El Paso Chamber to Host Virtual “State of El Paso” Series Benefitting Small Businesses

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The El Paso Chamber (EPC) is pleased to announce it will host its signature State of El Paso series virtually this year, with a portion of ticket sales going towards small business assistance through the Chamber’s Business Solution Center program. The State of the City, State of the County, State of Congress, and State of Education will take place across four dates during the last two weeks of September 2020.

Attendees will hear addresses from Congresswoman Veronica Escobar, County Judge Ricardo Samaniego, and Mayor Dee Margo about the events of past year and what to expect in the year ahead. During the State of the City and State of the County, the audience will also be able to pose questions directly to Mayor Dee Margo and County Judge Ricardo Samaniego via Q&A segments.

This year’s State of Education will address the immediate concerns facing many El Paso families while also discussing new pathways forward and achievable goals for the coming years. The cross-sector conversation will feature Dr. Ogechika Alozie (Chief Medical Officer, Las Palmas del Sol), Richard Castro (Owner/Operator, McDonalds & Chairman, CREEED), Lizzie Choi (educational consultant), Dr. Christine DeLeon (Founder & CEO, Moonshot edVentures), Lindsay Greaney (Nationally Certified School Psychologist, El Paso Independent School District), Arielle Rittro Kinder (Partner, Transcend), Amy O’Rourke (Choose to Excel Director, CREEED), and Nadia Telles (Instructional Coordinator, Clint Independent School District).

“The State of El Paso events are a series the Chamber hosts every year. This year, of course, is different—and not just because it will be virtual,” said David Jerome, CEO & President of the El Paso Chamber. “We at the Chamber felt it was important to make sure these events directly benefit and support our community. This is a critical time for us to be in touch with our leaders and to understand where we are as a city, county, and region. We wanted to ensure not only that we come together to understand how we move forward but also that we provide a pathway forward for small businesses.”

Launched at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chamber’s Business Solutions Center provides free, confidential consulting for struggling small businesses in financial distress. Through the program, businesses can receive free help with legal consulting, financial planning, grant applications, and other operational services. Businesses interested in receiving assistance are encouraged to reach out to the Chamber directly.

For tickets and scheduling, visit the event page. This year’s State of El Paso event series is presented in partnership with Workforce Solutions Borderplex. The State of the City is presented with additional support from Union Pacific. The State of Congress is presented with additional support from Dannenbaum Engineering.