Pepco Will Donate Smoke Alarms to Three Regions

Utility’s Emergency Services Partnership Program Assists Local Fire Chiefs


WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 22, 2016) – Pepco reminds residents of the importance in having working fire safety alarms throughout their homes and to test the alarms monthly to ensure they are working properly. Pepco will be providing these life-saving devices to thousands of Maryland and District of Columbia residents in mid-December.


Through its Emergency Services Partnership Program, Pepco will be donating 3,000 10-year long-life fire safety alarms to fire chiefs in the District of Columbia and Maryland’s Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. The donation of 1,000 smoke alarms per region provides much needed resources for fire chiefs who give the smoke alarms to residents in need.


“Pepco is extremely proud to once again partner with Lowe’s Home Improvement to donate smoke alarms to help keep our customers safe,” said Donna Cooper, Pepco region president. “Safety is our top priority, and we’re honored to show support for our local fire chiefs and emergency management teams with a donation that can help protect the families we serve.”


Lowe’s Home Improvement supplied the smoke alarms at a reduced cost to help support this effort. Since 2004, Pepco has donated roughly 36,000 smoke alarms to fire safety officials in the Pepco service territory.


Pepco’s Emergency Services Partnership Program provides resources for safety initiatives, education, recruitment and retention activities, and scholarship opportunities for police, fire and emergency management officials.


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Visit from the Chamber of Commerce of Villavicencio Colombia


On Tuesday July 19, 2106 we received the visit of a mission from the Chamber of Commerce of Villavicencio Colombia, leaded by its President Mr. Fernando Romero Herrera, and members of the Board of Directors  Harold Díaz Guiza, and Oscar Alberto Villalba Cruz.


From Right to Left Dr Fernando Romero, Daniel Parra, Jorge Restrepo, Harold Díaz Guiza and Oscar Alberto Villalba Cruz

We had productive conversations about strategic alliances between the two chambers in order to promote business in the agricultural and industrial field.

We thank Ms. Rosalia Fajardo for her introduction and hard work.

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We welcome our new member and sponsor Barrons Latino

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Barrons overview  (courtesy of Barrons Lumber)


1008 Westmore Ave..
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 591-0600


Barrons has a rich history of excellence in the building community. Our visionary founder, Bill Norman started the company in 1947. Mr. Norman went on to become a highly respected member of the building supply industry. He even served a term as the president of the National Lumbermen’s Association.

Today, Barrons continues to carry on the great traditions of our past leaders, who built our company on honesty, integrity, quality and excellence in customer service. Leaders like Bill Smith who completed an esteemed 30 year career with Barrons – Gaithersburg Lumber retiring as its president. Other past presidents include Charlie Davis who went on to a successful career in training and consulting CEO’s around the country. John Eaton, who during his tenure piloted Barrons into an unprecedented increase in size and volume. And, our current president, Jim Davis, who started with Barrons Gaithersburg Lumber in 1978 and worked his way up through the company with real experience in virtually every aspect of the operation.

As president, Mr. Davis has lead the company during an historic downturn in the economy and yet has maintained a successful and profitable organization. Recently, the company opened its second location in Manassas, Virginia and is continuing to grow and service new customers and new markets. Along with the five presidents that Barrons has had over the last 63 years it has benefited from other owners who have now retired. George Wilcoxon our first vice president who served with Mr. Norman. Randy Stoy our past controller and treasurer and Dick Alexander who founded our kitchen division.

Barrons continues to follow the example of these fine leaders. At Barrons the owners of the company are full time employees. They are onsite each and every day. Our current owners are Jim Davis, President, Terry Michnya, Executive Vice President, Annette Stuckey, our Controller and Treasurer, Mike Soulen, our General Manager, and Ann Clodfelter our Credit Manager. Stop in and speak to any one of our owners anytime, just to say hello, make a suggestion, or ask for our assistance with any type of problems or concerns you may have. We are here to help you.

Thank you for choosing Barrons for all your building supply needs.

WINMAR Construction, Inc. is our new sponsor

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WINMAR Construction, Inc. is a full-service construction management and general contractor partner in pre-and self-performed construction projects, specializing in base buildings, commercial interiors and hospitality sectors including retail, restaurant and hotel. Based in Washington, DC with operations throughout the Mid-Atlantic and South Florida, our portfolio includes award-winning projects delivered for notable commercial developers and top architecture and design firms. Established in 2003, WINMAR is a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) in D.C. and holds MDOT status as a minority contractor in Maryland

Edwin C. Villegas


Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Montgomery County’s statement on the New Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation



Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Montgomery County’s statement on the New Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation


 The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Montgomery County (HCCMC) congratulates the new board members to the newly established Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation. The HCCMC looks forward to working closely with the new organization to ensure the needs and priorities of Hispanic businesses, particularly the growing number of Hispanic owned small businesses, are met.  We will be carefully reviewing this inclusion as the board makes decisions in selecting leadership and key personnel.  The lack of representation at the Board level of Hispanic owned small business is concerning to us, because it is a very important factor in the economic development in this County in particular, and in the ability to inspire and motivate youth as they seek careers and futures in a very diverse community.  Hispanic representation in the new body is extremely important.  Equally important, the HCCMC urges a strong focus on supporting the growing number of Hispanic-owned small businesses which are fundamental to our growth as a county and as a community.The Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation board is comprised mainly of large business representatives from key economic sectors, surely intended to bring the influence necessary to attract and retain investment in the region.  Even though Hispanic small business representation is blatantly absent, it is our hope that the Board will be mindful of ensuring new opportunities for Hispanic-owned suppliers and the contracts let to larger businesses will require such participation. 

The HCCMC is concerned that the large business focus evidenced by the representation on the Board may result in under-valuing the relevance of the growing number of small businesses in the county.  We hope the newly established Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation will build on the great strides made by the County for small business inclusion in procurement and in policies, and that the Board will be mindful of the relevance and importance of programs and policies that provide fair access to opportunities and not unduly burden small businesses, particularly minority owned small businesses, with administrative paperwork and costly processes that discourage fair competition.  Many of our constituent businesses are experiencing rapid growth and contribute greatly to innovation and prosperity in the community. We look forward to working with you to achieve goals of mutual interest.


The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Montgomery County (HCCMC) is the Gateway to Hispanic Business in Montgomery County, Maryland. Established in 1998, and with a growing membership and sponsor network, the HCCM is an IRS 501c (6) nonprofit business organization. Multiple programs support the growing community of Hispanic business and those who serve the Hispanic market in the county.