Established in 2003 , the Greater Reading Latino Chamber of Commerce (GRLCC) is a not-for-profit organization devoted to promoting the advancement and economic growth of Hispanic owned businesses and professionals in the greater Reading region. We accomplish this through educational programs and a broad range of services and special events. The GRHCC proactively serves a diverse membership—consisting of entrepreneurs, Latino businesses, Latino professionals, corporations, and government—with the overriding goal of helping these critical constituencies capitalize on the many opportunities their diversity, enhanced by our Latino multicultural mix, offers.
The Berks County Latino Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to provide leadership and support for the economic development of the Latino business community of Greater Reading and Berks County, Pennsylvania.
To be recognized as the premier resources organization and voice servicing Latino/Hispanic businesses as well as the major force of positive change in the Latino/Hispanic business community
Latinos are the fastest growing ethnic population in the Commonwealth. According to US census data, the Latino population grew by 82.6 percent between 2000 and 2010 and continues to be the fastest growing subgroup nationwide.
Over 750,000 Pennsylvanians are of Latino origin. Pennsylvania ranks #13 in the nation in total Hispanic population.
Hispanic-American purchasing power has reached $1.38 trillion. The US Bureau of Labor and Statistics noted the Latino purchasing power has increased 45% in the last five years, increasing at a compound annual growth rate of 7.5%. That is more than twice as fast as the 2.8% growth for the total US purchasing power.