Source: Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Provides Resources for Small Businesses to Move Forward

WASHINGTON, March 13, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- According to Nielsen, if it were a standalone country, the US Hispanic market's buying power would be a top-20 world economy. Ranked the nation's fourth fastest growing market, the Washington metro area Hispanic community greatly influences this standing.

In its 38 years of existence, the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC) has experienced the high demand for Hispanic small businesses to have access to resources and connections to start or grow a business. In response to this need, the Chamber created the Business Expo, the premier event for Washington, DC's Hispanic business community.

Brand new in 2014 will be a Health and Wellness section for information and enrollment opportunities in the District's health exchange with DC Health Link for individuals and families to enroll before the March 31st deadline. Additionally, the Expo will also host an International Row, for connecting with Latin American embassies, and a Workforce Development Row, to connect with organizations providing staffing services.

The Expo has successfully increased participation from 500 attendees and 70 exhibitors in 2010 to 1,400 attendees and 120 exhibitors in 2013. This year we anticipate more than 1,600 attendees and 130 exhibitors. To register click here!

What GWHCC 5th Annual Business Expo: Connections Opportunities and Growth
Who Congressman Robert Garcia
  Mayor of the District of Columbia Vincent Gray
  DC Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, Beatriz Otero
  DC Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development, Victor Hoskins
  Councilmember At- Large Vincent Orange
  Councilmember At- Large David Grosso
  Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser
  Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans
  Prince George's County Councilman, District 2, Will Campos
  VA Delegate Mark Sickles
  Chairman of Arlington County Board, Walter Tejada
  Acting National Director of MBDA, Alejandra Castillo
  Executive Director of the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority, Mila Kofman
  Director of the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, Nicholas Majett
  Director of the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Engagement, Francisco Fimbres
  Director of DC Department of Small and Local Business Development, Robert Summers
  Director of DC Department of Housing and Community Development, Michael Kelly
  Deputy Director of DC Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs, Didier Sinisterra
  Sr. Policy Advisor, Holland & Knight, Neil Albert
  President & CEO of United Way National Capital Area, Rosie Allen-Herring
  President & CEO of Destination DC, Elliott Ferguson
  President of Events DC, Greg O'Dell
  President and CEO of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Angela Franco
  Board Chairman of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Mario Acosta-Velez
  Master of Ceremonies – Erika Gonzalez, Reporter and Anchor at NBC4
  Master of Ceremonies – Pedro Biaggi, Radio Host at El ZOL 107.9
When Wednesday, March 19th  
  8:00am Media Registration
  9:00am Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
  10:00am How to get Certified to do Business with Governments of DC, VA and MD
  11:35am Government Contracting and Procurement Opportunities 
  2:00pm Certification Opportunities within Corporate America
  3:35pm International Investment Opportunities
  3:35pm Online Tools to Market Your Business
  3:00pm Business Matchmaking Sessions
  5:00pm Networking Reception
Where Walter E. Washington Convention Center – Hall D
  801 Mt Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001
  Located between 7th and 9th Streets and N Street and Mt. Vernon Place.
  Metro Access via Green/Yellow Line to Mount Vernon Square – 7th Street Convention Center.
Cost  FREE
Contact Pamela Nieto, C: (202)340-5157; W: (202)728-0352

Sponsors supporting the Expo include: Presenting Sponsors – Erie Insurance and PwC; Presenting Partners - DC Health Link and DSLBD; Presenting Media Sponsors – Latina Style, El Zol 107.9FM, and Telemundo; Digital Media Sponsor – Univision Washington; Gold Sponsor – Events DC; VIP Reception Sponsor -SunTrust; Internet Café Sponsor – Verizon Wireless; Silver Sponsor – American Airlines; Matchmaking Sponsor – My Business Matches, Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP, John Marshall Bank and Capital One Bank; International Row Sponsor – Citibank; Workforce Development Sponsor – National Children's Center and WMATA; Business Reception Sponsor – Walmart; Signage Sponsor – Gelberg Signs; Registration Sponsor – DCBC Event Productions; Coffee Sponsor – Mayorga Coffee; Lunch Sponsor – Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission; Corporate Sponsor – Wells Fargo, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Pepco Holdings, and B-Thrifty; Media Sponsors – Washington Business Journal, Washington Hispanic, Latin Opinion, El Tiempo Latino, El Pregonero, Vega Pages, La Nueva 87.7FM, Asi es mi Gente, and Eventos VIP Pass; Government Contracting and Procurement Opportunities Workshop Sponsor – BB&T.

About the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a 501(C) 6 membership driven organization, founded in 1976, that supports the economic development of the greater Washington metropolitan area. The Chamber facilitates the success of Latino and other minority-owned businesses and the communities they serve through networking, advocacy, education and access to capital. For additional information visit our website

Pamela Nieto
202 728 0352