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Austin Minority Chambers and City of Austin Partner to Foster Opportunities for Minority Job Seekers

 MECA’s 4th Annual Multicultural Career and Opportunities Expo

Austin, Texas, July 8, 2010 – The Multi-Ethnic Chamber Alliance (MECA) is proud to present the 4th Annual Multicultural Career and Opportunities Expo in partnership with the City of Austin. The Expo will take place Friday, August 6th from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 6121 North IH 35.

To kick off a lively day, Kevin Johns, City of Austin, Director of Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office, will address the Minority Chambers and participants at the event’s ribbon cutting at 9:30 a.m.  The Career Expo is intended to foster opportunities for minority job seekers and facilitate various career-training sessions for Austin area residents. This power packed Career Expo will consist of four training sessions focusing on Resume Development, Job-Hunting Techniques, Interviewing Skills, and International Trade.

The Multi-Ethnic Chamber is proud to partner with the City of Austin as they are proud advocates of the importance of diversity in all aspects of economic development.   Kevin Johns, Director of the City of Austin Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office stated, “In a globalized age, attracting talent is a sought-after commodity for industries. We appreciate partner opportunities, such as the MECA [Multi Ethnic Chamber Alliance] job fair, to help attract diverse talent while helping Austin’s businesses grow.”

The Multi-Ethnic Chamber Alliance is a partnership between the Austin Asian American Chamber of Commerce (AAACC), the Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce (CCAACC), and the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GAHCC). Each organization will be taking an active role in securing prominent companies for the Expo, organizing training sessions, and coordinating appropriate accommodations for all participants.

Last year over 60 participating companies and 500 attendees participated in the expo.  This year, MECA is preparing for even more participating vendors and job seekers at the all-day expoCompanies that have committed to attend the Multicultural Career Expo to date include:

AECOM

Austin American Statesman/¡ahora sí!

Austin Community College District  

Austin Human Resource Management Association

Austin Police Department

Boy Scouts of America

Campus2Careers

Chase Bank

Cintas-Round Rock

Citibank 

City of Austin Fire Department

Data Agility Group

Edward-Jones

Encotech Engineering Consultants, Inc. 

Epoch Time

Evins Personnel Consultants, Inc.

Farmers Insurance Group

FedEx Ground & Home Delivery

Goodwill Industries 

Goodwill Staffing Services

Hanger Orthopedic Group, Inc.

HEB

Hodes Group

LCRA 

LegalZoom

Modern Woodmen of America

Nationwide Insurance

New York Life Insurance Company

Otis Spunkmeyer, Inc.

Progressive Insurance

Senior Work Solutions

Southwestern National Bank  

Stark Talent

Temple-Inland

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Texas Department of Agriculture

Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Texas Gas Service

Texas Roadhouse

The Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas

The Driskill Hotel

Travis County

U.S. Foodservice

University of Phoenix

Univision Radio

Univision Telefutura

US Marines 

US Navy

Workforce-Solutions Capital Area

About the MECA:
The Multi-Ethnic Chamber Alliance (MECA), founded in 2002, has grown to be an economic development, educational and networking resource for minority and women-owned businesses and the community at large. MECA is working with the City of Austin Small Business Development Program to offer various group business training and courses, and one-on-one technical assistance to individual business owners and associates. MECA also helps businesses with MBE/WBE certification. MECA aims to help businesses to grow and to connect in the Austin Community.

For more information on the 4th Annual Multicultural Career Expo please contact Nayeli Gallegos at (512) 462-7502.