Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation Partners With Carlos Rosario International School

Partnership Will Provide Educational Technical Assistance for New Business Owners in Washington, D.C.

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| Source: Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

WASHINGTON, April 10, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC) and its Foundation (GWHCCF) have partnered with Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School to provide educational technical assistance and training to the School's students, individuals or businesses that are interested in opening or growing a business in the District of Columbia.

For more than 36 years, GWHCCF has been assisting Hispanics and other minorities to open successful businesses and providing technical assistance to business owners through its Small Business Assistance Program with the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Arlington Economic Partnership, Office on Latino Affairs (OLA), Montgomery College Hispanic Business Institute, and more recently, the Prince George's County Minority Business Development Division.

"Our Foundation has been committed to supporting and assisting Carlos Rosario School students through its funding from OLA and DHCD. Last year we provided technical assistance to five of their students and two of them were able to register their business in Washington, D.C.," commented Angela Franco, President and CEO of GWHCC. "We look forward to working with Carlos Rosario in this initiative which will improve the economic development and wealth-building capacity of low-income Hispanic and other minority populations in Washington, D.C." 

In its more than 40-year history the Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School has grown from a small grassroots English as a Second Language program to a comprehensive adult education school recognized nationally and internationally as a successful model for transforming immigrant individuals, families, and communities. Thanks to the School's programs tens of thousands of adults have obtained high school diplomas; become U.S. citizens; gained the English skills necessary to advocate for their children; obtained college degrees and workforce certifications; started their own businesses; and entered into careers and climbed career ladders.

"We are committed to providing the highest quality services to our students," said Carlos Rosario School President and Founder, Sonia Gutierrez. "We look forward to this partnership with GWHCCF because it will help to fill a real need of our student population, particularly for those who are interested in starting their own businesses."

About the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and its Foundation

The Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a membership driven organization that supports the economic development of the Greater Washington metropolitan area by facilitating the success of Latino and other minority-owned businesses and the communities they serve through networking, advocacy, education and access to capital. The Chamber was founded in 1976 and is a 501(C) 6 organization. The Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation is the nonprofit arm of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and a 501(C) 3 organization that provides technical assistance to low- and medium-income businesses. For additional information visit our website www.gwhcc.org.

Pamela Nieto
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