Casual observers might depict Hispanic businesses as a bunch of small colorful bodegas and smelly restaurants or loud music coming out of a video store. Even others might add an immigration lawyer or a tax preparer to the picture, but not many would portrait a sound business community that is impacting US economic trends at staggering rates.
That is the case of the Washington Metropolitan area, a region that includes Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and suburban Maryland, and the preferred location for Hispanic-owned companies in industries such as high technology, legal, accounting, engineering and translation services.
Some of the largest Latino businesses in the nation call the Metro area home, such as Cascades Technologies, Inc. (CTi), an IT company that reported 14M in revenue in 2010; CSA Group, an engineering and architectural design firm offering Project Delivery Services with offices in six Latin American countries and several states in the USA; or Keystone Plus Construction Corporation (KPCC), a general contracting firm established in 1989 named as one of the top 500 largest Latino-owned companies in the US by Hispanic Business Magazine.
Coincidentally, officers of these major Hispanic companies sit at the Board of one of the strongest business organizations in the nation, the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC), a non-for-profit organization constantly advocating for their brand, being the voice of Hispanic businesses at a local and regional level, finding matching opportunities for their products or services within a crowded competition , and speaking on their behalf with policy makers.
Coming up on March 24, 2015, the GWHCC will host its Sixth Annual Business Expo: Connections, Opportunities and Growth at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
The Expo is the premier event for Washington, DC’s Hispanic business community showcasing businesses and building connections with participating government agencies, corporations, embassies, nonprofits, small businesses, and local Hispanic business community members.
“The Sixth Annual Business Expo will offer new and strategic opportunities to help Hispanic-owned businesses to succeed in the DC region. As a catalyst for business growth in the Washington metropolitan area, the GWHCC is uniquely positioned to provide the platform and tools needed to help move Hispanic-owned businesses forward,” said Mario Acosta-Velez, GWHCC Chairman.
This year’s Business Expo will continue to “Move Hispanic Businesses Forward” by expanding and improving the event over previous years. Throughout the day, the Expo will offer prominent speakers, interactive seminars and business development activities designed to guide participants in every aspect of their business, from how to market their business to securing government and corporate procurement contracts. The seminars and workshops agenda for the day include:
March 24th, 2015 – Expo
10:00 – 11:00am Educational Seminars
– How to get certified to do business in DC, MD, and VA
11:00am-12:00pm Educational Seminars
– Government Contracting and Procurement Opportunities
– Financing Tools and Business Productivity
12:00 – 1:00pm Power Hour
1:00 – 2:00pm Educational Seminars
– Health & Wellness for your Business
2:00 – 3:00pm Educational Seminars
– Certification Opportunities within Corporate America
– Beyond the Buzz Words: Technology 101 for Your Business
3:00 – 4:00pm Power Hour
4:00 – 5:00pm Million Dollar Panel
3:00 – 5:00pm Business Matchmaking Sessions
5:00 – 7:00pm Networking Reception
March 25th, 2015- International Symposium
10:30 – 11:30am
How to Take Advantage of the US Free Trade Agreements in Latin America
11:30am – 12:30pm
International Business Opportunities in Latin America
The Expo represents the perfect platform to help businesses grow, and this year the GWHCC is anticipating over 2,000 attendees, 160 exhibitors, and adding a key new feature. On March 25th, the Expo will feature its first, “Promoting Trade among the Americas” International Symposium. This symposium is part of the GWHCC’s international initiative recently launched in November 2014.
“The Sixth Annual Business Expo will offer new and strategic opportunities to help Hispanic-owned businesses to succeed in the DC region. As a catalyst for business growth in the Washington metropolitan area, the GWHCC is uniquely positioned to provide the platform and tools needed to help move Hispanic-owned businesses forward,” said Mario Acosta-Velez, GWHCC Chairman of the Board.
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