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2019 Annual Business Excellence Awards Holiday Gala
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2019 Annual Business Excellence Awards Holiday Gala

This year will be our sixth year hosting the Gala and our second consecutive year hosting it at the Belvedere Hotel in Baltimore. We estimate about 300 attendees will be at the event.

When: 01/24/2019
7:00 pm
Where: The Belvedere
1 E Chase St
Baltimore, Maryland  21202
United States
Contact: Brandon Warehime

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Come join MDHCC as we kick-off the 2019 New Year with a jubilant celebration of Maryland Hispanic Business exceptionalism with our 6th Annual Business Awards Holiday Gala at the Belvedere!


“We want to congratulate all 2018 Business Excellence Awards nominees,” said Jorge Eduardo Castillo, MDHCC’s Chairman and President. “The contributions, dedication, and commitment that these individuals and organizations shave shown to our Hispanic businesses and Hispanic communities at large are commendable and must be publicly recognized. We are honored to be the institution that has the privilege to recognize them and say thank you for their outstanding achievements."


As has been the case since the Chamber’s first Gala in 2014, this night celebrates all the individuals and businesses that come together to partner with the Hispanic business community in success. “I personally invite you and encourage you to join the Chamber’s diverse and exceptional roster of members. Our MDHCC family is open to anyone who wants to expand his or her network and enlarge their markets; so, join the Chamber, come to the Gala, join a committee and get involved,” Castillo concluded.

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Upgrade your ticket and enjoy an exclusive cocktail reception on the Belvedere’s 13th floor overlooking the beautiful Baltimore City skyline. Sample delicious hors d’oeuvres and enjoy complimentary wine and beer as you network in an intimate gathering for an hour before the Awards Ceremony. This exclusive VIP reception will host VIP ticket holders, award nominees, past award winners, Keynote Speakers and Board Members.



The evening will include hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer all night long, and a delicious 3-course dinner. See the Menu below.

- Salad Preset
- Artisans Bread & Butter
- Thyme and Panko Oven Fried Chicken Breast and Maple & Mirin Glazed Salmon
- Seasonal Vegetables & Starch

- Dessert & Coffee

- Beverages: Wine, Beer, Soda & Juices


Keynote Speaker:

Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford




Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford is an accomplished attorney with a lifetime of experience in both the public and private sectors. He served as Associate Administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration, where he was responsible for increasing utilization of small businesses in government procurement, as well as continually improving the efficiency of the agency.

In addition, Lt. Governor Rutherford served as Assistant Secretary for Administration for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). He was nominated for the position by President George W. Bush, and confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate. As Assistant Secretary, Lt. Governor Rutherford led efforts that saved millions of taxpayer dollars.

Prior to serving in the USDA, Lt. Governor Rutherford served as the Secretary of the Maryland Department of General Services (DGS) under Governor Bob Ehrlich. In that capacity, Lt. Governor Rutherford was responsible for more than $900 million in annual contract administration and 10 million square feet of state-owned and leased facilities. As Secretary of DGS, Lt. Governor Rutherford continued to nd creative ways to save Maryland taxpayers millions of dollars, while also initiating and completing the expansion and renovation of numerous state buildings.

In addition to his public service, Lt. Governor Rutherford has extensive legal and business experience, including service in business and government law, information technology sales, and small and minority business development.

Lt. Governor Rutherford holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Political Science from Howard University. Additionally, he has a Master’s Degree in Communications Management and a law degree, both from the University of Southern California. Lt. Governor Rutherford resides in Columbia, Maryland, with his wife Monica. They have three adult children.


Award Categories

Outstanding Business of the Year
C.R. Services
Mundo Latino Newspaper
East Coast Auto
Puerto 511

Outstanding Educator of the Year
Jose Antonio Bowen
Alicia Amaral Freeman
Aris Melissaratos
Kelly Raby

Outstanding Elected Official of the Year
Governor Larry Hogan
Kevin Kamenetz (in memoriam)
Mayor Treminio-Lopez
Senator Ben Cardin
Senator Chris Van Hollen

Outstanding Non-Profit of the Year
The Healing Hands Foundation
Southeast Community Development Corporation
Baltimore Tree Trust
Latino Providers Network

Outstanding Professional of the Year
Dr. Joseph Mufareh
Ana Karina Rodriguez
Yancy Lopez
Kristen Dorn
Luis Borunda

Outstanding Small Business of the Year
Cardinal Chiropractic
Adventure Productions
Ricardo Móvil Tax Services
Jamie Lee Photography

Rising Star of the Year
Dedrick Siddall
Luis Enriquez
Julio Cervantes
Daniella Diaz
Franca Muller Paz


Chairman's Leadership Award

MD Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk



Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk represents Maryland Legislative District 21, which includes parts of Prince George’s and Anne Arundel Counties. Delegate Peña-Melnyk is an effective legislator and has been the lead sponsor of over 50 bills enacted into law. Currently, she is a member of the House Health and Government Operations Committee. She chairs the Public Health and Minority Health Disparities Subcommittee. She serves on the Government Operations and Estates and Trusts Subcommittee. The Delegate also serves on the Regional Revitalization Work Group for the Baltimore Metropolitan Area; the Joint Committee on Behavioral Health and Opioid Use Disorders; the Maryland Medicaid Advisory Committee and the Governor’s Well-mobile Program Advisory Board. She is the House Chair of the Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission. Delegate Peña-Melnyk is a member of the Prince George’s County Delegation and is assigned to the Education Committee. She concurrently is a member of the Anne Arundel County Delegation where she is assigned to the Capital Budget Committee. The Delegate is an active member of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland; the Women Legislators of Maryland; the Maryland Military Installation Caucus; and serves as the Secretary of the Maryland Legislative Latino Caucus.

*Nominations have closed. We look forward to announcing the winners at the Gala!


Sponsorship Packages



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If you are interested in purchasing a sponsorship package for the upcoming 2019 Gala, please email or view /download the sponsorship packet HERE.


Platino Sponsors



Diamante Sponsors
Oro Sponsors



Media Partners



VIP Cocktail


Exito Sponsor


Cocktail & Toast Sponsor



Attendee Gift




* Tables are also available for purchase!

  • 8 person table: Purchase HERE
  • 10 person table : Purchase HERE
  • 12 person table: Purchase HERE

The Belvedere (Venue)

12th Floor Ballroom

 13th Floor

Photos & Videos from Previous Gala's





View 2018 Gala photos HERE
View 2017 Gala photos HERE

View 2016 Gala photos HERE

View 2015 Gala photos HERE




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