Chamber in the News
By carefully developing and scrupulously maintaining a culture based on sound governance, exemplary leadership, transparency, and accountability, and a business ethics that rests upon the six principles of Character Counts!, the Chamber has become an influential advocate for the business community and the community at large and, at the same time, it has been also extraordinarily successful in being portrayed accurately by the news media.
Morevoer, our strategically selective and low-key approach in addressing a variety of business and social issues has yielded significant goodwill and results, and has enabled the Chamber to maintain high visibility in the community and be a consequential player in local and regional affairs.
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By Nancy Hernandez, The Frederick News-Post Saturday, 10 September 2005 03:56
Roberto Delcid followed an older brother and a friend to Frederick County 15 years ago to work. When the El Salvador native moved, he wondered if they might be the only Hispanics living in Frederick County.
"We went to the mall and nobody was there," said Mr. Delcid, 33. Times have changed, he said. "Now we see Spanish people everywhere," Mr. Delcid said.
By Kevin M. Smith, Gazette Newspapers Thursday, 08 September 2005 11:48
From small companies to giants such as Bechtel and BP Solar, Frederick County businesses are answering the call to help the survivors of Hurricane Katrina and rebuild the shattered Gulf Coast.
By Kevin M. Smith, Gazette of Politics & Business Friday, 08 July 2005 12:14
Some economic development officials think the state invests wisely by using tax dollars to lure businesses to the state. John L. "Lennie" Thompson Jr. calls it "corporate welfare." And Thompson, a Walkersville Republican who is president of the Frederick Board of County Commissioners, wants the legislature to put a halt to it. The money would be better spent on the county's school system, he says.
By Alex Ormaza, Washington’s Voz Friday, 08 July 2005 12:08
The area Hispanic business community will benefit from a refreshing course for some, and a learning experience for others, on how to build up their businesses through effective leadership and good negotiation skills. The Executive Leadership Seminar Series, presented by the Western Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will feature topics such as Definition and characterization of a leader, the leader as a person of action, etc.
By Alex Ormaza, Washington’s Voz Friday, 08 July 2005 12:00
La comunidad de negocios del área se beneficiará con un curso de actualización para unos y una experiencia de aprendizaje para otros, sobre cómo construir sus negocios a través de liderazgo efectivo y de buenas practicas de negocios
By Ed Waters, Jr., Frederick News-Post Monday, 23 May 2005 12:36
If anyone needed a role model for the opportunities for those who work hard in the United States, they need look no further than Daniel Garza. Mr. Garza, who spoke last week to the Western Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, is the son of migrant workers who came to the U.S., traveling up and down the West Coast from harvest to harvest.
By Chris Copley, Hagerstown Herald-Mail Sunday, 20 March 2005 12:44
Vivian Cruz and her husband Manuel Mendoza lived in Frederick County, Md., for several years and liked it well enough. But when they moved to Washington County, they felt more at home.
By Mitzi Macias, Washington Hispanic Tuesday, 22 February 2005 13:39
La comunidad hispana de Frederick y amante de la buena lectura ya cuenta con una variada selección de libros en español para todas las edades gracias a una reciente donación privada. La comunidad hispana en el condado de Frederick está creciendo cada día más y la biblioteca local no contaba con el material necesario para cubrir los diferentes intereses de lectura de los hispanos.
By Alex Ormaza, El tiempo Latino Friday, 04 February 2005 13:45
Jorge Ribas, el nuevo presidente de la Cámara de Comercio de Maryland, toma las riendas de la organización en momentos en que la clase empresarial hispana del área enfrenta desafíos para avanzar su agenda local y para aprovechar las ventajas que ofrecen las negociaciones de comercio que llevan adelante los gobiernos de sus países de origen con Estados Unidos.
By Megan Kuhns, Special to The Gazette Thursday, 27 January 2005 13:57
Maria Shuck believes a recent donation of 200 Spanish-language books to Frederick's C. Burr Artz Public Library will better connect the local Hispanic community to the resources available to them at the library. Shuck, a Spanish interpreter at Frederick Memorial Hospital and active member in the area's Hispanic community, said the availability of the books will help the library seem like a less foreign place.
By Ike Wilson, Frederick News-Post Monday, 10 January 2005 14:05
Entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs can take advantage of free “how to” business classes thanks to a collaborative effort by the Western Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (WMHCC) and the local Small Business Administration. For the past several months, SBA consultant Katherine Iacovelli, of the Frederick County Office of the Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC), has worked with the Hispanic Chamber on the project, which is intended to encourage Hispanic participation in the SBA’s program.
By Rosalinda Delgado, Revista Buena Gente Saturday, 01 January 2005 14:29
Luego de varios años de arduo trabajo por un grupo motivado de comerciantes del área, la nueva Cámara de Comercio Hispana del Oeste de Maryland (WMHCC, por sus siglas en inglés) se ha convertido en el primer enlace hispano/latino de los condados de Montgomery, Frederick y Washington. El único lugar donde los hispanos pueden encontrarse, conocerse y conectarse para fortalecer nuestra comunidad empresarial.
By Dr. Jorge Ribas, President, Western Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - Frederick Magazine Wednesday, 01 December 2004 15:32
Anticipating the future can be a hazardous task. Yet, it is a useful exercise that forces us to make an educated guess about what might happen based on previous experiences and, ultimately, it guides us to make it happen. Already the second majority in this country at nearly 40 million, Hispanics—or Latinos—are still a curiosity in the United States. For this reason, they are occasionally targets of intermittent xenophobia and sometimes casualties in politically driven cultural wars.
By Jaime Ciavarra, Gazette Newspapers Wednesday, 10 November 2004 00:00
Edilberto Ore measured his success by empty shelves. The Peruvian immigrant who came to the United States 16 years ago never dreamed of owning a grocery store. But when the opportunity cropped up in 1995, he took his chance.
By Jaime Ciavarra, Gazette Newspapers Wednesday, 27 October 2004 16:14
Hispanic business is thriving in the county and leading the growth for small businesses around the nation, Montgomery County's county executive told local Hispanic business owners in Gaithersburg.
"We are not the white Montgomery County we used to be," said County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, addressing more than 60 local business owners at a Western Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce lunch last week. "(Hispanics) are here, have big numbers, and will be a force for economic growth in the community."
By Naomi Smoot-Kimble, Frederick News-Post Wednesday, 27 October 2004 09:31
It's been called a political ploy and an attempt to help specific candidates qualify for the upcoming mayoral race. But according to Alderman Dave Lenhart, his proposal to reduce residency requirements for the city's mayor is just an effort to open up the political playing field.
By Kevin M. Smith, Gazette Newspapers Friday, 15 October 2004 17:04
The federal government's stepped-up efforts to bolster the nation's biodefense systems will mean more business for the Frederick County business community in general and minority-owned businesses in particular. Maj. Gen. Lester Martinez-Lopez, commanding general of the Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick, carried this message to members of the Western Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at its monthly luncheon last week.
By By Nancy Hernandez, Frederick News-Post Sunday, 10 October 2004 00:00
About 1,515 more Hispanics called Frederick County home in 2003 than in 2000, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau earlier this year. The county’s Hispanic population (who may be of any race) grew from 4,664 in 2000 to 6,179 in 2003, marking a 32.5 percent increase, said Mark Goldstein, an economist with the Maryland Department of Planning.
By Ike Wilson, Frederick News-Post Saturday, 09 October 2004 23:51
Luncheons sponsored by the Western Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce have become a big draw among the increasing number of Hispanic business and professional people in Frederick County. The increase could be symptomatic of the drive that many foreign born residents exemplify in their quest for the American Dream. But it might be more accurately attributed to Census Bureau statistics revealing that the nation's Latino population almost doubled from 22.4 million in 1990 to about 40 million in 2004.
By Ike Wilson, Frederick News-Post Saturday, 09 October 2004 16:33
Luncheons sponsored by the Western Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (WMHCC) have become a big draw among the increasing number of Hispanic businesses and professional people in Montgomery County. The increase could be symptomatic of the drive that many foreign-born residents exemplify in their quest for the American Dream.
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