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Empleate Ya/Get Hired Construction Job Fair, Oct. 19

The Construction industry is Booming in the Greater Washington DC region with cranes in the sky, footers in the ground and truckloads of materials navigating the bustling and busy streets.  However, despite the tremendous development, many construction-related companies have expressed concern about the challenge of finding qualified bi-lingual professionals to fill the myriad of jobs available.

Stephen Courtien: New Head of Baltimore/DC Building Trades Friend to Hispanic Construction Community

Metro DC Hispanic Contractors Association (MDCHCA) is proud to recognize the new CEO of the Baltimore/DC Building Trades Unions (BDCBT), Stephen Courtien, a close friend, brother and partner to our businesses. He has been a constant, steadfast supporter of diversity and the integration of minority, immigrant and Hispanic owned commercial construction firms into the industry. Stephen will now become the most important leader of the construction trades unions in the region. We've worked together with Mr. Courtien over the past decade. He's responsible for promoting and supporting our Contractors Association since the current regime began in 2013. He's largely responsible for our stability, growth and success.

Stephen has not only contributed to our growth, but has also supported projects such as Jose Ortiz Gaud's, 'Run Hope Work', workforce development program. He has fought for inclusion of our sub-contractors in public building projects and recommended our members to the larger General Contractors for work. He has guided many of our small businesses on how to grow and strengthen their companies. He has generously provided resources and consulting advice to those entrepreneurs we've referred to him over the years. Stephen Courtien is genuinely a good guy; honest, transparent, honorable and tough -a union leader his entire career.

BDCBT is a force for what is best in the construction industry; attention to safety, respect for workers and opportunity for all. Stephen Courtien has been committed to those ideals since we met him. A straight talker and person of incomparable integrity in dealings with our organization. We salute Stephen and pledge our support for his future endeavors as head of Baltimore/DC Building Trades. We look forward to many years of hard, honest work in favor of our workers and small commercial construction firms. 'Amigo' Stephen, good fortune and much success in your new position!

The Buenos

It has given me great joy to once again share time, energy and affection with Daniel and Coco Bueno. For over 14 years as Publisher of El Latino, 'Danny' was my landlord, primary advertiser and contributor to the newspaper. He was also a great friend and mentor. Throughout my adult life I've had many an occasion to spend magical moments with them. I've known Daniel since he began his remarkable journey as the Latino community's premiere music impresario and businessman. As home grown as you can get, Daniel Bueno has risen from the guy who sold records out of boxes on the corner of Park Rd. & 14th St. and door to door to his neighbors, to becoming the foremost music promoter and in the history of DC's Latino community and a retail business owner with close to 8 'Zodiac' stores at one point. Every major Latino music artist of the era has performed or been friends with Daniel. The list of artists he's responsible for promoting and supporting is endless. However, what he and Coco are really famous for is their support and management of Salvadoran artists such as the iconic, "Hermanos Flores".

Washington DC's Iconic Latin Music Empresario

I first met 'Dani' selling albums outdoors on the corner of 14th & Park Road NW when there was a big empty lot there. Now it's the commercial center that includes Target, Best Buy, Marshalls, et. al. It was the early 70's and he was standing on the corner with a pencil in his ear and a clip board under his arm surrounded by a bunch of cardboard boxes with his merchandise. LP albums he had brought with him from New York City.

The 78 and Lincoln Yards will move the needle on minority hiring

 We can’t let a festering anti-developer atmosphere hold back Chicago’s minority- and women-owned businesses—and thus hold back the very neighborhoods that protesters want to protect.

Written by JORGE PEREZ
Hispanic American Construction Industry Association

Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot has been critical of the way tax-increment financing money has been deployed throughout the city, and her concerns—plus the concerns of new City Council members and many Chicagoans—nearly kept two big projects from being approved. The 78 and Lincoln Yards have now gotten the green light to proceed, in part because they agreed to meet higher minority hiring standards than the city currently requires—30 percent minority-owned businesses and 10 percent women-owned businesses as opposed to 26 percent and 6 percent, respectively. Still, skepticism persists.

5th Annual 'Diversity in Construction GALA' at the E&SA

For Immediate Release
February 3, 2019

 

5th Annual 'Diversity in Construction GALA' at the E&SA

            Metro DC Hispanic Contractors Association (HCA) presents its traditional, 'Diversity in Construction GALA' for the fifth straight year, this time at the newly built Entertainment& Sports Arena (E&SA) in Southeast DC on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20th, 2019, at 6:30 pm.

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The Wizard from Walla Walla; A lifetime defending the Latino Press

            David Cortinas seems like he has spent his entire life in defense of small, family owned publishing businesses who make up the bulk of the Spanish language press in the United States. A four time Secretary on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Hispanic Publishers (NAHP), he served under Clara Padilla Andrews, perhaps the most successful President in the Association's history. He was President-Elect of the organization and refused to serve due to matters of process and principle. He is expert when it comes to by-laws and the rules and behavior that make for a successful non-profit organization.

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Gloria Rodriguez a Communications Dynamo and Industry Leader

Seated at her favorite table at ‘La Taberna del Alabardero’ restaurant in Washington DC, it is with great relish that Gloria Rodriguez tells the story of her 5 minute interview with Ronald Reagan, a seminal moment in the hugely successful career of this pioneering figure in the world of national Hispanic media, communications and public affairs. It happened in Tampa in the mid 80’s on a trip the President was making to address the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In her inimitable and courageous manner she found herself waiting for the President to exit his limousine and then corralled him directly to ask for support for the National Puerto Rican Forum which had seen it’s federal funding drastically reduced, ironically enough, by his administration.

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NAHP Hires Jose Sueiro as Executive Director

The National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP) has entered into an agreement with Jose Sueiro to serve as the organization's Executive Director headquartered at the National Press Building in Washington DC.

Small Construction Businesses & Opportunities in the DC Market

    The Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC) and Metro DC Hispanic Contractors Association (MDCHCA) just completed the first phase of a process created to increase the share of construction business that accrues to small, locally based sub-contractors in the Washington DC region.

    The process began in a February 15th breakfast with a frank discussion among construction project owners, large general contractors and representatives of small businesses and construction workers. These parties gathered for a 2 hour roundtable debate on best practices, inefficiencies in the process, lack of CBE capacity and the deficiencies and scarcity of highly qualified firms along with a dearth of skilled workers.

Luis Reyes: Entrepreneur as Revolutionary

Lauriol plaza, in Washington, D.C., is one of those restaurants where it's hard to hear your voice over the din by 6 p.m. Salsa music blares. Waiters yell out to one another as they hoist platters of sizzling fajitas over their heads. The bar is packed with revelers armed with table beepers and margaritas the size of small fishbowls.

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#IBS 2018 by NAHB

            This year for the first time ever, leadership from Metro DC Hispanic Contractors Association (MDCHCA) was invited to attend the International Builder's Show (#IBS) celebrated and sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) from January 9th to 11th, 2018. One of the largest, most important construction related events in the country, it was filled with over 1 million square feet of exhibition space throughout various convention halls in Orlando, Florida. Attendance was somewhere in the range of 100,000 participants. The guest keynote speaker was the ebullient and always funny ex- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, Terry Bradshaw.

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Fort Myer Construction Corp: Business Icon

       Off the beaten path, hidden from most uninformed citizens deep in Ward 5 in Northeast Washington, D.C., is one of the region’s business behemoth. Some people have referred to Fort Myer Construction Corporation as an icon. Its story is a version of “The Little Engine That Could.” Co-founders and partners, Jose Rodriguez and Lewis Shrensky, bootstrap a small concrete company that initially had no administrative offices or staff, into a corporation with an annual income of more than $250 million and a payroll of nearly 900 workers, the majority of whom are minorities.

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At the Rosario School:

     Fifty aspiring entrepreneurs attended ten hours of instruction on how to set up a construction or commercial contracting company and how to become a construction sub-contractor in the District of Columbia. The pilot program was sponsored by Turner Construction as part of their famous Construction Management Certificate program with the assistance of the Metro DC Hispanic Contractors Assoc. (MDCHCA) and the Carlos Rosario International Charter School (CRICS).

Construye-DC: Latinos Thriving in Construction Initiative

Employment of construction laborers is projected to grow 13 percent from 2014 to 2024, according to a 2015 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Add to this that DC is experiencing the most - construction activity in more than five decades according to the Washington, DC Economic Partnership.

Employment of construction laborers is projected to grow 13 percent from 2014 to 2024, according to a 2015 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Add to this that DC is experiencing the most - construction activity in more than five decades according to the Washington, DC Economic Partnership.    

A Historic Series of Construction Training Programs

For the first time in its long and fabled history, the Carlos Rosario International Charter School (CRICS) is presenting a series of workshops, seminars and trainings related to construction. In collaboration with DC Metro Hispanic Contractors Association (MDCHCA), Turner Construction and the Latino Safety Professionals Association (LSP), DC's nationally acclaimed Adult Education Center with a large minority and Hispanic student population has agreed to host the following programs:

Free Workshop Sponsored by Metro DCHC & the Rosario School

On Tuesday, June 13th at 6:30 pm, onstage in the Auditorium at the Carlos Rosario International Charter School (CRICC), 1100 Harvard St. NW, an extraordinary workshop will be held to support construction entrepreneurs and workers in their efforts to build successful, prosperous and well run construction firms. Free and open to the public, this forum features four highly successful panelists who will share their knowledge of the industry and provide important information regarding the challenges facing the construction industry.

How to Build a Successful Construction Company

Saturday, March 4, 2017, a quartet of Latino business leaders conducted an outstanding 'how to' seminar on entrepreneurship and building a construction firm at the VFW Hall in Manassas Va. The opening speaker was Walter Tejada, leader of the Latino community in N. Va., a former Chair of the Arlington County Board and current member of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) Board of Directors. Walter was both inspirational and cautious with his message. He acknowledged the tough times Hispanic businesspersons are experiencing all over the region, but he was optimistic about the opportunities facing our businesses as long as they can qualify for projects by having the proper licenses, insurance and bonding. He spoke if issues relating to capacity building and the threat to our community given the current political climate.

Tejada, Perdomo, Address Hispanic Owned Small Businesses in Manassas

Walter Tejada, newly appointed Board Member of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) and Carlos Perdomo, Chairman of DC Metro Hispanic Contractors Association (DCMHCA) and owner of Keystone Plus Construction will address a group of construction company owners at VFW Post 7589 in Manassas, Saturday, March 4th at 9:30 am. The purpose of the workshop is to support the development of small, Hispanic, minority and immigrant owned construction and commercial contracting companies in Northern Virginia and optimize their opportunities for growth and success.

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The Many Sides of Jorge Pardo

I first heard him play at one of those smoky, intimate jazz clubs in Madrid in the late 90's, not sure which, but it was either Cafe Central or Clamores. He was associated at that point with Paco de Lucia. Paco, the progenitor of the music that is the mixture of flamenco and jazz, used him precisely to highlight that fusion. He performed either on flute or sax imbuing the music with a unique blend of sounds. But in the beginning for Pardo there was the influence of Camarón de la Isla, the Ray Charles of flamenco music and its most famous singer. From Camarón he would come to understand the rich flamenco heritage of Andalucía. Subsequently Lucia and Camarón would feature Pardo on their groundbreaking album "Viviré" in 2005.

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