LACC Colorado Chapter Event – April 16, 2024

Screening of the Movie ‘Soviet Milk’

Earlier in April Latvian Culture Center of Colorado and Colorado Chapter of Latvian American Chamber of Commerce hosted the author Nora Iksena and producer Inara Kolmane for a private screening of the award-nominated Latvian movie ‘Soviet Milk’ in the prestigious Sie FilmCenter Denver. Ms. Iksena and Ms. Kolmane shared their perspectives and behind-the-scenes insights with us. Their presence truly made the event unforgettable!

With around 90 attendees, it was an evening filled with thought-provoking discussions and a deep dive into the themes and inspirations behind the film.

A big thank you to all who came out to support Latvian cinema and engage in meaningful dialogue. Stay tuned for more exciting events coming your way!

Check our Board Co-President Janis Bergs blog post(in Latvian) about organizing this event.


Q&A Panel Discussion Following the Movie Screening
About 90 attendees who came to the event
Networking after the Movie at the SieFilm Center Denver

LACC Massachusetts Chapter Event – March 27, 2024

The LACC Boston chapter had our first 2024 event on March 27. We had about 10 members and friends in attendance and our main goal was to discuss our approach for the future events, topics of interest to discuss and agree to the meeting cadence that works best for the group. Lauris Lambergs also provided a quick overview of the main events the LACC is planning nationally for 2024-2025, including a quick update on the next Spotlight on Latvia conference. It was a mix of introductions, social time and discussing how this group would like engage and promote the Latvian-American business interests. 

LACC San Diego Chapter Event – 9. November, 2023

The San Diego, CA Chapter of the Latvian American Chamber of Commerce (LACC) held a “Self Realization and Professional Success” seminar and networking event on November 9, 2023 at the Law offices of Jacob J Sapochnick. 

The guest speaker was Signe Dauskane Platace, who is a professional business and personal coach –

The event was attended by different professionals such as real estate brokers, IT professionals, notary, legal professionals, business entrepreneurs, health care professionals.

During the event various topics were discussed: meaning of success, individual struggles and challenges, success in the eyes of different generations.  At the end of the event, there was a nice opportunity to network.




LACC Chicago Chapter Event – 19. January, 2023

The Chicago Chapter of the Latvian American Chamber of Commerce (LACC) held our first Business Networking Happy Hour of the year on Thursday January 19th, 2023 at Happy Camper located in Wrigleyville (3458 N Clark Street).  We celebrated and honored the re-appointment of Roberts Blumbergs Esq. to the role of Honorary Consul for The Republic of Latvia in Chicago.  The group of 16 attendees enjoyed gourmet pizzas with cold pints of beer as Honorary Consul Blumberg shared his plans for the future.   


LACC Colorado Chapter Event – 19. September, 2023

LACC Colorado Chapter event on September 19th, 2023


We were privileged to host an enlightening event featuring esteemed guests from the Climate and Energy Ministry of Latvia, and Latvenergo. On September 19th, 2023, in the welcoming atmosphere of CU Denver, we had the pleasure of welcoming Ivars Golsts, Aigars Laizans, Martins Cakste, and Liga Rozentale who shared their valuable insights with a group of twenty-three attendees.

The event centered around an engaging presentation that delved into critical energy challenges stemming from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022. The discussion highlighted the far-reaching impacts of geopolitical events on the energy landscape and underscored the importance of energy security and resilience in today’s world.

Our distinguished guests also provided a glimpse into Latvia’s ambitious plans for the future, particularly regarding renewable energy and storage solutions harnessed from wind and solar sources. Their insights shed light on the nation’s commitment to sustainability and the pivotal role it aims to play in the global transition to clean energy.

The event fostered a vibrant exchange of ideas and perspectives, allowing attendees to gain a deeper understanding of the complex energy dynamics at play in the Baltic region. It served as a platform for meaningful discussions and networking opportunities, enabling participants to connect with like-minded individuals passionate about energy and sustainability.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Energy Executives of the Climate and Energy Ministry of Latvia and Latvenergo representatives for gracing us with their presence and sharing their expertise. We also thank our attendees for their active participation and enthusiasm, which contributed to the success of this event.

As we reflect on this enlightening evening, we look forward to future opportunities to convene and explore the ever-evolving landscape of energy challenges and solutions. Together, we continue to pave the way for a more sustainable and resilient energy future.

LACC Sanāksme San Diego – 28. Aprīlī

LACC – Latvian American Chamber of Commerce ir sabiedriska organizācija, kas vieno ar Latviju saistītus profesionāļus gan dzīvojušus Latvijā, gan ASV. LACC mērķis ir vecināt bisnesa un Profesionāļu apmainu.

LACC ir vairākas pārstāvniecības ASV: Denverā, CO, Chicago, IL, New York, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles. Šogad notika pirmais LACC pasākums San Diego, Kalifornijā. Pasākums notika 29 Aprīlī. Pasākumu apmeklēja gandrīz 20 cilvēki.

Profesionāļi bija no vairākām darbības jomām: juridiskā, finanšu, IT, nekustamā īpašuma, tirdzniecības, veselības joma etc.

Mūsu mērķis bija pulcināt latviešu profesionālus kas dzīvo Dienvid Kalifornijā, kā arī veicināt biznesa kontaktus un profesionālu pieredzes apmainu. Tika aicināti cilvēki, ne tikai no San Diego, bet arī no Orange County, Riverside County.

Bija uzaicināts arī viesis: Lauris Lambergs,kurš ir Co-President un LACC Regional Director Massachusetts. Lauris ir Co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of Renaissance Wealth Advisors, LLC, an independent advisory firm based in Boston.

Šajā pasākumā tika apspriestas vietējās biedru intereses un tika apspriesti nākotnes pasākumi LACC San Diego.

Mēs plānojam rīkot vismaz 3 pasākumus gadā, un šie pasākumi tiks izziņoti, e-pastā un tiks publicēti sociālos tiklos. Mēs ļoti ceram, ka piedalīsies ar vien vairāk Latvieši, kas dzīvo Dienvid -Kalifornijā, jo te ir tik daudz veiksmīgu un darbīgu cilvēku.


Kristine Vainovska Twidwell

Kristīne Vainovska Twidwell

Executive Director 

LACC Board of Directors is pleased to announce our first Executive Director supporting LACC, Kristīne Vainovska Twidwell. Kristīne has served on the LACC Board since last September and brings over 10 years of experience in the nonprofit industry, of which over seven have been spent with chambers of commerce.

In addition to LACC Executive Director role, Kristīne is the Foundation Director at the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce serving the Missouri / Kansas bi-state region.  Kristīne, her husband Michael, along with their dog Hodor live in Independence, Missouri, hometown of former US President Harry Truman.

As Executive Director, Kristīne will be tasked with better organizing LACC, with an eye on more timely and proactive support for our members, our Regional Directors and our strategic partners.  Although this will be a part-time role, Kristīne will undoubtedly enable the LACC to be better positioned for future growth. You may contact her at [email protected]

As the Foundation Director at KC Chamber, Kristīne directly oversees the day-to-day operations, works with the Board of Directors and Advisory Council, as well as manages the grantor/grantee relationships of to the KC Chamber’s civic investment vehicle – the KC Chamber Foundation.

Kristīne has nearly ten years of experience in grant writing, management, compliance, and reporting including overseeing relationships with government, private, and corporate funding partners.  Most recently, Kristīne successfully administered grants and oversaw Foundation’s annual budget of over $1,000,000.00.

Kristīne earned a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, and Associate in Arts from Metropolitan Community College.

Kristīne calls herself an accidental non-profit professional from Latvia who has become a steward of philanthropy in Greater Kansas City. Her experience ranges from higher education, direct service nonprofits to membership association with an eye and talent for building, streamlining and re-energizing programs, processes, and initiatives.

“Kansas City is my home away from home. I’m an avid coffee drinker and local wine connoisseur who loves spending time with my friends, family and my dog.”