About Us

HBC is committed to providing professional and qualified consulting and group training services aimed at equipping business owners with the education they need to make informed business risks and make management decisions.

In 1996, the Northeast Ohio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce created an educational and economic 501(c)(3) organization called the Northeast Ohio Hispanic Center for Economic Development (HBC or the “Center”). The Center dedicates its efforts to helping individuals start and grow their businesses while encouraging their economic development and supporting them through business programs and services.

The Center provides a setting that fosters client growth, knowledge and skill acquisition and the use of resources during the initial years of operation.

Our experienced team, as well as our corporate sponsors and local, state and federal resources help guide small- to medium-size businesses to greater success. HBC is currently recognized as the second Latino Small Business Development Center in the State of Ohio. HBC is very proud to assist all business owners to achieve their dreams, regardless of age, race, and income level.

Our Mission

To provide educational and developmental support for the economic and business growth and advancement of the Hispanic Community in Northeast Ohio

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Our Vision

To be recognized as the premier organization for economic and developmental resources for the Hispanic community in Northeast Ohio

Meet the team

  • JENICE CONTRERAS
    Executive
    Director
  • RANDY CEDEÑO
    Director, Small Business Development Center
  • NICK DE LEÓN
    Director, Economic & Community Development
  • MARIA SHARP
    Business Development Associate
  • YAHAIRA GONZÁLEZ
    Program Support
    Associate
  • LUIS CARTAGENA
    Business Advisor
    Financial Management
  • GEORGE PIMENTEL
    Business Advisor
    Accounting Services
  • COLE WORLEY
    Business Advisor
    Marketing

Board of Directors

  • MAGGIE RIVERA-TUMA
    Chair
    PNC Bank
  • EZEQUIEL RODRIGUEZ
    Vice-Chair
    Franchise Consulting
  • SARA JO SMITH
    Secretary
    KeyBank
  • IRWIN F. CARABALLO
    Trustee
    Steel Valley Credit Union
  • SARA GONZALEZ
    Trustee
    Swagelok
  • JOHN SLAVIK
    Trustee
    Fifth Third Bank
  • JOSE VASQUEZ
    Trustee
    Quéz Media Marketing
  • CARMEN VERHOSEK
    Trustee
    Wickens Herzer Panza

Support the HBC by Making a Donation

Please support our cause! As the leading Hispanic non-profit economic development organization in Ohio,

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