By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media

PATERSON — The Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce honored individuals and businesses at its annual gala at The Brownstone in Paterson on Thursday, Dec. 9.

The chamber has been around for more than a quarter-century, acting as the voice for some 70,000 Hispanic-owned businesses that contribute more than $10 billion to the New Jersey economy.

Highlighting the great culture and leadership in South Jersey’s Hispanic community.

Winners of the 2021 award from the Statewide Hispanic Chamber included:

  • Rising Star of the Year Award: Jessica Gonzalez, Esq., Cannabis and Intellectual Property Attorney at Hiller, PC
  • Business of the Year Award: La Fortaleza Restaurant
  • President’s Award: Joseph Dominguez, CEO at ComEd
  • Partner of the Year: New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA)
  • Latina Trailblazer of the Year Award: Marlene Cintron-SBA Administrator- Region 2

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Sponsors for the event included:

Platinum Sponsor: Cross River Bank

Gold Sponsor: Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Silver Sponsors: McCarter & English, LLP



Semper Utilities

Bronze Sponsors: Excel Facility


Program Sponsor: Northeast Remsco Construction

Awards Sponsor: Montclair State University

Magazine Sponsors: United


Decor Sponsors: Hudson County Community College


Photo Booth Sponsor: Perfect Reflection Photo Booth

Liquor Sponsor: Tito’s Handmade Vodka

Media Sponsors: Poder Latino USA

Que Pasa

Negocios Hispanos USA Magazine

Americano Newspaper

The chamber is a voluntary membership network of individuals, businesses, Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and professional associations across New Jersey. The Chamber has been actively
involved with various local organizations as well as the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber has leveraged those relationships to grow the chamber in order to further serve its members. It is working to find innovative ways to add additional benefits and value to its members and the community at large.

The mission of the chamber is to promote the continued growth and development of New Jersey businesses by expanding business opportunities, educating and training entrepreneurs and business owners, encouraging mutually beneficial ties with the public and private sectors, serving as an active and visible advocate in the political process and actively promoting trade between the business community of State, National and with international counterparts.

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