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Thursday, February 04, 2016 PSA - Support Local and Advocating on behalf of LOCAL Business Owners

For years, I supported buying local but there’s a big difference between Local Business and Local Business Owners. Walmart, Target and Lowes are local businesses but their owners are not our neighbors. Local business owners LIVE here. Many of them were born here. Local business owners have been a vital component of our community for centuries. Big retail and service companies are moving in at an alarming rate. Our Local Business Owner community is shrinking.


From now on, I will support Local Business Owners only. As publisher of Direct Mail Workz, I promise to support, promote and campaign for Local Business Owners ONLY.


“The Advocate for Local Biz Owners” will be the new tag line under the title of each of our six direct mail publications. When space is available, I will show the pros and cons and high light the difference between Local Business Owners and Local Business. I may even feature a Local Business Owner of the month.


I would like to start a group that will campaign, build awareness and promote Local Business Owners. We can even have a Local Biz Owners trade show. Your input, support and participation are welcome. I just bought domain.


Bob Rodriguez, a local business owner since 1980.

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Monday, September 21, 2015 Presidential Proclamation -- National Hispanic Heritage Month, 2015


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Throughout our history, our Nation has been enriched by the storied pasts of all who call the United States of America home.  America's Hispanic community has woven unique threads into the diverse fabric of our country and played an important role in shaping our national character as a people of limitless possibility.  This month, let us honor their distinct heritage while reaffirming our commitment to enabling them to build a future bright with hope and opportunity for themselves, their families, and the country we love.

Hispanics contribute to our Nation's success in extraordinary ways -- they serve in the military and government, attend schools across America, and strengthen the economy.  They are the father who works two jobs to give his children a better life, and the mother who ventures out to take a risk and start a business.  They are the student -- often the first in their family to go to college -- who pursues their greatest aspirations through higher education.  They are the lawful permanent resident who seeks to naturalize and become a citizen, and the business leader whose loved ones have lived in the United States for generations.  Each day, we see the tremendous impact they have on our communities, and they reflect an enduring truth at the heart of our Nation:  no matter where you come from or where your roots are, with hard work and perseverance you can make it in America.

My Administration remains committed to ensuring Hispanics have every opportunity to achieve the American dream.  Last year, we approved more than 4,000 loans totaling over $1 billion for Hispanic-owned small businesses, helping create jobs and improve local economies.  We have invested resources in education and reformed our schools to provide the opportunities every Hispanic student needs to graduate from high school prepared for the future they will inherit.  We have also expanded high-quality preschool and early childhood education for our youngest learners in Latino communities, and provided grants and loans to assist tens of thousands of Hispanic young people and adults on their journey toward earning a college degree.  The dropout rate for Hispanic students has been cut by more than half since the year 2000, and college enrollment has risen by 45 percent since 2008.  Additionally, since I signed the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the share of Hispanics under 65 without health insurance has fallen by one-third, and in the years ahead I will continue working to address the health disparities that still exist.  And we are expanding the cultural, economic, and familial ties that so many Hispanic Americans share with Latin America by entering a new chapter of engagement and cooperation with Cuba.

The United States has a centuries-old tradition of welcoming immigrants, which has given us a tremendous advantage over the rest of the world.  Last year, I took action to fix our broken immigration system within the confines of the law.  The policies include offering temporary relief to parents of children who are United States citizens or lawful permanent residents so they could come out of the shadows, get right with the law, and further contribute to America's success while also providing for their loved ones -- because as a Nation that values families, we must work together to keep them together.  I also took steps to modernize the legal immigration system for families, employers, and workers, and strengthened Federal immigrant integration efforts.  I created the White House Task Force on New Americans -- a Federal interagency effort focused on strengthening and enhancing our efforts to integrate new Americans and build welcoming communities.  And we are working to make sure the millions of individuals who are eligible for citizenship understand the opportunities, rights, and responsibilities that it affords.  While these actions make our system better, they are not a permanent fix to our broken immigration system -- and that is why I continue to call on the Congress to pass meaningful, comprehensive immigration reform.

As a Nation, we are bound by our shared ideals.  America's Hispanic community has the same dreams, values, trials, and triumphs of people in every corner of our country, and they show the same grit and determination that have carried us forward for centuries.  During National Hispanic Heritage Month, let us renew our commitment to honoring the invaluable ways Hispanics contribute to our common goals, to celebrating Hispanic culture, and to working toward a stronger, more inclusive, and more prosperous society for all.

To honor the achievements of Hispanics in America, the Congress by Public Law 100-402, as amended, has authorized and requested the President to issue annually a proclamation designating September 15 through October 15 as "National Hispanic Heritage Month."

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 15 through October 15, 2015, as National Hispanic Heritage Month.  I call upon public officials, educators, librarians, and all Americans to observe this month with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourteenth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.


                              BARACK OBAMA

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 USDA Opens Enrollment Period for Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage

Release No. XXX.15                              Contact: Kent Politsch (202)720-7163

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2015 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that eligible producers may now formally enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2014 and 2015. The enrollment period begins June 17, 2015, and will end Sept. 30, 2015.

"The extensive outreach campaign conducted by USDA since the 2014 Farm Bill was enacted, along with extending deadlines, is central to achieving an expected high level of participation,” said Vilsack. “We worked with universities to simplify these complex programs by providing online tools so producers could explore how program election options would affect their operation in different market conditions; these tools were presented to almost 3,000 organizations across the country. The Farm Service Agency also sent more than 5 million educational notices to producers nationwide and participated in over 4,880 educational events with more than 447,000 attendees. I am proud of the many committed USDA employees who worked hard over the last several months to provide producers support to help them make these important decisions.”

The new programs, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, trigger financial protections for agricultural producers when market forces cause substantial drops in crop prices or revenues. More than 1.76 million farmers have elected ARC or PLC. Previously, 1.7 million producers had enrolled to receive direct payments (the program replaced with ARC and PLC by the 2014 Farm Bill). This means more farms have elected ARC or PLC than previously enrolled under previously administered programs. 

Nationwide, 96 percent of soybean farms, 91 percent of corn farms, and 66 percent of wheat farms elected ARC. 99 percent of long grain rice farms, 99 percent of peanut farms, and 94 percent of medium grain rice farms elected PLC.  For data about other crops and state-by-state program election results go to

Covered commodities under ARC and PLC include barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, rapeseed, long grain rice, medium grain rice (which includes short grain and sweet rice), safflower seed, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed and wheat. Upland cotton is no longer a covered commodity. 

The 2014 Farm Bill builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past six years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer. Since enactment, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit


USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).

Friday, March 13, 2015 Reminder for Local Farmers & Owners from the USDA
Avoid the End-of-Month Crunch
Elect Your Safety Net Program before the March 31 Deadline

By J. Calvin Parrish, Virginia SED

The month of March is upon us and with the change of calendar comes the dawn of springtime and many decisions for Virginia farmers.  And this year, these decisions include several important choices on federal safety net programs that could make a big difference for you, your family and your farm through 2018.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) is urging you, and farmers and landowners across the nation, to finalize your decisions on updating crop yield histories and reallocating base acres for new safety net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC).  Updated yields and base acre reallocations could help improve your potential to recover payments when a weather disaster or unexpected changes in the marketplace negatively affect your income.  March 31 is the last day to update your records.

March 31 is also the last day to decide which program – ARC or PLC – is the right one for your operation.  Each program provides unique protections. The best choice will depend on factors specific to your individual farm.  FSA, in cooperation with a number of universities, has provided online Web-based tools, found at to help you make this important decision. The online tools have already helped more than half a million farmers so far. If you have not yet considered your PLC or ARC options, take the time today to explore the Web tools and then contact your FSA county office if you have questions.  

If you don’t make a decision by the March 31 deadline, then you will be assigned Price Loss Coverage, the default program, and lose payments for losses incurred in 2014.  However, if you complete your ARC or PLC election by the deadline, you will be protected against 2014 price or revenue losses.

Farming is one of the riskiest businesses in the world. These new programs can help to support your agricultural operation during unanticipated downturns in in the weather or markets.  

So, don't let this opportunity slip by.  Finalize your yield or base acre decisions, complete those conversations between landowners and producers, and conduct your final reviews to determine how ARC or PLC can help you.  Avoid that end of the month rush, and make an appointment today.  Your Virginia FSA county staff is standing by ready to help.

Monday, December 29, 2014 FSA Announces New Yield Data for Safety Net Calculations
Farmers can Update Yield History through Feb. 27, 2015

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22, 2014 — U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today offered farmers new information to update program payment yields that will help them better select protections offered by the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs.  The new programs, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, are cornerstones of the commodity farm safety, offering farmers protection when market forces cause substantial drops in crop prices and revenues.

“The Farm Bill provided landowners with the option of updating their farm program payment yields. This is the first time that many producers have been able to update yields since 1986,” said Dolcini. “We’ve worked with the Risk Management Agency to make available certified yield data that producers can use to better calculate how the new safety net programs can offer the best protection against market swings.”

Producers can check with their local FSA county office to see if data is available for them. This data belongs to the producer and only the producer associated with the crop insurance records will be provided this service. Updating yield history or reallocating base acres can occur until Feb. 27, 2015.

FSA also issued a reminder that from Nov. 17, 2014, to March 31, 2015, producers will make a one-time election of either ARC or PLC for the 2014 through 2018 crop years. For more information, producers are encouraged to make an appointment to go into their local FSA county office. To find a local FSA county office, visit Additional information on the new programs is available at

These programs were made possible through the 2014 Farm Bill, which builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past five years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer. Since enactment, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit

Monday, December 29, 2014 USDA Provides Greater Protection for Fruit, Vegetable and Other Specialty Crop Growers
Free Basic Coverage Plans and Premium Discounts Available for New, Underserved and 
Limited Income Farmers

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance. The new options, created by the 2014 Farm Bill, provide greater coverage for losses when natural disasters affect specialty crops such as vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, floriculture, ornamental nursery, aquaculture, turf grass, ginseng, honey, syrup, and 
energy crops. 

“These new protections will help ensure that farm families growing crops for food, fiber or livestock consumption will be better able to withstand losses due to natural disasters,” said Vilsack. “For years, commodity crop farmers have had the ability to purchase insurance to keep their crops protected, and it only makes sense that fruit and vegetable, and other specialty crop growers, should be able to purchase similar levels of protection. Ensuring these farmers can adequately protect themselves from factors beyond their control is also critical for consumers who enjoy these products and for communities whose economies depend on them.” 

Previously, the program offered coverage at 55 percent of the average market price for crop losses that exceed 50 percent of expected production. Producers can now choose higher levels of coverage, up to 65 percent of their expected production at 100 percent of the average market price.

The expanded protection will be especially helpful to beginning and traditionally underserved producers, as well as farmers with limited resources, who will receive fee waivers and premium reductions for expanded coverage. More crops are now eligible for the program, including expanded aquaculture production practices, and sweet and biomass sorghum. For the first time, a range of crops used to produce bioenergy will be eligible as well. 

“If America is to remain food secure and continue exporting food to the world, we need to do everything we can to help new farmers get started and succeed in agriculture,” Vilsack said. “This program will help new and socially disadvantaged farmers affordably manage risk, making farming a much more attractive business proposition.”

To help producers learn more about the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program and how it can help them, USDA, in partnership with Michigan State University and the University of Illinois, created an online resource. The Web tool, available at, allows producers to determine whether their crops are eligible for coverage. It also gives them an opportunity to explore a variety of options and levels to determine the best protection level for their operation.

If the application deadline for an eligible crop has already passed, producers will have until Jan. 14, 2015, to choose expanded coverage through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program. To learn more, visit the Farm Service Agency (FSA) website at or contact your local FSA office at The Farm Service Agency (FSA), which administers the program, also wants to hear from producers and other interested stakeholders who may have suggestions or recommendations on the program. Written comments will be accepted until Feb. 13, 2015 and can be submitted through

These new provisions under the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program were made possible through the 2014 Farm Bill, which builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past five years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer. Since enactment, USDA has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America.  For more information, visit 
Monday, December 29, 2014 New IRS Publication helps you understand the Health Care Law

There is a new publication that will help you learn about how the Affordable Care Act affects your taxes.  IRS Publication 5187, Health Care Law: What’s New for Individuals and Families is now available on While the health care law has several parts, this publication breaks down what’s new for the 2014 federal tax return you will be filing in 2015.

This new publication provides important information for taxpayers who:

  • Had health insurance coverage for the entire year
  • Did not have health coverage for each month of the year
  • Purchased health insurance from the Marketplace
  • Might be eligible for an exemption from  the coverage requirement
  • Had advance payments of the premium tax credit sent to their insurance provider
  • Is claiming the premium tax credit on their tax return

The publication includes a glossary that will help you understand new terms related to ACA. It also addresses the new lines for reporting ACA information on Forms 1040, 1040-A and 1040-EZ.

Most people have qualifying health coverage, and all they will need to do is simply check a box on their tax return.

You can access Publication 5187 at, along with other important information related to the health care law. You can also find it by typing “p5187” into the search window at the top of any page or “5187” in the Forms and Pubs search window on

Monday, November 24, 2014 USDA Urges Dairy Producers to Choose Protections by Dec. 05

By J. Calvin Parrish

In modern agriculture, there is much we can control, but two dynamics remain beyond our reach: weather and markets. The unpredictability of both, and sudden changes in either, can disrupt any family farming operation.

Virginia dairy producers know these dynamics firsthand. The 2014 Farm Bill provides a safety net, in the form of the new Margin Protection Program for dairy, so that when unforeseen swings in markets occur, dairy producers are better protected and family businesses remain strong. 

The Margin Protection Program for dairy, which replaces the Milk Income Loss Contract program, was created by the Farm Bill to shield against when the margin — the difference between the price of milk and feed costs — falls below the levels of coverage selected by participating dairy producers.

However, this safety net is not automatic. You must visit your Farm Service Agency office to enroll before Dec. 5 to lock in these protections through 2018.  For just $100 you can cover 90 percent of your production at $4 margin swings and with affordable incremental premiums, you can cover $8 margin swings. In fact, if you enroll this year, you will even receive a slight increase in production protection that won’t be available in the future. It’s a small step to take to ensure your business is covered

If you’re not sure how the Margin Protection Program works or what it will mean for your operation, USDA’s online resource can help.  Go to, type in your specific operation data and explore price projections and market scenarios to determine what level of coverage is best for you. (You can also compare the data to see how the program would have helped in previous years like 2008 when margins dropped from $8 to $3 in just three months.) The online resource is on a secure website that can be accessed from your computer, mobile phone or tablet, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

You also have a chance to share your comments and help shape the Margin Protection Program for the future. According to statistics, more than 90 percent of dairy farms are family-owned and operated, often by multiple generations. USDA is committed to supporting family farmers and creating strong opportunities for the next generation of dairy farmers. But we need to hear from you about best to make the Margin Protection Program work for farming families.

Submitted your comments to us via the website at or send them by mail to: Danielle Cooke, Special Programs Manager, Price Support Division, FSA, USDA, STOP 0512, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC, 20250-0512.  Although enrollment in the Margin Protection Program ends Dec. 5, 2014, comments will still be accepted until Dec. 15, 2014. 

Don’t wait to enroll - - act today.  Today’s market conditions are strong, but as previous years have shown, markets can turn on a dime, costing you so much more if you don’t have a safety net to protect you.  

J. Calvin Parrish is State Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Virginia.  To learn more about the Margin Protection Program for dairy, contact your local USDA Farm Service Agency county office at or visit us on the web at .

Friday, October 24, 2014 PFAC Hosts Second Day of the Dead Celebration on Nov. 1

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – The Peninsula Fine Arts Center invites the community to a free celebration of the Day of the Dead from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1.

Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is a traditional Mexican celebration of family and friends who have passed away. Loved ones are remembered with ofrendas, or altars, constructed in their honor and decorated with photos, favorite foods and special mementos. PFAC’s first Day of the Dead was attended by more than 250 people in 2013.

Beginning at 11 a.m., Liz Moran, professor of art history at Christopher Newport University, will give a talk on the artistic traditions associated with the Day of the Dead, including the preparation of altars, decoration of sugar skulls and creation of cut paper garlands called papel picado.

Following her talk, the community is invited to help PFAC construct an ofrenda in memory of two important Mexican artists, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. In addition, guests can decorate keepsake skulls made from air-dry clay and create tributes to their loved ones with sidewalk chalk.

At noon, Virginia Poet Laureate Emerita Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda will present a reading of poems inspired by the holiday. In addition, she will share poems from her book, “River Country,” focused on how humans have impacted the environment – the focus of PFAC’s new exhibition, “Environmental Impact.”

After her reading, Kreiter-Foronda will offer a poetry workshop centered on the Day of the Dead. The workshop is open to the public, but an RSVP is requested to

Artists from A Mile of Smiles will provide face painting to help visitors get the look of the calavera, an iconic image of a skeleton popularized in cartoons by José Guadalupe Posada. Face painting will be $3 for kids and $5 for adults.

The Day of the Dead celebration coincides with PFAC’s free weekend, offering free admission on the first weekend of every month through support from the Noland Memorial Foundation. Visitors can get a free look at “Environmental Impact,” featuring 75 works of art exploring global environmental changes, from the vanishing bee populations to melting glaciers.

The Peninsula Fine Arts Center is located at 101 Museum Drive within Mariners’ Museum Park in Newport News, Va.  The center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays; PFAC is closed on Mondays.  Admission is regularly $7.50 for adults, $4 for children (ages 6-12) and free for children 5 and under.  Annual membership is $40 for individuals and $60 for families.  For more information, call (757) 596-8175 or



Thursday, October 23, 2014 VB Minority Business Council Conference and Expo
Minority Business Council Conference and Expo Set for Nov. 6

Susan “Syd” Dorsey, Small Business Adviser, to Speak

The Virginia Beach Minority Business Council will hold its 16th annual Conference and Expo on Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St. Event registration and networking will begin at 2 p.m., with a small reception at its conclusion.

This year's theme, "Building Powerful Coalitions," aims to increase of the use of teaming, relationship and coalition building to secure contracts and procurement 

opportunities. Insight and strategies to increase networking and coalition building will be provided. The conference is a place for small businesses and those owned by women, minorities and veterans to market and promote their goods and services. Attendees have the opportunity to learn strategies to propel their enterprises to the next level, while sharing their companies' strengths and capabilities with procurement officials from across the Susan “Syd” Dorsey will be the keynote speaker. She was appointed Adviser for Small Business Equity and Development by Governor Terry McAuliffe in May. Previously, she worked as a consultant on issues of small business and supplier diversity and also as an adjunct professor of marketing at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dorsey was director of marketing and sales for Astyra Corporation, a Virginia minority business, and spent 19 years with IBM Corporation, including global marketing manager for state and local government industries.

The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. To register online, visit the Minority Business Council’s page here. For more information, contact Sharon Foster or Lavera Tolentino at (757) 385-4438.

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Lavera Tolentino, (757) 385-4246

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Thursday, October 09, 2014 HIGHER Ground Women’s Leadership Development Program at VCU
The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University is now recruiting for its HIGHER Ground Women’s Leadership Development Program. We hope that you will share this professional development opportunity with members of your organization.

HIGHER Ground (Applications are due November 1, 2014)
The HIGHER Ground Women’s Leadership Development Program is a five-month leadership development experience for current and emerging women leaders who are committed to investing in themselves and their organizations. HIGHER Ground is designed to benefit women at all career levels in public, private, nonprofit and entrepreneurial positions. This highly rated leadership development experience offers opportunities for professional growth through experiential learning, personal assessment, leadership coaching, and networking. By engaging in intellectual and experiential workshops, participants learn key principles aimed at enhancing their leadership styles to help them successfully leverage opportunities for advancement.

We are also excited to share that award-winning journalist Suzanne Malveaux, CNN’s national correspondent, covering politics, national news, international events and culture, will join us as our keynote speaker for 9th Annual HIGHER Ground Women's Leadership Conference, on Friday, January 30, 2015, at the Downtown Richmond Marriott. Registration is now open!

For more information about HIGHER Ground and/or to submit an application please visit our website: Also, please feel free to contact the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute at 804-827-1169 or if you have any questions.

We hope that you will encourage your network to take advantage of this development opportunity! 
Saturday, September 20, 2014 La Biblioteca Pública de Norfolk Celebra el mes de la Herencia Hispana

La Biblioteca Pública de Norfolk Celebra el mes de la Herencia Hispana

Norfolk, Va (Septiembre, 2014)- La biblioteca Pública de Norfolk, estará observando el Mes de la Herencia Hispana – Septiembre 15 a Octubre 15 con un calendario lleno de eventos especiales desde lecturas, taller de arte, clases de ejercicios, festival de películas, cuentos en español e ingles y conciertos.

Esta celebración de apertura se llevará a cabo el Sábado, 20 de Septiembre de 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., en la Biblioteca  Mary D. Pretlow, localizada en 111 W. Ocean View Avenue en Norfolk, Virginia.

Las actividades para la celebración de apertura; presentará a la oradora invitada, Olga Torres, Presidenta de la Cámara de Comercio de Hampton Roads; “El Artista Internacional”,cantante y músico-Roberto Henriquez; 

la caracterización de los  personajes de Maya y Miguel, bailarines de la Flor de Mejico, Desfile de las Naciones, Artesanía, Agencias y Organizaciones de la Comunidad y comida.

Los eventos son gratis para el público en general, y son ofrecidos en todas las Bibliotecas Públicas de Norfolk. Para la actualización y optener una lista de titulos y recursos de educación y entretenimiento - Visita la página de Internet

Contacto: Raquel N. Taylor

Especialista en Información Pública I

Biblioteca Pública de Norfolk

(757) 994-7328 ext 341

Mes de la Herencia Hispana

Celebración de Apertura “Mes de la Herencia Hispana”

Sábado-Septiembre20 @ 11am-2pm

Pretlow Anchor Branch Library

Actividades Incluidas – Olga Torres, Presidente de la Cámara de Comercio Hispana;

“El Artista Internacional”, músico y cantante-Roberto Henriquez; los personaje del Libro Maya y Miguel;  Flor de Mejico-grupo de niños bailarines;  desfile de los Paises; Artesanías;  Agencias y Organizaciones de la Comunidad;  Comida. (Familiar)


    Zumba (registración requerida)

Vámos a movermos al ritmo de la Zumba!-esta clase combina los bailes latinos de – Salsa,

 Merengue, Samba! (Jóvenes y Adultos) 

Martes@5:30 PM (Agosto 26; Sep. 2,9 &16) - Barron F. Black Branch

Lunes @ 5:30 PM (Sept.8,15 ,22 & 29) - Horace C.Downing Branch

@ 11 AM (Sept. 20 &27; Oct 4& 11) - 
Park Place Branch



Se presentará una película cada semana (Adultos)

    Lunes @ 6 PM (Sept. 15 ,22, 29; Oct 6)

              Pretlow Anchor Branch Library

Septiembre 15: “ 7  Cajas”  (2012) clasificada PG-13

Victor, recibe una propuesta inusual para llevar 7 cajas con un contenido desconocido atraves del Mercado Paraguayo Y las cosas se complican en el camino!

Sept- 22 “El camino a casa” (2009)-no clasificada

La trajectoria de varios niños mejicanos solos, emigrando a America, es crónica en la película.

Sept. 29  “Habla con ella” (2002) clasificada R

Dos hombres comparten una extraña  amistad, mientras cuidan de unas mujeres q estan en coma.

Oct 6 Quinceañera (2006) clasificada R

Magdalena, mientras prepara  su fiesta de Quince años descubre q está embarazada y su padre por razones

Religiosas la rechaza.

          FESTIVAL DEL CINE LATINO (Lafayette Branch)

     Se presentará una película cada semana (Adultos)

              Sábado @ 2PM (Sept: 27; Oct 4; 11 & 18

Sept 27:  “Hermano” (2010) no clasificada

Criados como hermanos Julio y Daniel, son fuertes competidores en el balonpie o (soccer). Cuando  un reclutador de “soccer” les ofrece una prueba,  un   acto de violencia amenaza separarlos.

Oct. 4 “Mamitas”   (2011) –clasificada R

Jordin es  un  creído en la escuela, pero un cariñoso nieto en la casa q nunca puede complacer a su padre. Conoce a Felipa, una chica intelectual que reconoce a la verdadera persona detrás de su arrogancia.

Oct. 11 “Gloria” (2013) clasificada R

Una mujer Madura, Gloria pasa las noches buscando amor en las discotecas.  Cuando conoce a Rodolfo la pasión q ellos sienten les hace dudar entre la esperanza y la desilusión.

Oct. 18   “No” (2012) clasificada R

“No”, cuenta la historia, como el 56% de la población de Chile en 1988 votó para sacar del   poder al dictador Augusto Pinochet y liberar a su país.


Martes, Septiembre 16 @ 4:30 PM

              Little Creek Branch

Usa textil hispano para diseñar y crear braceletes  (edad escolar)



        Sábado- Sept. 27 @ 11 AM  (Barron F. Black Branch)

Celebremos en un ambiente familiar con música, juegos,comida e información de la comunidad. (Familia)


             Concierto Bilingue: Roberto Henriquez

                       “Artista Internacional”

El músico y cantante, Roberto Henriquez, intrpretará una variedad

De canciones en Ingles y Español   (Familia)

       Sábado- Sept. 27 @1 PM    (Janaf Branch)


       Sábado – Oct. 4 @ 2:30 PM  (Jordan Newby Branch)

            Grupo Folklórico Panameño de Hampton Roads

           Jueves – Oct 2 @ 5:30 PM (Little Creek Branch Library)

Deleitese con el colorido de sus trajes típicos, su música y bailes folklóricos de Panamá. (Familia)


            Presentación de Taller y Arte Hispano para niños

                    Sábado- Oct 4 @ 1-4 P.M.  (Larchmont Branch)

Admira el arte creado por los niños,  participa escuchando los cuentos en ingles y español,  tú afición al arte y disfruta otras actividades (Familia)

Programa de eventos –  1 PM – Demostaración de Arte

                                   2 PM – Cuentos en español e ingles

                                   2:30 PM – Taller de Arte


          Conmemorando las Mujeres Pioneras Hispanas

               Sábado,  Oct.11 @ 1 P.M. (Blyden Branch)

 Unámonos a honrar las pioneras hispanas,  por su contribución y promoción de los latinos en la comunidad en Hampton Roads. (Familia) 

            Aura Robinson:  Grupo Folklórico Panameño

            Olga Torres: Cámara de Comercio Hispana              

            Ana Castellanos: Flor de México



   Conferencia:  “Semillas de Cambio en America Latina”

               Miercoles, Oct. 15 @ 5:30 P.M  (Van Wyck Branch)

En un diálogo abierto, el orador Renez López, compara el viejo mundo de la America Latina con el presente, examinando los cambios que han tenido un profundo y durarero impacto en su gente y cultura. ( Adultos)


Información de la Biblioteca Pública de Norfolk:

La Biblioteca ofrece acceso a toda clase de información “online”, libros, programas y servicio de Internet para todas las necesidades de nuestra comunidad etnica. El  Sistema de Bibliotecas consiste de una   Biblioteca Principal (Slover), 10 Sucursales y una Central (Pretlow) y  una Biblioteca Rodante.

Todos los programas son gratis y abiertos al público. 

Visite nuestra página de Internet, o llame al (757) 664-READ para mayor informacion.  


Friday, September 19, 2014 Presidential Proclamation --- National Hispanic Heritage Month, 2014

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary                                                                                            For Immediate Release, September 15, 2014

Presidential Proclamation --- National Hispanic Heritage Month, 2014




Nearly 50 years after the United States first observed what was then National Hispanic Heritage Week, Hispanics represent a vibrant and thriving part of our diverse Nation. Their histories and cultures stretch across centuries, and the contributions of those who come to our shores today in search of their dreams continue to add new chapters in our national story. This month, we honor the rich heritage of the Hispanic community and celebrate its countless achievements.

This month's theme, "Hispanics: A legacy of history, a present of action and a future of success," reminds us of all the ways Hispanics have enriched our Union and shaped our character. From those with roots that trace back generations to those who have just set out in pursuit of the promise of America, they have come to represent the spirit of our Nation: that with hard work, you can build a better life for yourself and a better future for your children. Hispanics have served honorably in our Armed Forces, defending the values we hold dear. They have transformed industries with new, innovative ideas. And they have led and inspired movements that have made our Nation more equal and more just.

In these accomplishments, we recognize that when we lift up the Hispanic community, we strengthen our Nation; when we create more ladders of opportunity, we provide the chance for all Americans to reach their greatest potential. My Administration is committed to supporting and fighting for policies that help Hispanics succeed. We are investing in programs that better prepare students and workers for today's economy, continuing to address disparities in health care, and pushing initiatives that grow our middle class.

Reforming our immigration system remains crucial for our economic future. When workers educated in America are unable to stay and innovate here, we are deprived of their full contributions, and when immigrants have to labor in the shadows, they often earn unfair wages and their families and our economy suffer. That is why I continue to call on the Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform, and why I am determined to address our broken immigration system through executive action in a way that is sustainable and effective, and within the confines of the law. America has always drawn its strength from the contributions of a diverse people. Throughout our Nation,

Hispanics are advancing our economy, improving our communities, and bettering our country. During National Hispanic Heritage Month, let us renew our commitment to ensuring ours remains a society where the talents and potential of all its members can be fully realized.

To honor the achievements of Hispanics in America, the Congress by Public Law 100-402, as amended, has authorized and requested the President to issue annually a proclamation designating September 15 through October 15 as "National Hispanic Heritage Month."

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 15 through October 15, 2014, as National Hispanic Heritage Month. I call upon public officials, educators, librarians, and all Americans to observe this month with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twelfth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.


Friday, July 11, 2014 HRHCC Partners with Festevents for 14th Annual Latino Music Festival

14th Annual Latino Music Festival

Brings the Rhythm and Heritage of Latin and

Hispanic culture to the

Norfolk Waterfront

Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk, VA

Free & Open to the Public

NORFOLK, VA – July 9, 2014.   Norfolk Festevents and the Hampton Roads Hispanic Chamber of Commerce team up to present the 14thAnnual Norfolk Latino Music Festival on Saturday August 16, 2014 from 5pm to 10pm at Town Point Park in Downtown Norfolk Waterfront, Virginia.  


This popular annual community celebration will feature many new authentic Latino/Hispanic attractions including traditional games and contests, authentic food and beverage menus plus 5 hours of traditional and contemporary Latin music and dancing. 


Festival features include:


Family Fun from 5 pm- 8pm :

Youth Soccer – open play for ages 8 – 16, boys and girls, (no cleats, please)

Dominoes Tournament- Open play for ages 16 and older.

Giant Festive Flower Making Workshop- for all ages.


Music and Dancing featuring Zumba, Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata  from 5pm – 10 pm

·   Latin Jazz Conspiracy  7 pm – 10 pm  

·   DJ Mangu 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm  

·   Dance Instructions 5 pm – 8:30 pm

Rosa the Zumba Queen & Marilyn Castro

Authentic Food and Beverages:

            Local Latin/Hispanic Chefs and Restaurants:

·    Mi Hogar

·    Paraiso

·    El Morro Delicias y Algo Mas

·    Bilu’s

·    De Rican Chef

·    Summer Sangrias and Latino Beers


   Hampton Roads Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business Expo from 5pm – 10 pm

·   Meet local Hispanic owned businesses and learn about what’s new in the community


“The Hampton Roads Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is excited to be partnering with Festevents on such a unique event for the City of Norfolk” explains Hampton Roads Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President Olga Torres.  She adds “The Latino Music Festival is a great opportunity for us to bring together and celebrate the wonderful variety of Latino cultures, as well as create an environment to showcase some of our amazing talents right here in the Hampton Roads Area”.


A portion of the proceeds to benefit scholarships for local Hispanic students.


What:                         14th Annual Norfolk Latino Music Festival

When:                        Saturday, August 16, 2014

Time:                         5pm – 10pm

Where:                      Town Point Park on the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront, Virginia

Admission:               Free & Open to the Public

Special Note:           Lawn Chairs and blankets are welcome.  Coolers, food and soft drinks are permitted.  No Alcohol or glass is permitted;   food and alcohol will be available for purchase during the festival.


For more information please visit, call 757-441-2345 or find us on Facebook, Twitter,  and Instagram


The 14th Annual Norfolk Latino Music Festival is produced by Norfolk Festevents in partnership with the Hampton Roads Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and presented with the City of Norfolk.  The event is sponsored by Norfolk Marriott, CFE Equipment Corporation and PEOPLExpress.


Norfolk Festevents, Ltd. is a private not-for-profit organization dedicated to producing premier concerts, festivals, ship visits and special events and city celebrations for residents and guests of Hampton Roads.  Celebrating its 32nd season, Norfolk Festevents has garnered international acclaim for its outstanding quality programming.  Norfolk Festevents is the official event marketing and production agency for the City of Norfolk.

Monday, January 20, 2014 Featured HRHCC Member Benefit - Optima Health Association Program
Featured Member Benefit 
HRHCC Optima Health
Association Program
Please help us welcome Susan Furlough Harris of the Harris Insurance Agency/Farmers Insurance as the managing agent of this great member benefit group health program. To learn more about the program please visit/ click on the following link:  Preferred membership with Optima Health  
At the Harris insurance Agency you can expect to receive prompt and professional service from Susan Harris and Melissa Bartoldus who is also able to help our HRHCC members in Spanish, if needed.  They also offer a wide range of insurance products; please give them  call.  
Susan Furlough Harris 
Farmers Insurance 
3115 Western Branch Blvd Ste 124 
Chesapeake, VA 23321-5528 
757-484-4700 (Office) 
757-484-1248 (Fax) 

"Join the Chamber...come and do good business!"  
"¡Únete a la Cámara...ven a hacer buenos negocios!"
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 Minority Political Leadership Institute is now accepting applications!

The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University invites and the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus Foundation invite your members to apply for the Minority Political Leadership Institute (MPLI) 2014. 

Minority Political Leadership Institute 

pplications are beginning to be considered November 1, 2013. All applications turned in prior toDecember 15th will have priority). 

The Minority Political Leadership Institute (MPLI) is a collaborative initiative of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus Foundation and The Grace E. Harris Leadership. MPLI is an intensive seven-month experience designed to promote leadership development for all individuals interested in issues important to minority communities including: community economics, political climate, civic engagement, and racial equity.  MPLI offers insights regarding personal leadership, policy and legislative processes, leadership legacy and culture, responsible stewardship, public service, and integrity for future leaders. Each program year participants engage and interact with communities across Virginia and learn about unique strengths and issues facing different regions of the Commonwealth.



For more information about MPLI programs and/or to submit an application please visit our website: Please feel free to contact the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute at 804-827-1169 or if you have any questions

Monday, September 16, 2013 Presidential Proclamation - National Hispanic Heritage Month 2013

Presidential Proclamation




From the earliest days of our Republic, Hispanic Americans have written crucial chapters in our national story. Hispanics have honorably defended our country in war and built prosperity during times of peace. They run successful businesses, teach our next generation of leaders, and pioneer scientific and technological breakthroughs. This month, America acknowledges these vital contributions and celebrates our Hispanic heritage.

Hispanic Americans represent an array of distinct and vibrant cultures, each of which enriches communities in valuable ways. Just as America embraces a rich blend of backgrounds, those who journey to our shores embrace America. Sharing the dream of equality and boundless opportunity, many Hispanics have marched for social justice and helped advance America's journey toward a more perfect Union. Last year, I was proud to establish the César E. Chávez National Monument in honor of an American hero, a man who reminded us that every life has value, that together, those who recognize their common humanity have the power to shape a better world.

As César Chávez's example teaches us, we must never scale back our dreams. My Administration remains committed to building a rising, thriving middle class, a middle class accessible to the Hispanic community and to all Americans. As we continue to implement the Affordable Care Act, more than 10 million uninsured Latinos will gain access to coverage. To reduce health disparities, my Administration will work to educate, engage, and enroll Hispanic Americans in the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Last year, we lifted the shadow of deportation off young people who are American in every way but on paper. Today, I am as determined as ever to pass commonsense immigration reform -- reform that helps American workers get a fairer deal, adds more than one trillion dollars to our economy, and provides a pathway to earned citizenship. A bipartisan bill consistent with these principles has already passed the Senate, and a growing coalition of Republicans and Democrats is calling for action.

Whether our ancestors crossed the Atlantic in 1790 or the Rio Grande in 1970, Americans are bound by a set of common values -- a love of liberty and justice, the belief that a better life should await anyone willing to work for it. As we celebrate the unique influences of Hispanic cultures during National Hispanic Heritage Month, let us also rededicate ourselves to realizing our shared aspirations.

To honor the achievements of Hispanics in America, the Congress by Public Law 100-402, as amended, has authorized and requested the President to issue annually a proclamation designating September 15 through October 15 as "National Hispanic Heritage Month."

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 15 through October 15, 2013, as National Hispanic Heritage Month. I call upon public officials, educators, librarians, and all Americans to observe this month with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirteenth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.
Friday, March 08, 2013 Our Virginia non-English speakers case mentioned in Disparate Impact article by National Fair Housin

Effects Matter: Disparate Impact Standard for Fair Housing Ratified

Fair housing advocates celebrated a major milestone last month when HUD issued final regulations ratifying that "disparate impact analysis" can in fact be used to assess compliance with the federal Fair Housing Act.

There are still some in the housing industry who state outright that they will not rent, sell, or lend to certain groups of people. But these days, the barriers that people face in their search for housing more often are rooted in policies or practices that may appear neutral on their face, but disproportionately harm families, people of color, people with disabilities, etc.  Such policies, when they are allowed to stand unchallenged, affect us all.

Under HUD’s new rule, such policies and practices can be challenged with statistics showing a disparate impact or by otherwise showing that they cause or would predictably cause a disproportionately harmful impact on members of a class that is protected under the Fair Housing Act. 

Take, for example, the infamous “blood relative” ordinance adopted by St. Bernard Parish after Hurricane Katrina.  

The ordinance required owners of single family properties in the Parish to get special permission from the Parish before they could rent those homes to someone other than a blood relative.  Some 93 percent of the residents of St. Bernard Parish are white.  Until the blood relative ordinance was challenged by the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center and overturned by the court, this policy effectively barred access to people of color.

Similarly, Yorktown, New York’s “local preference” policy meant that first dibs on affordable rental housing in that predominantly white community in Westchester County went to people who already lived there, limiting access for people of color who came from other parts of the county or region.  This policy was also overturned after the Fair Housing Justice Center challenged it in court.

A number of lending discrimination cases brought by the US Department of Justice in the last few years have relied on the disparate impact doctrine.  The defendants included some of the country’s largest lenders, such as Wells Fargo and Countrywide, as well as smaller and mid-sized lenders like SunTrust, Prime Lending and GFI Mortgage Bankers.  In each of these cases, the lender engaged in policies or practices that led to borrowers of color, most frequently African-American and Latino borrowers, paying higher costs than similarly situated white borrowers.  In some of the cases, the companies also steered borrowers of color into risky, high priced subprime loans while providing comparable white borrowers with less risky, less expensive prime mortgages.

Or look at the case recently settled by HUD, overturning a Virginia landlord’s policy of not providing rental applications to prospective tenants who couldn’t communicate effectively in English, even if they brought their own translator into the rental office.  Nor could prospective tenants take rental applications home to get help with translation. This policy was very effective in keeping out immigrants from non-English speaking countries or others with limited proficiency in English.

Then there are the landlords who refuse to consider income from any source other than a full-time job.  That policy slams the door in the face of people with disabilities, whose income would sufficient to cover the rent, but comes in whole or in part from disability payments.  As more veterans come home with disabling injuries from our wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, such policies harm more and more of us.

Land use policies that exclude multi-family housing, rental policies that limit the number of people per room and exclude families with children, lending policies that discount income earned by women on maternity leave or require them to prove they’ll return to work after the birth of their children – there are many, many examples of policies and practices that prevent particular groups of people from living in the communities of their choice, and prevent other residents in those communities from enjoying the benefits of diversity.

On More Solid Footing

It is just these types of policies and practices that the disparate impact doctrine is designed to dismantle.  Under the regulations, the company (landlord, lender, real estate agency, etc.) or jurisdiction using the contested policy then has the opportunity to show that it is tied to a substantial, legitimate, non-discriminatory interest.  If it can demonstrate that, the burden shifts back to the complainant or plaintiff to show that the legitimate interest can be served through another effective means that is less discriminatory in its impact.  Readers who are interested in more detail about the new rule can find it here, or look out for an article by Scott Chang, of the civil rights law firm Relman, Dane and Colfax in an upcoming issue of the Housing Law Bulletin.

The disparate impact doctrine is not new.  It has been in use for decades and has been upheld by all 11 US Courts of Appeal that have considered its validity.  It has also come under attack from some in the industry who would rather not take the time to make sure their policies and practices do not disadvantage particular groups of people. (See Greg Squires on "4 Ways Critics of the Disparate Impact Doctrine Have Got It Wrong.") HUD, by issuing the regulation, has taken an important step to protect and preserve disparate impact as a tool for expanding access to housing. 

We all know that where you live has an enormous impact on your success in life:  your access to education, jobs, transportation, health care, recreation, healthy food, and even your life expectancy.  The idea that everyone should get a fair shake is a basic American value, and it means that what you look like, where you come from, what religion you observe or whether you have children should not determine where you can live.  Diverse, thriving communities are a source of strength for our country as the world becomes increasingly interconnected.  Barriers that restrict access and housing choice based on race, religion, national origin, family status, disability or any of the other factors protected under the Fair Housing Act undermine that strength and our shared prosperity.  In enacting the disparate impact rules, HUD has taken a critically important, common sense step to help guarantee that prosperity.

All of us in the affordable housing, community development and civil rights fields who are trying to expand housing choice should celebrate HUD’s action in issuing a final rule.  Perhaps the best way to celebrate is to put this rule to work whenever we encounter discriminatory policies or practices that unfairly limit access to housing opportunities.


Join Selecta 1050 AM 


The Hampton Roads Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 

for our 

6th Annual Career Fair!

Saturday, March 23rd 2013

9:00am - 1:00pm

In the Gym of St. Gregory’s Catholic Church
5345 Virginia Beach Blvd. in VA Beach, 23462
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Thursday, January 03, 2013 Congress Sends Contaminated Drywall Bill to President Obama’s Desk

Virginia Delegation Instrumental in Protecting Americans from Toxic Homebuilding Material

Washington, DC – Thanks in large part to bipartisan cooperation across Virginia’s Congressional delegation, the Drywall Safety Act of 2012 is headed to the President’s desk to become law.  The legislation sets chemical standards for domestic and imported drywall; establishes remediation guidelines for disposal of all drywall; and expresses a sense of Congress that China must be held accountable for the damage this product has already caused in our community and across America. 

The original legislation, H.R. 4212, was introduced by Representative Scott Rigell (VA-2) and passed the House of Representatives unanimously this summer.  In December, Virginia Senator Mark Warner, a longtime advocate for Chinese drywall victims, was instrumental in moving the legislation unanimously through the Senate with an amendment.  Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the measure on a strong bipartisan vote of 378-37 and sent the final bill to the President’s desk. 

“This is a bill about protecting American families – their health and financial well-being.  Too many of our friends and neighbors have suffered because of the effects of Chinese drywall in their homes, and this bill ensures that preventative standards are in place so no American family is faced with the hardship and heartache from contaminated drywall ever again,” said Rigell, co-chair of the bipartisanContaminated Drywall Caucus which has worked on legislation to address this issue since the beginning of the 112th Congress.  “Having worked on this issue since the day I took office, I am pleased that this legislation is headed to the President’s desk.  But China must also be held accountable for the devastation this product has already caused, and we will continue to fight for these victims as well.” 

“Hundreds of Virginia homeowners have been put through hell after building or repairing their homes with toxic drywall.  Our bipartisan legislation should ensure that, in the future, more Virginians will not have to go through similar nightmares,” said Senator Warner.  “This legislation helps make sure that unsafe drywall won’t be sold in the future, and that the manufacturers of tainted drywall will be held accountable.”

Senator Warner and staff have worked closely for nearly three years with about 100 affected Virginia families.  The Senator has worked with mortgage lenders, insurance companies, and the IRS to provide some short-term financial relief for affected families. In October 2009, Senator Warner accompanied Consumer Product Safety Commission Chair Inez Tenenbaum to Hampton Roads to speak with families and tour several homes affected by drywall issues.

The full Hampton Roads House delegation and all members of the Contaminated Drywall Caucus were united in helping to achieve this legislative victory to protect Americans from the devastating effects of toxic drywall.  Representatives Randy Forbes, Rob Wittman, and Bobby Scott were critical in helping Rigell move the bill through the House.  
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 USHCC Public Policy and Procurement Bulletin

Public Policy and Procurement Bulletin
December 2012

Wireless Tax Fairness – An alarming recent study by KSE Partners economist Scott Mackey shows that the average American wireless consumer now pays more than 17% in monthly wireless taxes and fees, up from the 2010 average rate of 16.26%. This means that for consumers’ wireless services every month, they are paying a tax rate roughly two and a half times higher than the average general sales tax rate (7.33%) that can be found on other goods and services. Most worrisome is the fact that since 2003, the overall tax burden on wireless consumers has grown about four times faster than the general sales tax rate.

Wireless technologies are increasingly important for small businesses, as smart phones and mobile technologies make huge strides year after year. The USHCC does not believe that municipalities should view wireless customers as a source of endless revenue and hinder Hispanic entrepreneurs, who are starting businesses at record high levels.

Although increased tax revenue may be an attractive remedy to deficits faced within many states throughout the nation, it is of paramount importance that the Federal government and Congress continue to promote legislation that ensures a fair tax burden.

USHCC Supports U.S. Ratification of UN Disabilities Treaty – The USHCC last week submitted a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid thanking him for his support of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and for asking the Senate to consider legislation that ratifies the Convention treaty. Ratification of the Convention treaty by the U.S. Senate is the crucial next step for the United States to ensure that countries around the world are affording the same rights to disabled persons that have already been implemented here at home. But it won’t be possible without bipartisan support.

The USHCC finds it imperative to join with the veterans and disability rights communities – two of the strongest Convention ratification supporters – who both want to maintain global leadership on this issue. Without ratification, the U.S. will unfortunately have silenced its voice after being a leader for disability rights. The 50 million Americans who are disabled, including 5.5 million disabled veterans, deserve to pursue international opportunities with the same rights and freedoms found in America. Those opportunities should not be compromised by further delay.

The United Nations has indicated that 154 nations have signed the treaty and 126 countries have ratified it, including close allies like Canada, Mexico, Israel, and many European nations. Simply stated, there is no reason for the U.S. to continue ignoring the right thing to do. The Senate is scheduled to vote on the measure this week.

Latest USHCC Report: Campaigns Nationwide Fail to Invest in Spanish-Language Advertising Despite Pivotal Role of Hispanic Voters – The USHCC recently issued a follow-up report of the Speak Our Language project that found, despite the pivotal role Hispanic voters played in the 2012 election, political spending on Spanish-language advertisements in the presidential campaigns in 10 states was just 6.2 percent, or $22.8 million, of the total.

Using comprehensive data on local television advertising from Kantar Media's CMAG, the study found that in 10 states analyzed from Jan. 1, 2012 to Nov. 6, 2012 the total spent on political advertising in the presidential race was $355.2 million.

Spanish language spending on the presidential race was largely confined to five markets: Denver, Las Vegas, Miami, Orlando and Tampa. President Obama's campaign and his allies spent $12.4 million to place 15,355 ads while Gov. Romney's campaign and his group allies bought 8,697 ads worth $9.7 million.

In the 10 states studied in the report, from local office races to the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, political campaigns spent $763.4 million on local TV ads, with just $47.2 million, or 6.2 percent, of that total devoted to Spanish-language ads. The study looked at political TV advertising spending in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas and Virginia.

USHCC Comments on Proposed Mandatory Audit Firm Rotation – Formal comments were submitted by the USHCC to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) that expressed concern about recent efforts by the PCAOB to establish mandatory audit firm rotation (MAFR) as a standard.  The USHCC opposes the move that would have an uncertain impact on publicly traded companies – such as the USHCC’s nearly 170 corporate partners – that are some of the Hispanic business community’s best resources for growth. Improving objectivity is a desirable goal, but it is unclear that MAFR will achieve it. Little evidence has been made publicly available about whether or not this goal would be reached.

The USHCC is also concerned about overreach from the PCAOB, which does not and should not have jurisdiction over corporate governance issues or the selection of audit committees. It seems quite clear that corporate board members are not interested in such an expansion of the PCAOB’s purview. A recent study by auditing firm, BDO USA, found that 68 percent of the 72 board members it polled were opposed to proposals for implementing mandatory rotation of their external audit relationships.

New SBA Online Learning Center – As part of global Entrepreneurship Week last month, SBA launched a new online learning platform so entrepreneurs can have easier access to and better utilize SBA’s online education tools. The newly redesigned learning center has a streamlined, searchable catalog of small business educational resources including self-paced courses, videos and web sessions. The resources are sortable by topic, making it easier to quickly find the information you need.

The USHCC strongly encourages all of our members to visit the learning center to take advantage of the following SBA resources:

  • Information available everywhere at any time for small business entrepreneurs
  • Improved navigation that gives users one-click access to small business courses, videos or web chat sessions
  • A quick snapshot of each form of media, including a brief description and system requirements
  • Free online courses on topics such as How to Write a Business Plan, Essential Guide to Starting Your Own Business for Young Entrepreneurs, Government Contracting 101, Green Business Opportunities and Encore Entrepreneurs: An Introduction to Starting Your Own Business
  • Recommended courses, videos or web sessions based on selections that the user makes while navigating

USHCC Congratulates Sen. Cornyn – The USHCC applauded last month’s election of Texas's senior Senator, John Cornyn (R-TX), to the number two Republican spot in the Senate. Voted into the Whip position by acclamation of the Republican Conference, Sen. Cornyn will succeed retiring Arizona Senator Jon Kyl.

"With the selection of Senator Cornyn as their Whip, Senate Republicans have shown they are eager to get back to work on fixing our economy," said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. "Senator Cornyn has a strong record of working with the Hispanic business community, so we see his elevation in the Senate leadership as proof that the Republican Conference as a whole will prioritize the needs of America's small businesses."

The USHCC has previously worked with Senator Cornyn on important legislation, including the Small Business Taxpayer Bill of Rights, the creation of the Keystone XL Pipeline, expanding free trade throughout Latin America, and common sense immigration reforms.

FTC Business Education Materials

FTC Portal for General Business Guidelines: Advertising & Marketing, Credit & Finance, Privacy & Security, Legal Resources and other tabs make it easy to access crucial information for growing your business.

Environmental Marketing
: Companies are offering consumers an ever-growing assortment of “green" options.  But whether your environmental claims are about the product or the packaging, you'll need competent and reliable scientific evidence to support what you say.

FTC’s Recent Privacy Report: The FTC calls on companies to act now to implement best practices to protect consumers’ private information by urging companies to adopt the following practices, consistent with the Fair Information Practice Principles first articulated almost 40 years ago:

  • Privacy by Design: Build in privacy at every stage of product development;
  • Simplified Choice for Businesses and Consumers: Give consumers the ability to make decisions about their data at a relevant time and context, including through a Do Not Track mechanism, while reducing the burden on businesses of providing unnecessary choices; and
  • Greater Transparency: Make information collection and use practices transparent.

USHCC Applauds Rep. Hinojosa – The USHCC congratulated Congressman Rubén Hinojosa for his recent election as Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC). In his new role, Rep. Hinojosa will succeed Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, who is retiring at the end of this Congress.

The USHCC is eager to work on several of Rep. Hinojosa's priority issues in the upcoming legislative session, including high-skill workforce development, innovative education policy, immigration reform, tax policy, and supporting America's job creators – small businesses.

"Through its selection of Rep. Hinojosa as Chairman, the CHC has shown its willingness to focus on small business and its understanding of the vital role Hispanic entrepreneurs will play in a full economic recovery," said Marc Rodriguez, USHCC Chairman of the Board. "We look forward to working with Rep. Hinojosa and his colleagues in the CHC."

Nina Vaca Elected Chairman Emeritus by USHCC Board – The USHCC Board of Directors proudly announced last week the election of immediate past Chairman Nina Vaca to the position of Chairman Emeritus. Known nationwide for her entrepreneurial achievements and coalition-building, she has been on the front lines of the USHCC mission - to improve economic opportunities for our country's three million Hispanic-owned businesses and by extension, for all Americans. Vaca is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Pinnacle Technical Resources, Inc. which provides vendor management and technology services to some of the world's best known corporations, including Accenture, AT&T, Bank of America, BMW, Capital One, Hewlett Packard, Pepsico, Unisys, and Verizon.

Ms. Vaca is a member of the Board at both, Kohl's Department Stores and Comerica Bank, as well as the White House initiative, Start Up America.   Her story opens the "Entrepreneur" chapter of "Understanding Business," a McGraw-Hill textbook and has been featured in FAST COMPANY, FORBES, KIPLINGER and ENTREPRENEUR. Ernst & Young selected her as Entrepreneur of the Year for Technology & Communications for the Southwest Region and the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) named her the Supplier of the Year.

On a personal note, the USHCC would like to send it’s heartfelt condolences to the friends, family and colleagues of former Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (SHCC-NJ) President, Dr. Daniel Jara who recently passed away. For 22 years, Dr. Jara successfully led the Chamber and dedicated himself to  advancing and advocating for the interests of the Hispanic business Community in New Jersey.  His efforts led to the SHCC-NJ being named the 2011 Large Chamber of the Year by the USHCC. A former USHCC Board Member and small business owner, Dr. Jara was a well known leader in his community and helped thousands of Hispanic men and women in New Jersey achieve their dreams of entrepreneurship. His contributions were extensive and we are grateful to have known this kind and dynamic man.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 Forbes Announces Key Outcomes to National Defense

Forbes Announces Key Outcomes to National Defense From Final Conference Report for FY 2013 Defense Policy Bill

Rejects BRAC, Protects Navy Cruisers and Strengthens Virginia’s Shipbuilding Industry



WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman J. Randy Forbes  Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee and conferee for the National Defense Authoirzation Act for Fiscal Year 2013, announced the following key outcomes effecting national defense included in the conference report accompanying H.R. 4310.


“This year’s defense authorization bill not only ensures that our nation’s military is ready, but it makes key investments to maintain its future success,” said Congressman Forbes. “Despite an Administration that is dedicated to dismantling our Armed Services through budget cuts, base closings and pink slips, this bill works to maintain the strong national defense that every American deserves.” 

Virginia Impacts

  • Rejects the Administration's Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) proposal.
  • Protects the skilled labor force for our aircraft carrier industrial base by ensuring the nuclear refueling, defueling and complex overhaul of a carrier will continue to be conducted by America's shipyards.
  • Authorizes $486.2 million TOTAL for Virginia construction projects as requested by the services in the President's Budget, including $81 million for an Individual Training Barracks Complex at Fort Lee and $11.1 million for a Special Operations Force Combat Service Support Facility at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek- Fort Story.
  • Prohibits the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the United States.

·         Includes provisions to encourage the development and promulgation of a set of Modeling and Simulation Grand Challenges for the research community that would enhance interagency coordination.

  • Implements recommendations from the HASC Financial Management and Auditability Reform Panel that will improve execution and management of DoD audit planning programs.


Military Impacts

  • Denies the Administration's plan to scrap at least three cruisers in FY13 well before the end of their expected service life of 35 years.  Legislation will not only retain these national assets but also prohibit the expenditure of FY13 funds to make preparations to retire or deactivate any Cruisers or Dock Landing Ships (LSDs).
  • Increases the authorized multi-year procurement from 9, to up to 10 Virginia-class submarines.
  • Increases the authorized multi-year procurement from 9, to up to 10 DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.
  • Directs the Secretary of Defense to better prepare our military to operate in tomorrow's potentials security environments, where access to satellite communications and the electromagnetic spectrum may be denied.
  • Directs the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, in consultation with the Commanders from Pacific Command and Central Command, to conduct an independent assessment of any gaps in intelligence that limit the ability to address challenges posed by China, North Korea, and Iran. This provision was based on an Amendment introduced by Rep. Forbes.


Servicemember Impacts

·         Authorizes a 1.7% pay increase and extends bonuses and special pay for our men and woman in uniform.

  • Strengthens conscience protections for Chaplains and Servicemembers to protect individual religious freedoms from religious persecution.
  • Honors our commitment to service members and their families by rejecting Administration proposals to increase some TRICARE fees and establish other new TRICARE fees.


Congressman Forbes has been appointed Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee for the 113th Congress.


About the Annual National Defense Policy Bill

The annual national defense policy bill, or National Defense Authorization Act of 2013, authorizes the enactment of appropriations for DoD programs and initiatives while setting forth priorities, organizational structure, and responsibilities of program and agency officials.  The bill consists of portions, or marks, written and approved by each Subcommittee.  The full Armed Services Committee considered the legislation, including proposed amendments, and voted to report the bill for consideration before the House of Representatives. Upon passage, the bill will be sent to the Senate. Typically after the Senate passes its version of the legislation, Members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees conference to reconcile differences and agree upon a final version of the National Defense Authorization Act, which will be sent to the President for his signature.

Friday, December 07, 2012 American Red Cross Job Opportunities - Hurricane Sandy

American Red Cross Job Opportunities

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the American Red Cross is staffing positions for longer term recovery efforts in the communities most significantly impacted by the storm.  In the next month, they will staff several positions in New York and New Jersey. 

Community Recovery Specialist

The American Red Cross is seeking experienced community organizers to facilitate community problem solving and resilience building around Hurricane Sandy recovery programs.  Leveraging an established strategy, the Specialist will lead community recovery efforts and participate with coalitions of community leaders and stakeholders to identify and act on recovery priorities. Responsibilities include conducting community assessments, identifying current service gaps and resources needed.  Conduct outreach activities and act as a liaison between community groups, agencies and the general public. 

A Bachelor’s degree in Social Services or related field/Master’s Degree preferred or equivalent experience.  Knowledge of local community required.  Excellent verbal/ written communication skills and organizational skills.  Demonstrated ability to work with stakeholders and reach consensus.  Ability to be flexible and multi-task.  Position duration is 1 yr. with a possible extension not to exceed 2 yrs.

Client Recovery Manager - Case Worker

The American Red Cross is seeking candidates to perform casework activities related to the Hurricane Sandy Recovery Program. Candidates will perform intake and assessment services and complete recovery plans for individuals affected by this disaster.  They will also coordinate with other agencies and community support services to assist clients in meeting recovery plan goals. 

A Bachelor’s degree in Social Science/Services (Psychology, Sociology, Social Studies, Education) or equivalent experience. At least one year of direct client contact in an outcomes-based social-services environment.  Experience in case management, financial assistance processing, partner-agency relations or disaster response/recovery desirable.   Position duration is 1 yr. with a possible extension.


Both positions are available in the following locations:

New York counties:  Bronx, Kings, Queens, Nassau, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Westchester.

New Jersey counties:  Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Monmouth, Ocean. 

Interested individuals should visit and do a keyword search on Hurricane Sandy. The Community Recovery Specialist and Client Recovery Case worker roles will be available for review and application.


Wednesday, November 07, 2012 Free Flu Vaccinations Offered at Norfolk International Airport


NORFOLK, VA – The Norfolk Department of Public Health and the Norfolk Airport Authority are partnering together to encourage all visitors, travelers, flight attendants and pilots to fly in and get their free flu vaccination at the airport on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., on the  Main Terminal Lobby.

Whether departing Norfolk for other destinations, dropping-off or picking-up passengers, making immediate travel plans or just simply need a flu vaccination to help protect you and your loved ones, we are encouraging people to fly in and get their free flu vaccination.

Bring your friends, family, neighbors – anyone who needs a flu shot! The Flu vaccine is free, parking rates are $1.00 per hour. For more information about the flu clinic, please call 757-683-2834.



Dwayne Merritt, 

Office of Health Promotion 

Norfolk Department of Public Health

(757) 683-2754,

Friday, October 26, 2012 HRHCC Congratulates our Partner - Selecta 1050 AM
Local Latin Radio Station is Honored as 2012
SunTrust Bank Diversity & Inclusion Leadership
Award Winner

     The region’s widely celebrated Spanish radio station, La Selecta 1050 AM
WVXX, is a recipient of this years Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Award from
SunTrust Bank. Locally owned under Hindlin Broadcasting, LLC, La Selecta will be
recognized for their efforts in promoting and furthering the ideals and practices
of diversity and inclusion within the greater Hampton Roads Community. Like La
Selecta, SunTrust Banks are dedicated to serving and reaching out to the diverse
segments of the community and have received many acknowledgements in the
areas of community outreach and human rights, making this bestowed award a
truly satisfying and welcome recognition for the radio station.

     Since 2005, WVXX General Manager and owner, Andy Hindlin, has
worked to build and grow the area’s only mainstream Spanish speaking radio
station to inform, entertain and service the Hispanic population(s) of our very
own 757. “We try to be a total arm to the Hispanic community,” said Hindlin in
an article written by the Virginian Pilot on July 22, 2009.

     “Our Latin audience is among the most loyal, supportive and enthusiastic of any large market listenership in the state, if not anywhere. Creating an electric
medium to reach them in Hampton Roads has been an important mission, and
an absolute pleasure.”

     On the air for 7 years, WVXX-AM has introduced and hosted many events
and opportunities for Hispanic families and business including their annual Latino
Job Fair, Latin 4th of July Celebration and the hugely popular Latin Fest and
Zumba marathon held on the Virginia Beach Ocean Front, which SunTrust Banks
sponsored in 2011. Another major event, an annual Radio-thon for St. Jude
Children’s Research Hospital, has allowed Selecta to raise over $455,000 in
donations for the worthy cause since first radio-thon in 2007.

     The station’s acclaimed morning program “Hasta El Tope con Ricardo
Alegria y La Gringa” has come to be known and loved as a fun, helpful way for
listeners to learn important English phrases and even practice on air with their
favorite DJ’s. The upbeat show was recently the first and only Spanish language
radio segment in Virginia to be recognized by the Virginia Association of
Broadcasters and nominated for a VAB award. On June 22, 2012 Hindlin
Broadcasting, LLC WVXX-AM was honored at the 75th Annual VAB Awards
Program as 2nd place winner of the “Best Public Service/Community Event” for
Large-Market Radio.

     Located and operated out of Downtown Norfolk, WVXX-AM Selecta 1050
covers southeastern Virginia, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and northeastern
North Carolina. Its format is contemporary Spanish and Latino music, along with
public service, informational programming and local and international news, all
delivered on air by 4 beloved Hispanic DJ’s from 4 different Latin countries.

Thursday, October 04, 2012 A Message from Rosario Dawson to USHCC Members
Dear Friend, 
Republican or Democrat, business leaders have a big role to play in these elections. 
The time to get voters registered is running out -- deadlines are just days away in states across the country. But there's something you can do right now to step up and empower your community in a powerful, lasting way. 
In 2012, more than 22 million Latinos are eligible to vote. Together, we could decide the outcome of so many vital races and elections across the country. 
Working with Voto Latino is my passion, because I've seen the difference that non-partisan voter registration can make in the communities we serve. As leaders, it's our responsibility to step up and make this happen. So there's two key things you can do before the deadline: 
Then, share this email with your co-workers, family and friends to spread the word. 
Thanks for standing with Voto Latino, 
Rosario Dawson
Thursday, October 04, 2012 SBA and FDIC to Present at Small Business Conference in Chesapeake

CHESAPEAKE, VA--Hampton Roads’ small business population is gearing up for one of the most important small business conferences to ever come to the 757. The 2012 Small Businesses Thinking Big Conference, to be held at the Chesapeake Conference Center on October 31, 2012, is already creating a buzz in the area. With the sluggish job market, entrepreneurialism is becoming more common among people looking to trade in the corporate ladder for a seat as CEO of their own start-up.

On October 31, established businesses, as well as recent start-ups, will converge on the city of Chesapeake for a day of innovative ideas and informative workshops designed to electrify the already warming small business atmosphere in Hampton Roads. The Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) are the main presenters for the conference. This year’s workshops will offer a wealth of information on everything from small

business funding options and effective business plan writing, to information on why every small business owner should have an estate plan.  “Small businesses are the key to getting our economy back on track again,” says Amy Burger, Assistant Event Coordinator for Messenger Media, the organizer behind this event. “That is why we have seen such a great response for the Thinking Big Conference. We all want to see America successful, and small business success is a very important component of private sector growth.”

The 2012 Small Businesses Thinking Big Conference will contain many aspects, including a community forum to discuss the current business climate in Virginia. Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy, accounting for 60-80% of all U.S. jobs, according to Entrepreneur Magazine. And, small businesses produce 13 times more patents than larger firms, according to a study by Paychex.

In Virginia, small businesses play a vital role in the overall economic health of the state. This focus for the forum is intended to bring awareness to, not only small business owners and operators, but to supporting organizations as well as the public, about the issues facing the small business world today. Politicians and community leaders from across Hampton Roads and Virginia have been invited to participate in this forum with the objective to engage everyone on the same page--policy makers, business owners and consumers. Economic Development Departments, the Virginia Department of Business Assistance and other state and local agencies have also been invited to participate in this year’s event.

Admission to the conference includes a ticket to the 2012 Awards Luncheon, which will begin at 12:00 p.m. Small businesses will receive Community Development Awards for their support of the Hampton Roads region and its economy.

Corporations will receive Community Reinvestment Awards. Throughout the event, there will be a Career and Business Opportunity Fair, in which companies, large and small, can set up information and vending booths. The Fair will offer an excellent opportunity for veterans and retiring military to find career or business prospects.

There is much excitement surrounding the “Win $500 in 5 minutes or less” elevator style pitch contest where anyone can pitch up to a 5-minute internet/software business idea, along with a written business plan. The winner will receive a $500 cash prize, and be given the opportunity to pitch their idea at a later date for a chance to receive more funding to bring their idea to market.

The FDIC will facilitate train-the-trainer workshop for institutions that support small businesses such as lenders, non-profits and development organizations. This workshop, Money Smart for Small Business, is for a new instructor-led training curriculum developed jointly by the FDIC and SBA. The 10 modules in this curriculum provide introductory training for new and aspiring entrepreneurs on the basics of organizing and managing a business. In addition to grounding participants in the basics, the curriculum serves as a foundation for more advanced training and technical assistance.

To find out more about this event, or to purchase tickets, visit For more information on how to participate as a vendor or sponsor, email organizers at


Wednesday, August 29, 2012 HRHCC Announces Newly Elected President and Board Members

Hampton Roads Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Elects New Board Members

HAMPTON ROADS - July 31, 2012 – Founding members of the Hampton Roads Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and current board members met at One of a Kind Landscapes and Home Remodeling in Yorktown to account for available ‘Board of Directors' seats and elect new board members to the chamber.

May 10 & 15, 2012 – The Nominating Committee for the Hampton Roads Hispanic Chamber of Commerce met to interview prospective board members that were nominated for potential positions. The long process, in accordance with the chamber’s “By-Laws”, was held in Virginia Beach and Newport News.

Nominating Committee Chair and former HRHCC President Al Guerra of Kelvin International Corporation went thru due process in counting available board of director seats being vacated. Former members Gaby Rengifo of One of a Kind Landscape and Home Remodeling, Hugo Valverde of Valverde and Powell, P.C. , now former President Carlos Espinoza of Silverchair Information Systems, and administrator/Business After Hours Director Gloria Day, vacated their board member seats.

After establishing a necessary quorum earlier, Mr. Guerra began the motion of electing the new members including new President Olga Torres of Taína Consulting, Vice President, Southside Jaime Barón of Bryant and Stratton College, Financial Counsel Guisela Torres of ABNB, Education Director Madeline Diaz of Wells Fargo Bank, and Media/Internet Coordinator Sergio Sanchez of Grillo’s Photography.  New board members are expected to occupy their seat for three years, or one term, and may serve for no more than two consecutive terms.

Continuing on the board will be Al Guerra of Kelvin International Corporation, Vice President, Peninsula Andres Arellano Garrido of Farmers Insurance, and Carlos Tricoche of Network Designs.  Founding members in attendance included Jazmin Davidson., Gaby Rengifo, Alejandra Lee, Awilda Rivera, and Gloria Day.  The founding members commented on the growth of the chamber in its nearly 10th years of existence.

The newly appointed and continuing board members met August 15, 2012 in Hampton to discuss previous, current, and new business. Some events on the horizon include “Nuestra Feria 2013”, new local business events, upcoming Hispanic Heritage Month events, networking events such as business after/before hours, and next year's Hampton Roads Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 10th Anniversary.  This is a very exciting time for the HRHCC Board members as the Hispanic population continues to grow.  

HRHCC is the principal resource and advocate for the joint promotion of Hispanic Businesses, Consumers and Organizations, and since 2003 has served as the gateway to the Hampton Roads Hispanic market.  For more information on HRHCC visit


Olga Torres

Phone: (757) 348-9969 / (757) 202-4204


Thursday, July 19, 2012 Radio Selecta 1050 am Makes Virginia Broadcasting History

For the first time in the Virginia Broadcasting Awards’ 75-year history, a Spanish-language station has captured honors. La Selecta 1050 WVXX radio, based in Norfolk, won second place in the “Best Public Service” category in the large-market division of the competition, which is held each year by the Virginia Association of Broadcasters to recognize outstanding achievement by radio and television stations statewide. Never before has a Hispanic broadcasting outlet earned an award in the program.

La Selecta won for “Aprendiendo Inglés con La Gringa / Learning English with La Gringa,” a Monday-through-Friday morning segment that teaches listeners English phrases. It is taught by co-host La Gringa, a non-Hispanic who learned Spanish as an adult and works alongside morning show host Ricardo Alegria.

“La Selecta should take great pride in winning this award because it demonstrates excellence in what radio does best, which is serving its community,” said Virginia Association of Broadcasters executive director Douglas Easter. “This honor demonstrates that as the Hispanic population in Virginia has grown, La Selecta is committed to providing true service to its listeners.”

The number of Hispanics in Hampton Roads nearly doubled between 2000 and 2010, according to the United States Census. Statewide, the demographic rose by 92 percent during that time. Hampton Roads is home to about 2,300 Hispanic-owned businesses, according to a 2007 study.

Olga Torres serves on the board of directors for the Hampton Roads Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “This prestigious award represents the growing impact and presence of the Hispanic culture within the greater Hampton Roads community, and we are extremely proud of this achievement as it is an historic event,” she said. “As a an active member of the local Hispanic community, I truly value La Selecta’s programming because it encompasses entertainment, education, news and the opportunity for local and national companies and organizations to reach their listeners.”

La Selecta 1050 WVXX began broadcasting in 2005, offering a mix of Spanish-language news, information and music. The station’s signal is 1050 AM and it streams live from Its studios are located at 700 Monticello Ave., Norfolk.

“We are very proud to win in the Virginia Broadcasting Awards and to be the first-ever Spanish-language station honored,” said Andy Hindlin, president and owner of Hindlin Broadcasting, which owns and operates La Selecta 1050 WVXX. “From our start, we have been dedicated to serving as a listener resource and excellent corporate citizen both within the Hispanic community and the entire Hampton Roads community.”

The award-winning feature, “Aprendiendo Inglés con La Gringa / Learning English with La Gringa,” was launched in response to audience request.

“The station had been receiving many calls from listeners asking that it help the community by offering English lessons on the air,” said La Gringa. “The segment is designed to assist our audience succeed in their daily lives by teaching phrases useful at work and in the greater community. Many listeners have told us the lessons have helped them immensely.”

The Board of Directors of the Hampton Roads Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and its members congratulate Radio Selecta 1050 am and their staff on this great honor and wish them the very best in the future.  We want to thank them for all their support to our non-profit organization, we love you all.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012 Meet Our May New Members & Renewing Members

Greitcha Quinones - A Su Preferencia Familiar Services de Funerarias y Cremaciones

                          (757) 353-0520 (Virginia Beach)

 Anthony Rivera – Edible Arrangements (757) 422-4126 (Virginia Beach)

 Elaine M Arrieta – Arrieta Construction, Inc. (757) 968-5051 (Lackey)

 Lorena Justin – Lorena’s Boutique (757) 283-4013 (Newport News)

Monday, April 30, 2012 Meet Our New March & April Members

Willow House - Cyndi Warwick

Poncier Lynch Inc. - Poncier Lynch

Bowditch Ford - Kirsten Peterson

Vanessa Torres - FBI Community Outreach Specialist

Integrated Administration Solutions, LLC - Misty Leinberger

1st Advantage Federal Credit Union - Rosie Velasques


Monday, April 02, 2012 About HRHCC video
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 HRHCC 2012 President's Scholarship up to $2,000

Bryant & Stratton College would like to continue to show support for Virginia Beach and the Hampton Roads area by partnering with the Hampton Roads Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to offer the 2012 HRHCC President's Scholarship.  The scholarship is available to HRHCC members and their families.   You can apply online.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012 El Servicio de Inmigración propone cambio de política que beneficiaría a familiares ilegales de ciu

La iniciativa permitiría a cónyuges, padres e hijos de ciudadanos de EE.UU. que están ilegalmente en el país legalizar su situación sin tener que esperar un perdón en el extranjero.

Miami, Fl, 08/01/2012 -. El Servicio de Inmigración (USCIS) anunció un Aviso de Intención de cambiar su proceso de no iniciar el examen de perdón para inmigrantes ilegales que están en los EE.UU. y deben viajar a su país natal a esperar dicha acción. Eduardo Soto, presidente de Cómo un Inmigrar EE.UU., el grupo de profesionales de la inmigración, declaró: "este es un gran paso adelante en un campo en el que la Administración Obama ha hecho muy poco", dijo el abogado de inmigración en Miami.

Para más información o para verificar su elegibilidad:

Hugo Valverde
Valverde & Rowell, P.C.

3500 Virginia Beach Blvd, Suite 110
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Telephone: 757-422-8472
Fax: 757-282-2502 

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012 USCIS proposes a change of policy on illegal relatives of US Citizens

The initiative would allow spouses, parents or children of US citizens who have been illegally in the country to legalize their status without the wait abroad.

For more information or to check your eligibility:

Hugo Valverde
Valverde & Rowell, P.C.

3500 Virginia Beach Blvd, Suite 110
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Telephone: 757-422-8472
Fax: 757-282-2502 

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011 $30,000 para títulos de post-grado para Latinos ofrece The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Founda
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, busca atraer a estudiantes Latinos a que obtengan una Maestría en educación, entregándoles una beca de $30,000.  Las aplicaciones están abiertas en

 y el plazo final para completar las solicitudes es el 10 de Enero del 2012.  Pueden aplicar a estas becas individuos que tengan un título universitario  de cuatro años con especialidad en campos relacionados con Ciencias, Tecnología, Ingeniería o Matemáticas.    

Para información más detallada por favor visite: y también puede contactar a Silvia Echeverría (609) 277-3007 o 


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Tuesday, December 13, 2011 HRHCC Welcomes December's New Members


Raymond D. Nations - Liberty Tax Services, Hampton

Elizabeth Veliz - The Arc of the Virginia Peninsula, Hampton

Bob Rodriguez - Graphic Works, Williamsburg


Tuesday, December 13, 2011 HRHCC Welcomes November's New Member

Mabel Tavarez - Tavarez Interpreting Services, Newport News

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 HRHCC receives 2011 SunTrust Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Award

For its leadership in promoting diversity and inclusion in the Hampton Roads Area

Diversity is a given in our daily lives. Inclusion is all about accepting and respecting different and unique points of view. The HRHCC promotes inclusion by helping to increase the acceptance and respect of our hispanic community and businesses in the Hampton Roads Community as a whole. Also, we work with non-hispanic businesses and organizations to gain the acceptance and respect of the Hispanic market. 

These past nine years we have worked hard to position our organization as the bridge that unites all these diverse groups. We plan to continue playing that role in the coming years. That is an important role in this global economy, we want to continue to help Hampton Roads to be seen as as place where people and businesses from all backgrounds can prosper and develop in harmony.

Receiving this award has been a great honor and a recognition of all the hard work by our Board of Directors, our volunteers,our members and our sponsors. Thank you very much to all of you!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 A Message From Farmers Insurance


Yeliz - Farmers Insurance
Bilingual Recruiter
1085 Loftis Blvd, Newport News, Virginia 23606
Phone: 757-825-6066
Website: Bill MacArthur - District Manager

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Friday, October 21, 2011 ABNB Auto Loan Refinance promotion ends October 31

Until, October 31, 2011, If you have a vehicle 2006 or newer and credit score over 640, ABNB can refinance your loan from 1.99%-2.99% and your next payment will not be due until approximately December 1st

Guisela Torres
Relationship Manager
ABNB Federal Credit Union
(757)523-5300 ext. 2301 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 HRHCC Welcomes Our August 2011 New Members

Bank@LANTEC (Mabel Perez-Hyman)

Iia Sophia (Mischell O'Neal)

Diana Sotomayor, Realtor

Welcome Home Realtors (Nancy Cintron)

Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services (Carlos & Vanessa Toro)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 HRHCC Welcomes September 2011 New Members (Mercedes Villaneda)

The Catering Company (Laura Reeves)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 Profit by Investing in Workers with Disabilities
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), and businesses of all sizes and in all industries are encouraged to participate.  Held annually, NDEAM raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. read more ...
Friday, June 17, 2011 June Business After Hours
Tysinger Motors of Hampton VA will be hosting our June BAH .  Attendants will receive 50% off a automobile detailing job and $250 off the price of an automobile purchased in June 2011. read more ...
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 We are back and ready for 2011!
Things to look for in the new year are our Newsletters, our first Business After Hours with the United Credit Financial Education Services and of course the First Annual "Nuestra Feria"! read more ...

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