Established in 2003, the Berks County Latino Chamber of Commerce (BCLCC) is a not-for-profit organization devoted to promoting the advancement and economic growth of Latino/Hispanic-owned businesses and professionals in the greater Reading region and the surrounding communities in Berks County, Pennsylvania. We accomplish our mission through business educational programs and a broad range of services and special events. The BCLCC proactively serves and is inclusive of a diversified membership—welcoming entrepreneurs, Latino businesses, Latino professionals, corporations, and municipal leaders. Our goal is to bring all these resources together through communication, business education and opportunities by our multicultural mixers and other local events that empower with success to our Latino business community.
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 surrounding communities in Berks County, Pennsylvania.
The Berks County Latino Chamber of Commerce’s vision is to be recognized as the premier voice and resource organization, serving Latino/Hispanic business while providing strong positive changes to 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.