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Adios Knoxville: Hispanic Chamber moves to Farragut


When the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of East Tennessee decided to relocate from Market Square, it chose what some might deem an unlikely place — Farragut.

“We got to the point that, in the process of growing, we didn’t have enough space at [the Knoxville Chamber] and we wanted to have our own office if possible,” HCCET executive director Luis Velazquez said.

“We found the opportunity here in Farragut through Mr. Fuad Reveiz and Mr. Todd Henderson of State Farm. We found this excellent opportunity for us to make the move, so we did that,” he added.

The Hispanic Chamber now is located in Concord Square, and is planning grand opening festivities for Friday, Oct. 29.


According to a press release, Farragut businessman Reveiz saw the opportunity to support the HCCET in Farragut. He approached State Farm Insurance’s Henderson, who had the space for the Chamber to relocate.

“We are ecstatic that HCCET is moving to our location,” Henderson said in the release.

“We hope that we can enhance its business, and it can enhance ours,” he added.

In a further outpouring of support for the six-year-old Chamber, recently selected Chief Deputy Law Director of Knox County, Kelly S. Johnson, donated furniture from his previous law office.

Both Henderson and Johnson are HCCET members.

Velazquez said the new site off Kingston Pike is more convenient for Chamber members.

“The problem with downtown is parking. Here we have the parking right in front of our building. No one has to pay. It’s easier to get to us here than it is there,” Velazquez said.

“And everything is moving in this direction, so we feel like we took the step at the right time to move in this direction,” he added, mentioning popular retail destination Turkey Creek.

The Hispanic Chamber was founded in 2004 by a group of businessmen “who wanted to come up with an organization that could particularly focus on Hispanic businesses in the area that were starting to grow,” Velazquez said.

Until recently, the HCCET shared office space with the Knoxville Chamber in Market Square.

Velazquez said the Hispanic Chamber has three types of members: Hispanic businesses or individuals, companies with Hispanic employees and companies that wish to reach the Hispanic market.

“These are different organizations that have interest in the proper integration of the Hispanic community within the area,” Velazquez said.

He estimated the HCCET has more than 160 members.

For more information about the Hispanic Chamber, call the new office — 11002 Kingston Pike, Suite 202 — at 865-777-5993, or visit www.hccet.org

 

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