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Business Expo – Connections, Opportunities and Growth

Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC)
     Announces Its Fourth Annual Business Expo – Connections,
                     Opportunities and Growth

On April 2nd the Greater
Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC) will host its Fourth
Annual Business Expo: Connections, Opportunities and Growth. The Expo
is the Washington Hispanic business community’s premier event for
showcasing businesses and building connections with participating
government agencies, corporations, embassies, non-profits, small
businesses, and local Hispanic business community members.

According to Global Insights, Washington Metro Hispanic Average
Household Income is the highest in the country, reaching $84,000
annually. The region also boasts of being the fourth fastest growing
Hispanic market in the country, according to Nielsen. “Every day more
organizations are realizing the value in reaching out to the Hispanic
business community. This is why we created the Expo four years ago,”
stated Angela Franco, President and CEO of the GWHCC. “We wanted to
create an event where participants and attendees could connect with the
area’s Hispanic business community, find procurement opportunities at a
local and international level, and grow their businesses — all in one
place,” she added.

The Expo has continued to grow at a fast pace, increasing participation
from 2010 with 500 attendees and 70 exhibitors to 1,300 attendees and
100 exhibitors in 2012. This year, the Expo is anticipating 2,000
attendees and 110 exhibitors and has secured the support of three major
companies as Presenting Sponsors: Erie Insurance, Pricewaterhouse
Coopers and El Zol 107.9 FM. “At Erie Insurance, we’ve seen the value
in supporting organizations such as the GWHCC. We highly share and
support their mission to helping the growth of Hispanic and other
minority-owned businesses,” said Sandra Dorsey, Vice President of Sales
and Marketing at Erie Insurance. She added, “As one of the sponsors of
this event, Erie Insurance invites all business owners in the area to
participate. They will find unparalleled opportunities for their
businesses.”

Throughout the day, the Expo will offer panels and business development
activities designed to guide participants in securing government and
corporate procurement contracts, promoting their own businesses, doing
business overseas, and more. The Chamber partners with local
organizations and agencies that serve businesses in the metropolitan
area to assure that the quality of the content helps local small and
minority-owned businesses.

“The Prince George’s County Supplier Development and Diversity Division
is looking forward to participating in this event and supporting the
Chamber in their activities,” said Roland L. Jones, Executive Director
of Prince George’s County Supplier Development and Diversity Division
(SDDD). “This event demonstrates the importance of Hispanic businesses
by providing the resources, opportunities and key connections for them
to grow and help our economy,” he added.

For more information on the GWHCC’s Fourth Annual Business Expo visit
www.gwhcc.org/expo.

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