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FIRST EVER PARTNERSHIP EVENT IN CELEBRATION OF HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH: Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation and Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Join Forces to Support Local Businesses

College Park, MD – Last Thursday, the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC) and the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation (PGCEDC) came together to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. More than 150 guests attended the celebration at The Hotel at the University of Maryland, which included local business owners and government officials from across the metro area together to network and partner with their culturally diverse colleagues.
 
“As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we are proud to embrace our friends and remarkable partners Jim Coleman and the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation,” said Nicole Quiroga, President and CEO of GWHCC. “There is no greater time to work together to bring our members more opportunities to develop their business.”
 
In addition to celebrating Prince George’s County’s Latino community and the newly formed partnership between the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation and the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, several state and local dignitaries stopped by the event to support the partnership and salute the Hispanic business community for its contributions to Prince George’s County and the surrounding region. PGCEDC President and CEO Jim Coleman was among the first to acknowledge the importance of the partnership.
 
“We are delighted to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Nicole Quiroga and our wonderful partners at the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and all the Hispanic businesses that help make Prince George’s County en fuego!” said Coleman. “Our coming together this evening is a testament to the EDC and GWHCC businesses in the Hispanic community to be aware of the business development programs, opportunities and resources available through the EDC to help grow their businesses. Tonight is about opportunity; the opportunity to meet each other, sell to each other, help each other and be informed about the great things the EDC can do to help you grow your business!”
 
Community members from both Washington, DC and Maryland enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and refreshments during the partnership announcement and networking event. Also in attendance were State Senator Victor Ramirez (Dist. 47), Council Member Deni Taveras (Council Dist. 2), Nicholas Majett, Chief Administrative Officer at Prince George’s County Executive’s Office, Daisy Rickert, Latino Affairs Liaison for Prince George’s County Executive’s Office, Bradley Mims, President and CEO of COMTO, Rocio Treminio-Lopez, Latino Business Liaison with the EDC, Lorena Rivera, Director of Hispanic Affairs with the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives and J. Walter Tejada Board Member of Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority.
 
“Tonight was really big for our Latino Business Community,” said Rocio Treminio-Lopez, Latino Affairs Liaison for PGCEDC. “This celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month shows that in Prince George’s County, representation matters. Hispanic business owners are hardworking and have created thousands of job and career opportunities for people from all walks of life. Members of the community have earned the right to be recognized and celebrated. I’m proud to be a resource for business leaders who want to grow and create more opportunity. Tonight, we dance and celebrate, but we know that there is more work to be done. I look forward to the Latino Business community continuing to expand the economic footprint of Prince George’s County.”
 
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The Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce aims to develop the network and tools in assisting businesses in the D.C area to grow. Every year more than 1500 businesses and organizations participate in our events, many of whom are our members. These members range from the Washington region's largest corporations to one-person companies - and everything in between. For more information, please visit www.GWHCC.org.
 
The Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation provides business services that help attract, retain, and expand businesses, create high-quality jobs, and expand Prince George’s County’s commercial tax base. EDC’s mission of business attraction and expansion is accomplished through our main business initiatives including Business Development, ‘Innovation Station’ Business Accelerator, International Business Development, Workforce Services, and Marketing/Communications. For more information, please visit www.pgcedc.com