Latin American business organization joins Worcester Chamber of Commerce

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WORCESTER — Within the next three years, the Latin American Business Organization will be affiliated with the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce with all the benefits of membership, according to chamber president and CEO Tim Murray.

Murray made the announcement Saturday at the DCU Center at an expo where the nonprofit LABO promoted more than 70 Latin American businesses from central Massachusetts and Worcester.

“Our Latin American business community is growing and vibrant,” Murray said. “Not only will this partnership amplify that growth and our individual organizations, but it will also strengthen our regional economy.”

Based in Southbridge, LABO will be one of 2,100 members of the Chamber and will have full access to its programs, activities and services.

In 35 cities and towns, the Chamber advocates for its members at all levels of government on issues such as tax reduction, business expansion, training and education, according to its website.

LABO President Elizabeth Cruz told the Telegram & Gazette earlier in the week that Latin American businesses have suffered greatly during the COVID-19 pandemic due to a language barrier and accounting issues.

She also commented on the affiliation on Saturday at the show.

Elizabeth Cruz, President of the Latin American Trade Organization

“We are really excited about the expanded opportunities this will provide our members as our organization grows,” Cruz said. “We also look forward to collaborating on joint programming that will further strengthen organizations and memberships.”

Toni Caushi is a Telegram & Gazette reporter and can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @tcaushi.

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