Archive | August 2012

Join us with United States Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis at Hispanic Gala, Sept. 12th

We’d like to wish our Members & Community a safe & happy Labor Day holiday…and invite everyone to join us with the United States Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis on Sept. 12th at the Hispanic Gala celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month!

Visit www.thehispanicgala.com for details & tickets.

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LATINA Style Magazine to Host 9th Annual Latina Symposium in Washington DC on Sept. 6th

“The Anna Maria Arias Foundation, in partnership with LATINA Style, are proud to announce the 9th annual National LATINA Symposium on Thursday, September 6, 2012, from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm at the Hilton Crystal City hotel in Virginia. The Symposium provides a national platform for Latina leaders, entrepreneurs, and professional working women, college students and military personnel to address the status of the Hispanic professional woman in the United States.
Do not miss this one of a kind gathering of Latinas sharing strategies for success, workshops, and panel discussions designed to address issues unique to women in the civilian sector and the military world. Join us at the only national awards program honoring Latina military and civilian personnel who through their service have enhanced the role of Latinas in their respective organizations!
To attend the conference, please register at www.nls.latinastyle.com by Friday, August 31st!

For further information please contact: Tania Einhorn, Senior Events Manager, LATINA Style, Inc. at tania@latinastyle.com (703) 531-1424 or Eileen M. Suarez, Account Executive for Military Affairs, LATINA Style, Inc. at Eileen@latinastyle.com (214) 357-2186.
For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Robert E. Bard at Robert@latinastyle.com (703) 531-1424, Daniela Balderas at Daniela@latinastyle.com (214) 357-2186 or Juana Pacheco at juana@latinastyle.com  (703) 965-4890. All sponsorship are on a first come first served basis.
Please visit us at www.latinastyle.com

VA Governor McDonnell launches Mobile App for State Business Opportunities

Image(source: richtech.com) RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell today announced the launch of a free mobile application for eVA, Virginia’s award-winning electronic procurement system. The eVA Mobile 4 Business app allows anyone with an Internet-enabled mobile device (iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, etc.) to have real-time access to Virginia government business opportunities-anywhere, anytime.

Virginia is the first state to launch a mobile app that brings bid opportunities and solicitations literally to the fingertips of its suppliers and the general public, giving them immediate access to the thousands of business opportunities published every year and providing increased visibility into how state government spends the taxpayers’ dollars.

“Success in business today requires real-time, mobile access to business opportunities,” said Governor McDonnell. “The eVA Mobile 4 Business app turns every smart phone into a portal to Virginia’s cutting edge e-procurement system. This app increases access and transparency for businesses and individuals, and by expanding the pool of potential bidders, will save taxpayer dollars. This first-of-its-kind mobile application will unleash the power of the private sector to deliver better, more cost-effective services to the citizens of Virginia.”

“Our company has utilized eVA since its inception to see what the Commonwealth is buying,” said Sandra Sylvester, President & CEO of Superior Global Solutions. “We are growing our reach within the Commonwealth and eVA is the key facilitator between small and diverse companies like ours and our public-sector customers.”

“Virginia has a long-standing record as the leading state for business, and CGI is extremely proud to do business here and call it our U.S. home,” said Mark Boyajian, Senior Vice-President, CGI. “This innovative mobile procurement application, developed by CGI, makes it easier for thousands of small businesses to participate in the procurement process with the Commonwealth, simply by using their mobile device.”

Whether in the office or on the move, the eVA Mobile 4 Business app gives businesses immediate access to all bid opportunities and solicitations published on eVA’s public Virginia Business Opportunities (VBO) page. The app also includes personalized features allowing businesses to follow specific opportunities by adding them to a Watch List. With a variety of other exciting features this app brings real business value to the world of mobile computing.

Getting the app is simple. Find it in the Apple and Android app stores by searching for eVA Mobile 4 Business or use your mobile browser to access the web version at http://www.eva.virginia.gov/evamobile.

The eVA Mobile 4 Business app is just the latest example of Virginia using technology to make it easier to do business with government, especially for small businesses to do business with Virginia, while increasing public visibility and government accountability.

Virginia’s eVA Program also recently launched Quick Quote Reverse Auction, an exciting addition to the system’s already powerful online bidding tools. This tool allows suppliers to bid multiple times offering better and better pricing for a single business opportunity thus increasing their chances to receive a contract. Unlike a standard auction where bid prices increase during the bidding period, Reverse Auction is designed to seek the lowest price for goods and services. King George County was the first to take the new tool for a “test drive” recognizing opportunities for increased competition and resulting savings. They were excited to see their first auction prices for a specialized fire department vehicle, which began at a high of $67,890, result in a winning low bid of $37,100, a savings of 45 percent.

Forbes.com recently lauded Virginia and the eVA Program as one of the top 10 state/local governments to storm industry by transacting into the Cloud. Cloud computing has proven that government agencies can provide improved services at lower cost. The Commonwealth of Virginia saves about $30 million annually through its eVA Program by leveraging a Software as a Service in the Cloud, which, to date, has conducted more than 3.7 million purchases for over $33 billion for hundreds of state agencies, institutions and local governments.

eVA is Virginia’s nationally and internationally recognized electronic procurement technology program that has won numerous awards for its success. International governments such as Canada and Portugal (representing a core of the European nations) have invited and funded travel for Virginia’s thought-leaders to visit and discuss electronic procurement programs. Currently more than 53,000 suppliers and over 22,000 state, higher education and local government users are in the system and use eVA daily to process procurements. eVA is how Virginia does business and since the beginning of the program the system has generated taxpayer savings in excess of $338 million.

Become SWaM/eVa-certified with the VAHCC in NOVA

Become SWaM (Small, Women and Minority-Owned) certified or eVA certified at the VAHCC’s upcoming workshop in Tyson’s Corner on September 20th (click here for more information). Call the VAHCC in Northern Virginia at (703) 790-0303 to register.

SWaM & eVA certification for Virginia’s small businesses are one of the many benefits of VAHCC Membership.

Habla Virginia Podcast #52 – Disability Rights (Derechos de los discapacitados)

Click below to listen to our latest podcast at the link below on disability rights. Haz clic en el link para escuchar el último podcast sobre los derechos de los discapacitados.

Join us at the Virginia Small Business Summit in Fairfax, Sept. 21st

The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be sponsoring the 2012 Virginia Small Business Summit which will be held on Friday, September 21st at the Mason Inn Conference Center & Hotel in Fairfax, Virginia. Registration is now open! The Virginia Small Business Partnership hosts this annual Small Business event, and we are excited to be working with them on this truly unique event.
This year’s Small Business Summit will focus on five core areas important to the Virginia small business community, including:
  • Energy
  • Healthcare
  • Small Business Manufacturing
  • Education
  • Contracting & Procurement
In addition, attendees will also have the opportunity to hear about the Dulles Rail Metro expansion as well as a panel on small business investment.
Joining us to keynote our Small Business Summit luncheon will be the Attorney General of Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli (R-VA). We have also invited Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and former Commonwealth Secretary of Technology Aneesh Chopra.
To register for the 2012 Virginia Small Business Summit, please click here. To view a copy of the Summit Agenda, please click here.
The Small Business Summit is an excellent opportunity for small business owners to network with other Virginia small business leaders and also have a direct impact on influencing small business friendly policies for consideration by the Virginia General Assembly. Each year, Summit attendees are joined by  members of the General Assembly, who attend to listen and learn from Virginia business leaders!

“Program providing protection for young immigrants launched”

(CNN) — Hundreds of thousands of people who entered the United States as children but without documentation can apply — beginning Wednesday — to remain in and work in the country without fear of deportation for at least two years.

“I’ve found the form!” screamed Maria, a young Chilean at a Latino community center in New York, as she leaped from her seat.

She was with a number of other undocumented immigrants meeting here to get legal advice in anticipation of the release of the form, which authorities surprisingly posted a day before they had said they would.

The form, titled “Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,” was dated August 15, 2012 and bore the expiration date of February 28, 2013.

Maria started filling it out immediately, telling a reporter she was too afraid to divulge her last name or details of her childhood trek to the United States, but would feel differently once the form had been processed and her status ensured.

The director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said Tuesday that applicants who have not committed major crimes can apply without fear of deportation.

“This afternoon, USCIS makes available online the forms and instructions for individuals who will request deferred action for childhood arrivals,” Director Alejandro Mayorkas said in a conference call.

The announcement comes two months after Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said that people who arrived in the United States as children may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years subject to renewal, and would then be eligible for work authorization.

The program, dubbed Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was created in June under an executive order signed by President Barack Obama.

When he signed the order, Obama said the changes will make immigration policy “more fair, more efficient and more just.”

The shift on the politically volatile issue of immigration policy elicited praise from Latino leaders, while Republicans reacted with outrage, saying the move amounts to amnesty — a negative buzzword among conservatives — and usurps congressional authority.

“This is not amnesty,” Obama said. “This is not immunity. This is not a path to citizenship. It’s not a permanent fix. This is a temporary stopgap measure.”

Mayorkas reiterated Tuesday that deferred action does not provide lawful status or a shortcut to permanent residency or citizenship.

The $465 application fee will fund the administrative costs of the program, including a biometric check and the issuance of a secure work-authorization document, he said.

Each request will be examined for possible fraud, he added.

The forms and instructions are posted at http://www.uscis.gov/childhoodarrivals.

In a suburb north of Atlanta, David and Daniel Hernandez listened carefully as their lawyer detailed the program.

They arrived in the United States on tourist visas some 15 years ago, when David was 3 years old and Daniel was 1.

Their mother, Salima Hernandez, said they wanted a better future and education for her kids. She said she didn’t worry about their legal status until she learned that they would not be able to continue their education without a government ID or Social Security number.

David, now a senior in high school, and Daniel, a freshman, say they were not aware of their status until a couple of years ago, when they began to make plans for college.

“I felt that after high school I didn’t have anywhere to go,” Davis told CNN. “I felt that if it was not something coming up soon I would end up back in Mexico.”

He said he remains concerned about revealing his status to federal authorities by filling out the application, but says it’s worth any risk. “Whatever comes in the future is better than three months ago,” he said.

“None of these kids are cutting in the line,” said their lawyer, Charles Kuck. “They are getting two things out of this program: one, a promise they wont be deported for two years and, two, a work permit. In exchange, the federal government is getting a million or more kids coming forward, give their biographical information and that of their whole family and give their pictures.”

He urged anyone applying to do so with the help of a lawyer. “The government has said quite clearly: there will be no appeals, there will be no motions to re-open. You get one bite at this apple.”

As many as 1.7 million youths may qualify for the program, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center.

In announcing the program, Obama noted that children of illegal immigrants “study in our schools, play in our neighborhoods, befriend our kids, pledge allegiance to our flag. It makes no sense to expel talented young people who are, for all intents and purposes, Americans.”

The president declared that the policy change is “the right thing to do.”

Under the new policy, people younger than 30 who arrived in the United States before the age of 16, pose no criminal or security threat, and were successful students or served in the military, can get a two-year deferral from deportation and apply for work permits.

Participants must prove they have been living in the country continuously for at least five years.

Read the full article on CNN.com.