Chamber in the News

chamber_in_newsBy 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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Cars circled around the pumps at several stations in Frederick County this week as the price of gas has fallen roughly 30 cents in the past month to less than $2.  At Freestate on the Golden Mile,  the price per gallon of regular fuel Wednesday was $1.99.  Gas also dipped below $2 this week at Costco on East Walser Drive.

Si hay algo que el nuevo gobernador de Maryland Martin O’Malley enfatiza es su compromiso con la inclusión, y con los inmigrantes. En su discurso inaugural el miércoles 17 lo dejó claro.

A new Congress should mean fresh federal contracting opportunities for minority-owned businesses — at least that’s what Jorge Ribas hopes. ‘‘Whenever there is a new Congress, there is a new opportunity,” said Ribas, president and CEO of the Greater Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, based in Germantown.

A diverse mix of civic groups, day laborer advocates and leaders of the Latino business community have voiced opposition to a proposed anti-solicitation law, calling it racist and bigoted. The law would make it illegal to solicit jobs or hire workers along city streets or in parking lots.

Schools in Maryland and across the country are not adequately preparing students for college and the work force, according to 53 percent of business people surveyed for a report issued by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce yesterday.

Finding appropriate housing, filling out tax forms and understanding the basics of banking are some things immigrant business owners must learn after entering the country. Many U.S. residents take these common tasks for granted, said Jorge Ribas, president of The Greater Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Mega-marketing firm Vertis Communications Inc. said it plans to launch a direct-mail campaign aimed at the $600 billion-a-year-and-growing Hispanic market.

Small and minority-owned businesses are not keeping up with Montgomery County’s pace of growth and are suffering from what Ike Leggett calls “the Big C’s,” the Democratic candidate for county executive told Latino business leaders Wednesday.

Julio Lopez-Brito is an entrepreneur. And like all good entrepreneurs, when he sees an opportunity he grabs it. In doing so, the Potomac man has joined the growing legion of Hispanics starting businesses in Maryland and beyond.

As Gaithersburg’s political leaders struggle to find a solution to the city’s hotly debated day laborer issue, Latino and humanitarian advocates warn that further delay could alienate the city’s fastest growing population. That could lead to future problems, some say, including Latino distrust in local government and a growing racial tension.

Prince George’s Group will become a chapter.
Looking to expand its operations and citing a lack of growth, the Prince George’s Hispanic ⁄ Latino Chamber of Commerce in Hyattsville will merge with the 300-member Greater Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Turn on a television news channel, and it's likely that within minutes, the hot-button topic of illegal immigration is raised. Crack open a newspaper, and the headlines will mention building a fence along the border with Mexico, paving a path for illegal immigrants to obtain citizenship and declaring English the nation's official language.

It was a woman who brought Joseph Arias to the United States 32 years ago from El Salvador, and a desire to own a restaurant that brought him to Hagerstown. Mexican-born Efrain Esparza headed east from California to pursue a job at a large car dealership in Frederick, Md., but wound up opening his own business in Hagerstown, thanks to a stroke of serendipity emanating from a trip to a video rental store.

President Bush's plan to reform the nation's immigration system drew uneven support from Tri-State residents Monday, but most agreed that the current state of immigration was unacceptable.Bush outlined his stance on immigration during a nationally televised speech Monday night.

With about 65 chambers of commerce in Maryland, choosing the right one — or ones — to join sometimes isn’t easy for businesspeople. Some chambers are geographic in nature, with members from a particular community, city or county. Others cater to particular ethnic groups, races or genders. Some function primarily as a networking group, while others also offer workshops and seminars and still others focus on lobbying lawmakers or getting good deals for members.

There are four chambers of commerce in Frederick County, and a fifth about to be launched, each with a unique design to serve its members. The Frederick County Chamber of Commerce is the oldest, dating to 1912 and is the first chamber of commerce chartered in the United States.

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