment of Hispanic Businesses (2) Creation of value for local Chambers (3) Play a lead role in the advocacy of Hispanic business issues at a state and local level. www.tamacc.org