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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In 2014, Andy and Orfania Mesa started their restaurant in Wilmington because they missed the Dominican food they had enjoyed in their homeland and in New York, where they had immigrated. What started as a small concern that sold sweet confections blossomed into a thriving eatery that served rice and beans, plantains, empanadas and stews made with meat, chicken and beef.
For many, holiday dinner conversations this year have posed a unique challenge given the highly polarizing presidential election. And the holidays aren't over. As the end of 2016 approaches, there is one more festive event to come: The anticipated — or obligatory — rounds of New Year's Eve parties and dinners. But be forewarned: the spirit of merrymaking mixing with the combustible fumes of lingering political loyalties can quickly ignite conversations into heated arguments and hurt feelings all around.
Merriam-Webster defines privilege as "a right or immunity granted as a peculiar benefit, advantage, or favor." The First State bestowed a privilege on undocumented immigrants last week by becoming the 12th state in the nation to extend driving rights to people who are in the country illegally. This does not mean all undocumented residents will get licenses. Applicants to the Delaware program will have to demonstrate they have filed state taxes the previous two years...
Two members of the Frederick County Council are working to repeal an ordinance passed in 2012 that required that all of the county's official business be conducted in English.
A Frederick restaurateur whose family fled the Castro regime in the 1980s said he was pleased by the news that the U.S. would reinstate diplomatic ties with Cuba. "I think it's a great idea," said Maikel Gattorno, co-owner of Sabor de Cuba. "It needs to be opened."
It's been more than a year since we brought back the Monday paper, which was suspended in 2009, and launched a new, tabloid-format issue focused on business and agriculture. We've published 71 Monday issues with cover stories on the expanding influence of Asian business owners; farmers growing beer ingredients; 13 up-and-comers under 30; and why car repair in Maryland costs more. . . A particularly memorable first job story was published June 3. Jorge Ribas, president/CEO of the Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, wrote elegantly about his tenure in 1966 as a "gandy dancer" railroad laborer. Talk about a job. This was the real deal. Here's Ribas describing what it was like to align rail tracks for $2.80 per hour:
How did you get your first job? Since arriving to the U.S. in 1963, I worked many part-time jobs in order to put myself through school, but I got my first full-time job in 1966 when I learned from a classmate about a position at the company he was working at.
What was the title of the job, and where did you work? I was hired as a laborer, known in railroad jargon as a gandy dancer. I worked along the railroad tracks starting from St. Louis toward Cape Girardeau, Mo.
What kind of company was it? It was a railroad company, the Missouri-Pacific.
How long did you work there? I worked there during the summer of 1966, and the next summer I was hired in the same position, but for the Kansas City Southern Railroad in Kansas City, Mo.
Hagerstown resident Lalita balanced a curved sword on her hip, shoulder and head Sunday as a large crowd watched during the 3State Multicultural Fest. At one point, she was on her knees, with the sword balanced on her head, as she did a belly dance and leaned back, keeping her head straight with the sword atop.
On April 18, a business forum was organized at First State Manufacturing facilities in Milford, DE. The event was organized by the Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (MAHCC), and served as the first networking event held in Delaware.
The Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (MAHCC) held its first Hispanic Business Forum at First State Manufacturing, Inc. in Milford, DE on Thursday, April 19. Since its inception in 2002, MAHCC has become one of the leading voices for women, veteran and minority-owned businesses in the region.
As a remodeling contractor whose 35 years in business has taken him throughout Frederick and Montgomery counties, Steve Klitsch has interacted with a variety of clientele from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Awkward moments followed by apologies led him to the realization that behaviors that are acceptable for people with deep roots in the area may be seen as rude or even offensive to some newcomers, depending on the country or the culture from which they hail, he said.
Ping Eng and her daughter Sarah walked slowly through the crowd, each holding a tiny plate with a corn tortilla filled with cheese, beans and pork. "I am excited about this," Eng said as she took a bite of a pupusa. She later wondered aloud how cooks were able to get the meat filling inside the pupusa. "It must be difficult to make."
A Hispanic Business Forum will be held 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 18 in the community room of the Chambersburg Mall. The forum is sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce.
CHAMBERSBURG - The first ever Hispanic Business Forum aims to assist current and aspiring Hispanic business owners as they launch and manage their own businesses. The forum, free and open to all community members, is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Chambersburg Mall's community room. It is sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce.