About Us

Our History

We strive to establish and encourage better business practices among Hispanic-owned and operated businesses in Northeast Florida and South Georgia.

How FCHCC Started

In 1992, a small group of Hispanic business leaders undertook the task of unifying the Hispanic business community. The Hispanic American Business Association (HABA) was formed and immediately began to advocate for Hispanic business and to promote the region’s rich Hispanic culture and heritage. The organization was renamed the First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (FCHCC) in early 2003.

The FCHCC has grown to include individual, corporate, and nonprofit members. In 2005, the FCHCC instituted a Trustee Program for larger corporations and organizations interested in significant and substantial support of Hispanic in business, who are shaping our local, state, and national economies.

All business professionals, both Hispanic and non-Hispanic, are welcome to become involved with our Chamber as we work to foster an understanding of Hispanic heritage through:

  • Networking events
  • Educational workshops
  • Promotional opportunities for businesses
  • “Achieving the Dream” Scholarship Program

The FCHCC also has a 501c (3) non-profit named Community Development, Inc., for the contributions received in support of our education initiatives including the yearly “Achieving the Dream Scholarship” Program.

Our Past Presidents

We are thankful for our past presidents who are amazing leaders. All of them have set the standards high for the FCHCC to continue growing and impacting the First Coast Hispanic Community. The list below shows each past president and the term years they served FCHCC.

Cesar Grijota – 2017-present
Maribel Hernandez
– 2015-2016
Andrew Russell – August 2014-December 2014
Leon Carrero – April 2014 – July 2014
William Mora – 2013 – April 2014
Medardo Monzón – 2012
Ed Perez – 2011
Betzy Santiago – 2010
Giselle Carson – 2008-2009
Leon Carrero – 2005-2008
Clark Vargas – 2001-2004
George Reteguiz – 2000
Jose Perez – 1997

Visit the Archives
Take a look back at FCHCC!