15th Annual Maryland Hispanic Business Conference
08:00 AM Registration Opens
08:30 AM Career Fair and Exhibition Hall

8:30am – 4:30pm Career Fair and Exhibition Hall

09:00 AM Plenary Breakfast and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

9:00am – 10:00am

Opening Remarks               Maria P. Rodriguez, executive director, MDHBC
Presentation of Colors         Maryland National Guard, Honor Guard
National Anthem                Jordan Waters, Burleigh Manor Middle School
Welcome Remarks              Alexander Nuñez, senior vice president, regulatory and external affairs, BGE

Keynote Speakers
Montgomery County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett
Congressman Chris Van Hollen

A Conversation with Leading CEOs moderated by Veronica Cool, CEO,Cool & Associates, LLC featuring:
Andres Echeverri, president, ACSI Translations
Maria Martinez, founder and chief executive officer, Respira Inc.
Ricardo (Rick) Martinez, president and chief executive officer,
Project Enhancement Corporation
Natalie Martz, owner, Chick-Fil-A

Special Remarks: Hispanic Chambers of Commerce
Asian American Chamber of Commerce
Baltimore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Montgomery County
Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Salvadoran American Chamber of Commerce of Washington, DC

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

10:15 AM Morning Seminars and Exhibition Hall

10:15- 11am Session I | Latinos in the Workforce- the Untapped Opportunity
One in 4 Kindergartners is a Latino and over 1 million Latinos turn 18 every year. Additionally, 1 in 5 Millennials today is a Latino. How can you harness this diverse, yet complicated talent pool? Join State & National Leaders as we discuss Trends, Tools and Tactics to Attract, Recruit and Retain Latinos.

11:15am -12pm Session II | Economic Contributions of Hispanics
The Latino $1.5 Trillion Dollar Market is booming, contributing to economic revival and growth. What are the latest trends? Where are the pockets of opportunities that you can leverage?

11:15-12pm Session III | Conviértete en un Empresario de Éxito
Latinos están estableciendo negocios 15 veces más que todos-Ahora, descubre cómo crecer y apoderar esta ola de visibilidad efectivamente. Escucha de expertos motivadores y exitosos, de lo básico a lo complicado.

12:15 PM Stellar Awards Luncheon

12:15pm – 1:45pm

Emcee                            Yolanda Vazquez, Emmy-Award Winning Reporter and Anchor
Benediction                    William (Bill) Villanueva, a founding father, MDHBC
Keynote Speaker           Boyd K. Rutherford, Lieutenant Governor of Maryland

Special 15th Anniversary Conference Tribute 

Stellar Awards Presentation
Lanaea C. Featherstone, President, William & Lanaea C. Featherstone Foundation

Latino Innovators’ Pitch Highlights
Veronica Cool, CEO, Cool & Associates, LLC

Juan Barbaran, #JuanOfaKind Foods
Latino Pitch Award Winner (2015)

2016 Sponsors Recognition Ceremony

02:00 PM Afternoon Seminars and Exhibition Hall

2:00 pm. – 3:45 p.m.

2:00-3:45pm Session IV | READY, SET, ÉXITO!
With millions of dollars in government contracting available, how do YOU learn to prepare, bid, team and WIN? What Certifications should you acquire and how to use them for sustainable growth?

2:00-2:45pm Session V | Where’s The Money?
From Loans to Investors, how to fund your business! The number one reason Businesses fail is lack of CAPITAL. Meet the experts from bankers to grants, investors and alternative lenders to hear how you can fund your business to scale profitably.

3:00-3:45pm Session VI | How to Market to Sell & Grow- From Digital to Events
Get the needed knowledge to understand and market to your local customers- Creating loyalty and driving sales and retention. Hear from experts that will share DIGITAL, RADIO, TV, PRINT and EVENT Marketing tactics to grow your business!

04:00 PM Latino Innovators’ Pitch
05:30 PM Networking Reception with live music featuring Raul Morel

2016 Latino Innovators’ Pitch Winner Announcement
Recognition of media sponsors
Recognition of conference planning committee