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Chairman's Message: July 2017

Tuesday, July 25, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Dear members and friends,

¡Saludos!

 

In conjunction with The Southern Maryland Minority Chamber of Commerce and our Government Affairs lead, Greenwill Consulting Group, we wrote a letter to the editor of the Baltimore Sun calling out the lack of minority inclusion in Maryland’s emerging medical cannabis industry, a $5 Billion Dollar national industry. As we stated in the letter, “We can’t sit idly while we witness yet again, another rapidly growing industry with so much positive transformational impact to minorities and our community at large, blatantly develop from its inception without incorporating diversity inclusion at every level and layer of its structure.” None of the 15 companies given preliminary approval to grow medical cannabis are owned by minorities.

Our minority businesses and leaders must have a seat at the table and be part of crafting the future of this industry in Maryland. This industry provides a plethora of diverse business opportunities, from security to transportation; from chemical engineering to construction; from quality testing to marketing; and from research to university externships in Rapid Iteration Selective Crop Breeding. These opportunities, as it stands right now, are unavailable for our minority-owned businesses.

The MDHCC will continue to play a vital role in reforming this industry and advocating on behalf of our members in any existing or emerging industry. Such an example is the $2.1 Billion MD Offshore Wind Project which contains a $12 Million “Development Fund.” We are taking steps to be a part of determining where and how those funds should be applied.

Finally, please join us for the official launch of our first chapter, the Greater Baltimore Regional Chapter-GBRC in September. We are putting the final touches on assembling the GBRC committee and looking for committed members to join. If you are interested in being considered to become part of the leadership team, or a member of the GBRC’s Advisory Committee, please send your CV and a letter of intent to GBRC’s President, Corina Morga, at info@mdhcc.org.



Onward!



Jorge Eduardo Castillo
Chairman
Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Chair@mdhcc.org


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