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Posted by admin on 2006/10/3 6:40:00 (3552 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 (1778 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
Posted by admin on 2006/10/2 22:40:00 (2078 reads)
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Another great Salsa night @ Mad Frog, with people enjoying the awesome new dance floor and Non-Smoking room!

Pictures from this week's Salsa with Tropicoso @ Cincinnati's hottest Latino spot - "The Mad Frog", are on the Web in the Cincinnati section of our Photo Gallery (click here).

Each Monday, Mad Frog has its basement open - with the best in Reggaeton and Hip-hop. It's like having two clubs in one: live Salsa/Merenge upstairs with Tropicoso, and Reggaeton and Hip-hop downstairs!
Posted by admin on 2006/10/2 7:10:00 (1789 reads)
26th Annual MiddFest in Middletown was focusing this year on China, but as usual, it presented other cultures as well. Among them was a Salsa Band (Latin Fiesta from Philadelphia). And it was nice to see many Latinos supporting this festival: by volunteering to help or just by participating.

The organizer did a great job in presenting China - via exhibits, dance, music, food, and performances. It's truly inspirational to see so many people in a small city like Middletown to volunteer their time organize such a multi-cultural festival for 26 year in a row and contributing to better understanding between various ethnic groups in the area.

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More pictures are in the Cincinnati section of our Photo Gallery (click here...)
Posted by admin on 2006/10/1 22:30:00 (2218 reads)
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The Latino Student Affairs Office at Northern Kentucky University organized on September 30, 2006 a Latino Art Festival. The festival was intended to showcase Latin America's wide variety of cultures as expressed through art, literature, theater, food, and crafts.

Among the performers were Azucar, La Troupe Tanguera, Danza Contigo Peru, Que Lindo es Panama, and Son del Caribe.

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More pictures are in the Cincinnati section of our Photo Gallery (click here...)
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Posted by admin on 2006/9/30 2:40:00 (1808 reads)
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The 2nd installment of the GLOBAL FUSION PARTY, this time with focus on BRAZIL was a total success!

The live Capoeira demonstration and Belly dancing mesmerized the audience!

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More pictures are in the Cincinnati section of our Photo Gallery (click here)
Posted by admin on 2006/9/29 10:40:00 (2347 reads)
Kentucky Commission on Human Rights invited MidwestLatino to be a panelist at Kentucky Hispanic & Immigrant Networking Summit, that took place today, Sep. 29th.

The Summit was an excellent opportunity to foster mutual understanding and increase communication and collaboration between federal, state, and local government and the immigrant community.

Invited were directors from Latino centers, representatives from Hispanic media outlets, Hispanic educators and entreprenours from across Kentucky to share information about housing, employment, business, education, media outlets, and other topics. Representatives from state, federal, and local government agencies shared information about their programs.

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More pictures are in the Louisville section of our Photo Gallery (click here)
Posted by admin on 2006/9/26 5:00:00 (1555 reads)
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Midwestlatino has recently visited Community Action Agency (CAA) in Cincinnati to learn more about their work in the community, and their support for Latinos/Hispanics in this area.

Community Action was created with the passage of the Economic Opportunity Act (EOA) of 1964 as a part of President Lyndon B. Johnson's "War on Poverty." The ambitious purpose of this statute was to eliminate the causes and consequences of poverty in the United States. The act established a federal Office of Economic Opportunity, headed by Sargent Shriver, and created organizations called Community Action Agencies (CAAs) that would develop strategies to solve local issues of poverty.

The mission of CAA is to "To act as advocate, provider and facilitator for the full range of public and private resources, programs and policies which give low- to moderate-income individuals the opportunity to improve the quality of life for themselves, their families and their communities."

Since many of the Latino families fall into this category, CAA is making a concious effort to reach out to them.

And it definitely helps to have a Latino on the Board of Directors. V. Anthony Simms-Howell, member of the Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs, has been a pillar of the Latino community for years and now is making sure that CAA has the required resources to serve the Latino community. They have a total of 385 employees of which 15 are Latinos. They also have two Spanish speaking non-Latino employees. All of their services are designed with Latinos in mind - Voice messages are done in Spanish; Some staffs are attending now Spanish classes, and all program information is done in both English and Spanish.

Under the leadership of CEO Gwen L. Robinson, CAA is constantly expanding its services and the positive impact on the community. The agency moved last year to their new location at Jordan Crossing, providing state of the art facility for their visitors. The most important service is the Head Start, an early childhood educational program, which is based on a program championed by LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens).

To learn more about CAA, visit their Website:

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More pictures are in the Cincinnati section of our Photo Gallery (click here).
Posted by admin on 2006/9/25 3:00:00 (1794 reads)
FreedomYP will celebrate FREEDOM OF HOPE on Thursday, September 28 at the Freedom Center.

The Freedom Center has two new exhibits: September 11th: A Global Response, Personal Reflection and "Breaking Through: the Reintegration of Pro Football." Tour both of these exhibits on Thursday as part of the "Freedom of Hope" event hosted by FreedomYP. Local firefighters and police will be on hand as well as special guests. This event features food from Macaroni Grille and a cash bar.

The event costs only $6 - Freedom Center Members are free. Purchase a Freedom Center Membership at the event and get in each of the monthly events for free. Cincinnati police and firefighters are free!

To further explore the meaning of hope in the face of devastation, Freedom of Hope will be included in FIVE DAYS FOR DARFUR, an extended weekend of events to raise awareness of and provide a unified response to the genocide in Darfur, Sudan. Save Darfur wristbands and information will be available, and guests will be able to view a short documentary on Nick and George Clooney's spring 2006 visit to the war-torn region as well as a presentation on the conflict and how they can help. For a complete listing of FIVE DAYS FOR DARFUR events, please visit .

$6 at the door (Freedom Center members are FREE!)

SAVE THE DATE! FREEDOM of DANCE, Thursday, October 26th
Posted by admin on 2006/9/24 11:40:00 (2144 reads)
The Sixth Annual Copa Su Casa 2006 Soccer Tournament at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds just finished this Sunday, September 24, 2006. The organizers invited top 8 teams from the area to crown the Hispanic Champion of 2006 in a Lightning single elimination tournament. There were teams from Florence, Hamilton, Beechmont, Norwood, Price Hill and they represented Latinos from all Latin American Countries. All proceeds are for the Su Casa Hispanic Ministry Center Sports Program which also conducts annual Volleyball and Basketball Tourneys.

In the final, Atletico Chivas, Champion of the Cincinnati league won against Pomoquitas, Champion of the City of Hamilton league, 3-1

For information about future Su Casa Soccer events, please contact Javier Salas, Maria Isabel Guerra or Joseph Nava at N7 Consulting Services at 513-769-7700.

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More pictures are in the Cincinnati section of our Photo Gallery (click here).
Posted by admin on 2006/9/24 11:30:00 (1577 reads)
Centro de Amistad hosted this past Sunday a Health Fair for Latinos.

Individuals and families were able to test, among others, their blood pressure, vision, cholesterol, diabetes, as well as learn more about healthy living. It was a full success for the Centro de Amistad, which is managed by Sister Juana Mendez. This Health Fair wouldn't be possible without countless volunteers, to which goes our big "Thank You"!

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More pictures are in the Cincinnati section of our Photo Gallery (click here)
Posted by admin on 2006/9/24 10:50:00 (6008 reads)
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We are happy to announce that MidwestLatino's founder, Michael Beck, joins Board of Directors of yet another International organization serving Greater Cincinnati. After being recently elected Vice President of Inter-Ethnic Council of Greater Cincinnati (read more...), he now joins Board of Directors of the International Center of Greater Cincinnati.

The International Center of Greater Cincinnati (ICGC) is a non-profit organization helping immigrants, refugees, and asylees in the Cincinnati area with problem-solving and access to social services when appropriate. The Center is open to everyone, regardless of their ethnic background, religion, or immigration status.

The Mission of the Int'l Center is:

* provide social services for new Americans and people with limited English proficiency
* provide educational opportunities for Greater Cincinnatians to learn about the world
* help people new to the area to learn about Greater Cincinnati and the USA
Posted by admin on 2006/9/24 4:32:37 (1766 reads)
The Fifth Annual Greater Cincinnati Hispanic Scholarship Fund Gala was held Saturday, September 23 to celebrate local Hispanic advancement through education. The celebration marks the fifth year of the event and its unprecedented accomplishment of approaching $1 million in scholarships for local Hispanic students in that short period of time.

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More pictures are in the Cincinnati section of our Photo Gallery (click here)
Posted by admin on 2006/9/22 9:40:00 (1766 reads)

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Posted by admin on 2006/9/21 2:40:00 (1952 reads)
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Meet Sonia Nazario, author of "Enrique’s Journey", Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. "Enrique’s Journey" is the true story of a migrant boy from Honduras searching for his mother in America.

Sonia Nazario is an award-winning journalist for the Los Angeles Times who covers Latinos in America and immigration issues, particularly the “humanitarian” issues surrounding the desperate journey young children make to enter the U.S. in order to search for their mothers. HBO is planning a future mini-series based on “Enrique’s Journey.”

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