LAREDO, Texas, July 15, 2021 – Through its foundation, BBVA USA, now part of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., announced a $10,000 investment in the Laredo Chamber of Commerce to help fund and deliver training for small businesses focused on education and workforce development. The official presentation was held at the Chamber offices Wednesday, July 7, with Susana Valencia, PNC regional president for the Texas Border Market, and Rosa Cruz, BBVA USA Talent and Development Program specialist, presenting the ceremonial check.

Throughout the year, the Laredo Chamber of Commerce offers educational and professional training seminars to enrich the talents of students and our local workforce. As part of the Chamber’s 5-Year plan, this grant aims to help equip an audio-visual center to enhance the Chamber’s Workforce Development Certification Program, a program that is completely free to all chamber members.

“As we enter a new chapter as a combined organization, we remain steadfast in our commitment to Laredo, its prosperity and its future,” said Valencia. “As an organization that proudly calls this area home, it is our responsibility to invest in these training programs and help amplify the resources they provide. Our children and our workforce are cornerstones to Laredo’s success, and we are honored to help the Laredo Chamber of Commerce advance its mission.”

The Business Development Certification by the Chamber is a valuable recognition to those individuals that continue their professional development. The comprehensive program includes training in the areas of financial literacy, marketing and sales, risk management, human resources, digital marketing, customer service and is continuously adding new focus areas to offer more opportunities for small businesses.

“The Chamber is extremely grateful for this generous support.” said Miriam Castillo, Interim CEO of the Laredo Chamber of Commerce. “Through this grant, the Laredo Chamber of Commerce Business Development Committee will be able to continue its mission of providing workforce and educational training programs by enhancing our audio-visual center and serve a broader audience”.

About PNC

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC) is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit www.pnc.com.

About the Chamber

Founded in 1915, the Laredo Chamber of Commerce is Laredo’s and Webb County’s longest running business organization.  Headquartered at 2310 San Bernardo Ave. since 1974, the Laredo Chamber has been an advocate for the local business community for over a century.  With 650 members representative of every industry in the community, the Laredo Chamber is accredited with 5 stars by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  Only 200 chambers out of 7000 across the country are accredited by this organization.