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Member Spotlight

Fresco Cleaning, founded in September of 2006, holds a goal to make the interaction between people and facilities a positive experience. Late in 2013, they met with authorities in Montgomery and Arlington County, the City of Alexandria, and the District of Columbia, to better understand the recycling needs and regulations, and proceeded to develop an engaging seminar addressed to building tenants of commercial and residential properties. The goal of the seminar is that Property Managers benefit from the informational session given to building users and residents; building workers can better monitor the recycling content; and ultimately the building users/residents will produce a better quality and more recycling, enabling a better social image and a cleaner, safer environment.

Visit www.frescocleaning.com to learn more.
Dear GWHCC Members, Partners, and Friends,

In less than two months, we will host the fifth consecutive year of what has grown to be the biggest and most highly-anticipated Hispanic event in the Washington metropolitan region: the 2014 GWHCC Business Expo.  

This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever, with an expected attendance of 1500, and 130 exhibitors.  We are extremely excited for the superb networking opportunities generated from this dynamic annual event.

We encourage everyone to learn about the various ways to participate in the Expo. The clock is ticking and we want you all to play a part!

Please contact Alma Alfaro-Laska, Membership Director, to learn more. (202) 728-0452. Aalfaro-laska@gwhcc.org.

Hope to hear from you soon. May you have a successful February! 


Angela Franco

President & CEO 

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News From The Chamber
Angela Franco Presents at International Conference on Globalization, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development

On Thursday, January 23, Angela Franco addressed the growing Hispanic marketplace on a local and national level at Advena World’s International Conference. Moderated by the head of the International Economic Development Council, Angela discussed key trends in Hispanic entrepreneurship. The event was hosted in Downtown Washington, DC. 

Chairman Mario Acosta-Velez proves that “corporation” and “community” are complimentary, not contradictory

Mario Acosta-Velez expresses his optimism and pride concerning the Washington DC metropolitan area government and business community in this month’s Hispanic Executive feature. A native of Puerto Rico, Mr. Acosta-Velez is an adamant promoter of the increasingly diverse business community in Washington. 

Click here to read more.

BizLaunch & GWHCC Motivate Business Community 

On Wednesday, January 29, BizLaunch with the GWHCC hosted an exciting motivational speaking event at George Mason University’s Arlington campus. The event featured keynote speaker Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy of GWU. Attendees left the event feeling enthusiastic and confident in facing the New Year.

To learn more about BizLaunch events, click here. 

News From Our Members and Partners
Enrollment for Health Insurance Under ACA Now Open in the District
As of October 1st, DC residents are able to shop for health insurance under the new health law (the Affordable Care Act). DC Health Link has partnered with the GWHCC to provide information about affordable health insurance to small businesses. To learn more about how the new health law impacts you, visit www.DChealthlink.com or email Mercedes Tobar, DC Health Link Program Manager, at mtobar@gwhcc.org.
Haga clic: Obtenga la información. Obtenga cobertura.

GWHCC Member Paul Samakow Launches Anti Texting while Driving Campaign

In the fight to end the ongoing “texting while driving trend,” Attorney and GWHCC member Paul Samakow have launched a campaign to educate drivers of the dangerous risk. His team changed the Spanish word Testarudo, which means stubborn, or someone who is a hard-head, to Textarudo.

Click here to learn more.  

The GWHCC Congratulates Nominee for Director of SBA 

We are pleased to congratulate Maria Contreras-Sweet for her nomination towards Director of the Small Business Administration (SBA). May she find continued success!

The GWHCC Congratulates Johnny Yataco

Johnny Yataco, President of Washington Hispanic, was recognized this month by the Latino Leaders Network. We wish him the best in his success! 

GWHCC Partner, Aetna, Explains Health Insurance Exchange
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Special Member Programs
Do you need to hire interns this fall? Don’t wait any longer! Now is the time to post your internship opportunities.

It’s no secret that internships have become an invaluable way for businesses to recruit top student talent while providing an extended evaluation period for prospective entry-level employees. Luckily, members of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber have the advantage of posting internships at no cost through our partnership with Internships.com.

As a Chamber member, you can do the following – all for free:
  1. Easily post your internship opportunities
  2. Manage applicants with an intuitive interface
  3. Proactively recruit students using an extensive resume database
  4. Access exclusive resources to help start a new internship program or optimize your current one
Did you know that 70% of companies with more than 100 employees made full-time job offers to their interns? Find your future employees on Internships.com today! Click here to view other Special Member Programs.
DC Health Link Information Sessions
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The GWHCC is continuing to host information sessions in the District of Columbia to raise awareness regarding the Affordable Care Act and the changes that will affect small businesses in DC. To find a session near you visit www.gwhcc.org/events.
Welcome To Our New & Renewing Members

January New Members

Vivian Alfonso of Alfonso & Associates Consulting, Inc.

William Paxton  of Paxton Law Group, LLP

Katherine Aguilar of DCBC Entertainment Production Agency

Cathleen Szebrat of Strategic Navigations

Marco Rojas of Expeditions MJ

Phillip Godfrey of HealthCare Fitness Integrations, LLC

Nailah Gobern Lee of Breasia Productions

Harold Carrillo of StateFarm/Sharon Godfrey Agency

Maria Gabriela Sosa of BG Consulting, Inc. 

January Renewing Members

Montez Anderson of Constella Solutions

Favian Fredes of Creative Guys USA, LLC

Rebecca Medrano of Gala Hispanic Theatre

Ricardo Guraieb of Inlingua Washington, DC

Paul Samakow of the Law Offices of Paul Samakow

Felicia Brown of Super Shuttle

Mercedes Lemp of Washington English Center 

Michael Drobins of Optfinity

For more information on membership, please contact Alma Alfaro-Laska
at (202) 728-0352 or aalfaro-laska@gwhcc.org.
Procurement Opportunities
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910 17th St NW, Suite 1150
Washington, D.C. 20006
phone: 202.728.0352 

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