Archive | July 2012

Check out the photos from the 2012 “Feria” Community Resource Fair!

A special thank you to all the vendors and participants who came out to support the community at the 2012 “Feria” Community Resource Fair at RIR in RVA!


Still Have Questions About Guerrilla Marketing? The SBA has answers




The Richmond Chapter of the US Small Business Administration (SBA) (a partner of the VAHCC) has opened registration now on a workshop on Guerrilla Marketing, August 15th. Click here to register.


Employers Participating at Saturday “Feria”: FBI, Comcast, Wells Fargo, Virginia Army National Guard

Employment opportunities are always a part of the annual “Feria” Community Resource Fair organized by the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and this year the line-up is strong with government and corporate opportunities. Check out a partial listing below:

  • The FBI
  • Comcast
  • Wells Fargo
  • Virginia Army National Guard
  • Coca-Cola
  • Henrico Police
  • Chesterfield Police
  • Richmond Police
  • Bank of America
  • Prudential
  • Liberty Mutual

The “Feria” is free and taking place this Saturday, July 28th, from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm, at the Commonwealth Building at the Richmond International Raceway. For complete details, go to

“Feria” Community Resource Fair: Spanish Commercial

Our “Feria” Community Resource Fair commercial just came out today, check it out below! Also watch for this airing on Virginia-area Telemundo networks throughout the month.

US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis meets with VAHCC President Michel Zajur, VAHCC Foundation Director Laura Sanchez del Solar in Richmond

Coverage from the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

“Labor secretary urges job training during visit to Richmond area”

(Article from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, by John Reid Blackwell. View the full article on here.) With the national unemployment rate still hovering above 8 percent, U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis visited the Richmond area Tuesday to tout job-training and career coaching programs as tools for the unemployed.

Solis held a roundtable discussion on the economy with leaders of local nonprofits, schools, andgovernment agencies, and representatives of the Latino community.

The meeting was held at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, which offers the types of resources such as job training and career coaching that more job seekers should utilize, Solis said.

“We want to make it easier for people who are looking for work to find out where they can take the right path to lead them to a better career,” Solis said.

She said it is important for job seekers to visit one-stop employment assistant centers such as those in the Richmond area at 7333 Whitepine Road in Chesterfield County and at 6301 Midlothian Turnpike in Richmond.

Solis said she chose to meet with members of the Latino community because the unemployment rate among Hispanics stands at 11 percent, much higher than the U.S. rate.

“We know there are a number of people who have been out of work in areas like construction,” she said. “Because it is a younger population, there is a great need for them to look at becoming better educated and better skilled.”

Among the programs she was touting was the Growing America Through Entrepreneurship project, or GATE, which is a Department of Labor-funded pilot program that aims to boost the economy by providing mentorship, education and training to new entrepreneurs.

In Virginia, the program is managed through the Community College Workforce Alliance. The grant for the program was renewed in June.

The GATE program “is for individuals who are dislocated or laid off from work, who want to be retrained and are looking into the possibility of owning their own business.” said Aida Pacheco, program coordinator in workforce development for the Virginia Community College System.

Networking & Employment Opportunities: Free “Feria” Community Resource Fair, Saturday, July 28th

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Join the VAHCC on Saturday, July 28th from 10am-3pm at the Richmond International Raceway for

• Employment and Networking Opportunities

• Workshops & Seminars

• Health Services

• Community Resources

at the “Feria” Community Resource Fair. Free and open to the public, the event will feature vendors with employment opportunities from the


• Virginia Army National Guard

• Henrico Police

• Chesterfield Police

• Richmond Police

• Coca-Cola

• Prudential

• Liberty Mutual

Along with several resources and community organizations. Don’t hesitate to bring the whole family to the “Feria,” as the event will also feature

• Music & Food

• Games & Prizes (and the chance to win a flat-screen TV)

• Radio Disney

• The Richmond Kickers

Visit for more information or call us at (804) 378-4099


The Richmond International Raceway is located at 600 E. Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, 23222. Click here for directions from GoogleMaps.

Press Information

The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Comcast
Invite the Community to the Feria de la Oportunidad

RICHMOND – June 27, 2012 – The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Comcast will host, for the 7th consecutive year, the Feria de la Oportunidad on Saturday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its new venue, The Richmond International Raceway (RIR) at 600 E. Laburnum Avenue. There is no cost to attend the event, which is targeted to Richmond’s Latino communities but open to all.

The Feria de la Oportunidad brings together community service providers, Embassies/Consulates from Latin American countries, governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations and corporations that impact the Latino community, and invites attendees to learn about various services and resources available to them. Companies and organizations will be providing workshops and seminars throughout the day on various topics in Spanish such as health, business, education, family services, emergency awareness and wellness.

“The annual ’Feria‘ is a great community exposition day that provides resources, jobs and business opportunities for this growing segment of Virginia’s citizenry,” says Michel Zajur, VAHCC President. “We are grateful to Comcast for their generous support of this program and our diverse communities over the past years.”

“We are pleased to partner with the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to support the needs of the Latino community and help connect local individuals and families with opportunities to help them succeed,” said Ken Dye, director of Government & Community Affairs for Comcast.

The Feria de la Oportunidad is an event to connect, support and strengthen Latino American families in our community. As a “family day”, there will be activities for children, food, arts and crafts and music. For more information, visit or call the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at (804) 378-4099.

Full video chat interview between Hispanic students in Virginia & Hispanic NASA Astronaut Joe Acaba

NASA has uploaded the full video chat between Hispanic students in Virginia and NASA astronaut Joe Acaba, while he was in space on board the ISS (International Space Station).

NASA ha subido el video chat entre estudiantes hispanos en Virginia y el astronauta Joe Acaba, cuando él estaba en el espacio: