CKE Restaurants Participates in US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Convention

CKE kicks off ″Una Estrella a Tu Alcance (A Star within Your Reach)″ Effort

CARPINTERIA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CKE Restaurants, Inc. will present and exhibit at the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 32nd-Annual National Convention & Business Expo in Miami, on September 18-21. More than 3000 people are expected at this annual event honoring Hispanic entrepreneurship in America. The convention is the country's largest networking venue for Hispanic businesses and Fortune 1000 corporations interested in the Hispanic market.

CKE Restaurants, parent company of fast food brands Carl's Jr.® and Hardee's® will sponsor a business development workshop titled Franchise Opportunities - A Pathway To Financial Independence & Vibrant Communities. The CKE-sponsored workshop will allow attendees to learn from America's leading franchisors and global brands, discussing what they are looking for in franchisees and what it takes to become a successful business owner in the franchise world. Conference attendees are encouraged to listen, learn, ask, meet & network with the best. Michael D'Arezzo, CKE Restaurants' vice president of franchise sales, will lead the discussion along with Luis Farias, vice president of governmental affairs.

″CKE is committed to expanding our relationships in the Hispanic business community,″ said Farias. ″The entrepreneurial spirit that Carl's Jr. and Hardee's were founded on is definitely alive and well, especially with Hispanic entrepreneurs. Our economy needs investment now more than ever. When someone invests in a franchise, they are helping to support the local community by creating jobs. This kind of local involvement as a franchise owner leads to economic growth by putting people to work and paves the way for future generations of local entrepreneurs.″

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of nearly 3 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States.

About CKE Restaurants, Inc.

CKE Restaurants, Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in Carpinteria, Calif. As of the end of the Q2 fiscal 2012, CKE, through its subsidiaries, had a total of 3,202 franchised, licensed or company-operated restaurants in 42 states and in 23 countries, including 1,278 Carl's Jr.® restaurants and 1,914 Hardee's® restaurants. For more information about CKE Restaurants, please visit www.ckr.com or its brand sites at www.carlsjr.com and www.hardees.com. Franchise information can be found at www.ckefranchise.com.

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