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Posted by admin on 2006/10/15 10:10:00 (2595 reads)
Centro de Amistad is hosting its first out of three "Build-It Trust-It Use-It Workshops" that will give Hispanic immigrant families hands-on experience with technology. In parent-child teams they will:

o learn about computer hardware by building a computer themselves;
o learn how to manage a computer by installing and configuring Windows, and setting up accounts for each family member;
o learn basic usage of common computer software;
o learn how to protect a computer and its users from dangers on the Internet;
o learn about education and careers in Information Technology.

There will be three 8-week workshops: Fall 2006, Winter 2007, and Summer 2007. All workshops will be held at Centro Amistad in Florence. Child care for young children, as well as lunch for all participants, will be provided.

Ten families will participate in each workshop. The families are selected by Centro Amistad. If you are a Hispanic resident of Northern Kentucky and have children in school up to Grade 12, then you can apply to Centro de Amistad (click here...):

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Posted by admin on 2006/10/15 5:00:00 (1905 reads)
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Centro de Amistad hosted on Saturday, Oct. 14th, its Annual Gala Dinner Fundraiser, with all the proceedings benefiting its community services!

The keynote speaker was Paula Crisostomo, and after the dinner Son del Caribe ensured a great dancing atmosphere.

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Posted by admin on 2006/10/13 2:30:00 (1724 reads)
"A Magical Evening Of Tango" was presented by Dos Minas Crazy and Cincinnati World Cinema on Thursday, October 12th, @ Madison Theater

The viewers enjoyed the dazzling, sensual movie "Tango" by Carlos Saura, live performances by Patricia Paz, and tango demonstration by Pablo Repun and Carina Losano, who will be conducting Tango workshops this weekend.

More info about the workshops at:

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Posted by admin on 2006/10/13 2:10:00 (1634 reads)
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Congratulations to our friend Felisa Insignares who just got engaged to Dr. Martyn Whittingham.

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Also, our best wishes to Jason Riveiro, President of Cincinnati's LULAC chapter, who is getting married today to his lovely bride, Hannah!
Posted by admin on 2006/10/12 7:40:00 (3501 reads)
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We would like to welcome to MidwestLatino our new columnist: Adan De Gracia. He is a sports journalist of "Mi Diario", a Panamanian newspaper, and we are very fortunate to have him as our new columnist.

To read his first article, click here...
Posted by admin on 2006/10/8 4:10:00 (1753 reads)
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"Fronteras", the Hispanic newspaper in Columbus celebrated on Saturday, Oct. 7th, in Columbus' hottest Latino club - The Coliseum, its 1 Year Anniversary. Over 500 people attended, getting free T-Shirts and CDs, and enjoying hot Latin music by Son del Caribe, Ohio's best Salsa band. The party was organized by Rtimo Productions.

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Posted by admin on 2006/10/8 4:10:00 (1720 reads)
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Salsa Caliente had another great show this Saturday at Havana Martini Club

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Posted by admin on 2006/10/6 12:40:00 (2355 reads)
NW Ohio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Toledo, OH presented its first Hispanic Business and Consumer Expo on Friday, Oct. 6th, and invited MidwestLatino's Michael Beck to be one of the panelists.

It was an excellent event, helping local Latinos to find business and career information from local companies and organizations, as well as to provide local businesses exposure in the Hispanic community or just simply an opportunity for networking.

The Guest Speaker was Harry Garewal, CEO and President of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Also present was Mr. Carty Finkbeiner – Mayor of Toledo.

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Posted by admin on 2006/10/5 7:30:00 (1516 reads)
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MidwestLatino was co-sponsoring a lunch with former President of Honduras, Ricardo Maduro, that took place on Thursday, October 5th, 2006, at Bankers Club.

Mr. Maduro is a 1969 economics graduate of Stanford University and served as President of Honduras from November 2001 until January 2006. He has an extensive private and public sector career which includes: General Manager of Xerox in Honduras, Executive Director of Inversiones La Paz, an investment holding company, President of the Central Bank of Honduras and Coordinator of the Economic Cabinet, and is currently founder and former President of a non-profitable organization created in memory of his son, for the improvement, equality, and efficiency of education in Honduras.

During lunch he talked about his experiences in building a modern democracy and economy in Central America.

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Posted by admin on 2006/10/5 2:00:00 (1882 reads)
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The Ohio Civil Rights Commission and the Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs, celebrated together on Wed. Oct. 4th, Hispanic Heritage Month. At this event, they gathered the State’s leadership, members of Hispanic/Latino organizations, and supportive community members to share in celebrating the many achievements of our Hispanic community.

The keynote speaker was Police Chief of Loraine, Cel Rivera, who delivered a very passionate speech about growing up as American of Puerto Rican descent, and discovering his cultural roots: "I was not born in Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico was born in me".

Both commission also honored four individuals who are making difference in promoting cultural awareness in Ohio: Pastor Dan Vazquez, Juan Jose ("John") Perez, Julieta Maria Simms, and Manuel Rodriguez.

Closing remarks were delivered by OCRC Executive Director, Michael Payton.

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Posted by admin on 2006/10/5 1:40:00 (1491 reads)
Hot Havana Nights @ HAVANA MARTINI CLUB!!!!

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MidwestLatino had another hot night with its weekly "Havana Night" @ Havana Martini Club!

The Havana Martini Club, in its new location at the Carew Tower on Fifth Street, is AWESOME!!!! With its huge dance floor, more space, friendly staff, and its classy interior - it sets the new standard for all other clubs in Cincinnati!

More and more Salseros and Merengueros are discovering Havana Nights as the best place to dance in Cincinnati!

With FREE admission, FREE dance lessons at 8 PM, hottest Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata music in town by DJ Rudy Alvarez this is the hottest place to be on Wednesday nights...

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Posted by admin on 2006/10/4 3:10:00 (1933 reads)
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Congratulations to Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA which celebrated on Tuesday, Oct. 3rd, its 10th year anniversary with a Latin party & reception! Present were Founding Members and Past Presidents: Anthony Simms-Howell, Onnie Martin, Alfonso Cornejo, Roberto Peraza, Leo Calderon.

The chamber used also this opportunity to award two $1,000 scholarships to Bianca Funez and Ricardo Tostado.

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Posted by admin on 2006/10/4 2:50:00 (1825 reads)
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MidwestLatino is supporting a drive to register and vote!. Across Midwest there are several important election races.

Who will get you vote? You might take part in our unscientific polls for Ohio:

1) Ohio Governor: Strickland vs. Blackwell

2) Ohio's US Senator: Brown vs. DeWine

3) Ohio's US Congressman: Cranley vs. Chabot
Posted by admin on 2006/10/3 6:40:00 (3449 reads)


CINCINNATI, OH, Oct. 3, 2006 - A host of world class companies and organizations headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio are collaborating to raise the bar for this year’s 17th Annual Conference and Career Expo of NSHMBA (National Society of Hispanic MBAs). Dubbed “CinciPlaza (,” the local NSHMBA Chapter organized the collaboration as a way to add value for local chapter sponsors, and as a way for the Greater Cincinnati Region to get behind the conference and welcome NSHMBA to Cincinnati.

The Greater Cincinnati Region is home to 10 Fortune 500 firms, 17 Fortune 1000 firms and more than 300 foreign-owned firms, providing a vibrant foundation for thriving careers and an exceptional quality of life.

The Cincinnati NSHMBA chapter is taking this opportunity quite seriously. They even established a special position on the local Board of Directors to help get the most out of the opportunity.

“In order to attract top talent and prevent a “brain drain” of our regional talent, we formed CinciPlaza in a way that not only showcases our great companies, but demonstrates that Cincinnati is indeed a great place to grow, work, and thrive,” said Mike Robinson, CEO of Cincinnati-based LaVERDAD Marketing & Media, and special board member appointed to develop and lead the initiative.

CinciPlaza participating companies will be physically co-locating at the conference, and also co-marketing via web sites, around Cincinnati during the event, and via our community partners such as the Freedom Center, Downtown Cincinnati Inc, the world famous Cincinnati Zoo, along with the Regional and Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, and the Fine Arts Fund organizations.

"The Fine Arts Fund congratulates NSHMBA for its outstanding work in promoting Hispanic professionals,” said Mary McCullough Hudson, president and CEO of the Fine Arts Fund. “We share NSHMBA’s commitment to enrich our community by advancing the broad and diverse array of diversity and arts offerings in the Greater Cincinnati area."

The involvement of local participants breaks new ground on many fronts, including that of local nonprofits and city organizations.

David Ginsburg, president and CEO, of Downtown Cincinnati Inc. said "Downtown Cincinnati is thrilled to host the more than 7,000 NSHMBA conference attendees this October 26-28. DCI's downtown ambassadors will be on hand to offer assistance during their stay. We hope the NSHMBA attendees and their families find our city vibrant and welcoming and moreover, find a career choice that brings them back as a CincinnatiUSA resident!"

Also joining CinciPlaza are local universities which include University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, Northern Kentucky University, and Miami University of Oxford, Ohio.

From the corporate side, CinciPlaza includes Procter & Gamble, this year’s lead sponsor for the conference, along with a who’s-who of US corporations including The Kroger Company, Cintas, Western Southern, Macy’s, Duke Energy, GE Aviation, Chiquita, and Fifth Third Bancorp.

“P&G is honored to be the Lead Sponsor of the 17th NSHMBA Annual Conference and Career Fair. Understanding, serving and reflecting the Hispanic community is important to P&G. We hire top Hispanic talent and maintain successful partnerships with organizations devoted to supporting the Hispanic community such as NSHMBA. On behalf of P&G, I welcome the more than 7000 members of NSHMBA to Greater Cincinnati!” said A.G. Lafley, chairman and CEO, P&G.

All these companies joined CinciPlaza to advocate for Cincinnati. George A. Schaefer, Jr., chairman and CEO, Fifth Third Bancorp, said it best: "Fifth Third Bank has always supported the promotion of Cincinnati as a great place to live, to work and to do business. That's why we enthusiastically support CinciPlaza. We believe that by joining with other great Cincinnati companies in this endeavor, we can attract top talent to keep our company and the city thriving”

Collectively, these partners represent over $175 billion in revenues, and some of the most prestigious nonprofit, arts and humanities organizations in the nation.

"The NSHMBA conference is an excellent opportunity to recruit exceptional Hispanic talent, something that's keenly important to Chiquita, because more than 17,000 of our 25,000 employees worldwide live and work in Latin America,” said Chiquita Brands International Chairman & CEO, Fernando Aguirre. “In addition, hosting the conference in Cincinnati gives the partners from CinciPlaza, which include some of the most respected companies in the nation, a great showcase to demonstrate the wonderful quality of life that the Tri-State has to offer."

For more information contact Michael Beck, CinciPlaza public relations at or 513-861-5666.
Posted by admin on 2006/10/3 6:20:00 (1732 reads)
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Dear Cincinnati Member,

NSHMBA needs your help! We have an urgent need for volunteers to help with set-up for the 17th Annual Conference and Career Expo on Sunday, October 22nd through Tuesday, October 24th. Since these opportunities take place so far before the conference, we are in need of local residents. Please consider volunteering a few hours of your time to ensure that this year's conference will run seamlessly.

Volunteering is not just helpful to NSHMBA; it also has substantial benefits for the volunteer. If you were considering skipping this year's conference for financial reasons, consider volunteering instead. For just 3 hours of volunteering, you can gain free access to the full professional development day and networking events on Thursday, and for just six hours, you can also gain access to the Career Expo on Friday and Saturday.

This benefit is not just available for members or Hispanics. Anyone aged 21 or older can volunteer and gain complimentary access to conference events. That being said, feel free to market this opportunity to your colleagues and acquaintances. Attending the conference is a worthwhile investment for business professionals and students in all stages of their careers.

At this time we are only in need of pre-conference volunteers. For more information about volunteering and to sign up, please visit the Volunteer website.

Thank you in advance for your assistance!


Esther Gonzalez Smith
Chapter Development Manager / Volunteer Coordinator

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