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Chairman's Message: June 2017

Saturday, June 24, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Dear members and friends,

¡Saludos!

As the temperature warms up, I hope you all are enjoying this hot summer and are planning to cool off by attending our MDHCC Networking After 5 Summer Mixer co-hosted by our partners at Capital One. Our guest speaker will be Mrs. Doris Cammack-Spencer, President & C.E.O. of the Southern MD Minority Chamber of Commerce, and she will updating our guests on our strengthened MOU and our focus areas of collaboration as we prepare for the 2018 legislative session. Please register now to save your spot as we will close the event at 75 registrants and we are almost there!

I wanted to take the time to congratulate my colleague and friend, Mrs. Nicole Quiroga, as she prepares to take the reins of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. We will be meeting in the coming weeks to discuss specific areas of collaboration for 2018. Our combined chambers represent over 120,000 businesses in the Greater Washington and Maryland area and share the same issues relating to contracting, access to capital, and export/import opportunities. Congratulations Nicole! I know the Chamber is in fantastic hands.

In the past months we have spent a good deal of time vetting firms that will help us manage our legislative affairs, serve as our eyes and ears in Annapolis, and help us establish a direct conduit to multimillion contract opportunities through their established book of business. Further, we needed a firm that had experience working with minority chambers of commerce and a track record of results. We have contracted Greenwill Consulting Group and are looking forward to a powerful and robust legislative season in which Hispanic and minority business needs and opportunities are addressed. A long-term goal for the next 2 sessions is to craft (and pass into law) a bill that will set aside specific funds to support established Minority Chambers of Commerce with proven programs that support their constituents.

The second half of this year will be busier than the first, as we strengthen our programs, collaborative partnerships and our influence in Annapolis. We will also be busy fine-tuning our first Chapter, the Greater Baltimore Regional Chapter-GBRC and looking for committed members to join the GBRC committee. If you are interested in joining the leadership team, or becoming 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.

Lastly, please mark your calendars for two very important events:



Onward!



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


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