• The journey of the Colorado Springs Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a testament to the vision, dedication, and resilience of its founders and subsequent leaders. From its inception in 1988, driven by community leaders Lionel Rivera, Fred “Johnny” Garcia, Henry Quintana, Patricio Smith, and Rudy Trujillo, the chamber played a pivotal role in promoting and assisting minority-owned businesses, particularly those within the Hispanic community.

    Achieving recognition as Medium Hispanic Chamber of the Year in Region II by the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 2004 was a significant milestone, reflecting the chamber's impactful work. Despite challenges, including the cessation of services in 2009, the spirit of support for small and Hispanic-owned businesses persisted.

    The rebirth of the chamber in 2016 as the Concilio Hispano de Empresas de Colorado Springs marked a new chapter, led by local Hispanic entrepreneurs Anthony Perez, Gene Sanchez, Steven Sanchez, and Cory Arcarese.

    In 2018 under the leadership of Joe Aldaz, the chamber has experienced remarkable growth, as evidenced by the substantial increase in membership, revenue, and programming. As a result of his "yeoman" efforts, the Concilio has been the recipient of the 2022 United States Hispanic Chamber "Small Chamber of the Year" Award, 2022 Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center and Better Business Bureau "Small Business Champion of the Year" and more recently the 2023 Colorado "Chamber CEO of the Year" by the Association of Colorado Chamber of Commerce.

    The Concilio's evolution into The Colorado Springs Hispanic Business Council - The Hispanic Chamber further solidified its role as a vital resource for businesses in the Pikes Peak region. The hosting of events like La Vida, the premier summer business social in Southern Colorado, which celebrates Latino culture, exemplifies the chamber's commitment to fostering a diverse, vibrant and inclusive marketplace.

    With the significant growth of Hispanic-owned businesses over the past three decades and Hispanics being the largest ethnic group in the Colorado Springs area, the chamber's continued efforts are crucial in supporting and amplifying the voices of Hispanic and multicultural businesses within the Pikes Peak Region.