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MDHCC will Sponsor, help Judge, EnterpRISE Venture Competition by Open Works

Tuesday, August 22, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Seth McDonnell

Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will Sponsor, help Judge,
EnterpRISE Venture Competition by Open Works

Baltimore, MD—August 22, 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, proudly commenced a new partnership with Open Works, Baltimore’s premiere center for creative development, and offers its full support for Open Works’ new EnterpRISE Venture Competition. Those who are makers, have a great product idea, or have come up with a revolutionary manufacturing process are encouraged to apply before Friday September 8, 2017 at

“Open Works was very interested in truly opening their doors to a growing and diverse community of makers, especially, for this important competition,” said MHDCC’s Chairman & President, Jorge E. Castillo. “And that meant having a trusted partner that would serve as the bridge to the flourishing Hispanic business community of makers.” Enter the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

EnterpRISE, Open Works’ newest initiative, is more than just a business pitch contest. It provides its winners with cash prizes (over $18,000), membership to Open Works and six weeks of a business boot camp complete with mentoring and workshops. The MDHCC will be helping Open Works reach makers within the Hispanic business community and Jorge E. Castillo will serve as a judge for the EnterpRISE Venture Competition.

Will Holman, Open Work’s Executive Director and the creative force behind EnterpRISE, explained, "Open Works is here to rebuild Baltimore's manufacturing economy from the grassroots up. We are so excited to get the next generation of innovators the support they need to succeed and that starts with putting money and membership on the line so anyone can get their foot in the door."

Fittingly, Open Works will serve as the venue for MDHCC’s inaugural Greater Baltimore Regional Chapter (GBRC) launch on September 21st. “We look forward to contributing to the EnterpRISE Venture Competition and to a continued and strong partnership with Open Works in the Baltimore Region and beyond,” added Castillo.


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


About Open Works: Open Works is one of the largest nonprofit makerspaces in the United States, packed with seven different fabrication workshops, a computer lab, two classrooms, 140 small studio spaces and a coffee shop! We are designed to support artists, craftspeople, and small businesses no matter where they are on their journey. We offer membership access to tools; affordable studio rentals; and a wide variety of classes for both young people and adults

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