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MDHCC Announces Finalists for Business Excellence Awards

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Seth McDonnell

Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Announces Finalists for
Business Excellence Awards

Pictured above (Left to Right): Lilian Amaya, Javier Solis, Helany Sinkler, David Rosario, Sara Scott Goone, Lieutenant Jae Hwang, Rosa Cruz

Baltimore, MD—December 11, 2017—The Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (MDHCC), the leading chamber of commerce representing and connecting over 60,000 Hispanic-owned businesses in the region, has announced the finalists of its prestigious Business Excellence Awards. The winners will be honored during the chamber’s fifth annual Business Award Holiday Gala on January 18, 2018 at the Belvedere in Baltimore.

“We want to congratulate all 2017 Business Excellence Awards nominees,” said Jorge Eduardo Castillo, MDHCC’s Chairman and President. “These are individuals and organizations who have shown continued dedication and commitment to the Hispanic business community and the organizations that support it. This year we have an increasingly diverse group of individuals of different races and backgrounds, and that speaks to our commitment to diversity, inclusion and collaboration among several different groups of business professionals and community leaders," he concluded.

The following individuals and businesses have been selected as finalists. The winners of each category will be announced during the ceremony on January 18th:

Outstanding Business of the Year
Allstate Floors
David Rosario State Farm
MegaMart Supermarket
Morgan Keller Construction Company

Outstanding Corporate Partner of the Year
Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Baltimore Branch
Wells Fargo

Outstanding Educator of the Year
DeRoinne P. Pollard
Dr. Phoenix Liu
Javier Miyares
Wallace Loh

Outstanding Elected Official of the Year
Anne Arundel County Executive, Steven R. Schuh
Maryland State Delegate, Joseline Peña-Melnyk
Prince George’s County Executive, Rushern L. Baker III
Senator Chris Van Hollen

Outstanding Non-Profit of the Year
Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center
El Poder de Ser Mujer
Esperanza Center, Catholic Charities in Action
There Goes My Hero

Outstanding Professional of the Year
Estela Ramirez
Lieutenant Jae Hwang
Lupi Quinteros-Grady
Rudy Ruiz
Silvia Rathell

Outstanding Small Business of the Year
Emergent Element
G&R Multiservices
Los Taxes Franchise
Palomino Media Group LLC

Rising Star of the Year
Daniella Díaz
Gabe Cazares
Julio Cervantes
Lilian Amaya
Mario Rodriguez, Jr.

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 encourage you and invite you to join the Chamber’s diverse and exceptional roster of members. Our doors are 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.

Tickets and sponsorship packages for the Gala are available now. The chamber provided the following breakdown for tickets:

Members $115
Non-Members $130, including six-month membership for individuals
VIP Reception on the 13th Floor $40
Reserved Table of 8 $1,150
Early Bird Special $15 off until December 15, 2017

Pictured above (Left to Right) Gabe Cazares, Estela Ramirez, Raf Olazagasti
Pictured above (Left to Right): Javier von Westphalen, Mario Rodriguez, Jr., Rudy Ruiz,
Pedro Palomino, Sr.

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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