Mixer Informativo con New York Life en Guapo’s Bethesda

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New York Life y la Cámara de Comercio Hispana de Montgomery County los invita cordialmente a un evento informativo dirigido a dueños de negocios de la comunidad latina.

 

Acompáñanos y aprende sobre las áreas clave de la acumulación y protección de capital. Te esperamos para compartir sobre la solidez financiera de nuestra empresa a lo largo de los años, así como sobre nuestro compromiso con la comunidad latina en el area de Maryland, Virginia y Washignton DC.

Fecha: Martes 27 de Septiembre Hora: 6:30 pm – 8:00pm

Lugar:  Guapo’s Restaurant

8130 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-3624

 

Por favor RSVP: Laura Languidey

Latino Market Manager New York Life

443-989-8583

[email protected]

 

También puedes registrarte en el siguiente link:

http://www.eventbrite.com/o/new-york-life-and-the-hispanic-chamber-of- commerce-of-montgomery-county-11339707167

Visit from the Chamber of Commerce of Villavicencio Colombia

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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.

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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.

Stay Tuned for future Developments

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Our Solidarity with the People of Ecuador

La Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Montgomery County y la Hispanic Business Foundation se unen para expresar su solidaridad con el pueblo del Ecuador por lo causado por el devastador terremoto que azoto sus costas. Como latinoamericanos en USA, nuestros pensamientos y oraciones están con todos los afectados en este momento difícil. Lo invitamos a canalizar sus donaciones a traves de http://www.ecuador.org/nuevosite/index.php

COMUNICADO OFICIAL DE LA EMBAJADA DEL ECUADOR EN LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS SOBRE EL TERREMOTO EN ECUADOR

La Embajada del Ecuador en los Estados Unidos reitera su solidaridad con las víctimas del terremoto en las costas ecuatorianas y expresa sus condolencias a las familias que perdieron seres queridos.

A continuación compartimos información IMPORTANTE sobre las diferentes acciones de apoyo/comunicación sobre el terremoto en el Ecuador para la comunidad ecuatoriana en los Estados Unidos.

DONACIONES ECONÓMICAS

Insistimos en que las acciones de solidaridad se realicen a través de donaciones en efectivo realizadas en las siguientes cuentas oficiales autorizadas para el efecto:

Entidad: Citibank, N.A
Nombre de la Cuenta: Terremoto Ecuador/Earthquake Ecuador
Número de Cuenta: 36360112
ABA: 021000089
SWIFT CODE: CITIUS33
CODIGO ZIP: 10043
TELEFONO: 001-813-604-7062
DIRECCION: 111 Wall St., New York NY, 10043

Las donaciones las pueden realizar acercándose a cualquier agencia bancaria en todo el territorio estadounidense, o realizando una transferencia virtual.

Adicionalmente la Cruz Roja del Ecuador y UNICEF Ecuador han habilitado cuentas para recibir donativos:

 

DONACIONES DE VITUALLAS Y VÍVERES (EN CENTROS DE ACOPIO)

LA EMBAJADA DEL ECUADOR EN WASHINGTON Y TODOS LOS CONSULADOS DEL ECUADOR EN LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS HAN ABIERTO SUS PUERTAS PARA RECIBIR DONACIONES MATERIALES.

En Washington DC los donativos se recibirarán en las oficinas de la Embajada del Ecuador/Consulado del Ecuador (2535 15th St. NW) de LUNES a VIERNES de 09h00 a 20h00 y SABADO y DOMINGO de 09h00 a 16h00, para los residentes de las zonas del Distrito de Columbia, Virginia y Maryland.

Para información sobre donaciones en su ciudad por favor comunicarse con el Consulado de su jurisdicción

Es importante ACLARAR que la Secretaría Nacional de Gestión de Riesgos ha dispuesto que en este momento son prioritarias ÚNICAMENTE los siguientes materiales:

PRIMERA PRIORIDAD

En función de las necesidades y las prioridades, únicamente se recibirán en la Embajada/Consulados los items señalados (favor no traer ropa nueva o usada ya que NO será recibida)

SEGUNDA PRIORIDAD

  • ROPA LIGERA DE LA COSTA (de preferencia nueva o usada en buenas condiciones)

En función de las necesidades y las prioridades, únicamente se recibirán en la Embajada/Consulados los items señalados

DONACIONES INDEPENDIENTES (FUERA DE LOS CENTROS DE ACOPIO

El Servicio Nacional de Aduanas del Ecuador ha informado que todos los ciudadanos que se encuentran fuera del territorio ecuatoriano y que deseen hacer donativos de vituallas de forma particular, que sus envíos al Ecuador de donaciones de productos o artículos no perecibles estarán exentos del pago de impuestos, siguiendo el siguiente proceso:

1) Para envíos a ECUADOR deben hacerlo a nombre de:
Secretaria de Gestión de Riesgos (SGR)
RUC: 1768142760001
PAIS: Ecuador
o
Servicio Nacional de Aduana del Ecuador (SENAE)
RUC: 1760013480001
PAIS: Ecuador

2) Estos envíos pueden realizarlos por cualquier medio de transporte (Aéreo, Terrestre, Marítimo) a cuenta del donador.

IMPORTANTE: SOLO SE PODRAN ENVIAR LOS ARTICULOS PRIORIZADOS EN EL LISTADO ANTERIOR Y QUE CORRESPONDEN A ARTICULOS DE EMERGENCIA

REQUERIMIENTOS DE INFORMACION 24/7 DESDE EL EXTERIOR

Se han habilitado los siguientes canales para solicitar información GRATUITA las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana:

LLAMADAS DESDE LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS: 1844 668 4543
CHAT VIRTUAL
TWITTER: @ConsejeriaEC
CORREO: [email protected]

En los Estados Unidos nuestros compatriotas también se pueden comunicar a la Embajada del Ecuador y los diferentes Consulados ecuatorianos en territorio estadounidense:

EMBAJADA DEL ECUADOR EN WASHINGTON
TELEFONO: 202 234 7200
TWITTER: @EmbajadaEcuUsa
FACEBOOK: EmbajadadelEcuadorEnWashington
PAGINA WEB

Se ha habilitado el correo electrónico [email protected] para atender sus consultas.

CONSULADO EN ATLANTA: 404 841 2276
CONSULADO EN CHICAGO: 312 338 1002
CONSULADO EN HOUSTON: 713 572 8731
CONSULADO EN LOS ANGELES: 323 658 6020
CONSULADO EN MIAMI: 305 539 8215
CONSULADO EN MINNEAPOLIS: 612 721 6468
CONSULADO EN NEW HAVEN: 203 752 1947
CONSULADO EN NEW YORK: 212 808 0187
CONSULADO EN NEW JERSEY: 973 344 8852
CONSULADO EN PHOENIX: 602 343 6017
CONSULADO EN QUEENS: 718 651 8797
CONSULADO EN BOSTON (Ad-Honorem): 781 400 1212

COOPERACION EQUIPOS MEDICOS INTERNACIONALES

Las ofertas de ayuda de médicos deben inscribirse en Ministerio de Salud Pública del Ecuador

INFORMACION SOBRE CIUDADANOS ESTADOUNIDENSES EN EL ECUADOR

Los ciudadanos estadounidenses deben comunicarse directamente con la Embajada de los Estados Unidos en el Ecuador o con el Consulado General de Estados Unidos en Guayaquil:

  • EMBAJADA DE EEUU EN EL ECUADOR: 099 788 3222
  • CONSULADO DE EEUU EN GUAYAQUIL: 04 371 7000
  • LLAMADAS EN Y HACIA LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS: 1 888 407 4747

Ciudadanos de otras nacionalidades, deben contactarse directamente con las Embajadas/Consulados de sus países acreditados en el Ecuador.

CANALES OFICIALES DE COMUNICACION

Insistimos en la importancia de seguir los siguientes canales oficiales de información:

MINISTERIO DE RELACIONES EXTERIORES Y MOVILIDAD HUMANA (CANCILLERIA)
PAGINA WEB
FACEBOOK: CancilleriaEcuador
TWITTER: @CancilleriaEc

PRESIDENCIA DE LA REPUBLICA DEL ECUADOR
PAGINA WEB
FACEBOOK: PresidenciaEcuador
TWITTER:@Presidencia_Ec

MINISTERIO COORDINADOR DE SEGURIDAD
PAGINA WEB
FACEBOOK: SeguridadEcuador
TWITTER: @Seguridad_Ec

MINISTERIO COORDINADOR DE DESARROLLO SOCIAL
PAGINA WEB
FACEBOOK: DesarrolloSocialEcuador
TWITTER:@SocialEC

SECRETARIA NACIONAL DE GESTION DE RIESGOS
PAGINA WEB
FACEBOOK: Riesgos-Ecuador
TWITTER: @Riesgos_EC

INFORMACION ADICIONAL

Recomendamos revisar la información que las autoridades competentes actualizan constantemente sobre:

Boletines de Prensa de la Secretaría Nacional de Riesgos
Lista de fallecidos ya entregados a sus familiares
Plataforma de búsqueda de personas

REGISTRO DE VOLUNTARIOS

Solicitamos a todas las personas que deseen colaborar para la recepción y organización de vituallas y víveres en la Embajada del Ecuador en Washington D.C. que nos envíen un mensaje a el correo electrónico [email protected] para contar con su participación como voluntarios en el proceso de recolección de donativos en las oficinas de la Embajada. De antemano agradecemos su solidaridad.

Finalmente, esta Embajada también está coordinando esfuerzos bilaterales y agradece los ofrecimientos de ayuda y solidaridad del gobierno y pueblo estadounidenses.

© Copyrights by Embajada del Ecuador en Estados Unidos
2535 15th Street N.W. Washington, DC 20009

The Construction Forum Oct 15, 6:30PM Silver Spring Civic Center

Hispanic Construction Forum in Maryland

On Thursday, October 15, 6:30 pm at the Silver Spring Civic Center, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Montgomery County and the DC Metro Hispanic Contractor’s Association are presenting the first ever Hispanic Construction Forum to be organized in the County.

Designed to expand the scope of business opportunities for Minority, Hispanic and Immigrant owned small businesses in the construction and commercial contracting industries, the Construction Forum brings together talented experts in the field from both Maryland and the District of Columbia. General Contractors M Luis Construction & Hensel Phelps will discuss business opportunities for sub-contractors and the pitfalls to avoid as small businesses in the construction industry. Cherrie Branson, Director of the Montgomery County Office of Procurement and Ana Harvey, Director of DC’s Dept. of Small & Local Business Development will speak on opportunities in the county and state and small business formation in the District and the region.

Carmen Larsen, Chair of the HCCMC Board has stated that; “One our goals as a Chamber is to stimulate and increase the participation of our small businesses in development projects taking place in our jurisdictions. We believe this Forum is a good start on achieving that goal”. Carlos Perdomo, Chair of the DCMHCA reiterated the principle; “We understand this kind of collaboration serves our members in opening up greater opportunities and highlighting the viability of our businesses to important actors in the general construction and development community.”

Daniel Parra, President and CEO of HCCMC said, “We have set up an exchange where roughly 60 of our businesses from both Maryland and DC can learn about best practices and competitive advantage and become aware of opportunities throughout the region.”

Edwin Villegas of Winmar Construction, President and host of the event on behalf of DCMHCA said, “We are creating the conditions for our small businesses to grow and to show the construction establishment that we have the talent to handle larger and more complex projects”.

Uncovering the Benefits of Minority and Women-Owned Certifications

Certification Overview
Certification is a review process designed to ensure that a small business is actually owned, controlled, and operated by the applicants. Most certifications are granted for Minority or Women owned businesses, Small Disadvantaged Businesses, and Underutilized businesses. Certification agencies implement the processes for government and private sector entities and ensure that only firms that meet the eligibility criteria of the individual programs are properly certified.

SBA’s Definition of a Small Business

The SBA defines a small business concern as one that is independently owned and operated, is organized for profit, and is not dominant in its field. Depending on the industry, size standard eligibility is based on the average number of employees for the preceding twelve months or on sales volume averaged over a three-year period. Examples of SBA general size standards include the following: •Manufacturing: Maximum number of employees may range from 500 to 1500, depending on the type of product manufactured;
•Wholesaling: Maximum number of employees may range from 100 to 500 depending on the particular product being provided;
•Services: Annual receipts may not exceed $2.5 to $21.5 million, depending on the particular service being provided;
•Retailing: Annual receipts may not exceed $5.0 to $21.0 million, depending on the particular product being provided;
•General and Heavy Construction: General construction annual receipts may not exceed $13.5 to $17 million, depending on the type of construction;
•Special Trade Construction: Annual receipts may not exceed $7 million; and
•Agriculture: Annual receipts may not exceed $0.5 to $9.0 million, depending on the agricultural product.
There are many types of certifications available for Small Businesses.

Minority Owned Businesses (MBE)

A minority-owned business is a for-profit enterprise, regardless of size, physically located in the United States or its trust territories, which is owned, operated and controlled by minority group members. “Minority group members” are United States citizens who are Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American.

Ownership by minority individuals means the business is at least 51% owned by such individuals or, in the case of a publicly-owned business, at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals. Further, the management and daily operations are controlled by those minority group members.

For purposes of NMSDCs (National Minority Supplier Development Council) program, a minority group member is an individual who is a U.S. citizen with at least 1/4 or 25% minimum (documentation to support claim of 25% required from applicant) of the following: •Asian-Indian – A U.S. citizen whose origins are from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh
•Asian-Pacific – A U.S. citizen whose origins are from Japan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand, Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific or the Northern Marianas.
•Black – A U.S. citizen having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa.
•Hispanic – A U.S. citizen of true-born Hispanic heritage, from any of the Spanish-speaking areas of the following regions: Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean Basin only. Brazilians shall be listed under Hispanic designation for review and certification purposes.
•Native American – A person who is an American Indian, Eskimo, Aleut or Native Hawaiian, and regarded as such by the community of which the person claims to be a part. Native Americans must be documented members of a North American tribe, band or otherwise organized group of native people who are indigenous to the continental United States and proof can be provided through a Native American Blood Degree Certificate (i.e., tribal registry letter, tribal roll register number).
Certification is done at the local or regional level. The NMSDC and its affiliates do charge a non-refundable application fee. Certification must be renewed each year along with payment of annual fee. To find the certifying agency nearest to your location, click here. Certification application forms can be obtained from these agencies.

Women Owned Businesses (WBE)

To become certified as a woman owned business, businesses must show: •All prospective members must provide clear and documented evidence that at least 51% or more is women-owned, managed, and controlled.
•The business must be open for at least six months.
•The business owner must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident alien.
Evidence must indicate that: •The contribution of capital and/or expertise by the woman business owner is real and substantial and in proportion to the interest owned.
•The woman business owner must direct or cause the direction of management, policy, fiscal, and operational matters.
•The woman business owner shall have the ability to perform in the area of specialty or expertise without reliance on either the finances or resources of a firm that is not owned by a woman.
Certification is done at the local or regional level. The Women’s Business Council does charge a non-refundable application fee. Certification must be renewed each year along with payment of annual fee. To find the certifying agency nearest to your location, click here. Certification application forms can be obtained from these agencies.

Small Disadvantaged Businesses (SDB) or Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE)

Federal law mandates a number of requirements with respect to disadvantaged business enterprises (“DBEs”) – as such entities are defined under federal law – in projects where federal funds are utilized. In terms of public works and construction projects, federal funds are generally used to some extent for major transportation projects in particular.

These requirements, which are under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Transportation, include setting of DBE utilization goals, design and implementation of a DBE “program”, monitoring and reporting.

To qualify as a DBE, the business must be owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged persons as defined by DBE Regulation 49 CFR Parts 23 and 26. The presumption of disadvantage is refutable. Businesses must show: •Minimum 51% ownership, control, and expertise of the individual(s) and
•Control of the daily management and operations of the individual(s)
The business’ size as measured by average annual gross receipts over the most recent three years must be under the specified dollar amounts. These size standards are set according to the business’ North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code. Depending on the industry, these limits can range from $2.5 million averaged per year to $17.4 million averaged per year. Manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers must meet an employee size standard ranging between 500 to 1500 employees, depending on the NAICS classification, and their average three year gross sales must be less than $17.4 million.

Recently, changes to the DBE regulations require all owner applicants to complete a Statement of Disadvantage and a Personal Financial Statement. All eligible owners must affirm that they are members of a disadvantaged group (for example, an eligible ethnic minority or female). In addition, the personal net worth of each eligible owner applicant must be less than $750,000, excluding the values of the applicant’s ownership interest in the business seeking certification and the owner’s primary residence.

Generally, certification is done at the local or regional level. There is no fee to apply for certification. Certification consultants are available through this site for fee based assistance. Also, see the seminar schedule for upcoming certification assistance workshops.

To find the certifying agency nearest to your location, click here. Certification application forms can be obtained from these agencies.

8(a) Designation

A business enterprise meets the basic requirements for admission to the 8(a) Business Development program if it is a small business which is unconditionally owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who are of good character and citizens of the United States, and which demonstrates potential for success. This certification is geared more for socially and economically disadvanted individuals as defined in the Small Business Act.

The 8(a) Program offers a broad scope of assistance to socially and economically disadvantaged firms. The SDB certification strictly pertains to benefits in federal procurement. Firms achieving 8(a) certification automatically qualify for SDB certification.

Program participation is divided into two stages: the developmental stage and the transitional stage. The developmental stage is four years and the transitional stage is five years. Participants are reviewed annually for compliance with eligibility requirements.
8(a) General Requirements for Certification: •Must be at least 51% owned and controlled by a socially and economically disadvantaged individual or individuals
•African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Subcontinent Asian Americans, and Native Americans are presumed to qualify
•Other individuals can be admitted into the program if they show through a preponderance of the evidence that they are disadvantaged because of race, ethnicity, gender, physical handicap or residence in an environment isolated from the mainstream of American society
•Individuals must have a net worth of less than $250,000, excluding the equity of the business and primary residence
•Must meet applicable size standards for small businesses in their industry
•2 full years of business operations
The Small Business Administration’s Frequently Asked Questions page explains many of the common questions regarding this program. More detailed information can be found in the Code of Federal Regulations regarding Small Business Development.

HUBZone Business Enterprises (HUB)

To participate in HUB (Historically Underutilized Business) contracting programs, a business must be determined to be a “qualified HUBzone small business concern”. A firm can be qualified if: • It is small,
• It is located in an “historically underutilized business zone” (HUB Zone)
• It is owned and controlled by one or more US Citizens, and
• At least 35% of its employees reside in a HUBZone.
To find out if you are in a HUBZone, visit the SBA’s HUBZone page.

Disabled Veteran Businesses (DVBE)

The law defines a disabled veteran as a United States military, naval or air service veteran with a service related disability of at least 10 percent.

For a firm to be certified as a DVBE, it must submit a completed Small Business and/or Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Certification Application and meet the following legal requirements: •It is a sole proprietorship or partnership at least 51 percent owned by one or more disabled veterans or, in the case of a publicly owned business, with at least 51 percent of its stock owned by one or more disabled veterans; a subsidiary which is wholly owned by a corporation in which at least 51 percent of the parent company’s voting stock is owned by one or more disabled veterans; or a joint venture in which at least 51 percent of the joint venture’s management, control and earnings are held by one or more disabled veterans.
•One or more disabled veterans control the management and daily control of the daily business operations.
•The disabled veteran(s) exercising management and control need not be the same disabled veteran(s) who own the firm.
•It is a sole proprietorship, partnership or corporation with its home office located in the United States and is not a branch or subsidiary of a foreign corporation, firm or business.
Generally, certification is done at the local or regional level. There is no fee to apply for certification. Certification consultants are available through this site for fee based assistance. Also, see the seminar schedule for upcoming certification assistance workshops.

To find the certifying agency nearest to your location, click here. Certification application forms can be obtained from these agencies.

Hispanic Small Business Recognition Lunch

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Montgomery County, honored Three Small Business on Friday June 27, 2014, in recognition of their support and commitment to the small business community and the Chamber over the past year.  Since September 2013, we have organized nine small business seminars, forums and many networking mixers with their support.

AWARDEES FOR 2014:

ANA G MENDEZ UNIVERSITY SYSTEM

EUREKAFACTS LLC

VEGA PAGES

RSVP by Wednesday at 5PM to (240) 630 8639

Keynote Speaker

Author and Business Consultant Kenneth Weiss

FREE TRADE AGREEMENT

TRATADO DE LIBRE COMERCIO

and its impact on Imports and Exports

Case studies will be presented

 

 

 

Awards & Free Trade Agreement Flyer