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Hispano chamber expands its awards program

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce this year has a new way of honoring local Hispanic business leaders.

Rather than giving out a single award at a luncheon, the chamber has added a slate of awards that it will give out at a dinner banquet on Oct. 12.

The Hispanic Heritage Awards will be presented at Hotel Albuquerque, with the banquet to begin at 5:30 p.m.

“We are changing to the Hispanic Heritage Banquet and adding more awards that are led by committees here at the chamber,”   President and CEO Ernie C’de Baca said.

Categories include: Hispanic Small Business of the Year, Hispanic Business Person of the Year, Hispanic Tech Business of the Year, Hispanic Health & Wellness Business of the Year, Hispanic International Business of the Year and Hispanic Arts & Culture Business of the Year. In previous years, the chamber has given out only an Outstanding Hispanic Award.

The theme is “ConverGENTE y Cultura.”

“The (Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce) recognizes the unique tapestry of cultures that have been woven together over the centuries in Albuquerque,” said a news release.

The nomination process will close on Sunday. Nominated businesses must be members of the Hispano Chamber of Commerce based in New Mexico, and they must be independently owned and operated, among other criteria. The process involves filling out a nomination form and submitting a short, 30 second video through the chamber website.

The chamber is selling tickets through its website for $60. Tables can be purchased for $600, and sponsorships are available for $5,000 with partial memberships available for $2,500.