October 13, 2017

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…]

RHBA Holiday Networking 2015

Our Holiday Networking Party  at East Avenue Inn at 384 East Avenue was a blast! [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.


2015 Hispanic Business Person of the Year

Press Release:

Librada “Zury” Brown Named Hispanic Business Person of the Year

El Pilon Criollo Restaurant Owner Receives 26th Annual RHBA Award

ZuryBrownThe Rochester Hispanic Business Association (RHBA), a Rochester Business Alliance affiliate, named Librada “Zury” Brown its 2015 Hispanic Business Person of the Year. Brown owns El Pilon Criollo, a family restaurant on Rochester’s North Clinton Avenue.

Rochester Hispanic Business Association President Hiram Hernandez, Sr. said, “When Zury opened El Pilon Criollo, she created a new concept of fast and easy to order Hispanic food.  We recognize innovation and vision and Zury has proven to possess plenty of both.”

Better known as “Zury” in the community, Brown was born in Cataño, Puerto Rico amid modest beginnings. She came to Rochester 27 years ago and worked in the Rochester City School District for several years until she opened El Pilon Criollo in 2008. Brown became the first Hispanic woman to build her own restaurant from the ground up on North Clinton Avenue, reviving the community with its first new construction in more than 12 years. She has helped create jobs and regularly sponsors community groups and events.

Brown said, “I feel honored and very humbled to receive this award. All I have always wanted to do is work hard for my family, be a good role model for my daughters, and contribute to the community in which I live.”

Brown receives the 26th Annual Hispanic Business Person of the Year award at the Rochester Hispanic Business Association gala luncheon September 22 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.


From a press release, August 14, 2015.

Click here for more information on the gala and the Hispanic Business Person of the Year Award.


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


Versatility in the Workplace

Iveth ReynoldsThis Tuesday, members of the Rochester Hispanic Business Association met to hear from Iveth Reynolds, the CEO of Tri-Mar Consulting. The talk, which Reynolds gave at D’Mangu restaurant, focused on her experiences in building the successful firm over the course of the last 16 years.

Reynolds founded Tri-Mar with offices in Rochester and New York City in 1999. The company specializes in recruitment and training in IT, engineering, and financial services, and works with a number of partners in the tech sector regionally.

Keeping the firm growing and profitable through two recessions and major industry realignments has been challenging, but Reynolds emphasized the importance of versatility and networking in her success. “I had to wear many different hats,” she explained, “a recruiter, project manager, consultant, and more.” She also credits many longtime clients for being loyal to the firm

Reynolds, who has been an RHBA member for more than a decade, strongly values the role of volunteerism and community involvement in the business world. She has served as a board member and chapter president for the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA). The group gives roughly $3 million in scholarships annually, and offers its members a wide variety of networking and training opportunities to help build connections across many business sectors.

You can learn more about NSHMBA at www.nshmba.org, and check out Tri-Mar Consulting at www.trimar.net. The next luncheon event is scheduled for June 16 at Monte Alban, and will feature Hilda Rosario Escher. Click here to read more about the event and RSVP.

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RPD Back Into Community

cimmenelli“I want to bring this police department back to the community,” Chief Ciminelli began, “which is how I remember it.”

Rochester Chief of Police Michael Ciminelli delivered a talk to a group of Rochester Hispanic Business Association members at the Rochester Business Alliance offices on State Street this Tuesday. He opened by reflecting on his long career in law enforcement, which he started by walking an overnight beat downtown.

In the years since, Ciminelli traveled to Washington and abroad as an international law attorney for the DEA. He has been an auditor for law enforcement agency accreditation, a prosecutor, an advocate for the incarcerated, and the Chief of Police for Elmira, NY. Since returning to Rochester, he has played many leadership roles as Commander for the West side patron division, the head of Special Operations for the RPD, the Deputy Chief of Police, and has served as the Chief of Police since last January.

This week saw the rollout of a redistricting and decentralization plan for the department, so the presentation focused largely on how Rochester police can be closer to the communities they protect. Ciminelli explained that the transition from two large precincts to five smaller ones is only part of the solution, saying “You don’t achieve community policing by redrawing lines on a map– the burden is on us now.”

The RPD is now implementing reforms that encourage each patrol officer to meet the residents and business owners on his or her beat, and is encouraging citizens to get involved through initiatives like the Explorers program and Citizens Police Academy. More information on the redistricting and community outreach are available here.

The RHBA’s luncheon event series continues on May 19 at D’Mangu, and will feature Iveth Reynolds, an entrepreneur and the CEO of Tri-Mar Consulting.

Innovative Approach to Education

julio VazquezWe gathered at Monte Alban Mexican Grill this past Tuesday to hear Julio Vazquez, Sr. tell a story of success in education. Vazquez is the co-founder, board chairman, and CEO of the Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School, a K-8 institution with two campuses in the 14621 neighborhood.

Vazquez, who served as the president and CEO of the Ibero-American Action League (1993-2006) and Commissioner of Rochester’s Department of Community Development (2007-2009), has been described by former Mayor Robert Duffy as a “tremendous asset to the City of Rochester.” His presentation focused on the innovative approach to education at EMHCS and its unique curriculum that promotes literacy in both English and Spanish for every student.

The program is working. Now in its 15th year, EMHCS has significantly outperformed nearby district-operated schools despite a smaller per-student budget. Vazquez spoke with optimism about the future: the school plans to triple in size in the coming years, adding grades 9-12 and making numerous capital improvements. More information on EMHCS is available on their website, emhcharter.org.

The Rochester Hispanic Business Association’s luncheon event series continues next month with Rochester Police Department Chief Michael Ciminelli as the featured speaker.


What’s On Your Billboard?

luisMartinezWhat’s On Your Billboard?

RHBA featured Luis Martinez, principal of Gran Altura at its February business lunch held at D’Mangu. In a very interesting presentation, Luis, who is nationally and internationally recognized author and coach, talked about personal brand development: content, audience and channels.

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Mauricio Riveros 2014 Hispanic Business Person of the Year

Mauricio Riveros Named Hispanic Business Person of the Year

The Pike Company Executive Receives 25th Annual RHBA Award 

Riveros, MauricioThe Rochester Hispanic Business Association, a Rochester Business Alliance affiliate, named Mauricio Riveros its 2014 Hispanic Business Person of the Year.  Riveros serves as Executive Vice President of The Pike Company, overseeing project operations and risk management.

Riveros is also responsible for Pike’s “The University” program that provides internal training and professional development for all Pike and LECESSE employees.  He developed the company’s “Steps to Success Program” that provides hands-on training to women and minority-owned companies in alliance with public and private enterprise.

Rochester Hispanic Business Association President Hiram Hernandez, Sr. said, “Mauricio has the leadership of an innovator, the one who inspires leaders to act, and the one who gets things done.”

Prior to coming to the United States and The Pike Company, Riveros served as National Director of Planning and Territorial Organization for the Bolivian government.  Riveros serves on a number of local boards including the Upstate New York Minority Supply Development Council, Allendale Columbia School, St. Ann’s Community, and the YMCA.  He lives in Perinton with his wife, Bess, and three children.

Riveros said, “It is with great honor that I receive this award for making a significant contribution to the Hispanic and business community of Rochester. Being from Bolivia, I have always held the Hispanic community near and dear to my heart and consider it a privilege to contribute in any way possible. Through my interactions with various organizations, groups, and companies whose goal it is to improve the lives of our general community and Hispanic population and make connections amongst the Hispanic community, I have found the Rochester Hispanic Business Association to be a great promoter of these goals. I could not be more grateful and blessed that they have chosen me as this year’s Hispanic Business Person of the Year.”

Mauricio Riveros receives the annual Hispanic Business Person of the Year award at the Rochester Hispanic Business Association gala luncheon September 25 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

From a press release, July 18, 2014.

Click here for more information on the gala and the Hispanic Business Person of the Year Award