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Laura Murillo | May 13, 2011

Published on May 11, 2011

Houston’s large Hispanic population helps to drive the city’s economy, says Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Laura Murillo.

On Bauer Business Focus — A conversation about the Hispanic community’s impact on the city of Houston with Andrew Schneider, business reporter for KUHF 88.7 FM.

Dr. Laura Murillo, President and CEO of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, stopped by Bauer Business Focus recently to discuss the growing influence the Hispanic community has on the city of Houston.

“We are growing so quickly and dramatically that for us the big challenge is meeting the needs of our many constituents and members, and being true to our mission, which is to be the primary advocate for business,” Murillo said. “The reality is that many of our members are diverse group of individuals from small business owners to CEOs to corporations, and meeting the needs of each of these different segments.”

Founded in 1977, the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has grown dramatically from 400 members to nearly 4,000. The chamber’s goal is to represent and communicate the city’s growing diversity throughout the global business community, Murillo said.

“The reality is that Houston is an international city — we just need to make sure the rest of the world understands and appreciates the value that Houston, Texas, brings to the rest of the world,” she added.

Houston Mayor Annise D. Parker recently released a new redistricting plan showing the growth of Hispanic constituents throughout the city of Houston. The Hispanic Chamber took a key role in the plan, gaining support of many different groups from across the city.

“Houston is such a large city. It’s important for different entities and individuals to gather and come together to discuss what is in the best interest of the Hispanic community, and what is in that best interest of the Hispanic community all trickles down to business and vice versa.”

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