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Business : Ohio Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (OHCC) announce new Executive Board
Posted by admin on 2010/4/25 15:10:00 (1441 reads)

2010 Executive Board

On Wednesday, April 21, 2010 the Ohio Hispanic Chambers of Commerce conducted election of its 2010 Officers. The new officers are: 

Mr. Jose "Rafi" Rodriguez
Rodriguez Financial Strategies, LLC
Dayton, Ohio 


Mr. Gary Johnson
American Flooring Installers LLC
Toledo, Ohio 


Ms. Aireen Aguilar
Uniglobe Discovery Travel
Columbus, Ohio 

Ms. Victoria Nunes
Fifth Third Bank
Columbus, Ohio

 Congratulations to all!

Business : 2010 SHPE Conference coming to Cincinnati
Posted by admin on 2009/12/18 5:20:00 (3098 reads)

SHPE ConferenceThe SHPE Conference is the major event for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Inc. and the largest technical and career conference for Hispanics in the country.

Each year, the SHPE Conference attracts over 5,000 engineering professionals, students and corporate representatives. The conference is an opportunity for engineering companies and corporations to recruit top talent from SHPE membership. It also provides educational, technical and career opportunities for professional and student engineers.

This year, the 2010 SHPE Conference will take place in Cincinnati, OH  October 27 to October 31, 2010.  For information, visit

Sponsorship Opportunities

Contact: Stacy Dees
Phone: 817.914.0861

Download Sponsorship Brochure

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) is the source for quality Hispanic engineers and technical talent, committed to enhancing America's position in math, science, engineering and technology with a strong and talented Hispanic workforce. SHPE empowers its membership of students and professionals with increased educational opportunities, professional and personal growth, and involvement in education, business and government issues.

To Join SHPE, please:

Go to:
Click on the tab:  Join SHPE
Hit the button:  Apply Now

Business : Ohio Latino Leadership Awards - Sept 04, 2009
Posted by admin on 2009/8/18 3:10:00 (2629 reads)



 The Ohio Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (OHCC) and The Ohio Latino Affairs Commission (OCHLA) have joined to recognize Hispanics' outstanding contributions in the areas of business, policy and service. The awards gala will take place at the Renaissance Hotel in Columbus, Ohio on September 4th, 2009.

With the theme of "Juntos" - "Together" - these two key Latino entities bring together the community to celebrate the valuable contributions of Latinos in Ohio. "We are honored by the opportunity to partner with the Ohio Hispanic Chambers of Commerce to celebrate outstanding men and women, as we acknowledge their efforts and dedication to make Ohio a better place for all", stated Mary Santiago, Vice- Chair of the Commission and Chair of the DHO Awards Committee.

At the gala, six Hispanic business leaders will be recognized by the Ohio Hispanic Chambers of Commerce for their entrepreneurial and advocacy efforts. The Ohio Latino Affairs Commission will acknowledge outstanding policy and service with The Governor's Distinguished Hispanic Awards which highlight three Latino leaders, along with three non-Latino individuals and/or organizations that have done their utmost in supporting and contributing to the Hispanic community in Ohio. "Business is the engine of economic growth. This event serves as a reminder of the great impact Latino businesses have on the economy of the State of Ohio," declared Joseph Altieri, President of the Hispanic Chamber of Columbus.

Latino Leadership Awardees



Lourdes Leon (Fairfield) Business Woman of the Year
Rick Zamora (Cleveland) Business Man of the Year
Joe Santiago (Cleveland) Government Hispanic Business Advocate of the Year
Victoria Nunes (Columbus) Corporate Advocate of the Year
Joe "Rafi" Rodriguez (Dayton) Hispanic Advocate of the Year
Liborio Alcauter (Columbus) Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year


Maria T. Lang (Cincinnati) Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan
Rosa Torres Caskey (Dayton) Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan
Maria Cardona (Lorain) Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan

Onnie Martin (Cincinnati) Nuestra Familia (Our Family) Award
Joanne Bailis (Cleveland) Nuestra Familia (Our Family) Award
Dina Ferrer (Lorain) Nuestra Familia (Our Family) Award

The keynote speaker for the event will be United States Senator Sherrod Brown. The Ohio Latino Awards is an event open to the entire community and will take place at the Renaissance Hotel, Third and Gay Streets, Downtown Columbus. The cost for dinner $75 per person, with a reception starting promptly at 6:00 pm, followed by the Program and Dinner at 7:00 pm.

Registration for the event is available on line (click here)  For any questions regarding this event, please contact 614-466-8333.

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Business : Big Opening of Casa Mexico (Mon. August 17th)
Posted by admin on 2009/8/7 5:30:00 (2270 reads)

On Monday, August 17th, at 12 Noon, Casa Mexico will have its big opening.

Located at 21e 32nd Street, Latonia, Covington KY 41015 (Click here for a map...)Casa Mexico will offer authentic Mexican cousine.


Business : YMCA Black Achievers Program Expands Focus And Name
Posted by admin on 2009/6/26 9:50:00 (2191 reads)

June 24, 2009 – In just over 30 years, the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati’s Black Achievers Program has grown into one of the area’s largest programs of its kind, partnering with area organizations and adult role models to inspire and encourage teens of color toward paths of success. Now the Program that has impacted more than 5000 teens is joining other YMCA’s across the country in modifying its name to YMCA Black & Hispanic Achievers Program. This new name reflects an expanded vision that is broadening its reach to empower even more young people of color.

This coming school year, the YMCA Black & Hispanic Achievers Program will begin two new pilot programs with Cincinnati Public Schools, where 40% of its English as a Second Language students are Hispanic. The pilots will be at Withrow International and the Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies. Multilingual volunteers are currently being recruited to provide mentoring, college readiness and career development to Hispanic students from bilingual backgrounds. Future plans are to expand the YMCA Black & Hispanic Achievers Program into more neighborhoods, including those in Northern Kentucky.

“The YMCA is committed to meeting the needs of the community and ensuring all young people have access to opportunities. We know we’re being effective by the positive changes we have seen in our teen participants,” said Toni Miles, executive director of the YMCA Black & Hispanic Achievers Program. “While we have always served Hispanic teens in our program, we also know the time is now to find new ways of energizing more students.”

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Business : Social Networking meeting of the Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati (Tue. June 23, 2009)
Posted by admin on 2009/6/22 2:20:00 (2090 reads)

Social Networking meeting of the Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA

When: Tuesday, June, 23, 2009

From 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m

Where:Havana Martini Club,
441 Vine Street, Downtown Cincinnati

Food Sponsor: State Farm

Cost to enter: Free to ALL members and future members.

Business : Cincinnati State delegation visits Hispanic Chamber
Posted by admin on 2009/6/10 0:20:00 (2384 reads)


Cincinnati State delegation visits Hispanic Chamber


Cincinnati State President Dr. John Henderson recently led a delegation from Cincinnati State Technical and Community College to address a meeting of the Cincinnati USA Hispanic Chamber.

The theme of his presentation was "Cooperative Partnerships, The Key to Creating Student Success.”

Dr. Henderson stressed the importance that Cincinnati State places on diversity – and on access to an affordable education.

He also applauded the warm relationship that is developing between Cincinnati State, the chamber and the larger Hispanic community.

In recent years the Cincinnati USA Hispanic Chamber has funded scholarships for Cincinnati State students, including Graciela Contreras and Jaime Romero during the current school year.

Dr. Henderson also noted the success of such Cincinnati State graduates as Pablo Arellano, who is currently employed as an assistant brand manager for the Procter & Gamble Co. in Cincinnati. (Arellano is a graduate of the College's pre-business administration program and was the recipient of a scholarship from the Hispanic Chamber; he later earned a bachelor’s degree from Northern Kentucky University.)

Dr. Henderson and members of the delegation – which included Paul Callahan, cooperative education coordinator for the International Trade Management program --  described the efforts Cincinnati State has made in recent years to provide a high-quality, affordable and practical education to all Greater Cincinnati residents.

The delegation emphasized Cincinnati State’s cooperative education program, which is the largest in the United States among two-year colleges and solidly within the top ten among all institutions of higher learning. Last year Cincinnati State had nearly 3,000 co-op placements with more than 600 employers, and its students reported earnings from co-op jobs in excess of $8.2 million.

P&G is among the college’s co-op partners. Today more than 110 Cincinnati State students are working as co-ops at P&G, and the company counts 212 of the college’s graduates as current full-time employees.

Cincinnati State also has a strong presence in the Disney College Program, which gives students the opportunity to work at Walt Disney World and other Disney venues and earn college credit at the same time.

Dr. Henderson told members of the Hispanic Chamber that he hopes to improve the recruitment and retention of students from Hispanic families, and noted that the school has several initiatives in place to help advance that goal.

More pictures from this event are in our Photo Gallery (click here)

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Business : ELLF: First Annual Recognition Breakfast (Feb. 26, 2009)
Posted by admin on 2009/2/26 3:50:00 (2039 reads)

English Language Learning Foundation, Inc . hosted on Feb. 26, 2009 in NKU Student Union Ballroom, its  First Annual Recognition Breakfast, including an International Silent Auction.

It was a total success, with hundreds of people who came to support Sister Margarita Brewer and her Foundation.


For more pictures, please click here...

Business : Chicago Job Fair (March 19th)
Posted by admin on 2009/2/26 2:00:00 (2051 reads)






If you are looking for a job, consider going to Chicago for their Job Fair:
When: Thursday, March 19, 2009, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Navy Pier (Lakeview Terrace)
600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone:(630) 577-0433
Map to this Location

Cost: FREE for all Job Seekers!

The upcoming Job Fairs:

Business : Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis officially confirmed as the Secretary of Labor for the Obama administration.
Posted by admin on 2009/2/24 9:30:00 (2125 reads)

We would like to congratulate Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis, who has  made history today as the first Latina to be nominated and confirmed as a secretary in a Presidential cabinet.  Secretary of Labor Solis was confirmed today, February 24, 2009 after a vote of 80-18.

First elected in 2000, Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis is serving her fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. She represents California's 32nd Congressional District, which includes portions of East Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley. Prior to her election to Congress, Solis served eight years in the California state legislature. In August 2000, Solis became the first woman to receive the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for her pioneering work on environmental justice issues in California.

In 2003, she became the first Latina appointed to the powerful Committee on Energy and Commerce where she is the Vice Chair of the Environment and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee and a member of the Health and Telecommunications Subcommittees. She is also a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources. In March 2007, Solis was named a member of the newly created House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.

Solis is Vice Chair of the Democratic Steering & Policy Committee and serves as a Senior Whip, as well as a Regional Whip for Southern California. She is also serving her third term as the Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus' Task Force on Health and the Environment.

In 2007, Solis was appointed to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, as well as the Mexico – United States Interparliamentary Group.

For more information on Hilda Solis go to:

Business : NSHMBA Luncheon with Chiquita CEO: Fernando Aguirre (Feb. 20, 2009)
Posted by admin on 2009/2/20 7:10:00 (5545 reads)

NSHMBA Cincinnati hosted on Friday, Feb. 20th, 2009 , a NSHMBA Luncheon with Chiquita CEO: Fernando Aguirre.

Fernando Aguirre is chairman and CEO of Chiquita Brands International, where he assumed the leadership role in January 2004. Aguirre brings to Chiquita more than 23 years of experience in brand management, general management and turnarounds at Procter and Gamble. During his P&G career, he turned around business units in Brazil and Mexico and served in leadership roles as vice president of P&G’s global snacks and food products as well as president of global feminine care.

Aguirre serves on the boards at Chiquita and Coca-Cola Enterprises, and in 2001, he helped form a corporate advisory board for the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, where he served as its first chairman. Aguirre is a member of Young Presidents Organization and the Cincinnati Business Committee.

A native of Mexico, Aguirre earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration (marketing) at Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville), where he obtained a full baseball scholarship. 

At the NSHMBA Luncheon Fernando shared his thoughts on leadership based on his life-long experience while working for P&G and Chiquita. Over 120 NSHMBA members and friends attended this luncheon.

More pictures are in our Photo Gallery (click here....)

Business : 2 Latinos make the Cincy POWER 100
Posted by admin on 2009/2/1 23:30:00 (2085 reads)

Congratulations to Alfonso Cornejo, President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, who made Cincy's Power 100.

Also mentioned was Jason Riveiro, the Ohio State Director of LULAC, as one of the two "Civic Stars Rising"

You can review the whole list here

Business : NSHMBA GMAT Prep scholarships Winners
Posted by admin on 2008/11/19 6:50:00 (2731 reads)

The National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) is proud to announce the winners of the GMAT Prep scholarships offered in partnership with Kaplan Inc. Francisco Cadena, and Alina Rodriguez Arriaga were presented with scholarships on October 27, 2008 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The scholarships are intended help prepare both winners for the GMAT examination, one of the primary requirements for applying for the master's program in business administration. The emphasis of this scholarship is to encourage Hispanic professionals to pursue an MBA and reflects the mission of NSHMBA to promote Hispanic leadership through graduate management education and professional development.   

Alina and Francisco have both been members of NSHMBA for the past year and intend to pursue their MBAs within the next year after completing the Kaplan GMAT prep course.  Alina has been involved in various community service activities including volunteering at animal shelters in Mexico , where the large number of animals living in the streets poses a significant problem affecting public health. While residing in Cincinnati , Alina, a GE Aviation employee, actively participates in the GE Hispanic Forum, which indirectly helps recruit, develop and retain Hispanic talent by providing a support system comprised of coaching, mentoring and role modeling. Francisco, an Accenture employee, also maintains active involvement in helping attract and retain minority employees within Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company.

Business : Savvy Señorita Financial Guidance Happy Hour (Wed. Nov. 12)
Posted by admin on 2008/11/7 23:40:00 (2530 reads)

New series helps women have a posh today and prosperous tomorrow

Want all those fab shoes and a million bucks, too? You might not be asking for too much, even with the Dow falling faster than you dropped your ex.

Come to Havana Martini Club (on 5th St. downtown, between Race & Vine) next Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 5:45 p.m. for socializing and a short financial guidance program. Yummy hors d'oeuvres and tasty beverages will be served.

Cynthia "Cid" Kamuf, CFP® (a Cincy Chic freelance writer) and Jay Hand, both Independent Contractors of Money Concepts International, Inc., will give you a few tips on how to plan for a healthy financial future without giving up your shoe fetish.

RSVP Tabitha Humphreys by 3 p.m. on Nov. 11 at (513) 563-3075 or    ....but hurry! They're limited to 20 participants!

Afterwards, stay for free Salsa dance lessons at 8 PM, and Salsa party till 1 AM

Business : NSHMBA Luncheon - Thu. Nov. 6th, 2008 (sponsored by Macy's)
Posted by admin on 2008/10/29 8:40:00 (3786 reads)


DATE: Thursday, November 6, 2008
TIME: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM 
 Our NSHMBA Luncheon series has been designed to:
* provide opportunities for key Hispanic leaders to address Hispanic professionals
* make business connections
* create a relaxed, professional networking environment
* recognize individuals who have been strong supporters of the Hispanic community

This is an unique opportunity to hear from Wilka Varela-Toppins, a top Hispanic leader and the highest ranked Latina at Macy's Corporate. In addition, you will be able to network with other Hispanic professionals from the area and extend your business connections.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

ATTIRE: Dress code is business

Parking is available in building entrance to garage from Vine or 7th street. Bring your ticket to be validated

This event is FREE for NSHMBA members, family and friends.
You do NOT need to me a member to attend, but you NEED to register here:

by Friday, Oct. 31, 2008.

Please make sure that you register individually, as we need to submit each name to the Macy's Security to put you on the guest list.

The National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) was created in 1988 as a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. Widely known as the "Premier Hispanic Organization,"

NSHMBA serves 32 chapters and 7,000 members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. It exists to foster Hispanic leadership through graduate management education and professional development. NSHMBA works to prepare Hispanics for leadership positions throughout the U.S. so that they can provide the cultural awareness and sensitivity vital in the management of the nation's diverse workforce. More information about the Cincinnati chapter can be accessed at:

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