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Posted: September 14, 2009

U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce comes to Denver this week

About 5,000 are expected to come and share survive-and-thrive strategies

Patricia Kaowthumrong

When more than 50,000 people attended the Democratic National Convention in Denver last August, the Mile High City was able to showcase its full potential as a conference destination.

The DNC's success is evident in the number of major conferences that have since chosen to come to Denver, including the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, which holds its national convention in Denver this week at the Colorado Convention Center.

"The Democratic National Convention really put us on the map last year, and we're just going to keep gaining momentum," said Jeff Campos, president of the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. "What's great about Denver is that it's centrally located, and it will attract West Coasters and East Coasters."

The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is expecting between 3,000 and 5,000 people at its 30th annual conference Wednesday through Saturday, Campos said. The convention will address the nation's turbulent economy and provide Hispanic leaders with knowledge and tools to survive and thrive. Campos said the event will also bring $10 million in revenue to the Denver economy.

"Not only will local businesses benefit, but it will give the chamber a lot of exposure as well," Campos said. "We think the city, what it offers and the vitality of the Hispanic community here, will be a big draw."

Denver's business world is thriving compared to other cities, Campos said, and there has been a lot of "buzz" about the success and growth of the Hispanic community in Denver. Those from out of state are excited to meet local people and discuss how to do business successfully during tough times, he said.

Click here for a complete schedule of events.

Editor's note: A version of this story originally appeared in the July edition of ColoradoBiz.

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Patricia Kaowthumrong is a student at the University of Colorado School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Contact her at

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