In an effort to include Hispanic communities throughout the state, the Atlanta Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has changed its name to the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The name change was announced during a Sept. 13 reception at Atlanta City Hall where Mario Diaz, deputy general manager of the Hartsfield International Airport highlighted plans for the airports’ new Spanish language services.

The reception occurred during a Minority Enterprise Development recognition week sponsored by AGL Resources, the Atlanta Braves, Delta Air Lines, Fulton County, Georgia Power, GTECH Corp., Publix Super Markets, Turner Broadcasting, and UPS.

During an interview at the reception, Sara Gonzalez, president of the chamber, told GlobalFax that Hispanic communities statewide have expressed great interest and pledged support for the chamber in Atlanta, prompting the name change and a promise to open satellite offices in other parts of Georgia.

In addition to announcing the name-change, Ms. Gonzalez announced several new chamber programs, including a Latino Small Business Incubator, a computer training center with instruction in Spanish and a Spanish language program for Atlanta construction company managers. The chamber will also conduct two new seminar series in Spanish, “How to Open Your Own Business” and “Latino Law School.”

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