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MDHCC Hosts Eighteenth Annual Minority Legislative Reception

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April 29, 2019

Brandon Warehime
Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Hosts Eighteenth Annual Minority Legislative Reception
Baltimore, MD—April 29, 2019—The Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (MDHCC) and

the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - Montgomery County, representing and connecting over 54,000 Hispanic-owned businesses in the region, held its 18th Annual Legislative Reception on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at the Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring, Maryland. Building. The evening started with a welcome from MDHCC’s new Chairman, Marco Ávila, P.E., who welcomed the attendees comprised by elected officials, community leaders, sponsors, and its key partner the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - Montgomery County represented by Carmen Larsen. Chairman Ávila also introduced MDHCC’s Board of Directors including Corina Morga Carter, Marcie Castañeda, Gigi Guzman, and Julie Dellinger.

The intimate reception brought together about 75 business leaders and local legislators that support small and minority-owned business interests. Among the elected officials present were Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk, Senator Malcolm Augustine, Delegate Heather Bagnall, Delegate Darryl Barnes, Delegate Erek Barron, Delegate J. Sandy Bartlett, Delegate Joanne Benson, Luis Borunda, Maryland Deputy Secretary of the State, Delegate Lorig Charkoudian, Delegate Wanika Fisher, Wendy Howard, Vice Chair of the Maryland Black Chamber of Commerce, Delegate Ariana Kelly, Delegate Lesley Lopez, Delegate Julie Palakovich Carr, Delegate Jesse Pippy, Delegate Lily Qi, Delegate Mike Rogers, Delegate Jared Solomon and Dr. Drena Valentine, Interm Executive Director of the Maryland Black Chamber of Commerce.

Leading the program was keynote speaker, Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk, who addressed the similarities between running for office and running a small business as it relates to financing, marketing and providing valuable services to your customers and constituency. Additionally, she highlighted the many contributions that the Hispanic business community and its leaders have made in improving minority business participation in Maryland’s state procurement program. In particular, she congratulated the MDHCC and the HCCMC for their many achievements over their 30+ years of existence.

BGE, represented by Misty Allen, sponsored MDHCC’s Legislative Reception. Ms. Allen spoke to the attendees and highlighted BGE’s commitment to small business including the many contract opportunities available through its programs.

Chairman Ávila concluded MDHCC’s Legislative Reception by stating that "MDHCC continues to expand its reach to Maryland’s Hispanic-owned businesses by collaborating with community leaders and organizations and by providing innovative programs and services to its membership."


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


Pictured from L to R: Maryland State Delegates and Senators in attendance

Pictured from L to R: Gigi Guzman, MDHCC Founder, Marco Ávila, MDHCC
Chairman and Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk

Pictured from L to R: Marco Ávila, MDHCC President, Gigi Guzman, MDHCC Founder, Katie Nash, Greenwill Consulting Group, Corina Morga, MDHCC Vice Chairman, Julie Dellinger, MDHCC Treasurer and Marcie Castañeda, MDHCC Secretary


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