Who we are
The Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (MAHCC) is one of the most active business organizations in the Mid Atlantic region. Changing demographics in the region have created a wealth of opportunities for Hispanic and non-Hispanic businesses. We are proud to represent small businesses in general and women, veteran and minority businesses in particular, as well as to promote economic, workforce and community development in the Nation’s Capital and throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region.
The Chamber was incorporated in the State of Maryland on December 28, 2002 as the Western Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In February 5, 2007, it was officially renamed the Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in order to reflect its geographic expansion and concomitant membership growth.
Unique among American chambers, the MAHCC is organized into chapters that serve specific local or county-wide jurisdictions. This organizational structure provides for a better service at the grassroots level. Local vice Presidents, who are also members of the Board of Directors, head the chapters.
For it to be successful, the MAHCC has to be run as a business, albeit one for which a profit motive is not its raison d'être. But as a nonprofit, the Chamber must be foremost an ethical, transparent and accountable organization if it is to serve the public interest and to maintain the trust and confidence of its members, contributors and partners, government officials, and the public at large.
The MAHCC is a member-supported and member-driven organization. Our dues-paying member companies span several states in the Mid Atlantic Region. Members range from Fortune 50 corporations with multi-million-dollar payrolls to local companies with a handful of employees. A diversity of business sectors are represented such as real estate, information technology, hospitality, financial services, insurance, government procurement, international trade, landscaping and janitorial services, construction, retail, etc.
Membership in the MAHCC is open to any individual, non-profit organization or business entity regardless of race or ethnic origin. For more information about the Chamber please download our brochure or keep on surfing our site. If you would like to join the MAHCC, there are several ways to do it:
- Online by completing a membership application form and paying with a credit card;
- Via surface mail by downloading a membership form, filling and mailing it along with a check or money order payable to MAHCC, P.O. Box 910, Germantown, MD 20875-0910;
- Via phone by calling at 240-686-0055 to register and pay with a credit card.
Also, you may learn more about what the MAHCC can do for your business by reading about the benefits of membership. Corporations interested in partnering with the MAHCC may obtain additional information by downloading a copy of our Corporate Pillar Program.
The Chamber's Future
From its inception, the MAHCC has enjoyed a sterling reputation for its ability to deliver results and value to the more than 400 businesses it represents. Its Board of Directors is composed of volunteers who invest their time and talent to provide effective and timely governance and to ensure that there is transparency and accountability in the work of the Chamber and that all its activities are guided by best practices and the highest ethical standards.
But in order for the MAHCC to be an effective voice in the community, it needs also the active participation of its members to serve in chamber committees, to volunteer as mentors to start-up businesses, to guide young people who would like to pursue a college education or a business career, and participate in government-sponsored commissions, committees and task forces.
As partners with the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, Maryland Chamber of Commerce, Virginia Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau, SCORE and other like-minded organizations, the Chamber has multiple channels to effectively advocate for its members, help improve the quality of life of the region, and strengthen its leadership position in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Thus, the Chamber will continue to seek strategic alliances to help meet its members' needs and advance their business interests, particularly in the legislative and government-relations, workforce development, access to capital and access to domestic and international markets.
Join us in our efforts to promote the economic development of the different communities we serve throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region, and let us help you start and/or grow your business immediately. For more information call us right now at 240-686-0055 to make the MAHCC your business partner for years to come.