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Chairman's Message: April 2018

Monday, April 23, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Dear members and friends,


We are cruising into Q2 of 2018 and have been very busy preparing and expanding our offerings for members for 2018. First, we are very proud to announce that the MDHCC’s Government Affairs Committee Chair, Katie Nash, as well as yours truly, have been appointed by Michael Cohen, Mayor of Frederick, to serve in the City of Frederick Disadvantaged Business Enterprise plan panel. As The Frederick News Post reported, this move “marks the first step in efforts to bring the city into compliance with its disadvantaged business enterprise plan, elements of which have gone unfulfilled since the plan was enacted 22 years ago. The discrepancy between the city’s self-imposed plan and its actions was uncovered after Willie Mahone, president of the Frederick County NAACP, filed a series of Public Information Act requests asking for data and reports about contracts the city has awarded to minority-owned businesses.” We are thrilled and ready to do our part to ensure minority businesses are treated equally and fairly in Frederick and throughout Maryland.

Second, we are expanding our BAM! Program under the leadership of Gigi Guzman (who founded MDHCC 32 years ago), by offering an exclusive MDHCC Roundtable for qualifying MDHCC members who are business owners and/or founders. Please take advantage of this unique opportunity by registering early at no cost for the kick-off session. After that, members who wish to apply to continue to be on the monthly Roundtable will have to complete an application form and invest $250 for the year. This is an early bird pricing for the first Roundtable group, subsequent groups will be $450 for the year.

Third, if you are in the GBRC area, please mark your calendars and attend our First-ever MDHCC Entrepreneurship Expo: The Future of Food, in partnership with Sagamore Development, Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development and Adventure Productions. The event will take place on May 31, 2018 and will highlight entrepreneurs & businesses, (#foodpreneurs) and their social innovative solutions to some of the problems we are seeing with food:

Community | Urban Agriculture
Sustainability | Health and Nutrition | Funding

Last, but very important, #MDHCCExceptional individuals needed! If you reside or work in the Prince George’s or Montgomery County areas and are interested in a committee or leadership position in MDHCC’s Capitol Area Regional Chapter (CARC), please send an email with a resume/CV and a letter of intent to to be considered. Requirements are: unbendable ethics, vision, a desire to help without expecting returns to benefit you or your business directly (you and your business will benefit tremendously in the long term, however), grit, perseverance and commitment to follow through with what you say you will do.


Jorge Eduardo Castillo
Chairman & President
Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

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