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MDHCC Launches Greater Baltimore Regional Chapter

Tuesday, September 26, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Seth McDonnell
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Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Launches
Greater Baltimore Regional Chapter
 

Baltimore, MD—September 26, 2017—The Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (MDHCC), the leading chamber of commerce representing and connecting over 60,000 Hispanic-owned businesses in the region, officially launched its Greater Baltimore Regional Chapter during a reception attended by over 100 business & community leaders, elected officials and members of the Chamber. This is the first of 6 Regional Chapters in a 5-year growth and member benefits strategic plan that began in 2017. The event was held on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at Open Works in Baltimore, Maryland, and marked a historic milestone in the MDHCC’s 31-year history.

In a true tribute to Hispanic Heritage Month, this launch celebrated the expansion of the MDHCC and the strengthening of its representative voice of Hispanic and minority business communities. Jorge Eduardo Castillo, Chairman and President of the Chamber, began the program by asking for a moment of silence in honor of the victims and families affected by the hurricanes in Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico and The Caribbean, and the earthquake in Mexico. Thereafter, he addressed contributions that the Hispanic business community and its leaders have made in advancing Maryland’s business climate. In particular, he congratulated community leaders and elected officials for their on-ongoing effort to ensure the success of the launch for the Greater Baltimore Regional Chapter.

“This launch was carefully timed to coincide with Hispanic Heritage Month, and we are proud to honor our Hispanic and Latino heritage and contributions to our great state of Maryland and our great country,” said Jorge Eduardo Castillo. “Our Regional Chapters allow us to focus on local businesses and will help us better assess the needs in local Hispanic and non-Hispanic business markets; help us better partner with existing local businesses and community outreach programs, both private and public; and help us better build trust to bridge the barriers of doing business with diverse communities in the Greater Baltimore Region,” he added. “This MDHCC structure is intended to increase direct member benefit and value by providing a local and responsive platform to address local business issues.”

Before Chairman Castillo introduced the GBRC’s President, Corina Morga, several friends of the MDHCC addressed the attendees, including Will Holman, Executive Director, Open Works; Julie Mussog, President & C.E.O., Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation, Paul Taylor, Director, Baltimore City Mayor’s Office for Small, Minority & Women Business Development; and Tony Baysmore, Special Assistant to the County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Baltimore County.

Morga explained the short and long term strategic objectives of the GBRC: "At the heart of the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's GBRC is the BAM! Program," she said. "We have identified our first corporate partners and mentors to provide access to procurement opportunities and advice for small business members to increase their involvement in the procurement process.  This will help existing initiatives for the City of Baltimore and surrounding counties to meet their MBE goals," she added. "We already have a success story with Juan of a Kind Foods, a member company that was just named a top 100 MBE."

Among those present were Steven R. Schuh, County Executive, Anne Arundel County; Catalina Rodriguez Lima, Director, Baltimore City Mayor's Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs (MIMA); Richard Escalante, Director of Business Development, Baltimore Development Corporation; Rudy Ruiz, Chief Education Officer at Maryland Business Roundtable for Education; Andy Dahl, Community Organizer and Coordinator of Neighborhood Programs, Southeast Community Development Corporation; David Beck, Senior Vice President and Regional Executive, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Baltimore Office; Susan Owens, Regional Vice President, Wells Fargo; Donna Kolb Boesl, C.E.O., Walter Electric; and Sara Scott, Executive Director, There Goes My Hero Foundation.


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About the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: The Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is the premier state-wide institution for the representation and advancement of business interests before the public and private sectors. The Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (MDHCC) focuses on developing a business network that provides the Hispanic community and the business community at large with cohesion and strength. The MDHCC delivers its members with the three proven “P’s” to propel businesses towards success: Promotion, Partnerships and Procurement Advice.

Since its inception, the MDHCC has worked towards bringing the issues and concerns of the state’s thousands of Hispanic-owned businesses to the forefront of the state’s economic agenda. Throughout its 30-year history, the Chamber has enjoyed outstanding working relationships with the state’s Administration, the state legislature and its leaders, Members of Maryland’s Congressional delegation and the current and former White House Administrations. Through its association with a network of local Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and Hispanic business organizations, the MDHCC effectively communicates the needs and potential of Hispanic and non-Hispanic enterprises to the public and private sector. For more information visit www.mdhcc.org.

 
 
Pictured from L to R: Julie Mussog, President & CEO, Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation; Juan Barbarán, MDHCC Vice Chairman; Paul Taylor, Director, Baltimore City Mayor’s Office for Small, Minority & Women Business Development; Steven R. Schuh, County Executive, Anne Arundel County; Jorge Eduardo Castillo, MDHCC Chairman & President; Beverlee Barthel, MDHCC Vice Chairman; Corina Morga, MDHCC Greater Baltimore Regional Chapter (GBRC) President; Tony Baysmore, Special Assistant to the County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Baltimore County
 
 
Pictured from L to R: Jorge Eduardo Castillo, MDHCC Chairman & President; Tony Baysmore, Special Assistant to the County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Baltimore County; Corina Morga, MDHCC Greater Baltimore Regional Chapter (GBRC) President
 

Corina Morga and her mother, Patricia Morga
 
 
Pictured from L to R: Dinette Rivera, GBRC Committee Member; Corina Morga, MDHCC Greater Baltimore Regional Chapter (GBRC) President; Cely Argueta, GBRC Committee Member; Claudia Grace, GBRC Committee Member
 

Corina Morga addressing the MDHCC’s guests
 
All images courtesy & copyright 2017 Beverlee Barthel Photography and Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. All Rights Reserved


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