SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - For the past six years the Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce has sponsored a Latino Expo in Springfield.
This was the 7th annual Latino Community Expo held at the Springfield YMCA. Chamber of Commerce President Carlos Gonzalez told 22News how effective the expo has been to bring Latino-owned businesses more customers.
“Sometimes the small business community, as well as the Latino community at large, have growing needs; the information about all the programs that are available out there,” said Gonzalez.
Starting up one's own business is never easy. Many of the first time business owners told 22News, they're pleased to be able to greet visitors to the Expo who hopefully will become customers as the result of what they experience here.
“This is very important to us,” said local business owner Evelyn Lopez. “Because that's how you get customers, and promote your business.”
New business owner Raquel Velazquez told 22News, “I think it's very important because as the community came together, it gives us different opportunities to get to know each other that the community offers.”
Chamber of Commerce president Carlos Gonzalez estimates that each of the expos attracts about 1,000 people from the Western Massachusetts Latino community, who need and are looking for vital information to help them in their daily lives.