AHCC Panel Recap & Upcoming Events – October

Celebrating The Success of our Panel Lunch with CCT!

Thank you for a Fantastic Panel Lunch!

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our panelists at our in-person event that we co-hosted called, “Unlocking Construction Business Growth: Expert Insights.” This exceptional gathering, provided by the Alliance for Hispanic Commercial Contractors, Carpenter Contractor Trust, and Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters would not have been possible without your invaluable presence.

Our panel discussion, expertly moderated by Jose Frias, Council Representative of the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, featured a lineup of expert speakers who shared their wealth of knowledge and experience:

  • Greg Akerman, President – Baltimore DC Metro Building Trades Council
  • Adriana Zellers, Vice President – M&T Bank
  • Pamela Scott, Business Banking – M&T Bank
  • Karen Barbour, President – The Barbour Group & AHCC
  • Walkiria Pool, President & Founder – Centro de Apoyo Familiar (CAF)
  • David Fisher, Manager of Supplier Diversity – Hensel Phelps
  • Bridget Martin, Senior Vice President – Bank of Labor
  • Bill Appel, Premium Audit Supervisor – Chesapeake Employers Insurance
  • Bill Cress, Underwriting Supervisor – Chesapeake Employers Insurance

Throughout the event, our panelists passionately discussed essential topics such as Strategies for Managing Rapid Growth, Financial Planning and Resource Allocation, Scaling Your Business Without Compromising Quality, and Building Strong Client Relationships While Expanding Operations. All agreed that the insights were not only enlightening but also deeply enriching for all in attendance.

We would also like to express our appreciation to our exhibitors and Corporate Alliance Partners who contributed to the event’s success:

  • DeWalt
  • The Barbour Group
  • Whiting-Turner
  • Maryland SBDC
  • Chesapeake Employers Insurance

Your participation and contributions made the event a resounding success, fostering meaningful connections and sharing invaluable insights within our community. Together, we are driving positive change and growth in the construction industry.

Stay tuned for more engaging discussions, informative sessions, and networking events in the future.

Once again, thank you to all who attended for your support and active participation.



October 12th, 2023

Upcoming Webinar

Join us for a deep dive into Construction Accounting Best Practices with Giselle Carrillo, CPA, and Jose Mayorga, CPA, of Bienestar CPA. With over a decade of experience each, Giselle and Jose bring their expertise to the forefront.

Learn why reliable financial statements are crucial in the construction industry, understand the nuances of completed contract versus percentage-of-completion accounting methods, and gain essential insights into setting up and managing job cost accounting in QuickBooks.

Don’t miss this informative webinar on Thursday, October 12, 2023, from 11:30am to 1:00pm.  This webinar is FREE!  Secure your spot today and register now.

Elevate your construction accounting game with Bienestar CPA!

October 11th, 2023

TBG to Exhibit at Meet the Primes by BCPS

The Barbour Group & AHCC will be exhibiting at this year’s BCPS Meet the Primes Event.  This event is completely FREE, so come in, stop by our booth, and say ‘hi’!

Your information will appear in the printed event program if you have registered to attend by Monday, October 2, 2023, 12 Noon.

Be assured that all people registering until October 6 will have a pre-printed name badge.  Walk-ins are welcome on event day, and will receive a printed name badge as well.

What is Meet the PrimesThis is a Meet & Greet business networking event. Exhibitors will be prepared to talk to you from industry, government buying offices and organizations who can help you grow your business.

We are offering a FREE opportunity to showcase your business to prime bidders looking for quality partners and sub-contractors.  Over 120 Prime Contractors/Bidders and Government Buyers will be exhibitors.

Be prepared to present your capability statement to exhibiting business representatives looking to meet MBE/SBE sub-contractors in the areas of Professional Services, Construction Trades, Architecture, Engineering and Other Business Services.

October 12th, 2023

BAM Wellness on Zoom

Mission Statement:

To promote and support wellness programs and initiatives by creating healthy habits and lifestyle modifications for the members of the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.


To foster a culture of physical, psychological, and emotional well-being for our MDHCC members by promoting activities that encourage a healthier and active lifestyle.


• Promote an understanding of the factors which contribute to physical and mental well-being.

• Motivate and educate members to take charge of their own health.

• Offer programs to inspire healthier lifestyles through exercise, holistic nutrition, and prevention.

• Build a sense of community and spread awareness through a Monthly Health Series Webinars and In Person events.


To promote wellness communication through a variety of internet tools, health webinars, and (in person) health challenges.

To provide initiatives that support a healthy lifestyle, including work-life balance, chronic disease & stress management, exercise, emotional stability, and holistic nutrition.

To provide resources for members to build a supportive Chamber network to bolster health goals.

To encourage member suggestions and feedback on future wellness programs and activities.

Cost:  Free

October 9th, 2023

MDHCC Golf Tournament

Join us for a day of celebration, fun, and support at the 5th Annual MDHCC Scholarship Golf Tournament!

Date: Monday, October 9, 2023


  • 8:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM Shotgun Start

Location: The Woodlands Golf Course 2309 Ridge Rd, Windsor Mill, MD 21244 Phone: (410) 887-1349

Competition Format: Captain’s Choice Foursome No Handicap Fee includes: cart, green fees, lunch, range balls, refreshments on course, cocktails, dinner, gifts, and awards.

This event isn’t just about golf—it’s an opportunity to make a difference. Sponsorship opportunities are available, and all proceeds directly benefit the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund.

Let’s celebrate, have fun, and support our Hispanic students in Maryland together. ¡A Celebrar, divertirnos y ayudar a nuestros estudiantes Hispanos en Maryland!


October 18th, 2023

2023 Energy Summit

The Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce & Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to the 2nd Annual Energy Summit in Maryland/Virginia/DC Region.

Keynote Energy Summit Speaker:

Virginia Governor Glen Youngkin

The Energy Summit consist of Four (4) Panels that will include the following Topics:

  • Panel 1: Energy Evolution: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
  • Panel 2: Energy Opportunities In Virginia & Maryland (Dmv), Supplier & Workforce Development.
  • Panel 3: Energy Development & Innovations
  • Panel 4: Project Financing


October 18, 2023 – 1:30pm to 9:30pm


Tysons Corner Marriott, 8028 Leesburg Pike, Tysons Corner, VA 22182

Registration Details:

  • MDHCC & VHCC Members: $25 (With Your MDHCC Membership Number)
  • Non-Members: $50
  • Virtual Registration: $20
  • Become A MDHCC/VHCC Member & Energy Summit: $100

(If you signed up today for an individual annual membership for $100, your membership and the energy summit is included)

Registration includes:

Energy Summit, Heavy Hors d’oeuvres & Cash Bar after the presentations.

Energy Summit Hosts:

  • Marco V. Avila, P.E.: MDHCC: President / WSP: Vice President/Civil Engineer/PM
  • Michel Zajur: Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: President
  • Hon. James Campos: MDHCC Energy Committee Chair

October 20th, 2023


BAM! is a monthly meeting of Hispanic/Latino business owners and executives charged with making critical decisions for the survival and growth of the companies they own and/or represent. Since BAM! is a business coaching program designed to solve any and all aspects of business challenges, we expect participants to participate the entire year so they can identity challenges, find solutions, implement them, and experience the expected growth as a result of their participation in BAM!

Thank you for reading our newsletter.  We hope to see you at our upcoming events.  We are excited to see you.  if you have any questions, please contact Josh Lopez – //  443-797-9739

909 Baltimore Blvd, Suite 144, Westminster, MD  21157