Since its inception in 2011, the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation (PMAHCCF) has raised thousands of dollars to provide financial assistance to local students of Hispanic descent. In just three years 26 scholarships worth $36,000 have been awarded. Now we ask for your support to help us continue to help our young people realize their full potential.

On Saturday, June 21, 2014, the PMAHCCF will host a Scholarship Fundraiser at the Roberto Clemente Museum. Your $50 donation will get you unlimited pours from an exceptional selection of fine wines, a delightful assortment of Hor Dourves and access to the Roberto Clemente Museum’s collection of baseball artifacts, photographs, memorabilia and related materials which focus on Roberto Clemente, his teammates, his personal life, and his humanitarian causes (all attendees must be at least 18 years of age).   Thank you for your support! 

  ''Any time you have an opportunity to make a difference in this world and you don't, then you are wasting your time on Earth.''     …Roberto Clemente


The Hispanic Attorneys Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association is pleased to announce that an unpaid summer internship in the Judicial Chambers of the Honorable Carlota M. Böhm of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania,located in downtown Pittsburgh, will be awarded to a local Hispanic/Latino college student who is entering his/her junior or senior year, and who is interested in pursuing a career in law.

The recipient of the internship will receive meaningful hands-on experience and exposure to cases in litigation, court hearings, and the workings of a judge's chambers. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals who are interested in a career in law and who are looking for a rewarding experience that will inform future career decisions.

  To apply for the internship, please submit the following:

1.     A resume with detailed contact information, including phone number and email address; and
2.    An essay (not to exceed 1000 words*) that addresses the following question: In your opinion, based upon your studies and life experience, what is the most pressing area of legal concern today?

Additional requirements and information:
Final candidates for the internship will be contacted for an interview. The internship schedule is flexible, over a 10-week period, and will be determined by the supervising attorney at the internship location. Up to three (3) academic credits may be available.

Email application materials to
The subject line of the email should be titled: ACBA Hispanic Internship


WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2014 -- The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) came out in strong support of President Obama’s nomination of Maria Contreras-Sweet to lead the Small Business Administration (SBA). The USHCC has long called for greater recruitment of entrepreneurs for government posts critical to supporting American business, as well as the promotion of leadership that understands the unique challenges facing minority-owned firms. As the founder of a community bank, co-founder of a venture fund, and a Latina immigrant, Contreras-Sweet is uniquely well-suited to serve the small business community.

The SBA Administrator, recently elevated to a Cabinet-Level position by President Obama, plays a critical role in providing educational programming and business counseling for entrepreneurs, extending government-backed loans to growing businesses, and highlighting federal contracting opportunities to American small business.

“Maria Contreras-Sweet is the epitome of a successful entrepreneur and social innovator, whose professional accomplishments make her the best and most qualified candidate to head the Small Business Administration,” said Javier Palomarez, President & CEO of the USHCC. “The USHCC applauds President Obama for this groundbreaking nomination which clearly demonstrates that his administration understands the needs facing America’s small businesses, as well as the concerns of the nation’s valuable minority-owned business community. We also commend the President for choosing to reflect the true diversity of America in his cabinet nominations. Ms. Contreras-Sweet is a practitioner, not a bureaucrat; she personally understands the number one concern of all entrepreneurs, which is access to capital and credit. She is a close friend of the USHCC, with whom we have enjoyed a long, collaborative relationship. I have no doubt that Maria Contreras-Sweet will be a strong ally and fearless advocate for American small business.”

“Over the past several years, the SBA has been a tremendous partner of the USHCC,” said USHCC Chairman Marc Rodriguez. “SBA’s efforts to increase opportunities for access to capital, counseling and mentorship, and Hispanic business procurement can easily be seen throughout our network of 200 local Hispanic chambers of commerce and their member businesses. Upon her confirmation, we look forward to working closely with Ms. Contreras-Sweet to keep this momentum and to ensure that small business is at the forefront of growing the American economy.”

About the USHCC

Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of 3.16 million Hispanic-owned businesses across the United States that together contribute in excess of $468 billion to the American economy. It also serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers and business associations in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Contact: Valentina Pereda
USHCC Director of Communications