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…]

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul Presents Proclamation to RHBA During 2017 Annual Gala

More than 180 people were on hand on Sept. 26 to congratulate Eugenio Marlin on being named the 2017 Hispanic Business Person of the Year sponsored by the RHBA. [Read more…]

Eugenio Marlin Named Hispanic Business Person of the Year

Press Release:

Eugenio Marlin Named Hispanic Business Person of the Year
Ibero-American Development Corporation V.P. to Receive 28th Annual RHBA Award

ROCHESTER, NY (July 28, 2017) The Rochester Hispanic Business Association (RHBA), a Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce affiliate, named Eugenio Marlin its 2017 Hispanic Business Person of the Year.  Marlin currently serves as Vice President of Ibero-American Development Corporation, an entity that specializes in developing affordable housing and other structures for community use.

Rochester Hispanic Business Association Chairwoman Vilma Burgos Torres said, “Whatever he does, Eugenio is tireless and a great role model for the younger generation.”

Marlin previously served as vice president for development and communications at Ibero.  He also operated Marlin Communications Group as a sole proprietor as well as writing and editing several Spanish language publications. Marlin is the first Dominican to be honored as RHBA Hispanic Business Person of the Year.  Prior honorees trace their roots to Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Spain.

Marlin said, “I am honored to be named Hispanic Business Person of the Year, acknowledging that this distinction equally belongs to those who in the past and in the present have collaborated in the work that we do.”

The Rochester Hispanic Business Association honors Marlin as the 28th annual Hispanic Business Person of the Year at a gala luncheon September 26 at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the event page or contact Michele Hefferon at Michele.Hefferon@GreaterRochesterChamber.com or (585) 256-4614.

 

Written on behalf of the Rochester Hispanic Business Association by:

Dan Smith
Sr. Director, Communications
Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce
150 State St. – Suite 400
Rochester, NY 14614
www.GreaterRochesterChamber.com
(585) 256-4616
Dan.Smith@GreaterRochesterChamber.com

Note: This article has been updated to reflect the current title of Mr. Marlin.

 

Frank Garcia to Keynote RHBA Awards Luncheon

Press Release:

Frank Garcia to Keynote RHBA Awards Luncheon
CEO of Go Green Technology Chairs NYS Coalition of Hispanic Chambers

ROCHESTER, NY (July 12, 2017) The Rochester Hispanic Business Association (RHBA), a Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce affiliate, welcomes Frank Garcia as the keynote speaker for its September 26 Hispanic Business Person of the Year gala luncheon.  Garcia is founder and CEO of Millennium Go Green Technology, a global environmentally sustainable toner remanufacturing company based in New York City.

RHBA Chairperson Vilma Burgos-Torres said, “We are honored that Frank Garcia, chairman of the New York State Coalition of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, has graciously accepted our invitation to serve as keynote speaker.  As the leader of the coalition of more than 20 Hispanic chambers of commerce, Mr. Garcia has been a leading advocate for Hispanics nationwide as well as a successful businessman at Millennium Go Green Technology.”

Garcia, who was born in Brooklyn and raised in Puerto Rico, was the first Hispanic entrepreneur to use and recycle manufactured toner cartridges across New York State.  He also serves as chairman of the National Association of Latino State Chambers as part of his dedication to expanding minority-owned businesses in the United States.  Garcia is also a board member of Veterans Across America, an advocacy organization which enhances the economic well-being of veterans and their family caregivers.

The Rochester Hispanic Business Association Hispanic Business Person of the Year gala luncheon is set for 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, September 26 at the Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.  Tickets are available at the RHBA website at www.RochesterHBA.org.  For more information, contact Michele Hefferon at Michele.Hefferon@ GreaterRochesterChamber.com or (585) 256-4614.

Founded in 1989, the Rochester Hispanic Business Association increases the visibility of Hispanic professionals and business owners and provides a forum to network and interact.  The RHBA goal is to enhance the economic, educational, and political development of the Hispanic community in Rochester and throughout the United States.

 

Written on behalf of the Rochester Hispanic Business Association by:

Dan Smith
Sr. Director, Communications
Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce
150 State St. – Suite 400
Rochester, NY 14614
www.GreaterRochesterChamber.com
(585) 256-4616
Dan.Smith@GreaterRochesterChamber.com

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.
Warmly,
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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