Since 2007, the Hispanic Business Alliance (formerly known as Association) has established its prestigious reputation as the only national Hispanic group capable of having a presence across the country to promote entrepreneurship and the image of Hispanics in Canada. Our guests meet face-to-face with some of the most influential Hispanic and non Hispanic leaders of our history. Our programs:
10 most influential Hispanic Canadians: Since 2007, the ‘10 most’, only national program within our community officially and personally recognized by a Prime Minister (Stephen Harper), highlights outstanding Hispanics from across the nation. It has had a presence in Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Saskatchewan.
Seminars: Business, professional development and job search.
Newsletter: Free bi-monthly news on events, jobs and issues of importance to Hispanics and others interested in our community.
Advocacy: 1) First and only Hispanic group to have successfully advocated on business diversity for small ethnic suppliers to the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games, the largest sports celebration in the country taking place the summer of 2015 in Toronto. We are working on other projects with the Games and other organizations. 2) Member of the steering committee that lobbied Statistics Canada for the "2008 Profile of the Hispanic community in Canada", a landmark study based on the census 2006 demonstrating the presence of 741,760 Hispanics in Canada - double the initial count of 350,000; it also showed that Hispanics are five years younger and more likely to be university-educated than other Canadians.
As a private sector Social Enterprise legally incorporated as Hispano Pro Inc., we also use a business model to create social value reinvesting revenues into programs related to their goals while assuming all risks (www.centreforsocialenterprise.com).
The honorary founders and director of Hispanic Business have never, and do not receive, any financial compensation for their work. As of 2013, the company’s assets are under $1,000, amount that is to be reinvested into our annual programs and administration (website maintenance, postal box rental, Income Tax). The director is personally liable for any liabilities resulting from the operation of Hispanic Business and dedicates his free time to such tasks.
"Social entrepreneurs don’t think of money. They think of goals that benefit their community, then they make promises and deliver on them - even if at first they don't have a clue on how to go about it. Social entrepreneurs keep their eyes open to everything that occurs in the world, because every change represents opportunities or challenges to surmount. They visualize, plan long term, surround themselves with experts, at first work harder than others then delegate tasks, and - most important - are positive and never give up. Social entrepreneurs know that success is achieving personal dreams and being happy with themselves while also leaving a positive legacy in their society." MAURICIO OSPINA