June 24, 2017

D&C Digital Hosts Spring Networking

About 25 RHBA members learned more about D&C Digital at the Spring Networking held on May 4 at the D&C’s prominent location on the corner of Clinton and Main streets in downtown Rochester.   [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…]

Hispanic Business Person of the Year 2016: Mercedes Vazquez-Simmons

Press Release:

Mercedes Vazquez-Simmons Named Hispanic Business Person of the Year
Pretty Girl Promotions President to Receive 27th Annual RHBA Award

Mercedes Vazquez-SimmonsROCHESTER, NY (August 10, 2016) The Rochester Hispanic Business Association, a Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce affiliate, named Mercedes Vazquez-Simmons its 2016 Hispanic Business Person of the Year.  Vazquez-Simmons is founder and president of Pretty Girl Promotions, a full-service boxing and mixed martial arts promotion company based in Rochester.

RHBA Chair Vilma Burgos Torres said, “I am thrilled that we are honoring Mercedes. She has broken another glass ceiling, becoming the first Latina to gain national recognition as a boxing promoter for both male and female athletes in a once male-dominated industry.” [Read more…]

El Poder Latino a boon to community

RHBA Business Lunch July 2016

Since hitting the airwaves in November 2015, Poder 97.1 WEPL Radio has been a big hit with listeners, according to the station’s general manager, Julio Saenz.

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Become a 2016 HBPOY Gala Sponsor

What better way to reach Hispanic business professionals and show your support than by being a sponsor of the Hispanic Business Person of the Year Gala? [Read more…]

RHBA Business Lunch June 2016

Did you know that the PathStone Enterprise Center exists to help promising businesses that have been unable to get loans from banks?

Alex Castro, senior vice president of operations at PathStone Corp., outlined how the Enterprise Center process works at the June luncheon meeting of the Rochester Hispanic Business Association. [Read more…]

RHBA Business Lunch – May 2016

Our May Business Lunch at Monte Alban’s restaurant was a success! [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…]

RHBA Business Lunch – January 2016

Our thanks to RHBA members and friends who attended our January Business Lunch despite the frigid temperature!
Special thanks to our guest speaker, Life Coach Abraham Hernandez. [Read more…]