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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The Frederick Police Department teamed up with the Western Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Dec. 22 to conduct unannounced visits to six Latino grocery stores in an effort to enforce tobacco laws.
Cpl. Dennis K. Dudley and chamber President Jorge Ribas checked to see if stores had the required state license to sell tobacco and to educate them about curbing sales to minors.
Living in the United States is a challenge for immigrants. It is one of the [most] regulated countries in the world. That according to Jorge Ribas, president of the Western Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, is why many Hispanic immigrants find it difficult to adjust to living here. Mr. Ribas, a retired U.S. Army officer and research scientist at Fort Detrick. . .
BB&T bank has named Rosalinda Delgado, editor and publisher of Buena Gente, a free Spanish-language magazine headquartered in New Market, to its Frederick County Advisory Board. Delgado spent more than 10 years as a volunteer in Malaysia and Thailand, having served as PTA president of Dalat International School.
The Western Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was treated to a lively discussion Wednesday by all three of Monty’s county exec candidates. Dems Ike Leggett and Steve Silverman were joined by Republican Robin Ficker in the first three-candidate event of the campaign.
The Western Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosted a political forum last Wednesday for candidates for Montgomery County Executive at Telvis Restaurant in Wheaton, MD. According to Jorge Ribas, President of the Western Maryland Hispanic and the Maryland Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, the forum was “organized to promote greater involvement of the Hispanic business community in the political process.”
Gaithersburg will host Trick or Treat in Olde Towne from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 in Olde Towne Park at the corner of Summit and Diamond avenues. City workers will give out maps and guide children and families to participating merchants.
The death of Danni Rosales, the young Salvadoran who fell victim of the police bullets in Frederick the day he turned 18 years old, will not go unanswered said one of the Hispanic leaders who went to the office of the mayor of that city to request explanations about the incident.
The Western Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce brought local Latino business leaders together with police authorities last week to foster open channels of communication. Jorge Ribas, president and chief executive officer of the chamber, introduced about 30 business owners and managers to Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger and Cpl. Fernando Martinez at an Oct. 12 luncheon in Ashton focused on county gangs.
Last year, Juan Rojas, a local entrepreneur, saw a business opportunity as he watched more and more Hispanics settling in Frederick County. "I noticed, especially here in Frederick, the Latino population is growing up but not the commercial things for Latinos," he said. Already the owner of a successful pizza parlor at the Frederick Towne Mall for nearly a decade, the Mexican native decided to try his hand at a second business.
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.
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.
Gaithersburg officially kicked off the election season last week as candidate packets became available for two council seats and the mayoral seat. Council Vice President Henry F. Marraffa, who has served since 1995, and Councilwoman Blanche Keller, who was appointed to fill a vacant seat in November, said they will run again on Nov. 8. Two-term Mayor Sidney A. Katz also will seek re-election, he said.
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.
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.
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