December News

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS!

AHCC completed its first year in business.  Thank you to all our members and partners for helping us achieve success.

Our education and training classes provided extensive content on procurement opportunities, the minority certification process, bonding, Maryland’s 2017 legislative wrap-up with comments from Delegate Pena-Melnyk, a four-part series on financial education for construction, and contract negotiation.

Our outreach and networking events supported the efforts of the National Hispanic Contractors Association’s Legislative Summit, Chesapeake Employers Insurance, Maryland Washington Minority Companies Association, Maryland Department of Transportation, the Small Business Development Center, and the National Minority Home Builders Association conference held in Tampa, FL.

We successfully secured Corporate Alliance Partnerships with M. Luis Construction, Whiting-Turner Contracting, Chesapeake Employers Insurance Company, Wells Fargo Bank, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, and Maryland Department of Transportation.  In addition, we secured Alliance Partners such as CAF, Centro De Apoyo Familiar, Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council, Northern Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, BNG Consulting, and the Small Business Development Center.

We advocated for procurement reform in Maryland’s 2017 legislative session and secured an amendment on a procurement bill, Senate Bill 309, just days before the session ended that “prohibits the failure of a certified minority business to provide a certain [surety] bond from being considered nonperformance.”  This is the first time a Maryland Hispanic organization achieved lobbying success on a procurement bill, let alone a bill introduced by the request of the Administration/Governor.

On behalf of one of our members, Dream Management, we advocated for a contractual change pertaining to MDOT’s transportation services.  MDOT requested small business participation on a bus route transportation service contract having a duration of five years requiring the contractor to post a bond.  Without complying to harsh conditions, it is nearly impossible for a small business to bond a five-year contract.  Working with Senator Robinson and MWMCA, Wayne Frazier, Sr., AHCC brought to light the constraints of a five-year term bonded contract for small business.  Our efforts led MDOT to alter the bond language, requiring an annual bond with the ability for the surety to opt out of any renewal period.  Dream Management was the successful bidder and is awaiting award of his nearly $4 million contract.

In addition to the above, we also:

  • Secured for the first time with any Maryland state agency, a contract with MDOT to provide two MBE certification classes in Spanish.  Our next session in January 10th.
  • Secured support from Allan Kittleman, Howard County Executive, who offered AHCC classroom space at the Gateway Campus of Howard County Community College.
  • Advocated for the TIF in Howard County, supporting the efforts of the Howard Hughes Corporation.
  • Were extended a seat by Howard Hughes Corporation to the Downtown Columbia Diversity and Inclusion Team.
  • Successfully launched our social media platform.  Our website, FaceBook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter sites are actively gaining attention and followers.
  • Launched our monthly bulletin to highlight our events, our member achievements and supporters.

Contracted with Waverly Management LLC to manage our social media needs and to gain a non-profit arm—AHCC Foundation—to open the door to grant funding.

Jingle & Mingle Holiday Party

Thank you everyone who attended our Holiday party at Luna Del Sea.  We had a great turn-out despite the icy conditions.  The 5 star service of Luna Del Sea coupled with the festive music, made us all holiday happy.  Jose Ortiz, President of Allstate Floors, LLC, will be delivering all the toys donated by our guests to children in Puerto Rico on Christmas Day.  Last but not least, a special thank you to our sponsors, Brad Lewis of Hensel Phelps, The Barbour Group and Bellamy and Genn Group for making the holiday party exponentially fun!

Calendar

Our agenda for 2018 will be just as exciting with our next session being held on January 10th.  We are looking into launching webinars and to-date, the following events are scheduled:

  1. MDOT MBE Certification in Spanish – January 10, 2018, 9-11:30 AM
  2. Contract Negotiation – Tracy Steedman, Esq. – January 24, 10-12 AM
  3. Workforce Safety – Chesapeake Employers Insurance Company – March 1, 9:30-11:30AM
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