We represent and promote Hispanic and non-Hispanic businesses throughout the Mid-Atlantic region:
- We advocate for small businesses at all levels;
- We provide relevant business tools and information that increase profits and access to capital and open new-market opportunities;
- We offer real-life training conducted by experienced teachers to make businesses more efficient and profitable and to compete favorably in business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-Government (B2G) procurement opportunities;
- We advocate for and promote small businesses in general and the Hispanic business community in particular as a cornerstone of the U.S. economy;
- We "give back" to local communities by sponsoring and encouraging member business to support scores of non-profit organizations and community events throughout the area; and,
- We help member businesses throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region gain a competitive edge, and we champion them, large and small. Because of our expertise in the English- and Spanish-speaking communities, we can facilitate companies to gain greater access to either market. Hispanic-owned businesses need to understand potential customers of northern European descent, and American companies need to be able to respond to the needs and buying power of Latino consumers.
For the past ten years, we have worked diligently to:
- Help entrepreneurs start or expand their own businesses;
- Encourage the growth of existing businesses through implementation of better business practices;
- Advise local, state, and federal elected and appointed officials on small businesses and on workforce and community development issues; and,
- Help make the Mid-Atlantic region a better place to live, work, and do business for all .
We are actively engaged in creating business opportunities for our members in order to ensure their business and personal success. Consequently, we seek to form strategic alliances throughout the region with like-minded organizations that share common business interests and our commitment to make the Mid-Atlantic region, a stronger, safer, and better place for all of us.
Experience has taught us that small business owners want a chamber of commerce that fully represents their interests at the local, state and federal government, and that also monitors key issues for them such as government procurement, maintaining a well-educated workforce and a strong public educational system, and safe, healthy, prosperous and attractive communities.
To accomplish this, we work with local, state, regional, and national chambers of commerce. We collaborate with local, state, and federal government officials and with economic development departments and agencies at all levels to ensure a favorable pro-business climate and programs that strengthen entrepreneurship and small-business formation. When laws that impact your business are enacted, we are ready to provide you with the tools to make compliance easier.
Internationally, we support fair, open and competitive global commerce and greater economic collaboration between the United States and Latin America because it is good for business and it is critically important for the strengthening of our hemispheric security. We are proud to have worked closely during 2004-2005 with the White House and U.S. Congress in the passage of the Central American-Dominican Republic-United States Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (DR-CAFTA).
Since 2002, we have been actively involved in statewide issues such as improved funding for English classes for new immigrants; state tuition for Hispanic students who have graduated from Maryland secondary schools and who have met the requirements to attend state universities and community colleges; ensuring that Minority Business Enterprise Programs are open and fair to women, veteran and minority businesses; and advocating for comprehensive national immigration reform before the U.S. Congress and the White House.
As one of the largest membership-based Hispanic business organizations in the region, we actively represent Hispanic business interests in state legislatures and in Washington, DC.
Our goal is three-fold:
- We promote Hispanic and non-Hispanic businesses that sell or would like to sell products and services to the Hispanic community;
- We strive to create a favorable business climate for economic growth; and,
- We help prepare the different communities we serve throughout the region for a better and more prosperous future.
We accomplish this through grassroots initiatives, comprehensive analysis of issues vital to small businesses, frequent consultation with business and political leaders, strategic alliances with like-minded organizations and, ultimately, lobbying. And we provide you with timely and relevant information to learn the issues and the tools to contact your elected officials via legislative-alert bulletins and through our website and monthly newsletters.
There are other avenues for information sharing and advocacy as well. Our monthly Business Leaders luncheons provide a unique opportunity to interact face-to-face with prominent business and political leaders who are invited to address issues relevant to our business and community interests. Regardless of which political party controls the White House or Congress, we are active participants in debates that affect small businesses and the Hispanic community nationwide.
Small businesses throughout the region follow our regular news updates, legislative analyses and educational programs. We continue to form strategic alliances with value-added organizations, such as the U.S. Small Business Administration, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, SCORE and the Better Business Bureau. From international trade to government procurement, we have the information, programs and services to meet your business needs.
Since the beginning of the 21st Century, the MAHCC has been a leader in organized business, always promoting a regional approach to common challenges and finding creative and effective ways to represent you and serve your business better. Time is money, and the MAHCC saves you both. For more information about the Chamber please download our brochure or better call 240-686-0055 to join today and make the MAHCC your business partner for years to come.