Festival Panamericano in Springfield, September 30th

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the Pan American Festival in Springfield on Sunday, September 30th (free entry). Enjoy Latin food, music and dancing from 10AM until 6pm at the Shirley Industrial Park. Visit the festival’s site at panamericanfestival.org or on Facebook at facebook.com/PanAmericanFestival for details.


Want to do Business with the Government, But Need Advice?

Want to do business with the government, but could use some advice from DC contractors with experience?

Join the VAHCC along with the Fairfax Co. Economic Development Authority and many other biz groups this Wednesday in NOVA for the “Procurement Academy”.

Register at http://www.fairfaxcountyeda.org/procurement-academy

Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15th – Oct. 15th) Celebration Includes Governor McDonnell, US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, former Governors Allen & Kaine, and dozens more

High-profile Gala began official kick-off to Hispanic Heritage Month

Governor Bob McDonnell opens the 2012 Hispanic Gala.

US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis accepts a VAHCC Bridge Builder Award from VAHCC President Michel Zajur.

Richmond, VA — The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (VAHCC) officially kicked-off Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th – October 15th) at the “The Hispanic Gala” on September 12th at the Science Museum of Virginia, to celebrate the successes of the VAHCC and to recognize the 2012 VAHCC Bridge Builder Award recipients. Award winners included US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, NASA Langley Research Center Director Lesa Roe, Sheriff Ken Stolle, CEO of CSI Consulting, Lynette Spano; and Alejandro Cedeño, Vice-President of Global Innovation for MeadWestvaco. Governor McDonnell provided opening remarks at the Gala, congratulating the VAHCC for its contributions to the Commonwealth and congratulating the 2012 Bridge Builder Award recipients. Also in attendance were former governors and senate candidates George Allen and Tim Kaine, as well as dozens of General Assembly and State Cabinet members.

Governor McDonnell issued a formal proclamation during his remarks to recognize Hispanic Heritage Month in Virginia and its importance in highlighting the accomplishments of Virginia’s Hispanic population, which is nearly 10% of all Virginians. “The Gala is a special time for us to recognize the significant contributions of Virginia’s Hispanic citizens to both its economy and cultural fabric,” says Michel Zajur, VAHCC President. “We are honored to have hosted so many leaders and dignataries this year as we began the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.”

By surprise, VAHCC President Michel Zajur was honored during the 2012 Hispanic Gala with the Ohtli Award from the Mexican government. The Ohtli award is the official recognition of Mexico’s Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior (translated as “Program for Mexican Communities Abroad”), and is the highest award bestowed by the Mexican government to a non-Mexican citizen. It is awarded to individuals who have contributed to the empowerment of Mexican and Mexican-American communities in the U.S.

Director of the NASA Langley Research Center Lesa Roe accepts a Bridge Builder Award for NASA’s Hispanic outreach programs.

VAHCC President Michel Zajur receives the Ohtli Award from the Mexican government

Sheriff Ken Stolle accepts an award for excellence in public service

CSI Consulting CEO Lynette Spano receives the Impacto Latino award

Alejandro Cedeño, Vice President of Global Innovation for MeadWestvaco

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.

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.