Maryland Hispanic Business Conference 2005 Agenda

Thursday, Nov. 17
Business Conference Meetings

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. PLENARY SESSION

Welcome from the Chair

Presentation of Colors and Pledge of Allegiance: General Alberto Jimenez  and the Maryland National Guard

Keynote Speaker: Melanie R. Sabelhaus, former SBA Deputy Administrator

Greetings from the County Executive represented by:
Raquel Sanudo, Howard County Chief Administrative Officer

Invited Speaker: Ricardo Martinez, Chairman of Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
President Project Enhancement Corporation

0:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. BUSINESS SEMINARS I & II

I. Let’s Get Your Business to the Next Level

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II. International Business: the Advantages of DR-CAFTA

11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. BUSINESS SEMINARS III & IV

III. Accessing Capital to Grow Your Business

IV. Today’s Construction Issues

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. LUNCH/PLENARY SESSION

Keynote Speaker: Victor L. Hoskins
Secretary of Housing and Community Development

Presentation of USHYEE and Student Performances

Governor’s Address: Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.
Governor of Maryland

Honored Speakers: Haydee Rodriguez, Executive Director
Governor’s Commission of Hispanic Affairs

James Breiner, Publisher
Baltimore Business Journal

2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. VENDOR SHOWCASE

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Keynote Speaker: Aris Melissaratos, Secretary
Dept. of Business and Economic Development

:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. BUSINESS SEMINARS V & VI

V. Developing a Public Relations Mindset

VI. Why Should My Business Become MBE Certified

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. COCKTAIL RECEPTION

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.


Mistress of Ceremony: Adela Acosta

Presentation of American Dream Contest Winner: Chris Eddings, The Daily Record

AMERICAN DREAM CONTEST: Tell us how you achieved your American Dream. Submit your 1-2 page essay on how you achieved your American Dream entries via E-mail to
[email protected]

Friday, Nov. 18
Business Conference Meetings

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

Speaker: Joseph P. Loddo, District Director
Washington Metropolitan Area District Office of the Small Business Administration

0:30 a.m. – 11:45 p.m. BUSINESS SEMINARS VII, VIII & IX

VII. Get Your Business Out of the Starting Gate

VIII. Strategies for Today’s Business Environment

IX. Legal Issues in Business

12:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. LUNCH/ROUND TABLE

For more information:
[email protected]
Mabel McGrath

10207 Wincopin Circle
Columbia, MD 21044