A diverse and growing membership base infuses an organization with vitality and resources. Thus, the membership base should reflect as much as possible the composition of the local business community. As our region has become increasingly more diverse over the past 10 years, our membership mix has changed also, thus creating more opportunities for adding value to your membership investment.
When it comes to exerting influence in the community and in councils of government, however, a large membership base matters for two main reasons: It shows that the organization has enough grassroots support and that it has become the unified voice of the business community it represents.
Browse this section to learn how the chamber membership creates balance and adds value to your investment and helps make the Nation's Capital and the Mid-Atlantic region a great destination to live, work, play and visit.
This season the MAHCC celebrates its 15th year serving the businesses of the mid-Atlantic region. It continues to strengthen existing partnerships and to create exciting new ones with chambers and with nonprofit and government agencies and organizations.
As always, we remain true to our dual mission—to serve dues-paying members and to serve the public interest. With the latter, MAHCC remains passionate and strategic advocates for workforce, economic, and community development.
As 2015 comes to a close, there is no more appropriate time to say "Thank You" to all of you—board directors, advisors, contractors, members, corporate partners, government leaders and friends of the Chamber—for your confidence, loyalty, support and friendship.
We wish each one of you Happy Holidays. And may your home be filled with the laughter of friends, the love of family, and the joy of the season!
President & CEO
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The beginning of a new year. . .the beginning of new things.
Let's start this year with hope for better things to come,
seek new opportunities and find a healthier balance in life.
Happy New Year from all of us at MAHCC!
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We thank our Corporate Sponsors:
BB&T Bank ● M&T Bank ● State Farm ● SAIC-Frederick ● OBA Bank ● Intelligent Office ● The Coca-Cola Company ● Dominion Virginia Power ● Pepco ● Kellogg Conference Hotel ● Choice Hotels ● THE CENTECH GROUP ● Marriott Corporation ● iQ Solutions ● MicroTech ● TD Bank ● Sandy Spring Bank ● KatzAbosch CPAs ● Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission ● EZGovOpps ● EZcertify ● Allstate Insurance ● Wells Fargo ● Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ● Costco ● Maryland Public Television (MPT) ● Washington Gas ● CapitalWirePR ● The Epoch Times Newspaper ● Gazette Newspapers ● KPMG LLC ● IWIF-Maryland Workers Compensation Insurance ● Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, PLC ● AEi International ● Puente, LLC ● SunTrust Bank ● Prince George’s Suite ● 270inc Magazine
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Dear Members and Friends of the Chamber,
As it happens every year on the fourth Thursday of November, Thanksgiving Day is upon us already. It is a time when we come together as one to celebrate throughout the land a family holiday deeply rooted in European and North American Native customs and redolent of traditions that herald the end of the harvest season.
The origin of the modern Thanksgiving tradition in the United States has been a subject of debate. But regardless of whether the first Thanksgiving was held on September 8, 1565 in Saint Augustine, Florida by the Spanish Conquistadors, on December 4, 1619 at Virginia's Berkely Plantation, or in 1621 by the Pilgrims in Plymouth, Massachusetts, it has been celebrated as a national holiday since President George Washington declared the first official Thanksgiving Day in America in 1789.
Since then, Thanksgiving has become, just like the Fourth of July, an iconic holiday for Americans to reflect on life's blessings and to celebrate America's unity—"et pluribus unum" or "of many one"—our success as a nation, and our unprecedented scientific and technological achievements. Also, it has been a time to renew that quintessential American desire that impels us to give something of ourselves to others and to bequeath a better country than the one we inherited to those who will follow us.
From time to time all nations go through trying periods. Today, our own country faces challenging circumstances, many of our own making and perhaps unheard off since the Great Depression four-score years ago.
Among them, tax-cuts that favored a privileged few and depleted our treasury; two simultaneous wars that have helped create the highest budget deficit in our history; and, an unprecedented financial debacle, known as the subprime mortgage and driven by greed and promoted by fraudulent means, that threatened our own economy, forced extraordinary government intervention and contributed to widespread double-digit unemployment.
For too long we have depended on an unsustainable consumer-oriented economy that coupled with easy credit and an it's-all-about-me mentality has depleted personal savings and raised personal debt. Moreover, our production of goods has increasingly depended on offshore manufacturing and has created a staggering trade deficit.
We are a nation of laws. Our relationship to one another rests upon mutual trust and respect. It requires personal and civic responsibility to make it work. But, it is difficult to sustain faith in a system where too many seem to have taken advantage of people's needs or vulnerabilities, and where the meaning of caveat emptor becomes more the law of the jungle than a fair and responsible warning.
This Thanksgiving Day, as in preceding ones, will be a time dedicated to love of family and friendships renewed as 40 million Americans fly, drive or take a train to join relatives at nearby or distant hearths to share in a time-honored and prayerful meal.
Thus, on this solemn day, let's come together as a nation to give thanks for our many blessings, to work individually and collectively with a sense of purpose and personal responsibility, and to do our best to leave to posterity a better nation and a more perfect union than the one we inherited. And above all, let's pledge to be faithful to our civic duties, to live responsible and solid lives, to remain committed to our Founding Fathers' dream of an "et pluribus unum" nation, and to resolve, in unison with President Abraham Lincoln, "that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
Felíz Dia de Acción de Gracias (Happy Thanksgiving)
President & CEO
We are one of the friendliest and most active and service-oriented Chambers of Commerce in the region. We champion the Mid Atlantic States and our Nation's Capital, Washington-DC, as premier international destinations and sought-after locations to visit, start a business, live, work and play. And we are passionate about promoting and helping you grow your business while at the same time fostering economic development, strengthening the region's existing workforce, developing the workforce of the future and working towards improving the quality of life in the region.
About Our Community Partners
A vibrant business sector depends on a healthy, active, and engaged community of families, individuals, and groups committed to working, playing, and investing in their local neighborhoods. When businesses and non-profits work together toward common goals, they create a synergy that promotes a shared vision, fosters unity, and promotes paths to prosperity.
We strive to create and ensure for our Members a professionally rewarding and enjoyable experience throughout their period of membership with the Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (“the Chamber”). We hope also that Members will make every reasonable effort to benefit fully from all the programs, services and opportunities we offer and to contribute to further the Chamber's mission.
The Chamber's success in accomplishing its mission relies on a well-informed and engaged Board of Directors that establish mission and vision, provides governance and assess performance, and an executive team composed of a President and CEO, Executive Committee, standing and ad hoc committees, contractors and volunteers who help develop and implement programs and are responsible for day-to-day operations.
Board members are required to attend periodic Board development training in order to better understand the relationship between Board and professional staff and volunteers, how to effectively oversee the Chamber's direction and operation, and be actively engaged in recruiting new members. In addition to intramural training, organizations such as the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations and the ACCE provide third-party training.
Our most recent board development training was on thursday, January 26, 2012. It was led by Justin Pollock, COO, Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations, with a subsequent follow-up meeting on March 22. Below are Mr. Pollock's impression of his three-hour interaction with Board members:
"I was very impressed with the level of engagement and inquiry from participants. . .They really seemed like a group that understood what was expected of them and were willing to take on that challenge. We did spend a fair amount of time discussing how they can focus on sustainability of the organization and how their conversations and work as board members should focus on the programmatic, financial, and operational sustainability of the organization. They should not get too involved in the day-to-day operations, but should be informed enough to provide appropriate oversight. I also stressed their responsibility for ensuring that the organization is considering succession. Recognizing that at some point the leadership of the organization will transition out, it is incumbent on them to be prepared for making that transition. I think you have a good board with a lot of potential to do good work as long as they stay focused on sustainability issues. I think that the orientation materials [given to new Board members] are very good at helping them understand their job."
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