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MDHCC Launched Entrepreneurship Expo Series

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MDHCC Launched Entrepreneurship Expo Series
 

 

Baltimore, MD—June 11, 2018—The Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (MDHCC), the leading chamber of commerce representing and connecting over 60,000 Hispanic-owned businesses in the region, held its first MDHCC Entrepreneurship Expo on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at the Living Classrooms Under Armour House in Baltimore City. The 2018 Expo focused on the Future of Food and showcased the efforts of local businesses (#foodpreneurs) in responding to the rapid changes in the food industry.

A chief goal of the expo was to highlight the production, farming, distribution, retail and recovery of food, and formulating solutions to problems in community farming, urban agriculture, sustainability, heath & nutrition, and funding. The 20 exhibitors shared their work in these areas while providing event attendees with samples of their unique products.

The Expo was hosted by the MDHCC’s partners at Sagamore Development, and was made possible through the ongoing partnership with the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Black Hispanic Indian Association of Johns Hopkins’ Carey Business School, The Reinvestment Fund, Baltimore Development Corporation, TEDCO, The Greater Baltimore Black Chamber of Commerce and local video production company, Adventure Productions.

As the MDHCC’s official video partner, Adventure Productions captured the faces behind the event and spoke with attendees as they sampled exhibitor products and prepared to enjoy the panel. “As always when we work with Adventure Productions, they captured the sense of fun in our events, but also the tremendous value that we provide our members in networking, marketing and important industry conversations,” remarked Corey Grunert, Marketing Chair of the chamber. You can view the video here.

Joining the innovative group of exhibitors, which ranged from non-profits like Moveable Feast to delicious food crafters like Seedy Nutty, were our four expert panelists who shared their perspectives on the future of food. Alicia Wilson, Vice President of Community Affairs and Legal Advisor at Sagamore Development, kicked off the event with a few words regarding Sagamore’s commitment to developing strategic community initiatives that enhance its philanthropic and investment impact.
Later in in the Expo, Wilson was joined by her co-panelists, Evan Lutz, CEO and Founder of Hungry Harvest, China Boak Terrell, Esq. CEO of American Communities Trust, Andrew Rose, Director of Innovation, Strategy and Business Development at MidAtlantic Farm Credit, and Kim Bryden from School of Food.

Each panelist’s organization is a unique asset to the community addressing some of Baltimore's greatest social challenges through innovative solutions focused on food and entrepreneurship. Baltimore has a thriving food economy that is founded upon so many different cultures. The key to success, as the panel revealed, is bringing all the resources together to start the conversation and forming strategic alliances. This event was the beginning and gave the MDHCC, its partners and panelists the opportunity to engage the need in our very diverse community.

“Overall the event was a success and we want to give a special thanks to our partners for their collaborative effort that made it happen,” stated Corina Morga, President of the MDHCC’s Greater Baltimore Regional Chapter and the Chair of the Expo Planning Committee. “This was the first of many efforts to showcase social entrepreneurs in our community on this scale and we look forward to continuing the conversation about how we can all work together move Baltimore forward.”

In addition to the aforementioned Title Sponsors, the MDHCC thanks its Media Partners, Somos Baltimore Latino, Mundo Latino Hispanic Newspaper and AHA! Business Radio, as well as longtime MDHCC members Beverlee Barthel of Legacy Photography and Kristen Dorn of Cameleon Designs, for their promotion and coverage of the Expo.

 


Pictured above (L to R): Gigi Guzmán, MDHCC Founder and Board Member; Corina Morga, President of the MDHCC’s Greater Baltimore Regional Chapter; Marcie Castañeda, MDHCC Board Member; and Beverlee Barthel, MDHCC Vice Chair and Historian

 
 
Pictured above, Future of Food Panelists (L to R): China Boak Terrell, Esq. CEO of American Communities Trust; Evan Lutz, CEO & Founder of Hungry Harvest, Alicia Wilson, Vice President of Community Affairs and Legal Advisor at Sagamore Development
 
 
Pictured above: Expo attendees visit exhibitors from Chesapeake Farm to Table
 
 
Pictured above (L to R): Pastor Heber Brown III, Future of Food Panel Moderator and Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church; Andrew Rose, Director of Innovation, Strategy and Business Development at MidAtlantic Farm Credit; Kim Bryden, School of Food; Evan Lutz, CEO & Founder of Hungry Harvest; Corina Morga, President of the MDHCC’s Greater Baltimore Regional Chapter; Alicia Wilson, Vice President of Community Affairs and Legal Advisor at Sagamore Development; China Boak Terrell, Esq. CEO of American Communities Trust; Kristin Dawson, Food Retail Economic Development Officer at Baltimore Development CorporationPictured above (L to R): Pastor Heber Brown III, Future of Food Panel Moderator and Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church; Andrew Rose, Director of Innovation, Strategy and Business Development at MidAtlantic Farm Credit; Kim Bryden, School of Food; Evan Lutz, CEO & Founder of Hungry Harvest; Corina Morga, President of the MDHCC’s Greater Baltimore Regional Chapter; Alicia Wilson, Vice President of Community Affairs and Legal Advisor at Sagamore Development; China Boak Terrell, Esq. CEO of American Communities Trust; Kristin Dawson, Food Retail Economic Development Officer at Baltimore Development Corporation
 
All images courtesy & copyright 2018 Beverlee Barthel Photography and Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. All Rights Reserved.
 

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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 www.mdhcc.org.



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