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Chairman's Message: May 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Dear members and friends,

¡Saludos!

I was honored to be invited to speak at the 20th annual Milken Institute Global Conference in L.A. where I represented our businesses and conveyed the urgent need for a targeted approach in outreach and realignment of the loan underwriting process for Hispanic and minority-owned small businesses. You can see the complete panel, Opening Up Capital Access for Underserved Small Businesses, here: bit.ly/MDHCC-at-Milken.

We are also getting closer to the launch of our first Regional Chapter: The Greater Baltimore Regional Chapter of the MDHCC (GBRC). We are currently assembling the leadership team, so 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. Towards the end of 2017, we plan to open the Prince George’s County Chapter and throughout 2018 our plans include chapters in Anne Arundel County, Frederick County, Montgomery County and the Eastern Shore. More details will be unveiled soon! In the meantime, please read more information on the chapter expansion in this newsletter.

Lastly, please mark your calendars for two very important events, open to all members and prospective members:

6/29 Networking After 5 Summer Mixer
7/21 Q3 Member Orientation & Economic Outlook Breakfast



Onward!


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

 



MDHCC’s Regional Chapter Update


The MDHCC’s structure needs to be responsive to our members’ needs and reflect a strategic vision that is aligned with a rapidly changing and growing Hispanic and small business landscape. This structure must therefore work to increase direct member benefit and value by providing a local and responsive platform to address local business issues; providing access through established local government relations to decision makers and policy influencers; and providing access to the entire MDHCC membership comprised of other regional chapters throughout the State. 

Internally, this structure centralizes and streamlines core business functions, providing the MDHCC the needed scale to reach its goals. From a brand consistency perspective, it is also necessary for the MDHCC to protect the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce brand and lead with a consistent vision, voice and purpose throughout the State of Maryland.

As such, the MDHCC is embarking on a 5-year strategic plan that will create representative regional and local chapters throughout the State of Maryland. The State will be divided into 6 regions at the beginning:

  1. Greater Baltimore
    • Includes Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Northern Anne Arundel, Howard and Harford Counties
  2. Prince George's County
  3. Montgomery County
  4. Anne Arundel County (once this region is functional, Northern Anne Arundel County will no longer be a part of Greater Baltimore)
  5. Frederick County
  6. Eastern Shore

Each region shall consist of, and manage, smaller, local initiatives, which shall be focused principally on providing members with promotion, partnerships, procurement advice and participation on a year-round basis.  In addition, local initiatives should be aligned with MDHCC's values, vision and strategies in education, professional development and networking opportunities. 

We are currently assembling the leadership team for the MDHCC’s Greater Baltimore Regional Chapter (GBRC), so 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.


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