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Chairman's Message: January 2018

Tuesday, January 30, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Dear members and friends,

¡Saludos!

Our 2018 Business Excellence Awards Holiday Gala was a complete success thanks to all of you! For the first time we had to close ticket sales early because we reached maximum capacity. I sincerely congratulate all of our deserving award winners, about whom you can continue reading in our official press release. We are busily planning the rest of our 2018 event calendar, so please stay tuned for details about February and March events.

I also want to encourage all MDHCC members to consider joining a committee or the committee fast track to become a board member. This organization relies heavily on talented people that have expertise in a variety of functional areas. To take a look at our committees, please visit www.mdhcc.org and click on the dropdown menu: ABOUT US to find our committee list.

This year our focus will continue to be:

  • Expansion of the BAM! Program
  • Establishment of the Capitol Region Regional Chapter
  • Legislative leadership in Annapolis, with a focus on increasing Hispanic business participation in emerging industries, like wind power
  • Instituting a full-time President

As we move forward this year there are several accomplishments in 2017 that we should celebrate. Below is an abridged list and the full list will be published in our Member Directory scheduled to launch in March at our Minority Entrepreneurship Expo:

  • Established MDHCC’s first Government Affairs Committee to serve as our constant voice and ears in Annapolis, led by an outside firm
  • Challenged the lack of diversity in high-growth, transformative emerging industries like wind energy and medical cannabis. Published joint Op-Ed with the Southern MD Minority Chamber of Commerce in the Baltimore Sun.
  • Challenged lack of Hispanic businesses and Hispanic influencers in the Pilot program, PLUM (Partnership for Lending in Underserved Markets) in Baltimore. PLUM seeks to improve the traditional model of lending and capital access for small businesses in underserved communities, but Hispanics were not included in the pilot program. Our efforts resulted in the MDHCC being part of PLUM’s Steering Committee, and a speaking role at the prestigious Milken Institute’s Global Conference in a panel regarding capital access in underserved community.
  • Grew our membership by over 600% since 2014, while retaining 93% of existing members
  • Created our first local chapter of the MDHCC, the Greater Baltimore Regional Chapter (GBRC), under the expert leadership of Corina Morga and with the dedication of a very active GBRC committee.
  • Launched quarterly membership orientation & economic outlook breakfasts in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Baltimore Office. The breakfasts allowed prospective members to learn more about the MDHCC, its programs and members, and get to know our existing members better. These successful breakfasts played a key role in recruiting and retaining members, as well as committee and board members.
  • Began our BAM! pilot program in partnership with Whiting Turner.
    • Our first success story is Juan of a Kind Foods, which has been mentored and advised by MDHCC and recently was recognized as a Top 100 MBE.
  • Celebrated the accomplishments of several of our board members, committee volunteers and chamber members, including recognition by the Daily Record’s VIP List — Very Important Professionals Successful by 40 awards; Daily Record’s Innovator of the Year; Daily Record’s Influential Marylander; Baltimore Business Journal 40 under 40, DCBX Veinte Excellence Award; TOP 100 MBE; and the National Football League (NFL) Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award.

 

Onward!

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


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