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

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 31^st 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

What GWHCC 5^th 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
    Director of the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs,
     Nicholas Majett
    Director of the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Engagement, Francisco
    Director of DC Department of Small and Local Business Development, Robert
    Director of DC Department of Housing and Community Development, Michael
    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 19^th 
    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
    2:00pm                 Certification Opportunities within Corporate
    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 – 7^th
        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

CONTACT: Pamela Nieto
         202 728 0352

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