October 12, 2017

A Year in Review

To our RHBA members and friends, 
I thank each and every Board Director and our association members who have volunteered their precious time to make this organization so great.  Listed below are some of the accomplishments of this year.

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Save the date: RHBA breakfast program on Nov. 14

The RHBA is trying something new to accommodate the busy schedules of its members!

On Nov. 14, the RHBA will hold its monthly program meeting from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Five Star Bank, 395 Westfall Road, Rochester. A recent survey of RHBA members revealed interest in having a breakfast program, which members and guests can attend before heading into their offices. [Read more…]

Martinez wins consultant award

RHBA board member Luis Martinez was honored recently with the Consultants Consultant award by the Rochester Professional Consultants Network. [Read more…]

Brockport dean outlines scope of business school

Dr. Joy Bhadury, dean of the School of Business Administration and Economics at the College at Brockport, was the guest speaker at the May 16 luncheon of the RHBA at D’Mangu restaurant.

“Please call me Joy,” he immediately told the group after being introduced. Bhadury came to the college nearly a year ago from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. [Read more…]

What will 2017 state legislative session bring?

Every small business owner and employer knows that decisions made in Albany have an impact – either positive or negative – on the bottom line.

Chris Wiest, vice president/ public policy and advocacy at the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, gave a presentation to RHBA members recently about issues of interest to employers regarding the 2017 New York State budget and legislative session. (RHBA is an affiliate of the GRCC.) [Read more…]

Kiva Rochester offers unique way to get small business loan

You’ve probably heard of Kickstarter as a crowd-funding way to raise money for your business or start-up. But what about Kiva? [Read more…]

RHBA celebrates holidays!

Christmas carols with a jazzy twist entertained RHBA members and their guests at the annual Holiday Networking on Dec. 1. Members enjoyed tapas, cookies and punch at the East Avenue Inn while listening to a trio of students from Roberts Wesleyan College. A drawing of various prizes added to the festive atmosphere.

More photos to come…

Thank you for your support to the RHBA.
Best wishes to you and your family. May you all receive the gifts of the season: Peace, Joy, Health and Hope.
The Rochester Hispanic Business Association Board of Directors.

ESL focuses on small biz growth

2016santiago12Members of the RHBA learned about the services and history of ESL Federal Credit Union at the October meeting at D’Mangu restaurant.

Arline Santiago, senior vice president and general counsel for ESL, was joined by Keith Cleary, vice president and director of business banking, and Malik Evans, business growth program manager.

Santiago talked about how ESL’s roots go back to George Eastman, who created Eastman Savings and Loan Association in 1920 to help Eastman Kodak employees get mortgages and succeed in their personal lives. In 1966, that entity became ESL Federal Credit Union. Today ESL has 20 branches in the region and more than 700 employees. ESL has $5.9 billion in assets. The company’s headquarters moved to downtown Rochester six years ago.

Cleary talked about the business banking that ESL has been doing since 2010. ESL is one of the biggest local institutions bank wise.

As business growth program manager, Evans works to help businesses get access to capital and develop business acumen. ESL partners with organizations such as SCORE, PathStone and the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship.
For more information on ESL, go to: ESL

To view the photo gallery from the event, click here.

RHBA Hispanic Business Person of the Year Gala 2016

Our HBOY Gala was great fun this year as led by talented MC Jackie Ortiz! Thanks to our honoree, Mercedes Vazquez Simmons, for her amazing insight, gratitude, and business acumen. [Read more…]

MCC president to speak at RHBA Gala

Dr. Kress of MCCDr. Anne M. Kress, president of Monroe Community College, will deliver the keynote address at the twenty-seventh Hispanic Business Person of the Year Gala on Sept. 20.

Kress, who has led MCC since 2009, currently serves as co-chair of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council. Her career spans nearly 30 years in higher education with special interests in topics relating to student access and success, global education, workforce development, technology and the intersection between traditional liberal education and essential 21st century learning outcomes, according to the MCC website. [Read more…]

Call for Nominations: 2016 Business Person of the Year

Rochester Hispanic Business Association

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce Affiliate

February 18, 2016

2016 Business Person of the Year – Call for Nominations

Dear Hispanic Business Association member:

We need your help to identify individuals who have contributed to the economic development and business interests of the Great Rochester Hispanic Community.

The annual Hispanic Business Person of the Year award will be presented by the Hispanic Business Association of the Rochester Business Alliance, at the annual luncheon on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.   [Read more…]

Increase Opportunity for Minority and Women-Owned Businesses

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For Immediate Release: 1/11/2016 GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO

State of New York | Executive Chamber
Andrew M. Cuomo | Governor

Governor pushes to apply 30 percent MWBE goal to all state-funded contracts – not just those issued by agencies and authorities – making additional $65 billion in state funds subject to nation’s highest MWBE goal
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled the 14th signature proposal of his 2016 agenda: increase opportunity for minority- and women-owned business enterprises across New York State.

In 2014, Governor Cuomo established a goal of 30 percent for New York’s MWBE state contract utilization – the highest goal of any state in the nation. However, under state law, that goal only applies to contracts issued by state agencies and authorities; it does not apply to state funding given to localities such as cities, counties, towns, villages and school districts, which amounts to approximately $65 billion annually. This year, the Governor will advance legislation addressing this disconnect by expanding the MWBE goal setting to localities and entities that subcontract with those localities. Doing so will leverage the largest pool of state funding in history to combat systemic discrimination and create new opportunities for MWBE participation. [Read more…]

RHBA 2015 Annual Luncheon Gala

Zury Brown - 2015 Hispanic Business Person of the YearThe 2015 Hispanic Business Person of the Year, Librada “Zury” Brown, was honored at the annual Gala Lunch of the Association. RHBA thanks all those in attendance and specially the keynote speaker Bob Duffy for his inspiring words, and our MC, RHBA member Roberto Burgos for a job well done.

Zury Brown is the fifth woman to receive this honor in our 26 year history. [Read more…]

New RHBA Chairperson: Vilma Burgos-Torres

From the D&C:

Vilma Burgos-TorresVilma Burgos-Torres is the second woman elected as chairperson of the Rochester Hispanic Business Association in its 26-year history.

Burgos-Torres, a native of Puerto Rico native, was on the founding board of the Puerto Rican Youth and Resource Center and Latinas Unidas.  She has served on many advisory boards including the first Bilingual Education Advisory Board for the Rochester City School District.

“With the help of the amazing board members and the membership, I hope to increase member benefits, enhance our website features, and review and update our governance policies,” she said in a statement.

The Burgos Income Tax Business services manager succeeds Hiram Hernandez, who remains on the board as an at large member.  Others elected to board include Kelly Mullaney, vice chair; Grace Tillinghast, chair adviser; Jane Sutter, secretary; Lisa DeVinney, treasurer, and at-large members Sergio Esteban, Luis Martinez and Luis Ormaechea.

The business association is an affiliate of the Rochester Business Alliance.


Our CUE to get involved

Our CUE to get involved –

Ebony Miller of The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship (CUE) delivered an inspiring talk to a group of Rochester Hispanic Business Association members at the Rochester Business Alliance offices on State Street this Tuesday, she was accompanied by her associate Kimberly Heck.

Not long ago Ebony Miller was appointed Program Manager of CUE, where she is responsible for three programs that are currently underway: Future Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs (FBLE), Lemonade Day and The Capacity Building Program.

Ebony is passionate about our community and her passion is infectious. She is inspired to do her work by looking to the past, to when Rochester had a thriving downtown corridor. Having grown up in Rochester, she recalls riding the monorail in Midtown plaza as a child and would love nothing more than to see Rochester’s downtown return to the vibrant setting it once was. She recalls Sibley’s and McCurdy’s bringing life to the city through their business and aims to help us enjoy downtown once again through her work at CUE.

There is opportunity all around us, not only downtown but in every quadrant of the city, and “at CUE, our goal is to help reshape the regional economy and build wealth within the urban community by being the hub for urban entrepreneurial programs” said Miller on July 21, 2015.

Once their doors open at their permanent location, which will hopefully happen within the next 6-8 weeks, they will be adding monthly workshops as well as starting up their third cohort of The Capacity Building Program. In addition to the aforementioned programs, Miller also provided some background information about the building that will house CUE.

For more information or to get involved, please visit:  RIT CUE