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MDHCC Creates Government Affairs Division to Support Minority Inclusion in Emerging Industries

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Seth McDonnell

Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Creates Government Affairs Division to Support Minority Inclusion in Emerging Industries

Baltimore, MD—July 13, 2017—The Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (MDHCC), the leading chamber of commerce representing and connecting over 54,000 Hispanic-owned businesses in the region, announced on June 29th that it is making “a clear and strategic investment” on bolstering its voice and presence in Annapolis. The Chamber’s Chairman and President spoke to a room full of 75 guests about the need to be part of transformational industries: “As minorities, we have to be part of the people and businesses who form and mold these nascent industries to which we have so far struggled to gain access,” said Jorge Eduardo Castillo, referring to the $5 billion U.S. Medical Cannabis Industry and two Maryland Offshore Wind Projects totaling $2 billion. “These are hot, transformational, industries. They will shape a part of our future and we cannot be left out of the table.” The Offshore Wind Projects are the largest in the nation, and eventually will result in 77 wind turbines.

Castillo announced that the Chamber has retained Greenwill Consulting Group “to lead our newly created Government Affairs Division, which is replacing and expanding our existing Legislative Committee.” Above and beyond serving the Chamber’s interests in Annapolis, the Government Affairs Division will put the Chamber face to face with large organizations that have minority requirements to fulfill and MBE/WBE contracting and subcontracting goals. Castillo said that “strategically, [our] Chamber will be well-informed about Annapolis' matters and we will be positioned to influence legislation that affects our businesses.” Among the goals of the Government Affairs Division are:

  • having a physical presence in Annapolis and effective representation and grow this presence within the State of Maryland
  • arranging face-to-face meetings to educate the members of the Maryland General Assembly and local government of the Chamber’s goals, objectives, and needs
  • monitoring sources of Maryland legislation
  • advocating to the Maryland Executive Branch of Government
  • attending Senate and House of Delegates committee and subcommittee hearings
  • generating influential support
  • building coalitions

Ivan V. Lanier, C.E.O. of Greenwill Consulting Group said that the “Greenwill team is very pleased to represent this remarkable organization. The MDHCC provides critical points of view that Maryland General Assembly members need to [consider] when basing their decisions.”

The partnership with Greenwill Consulting Group promises to be a fruitful expansion of the MDHCC’s legislative efforts throughout its over-30 year history, including 16 years of hosting Minority Legislative Receptions and a continuously evolving partnership with the Southern Maryland Minority Chamber of Commerce.


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

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