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Read and write for meaning. Remove the headlines from a number of news stories. Display the headline-less stories on a classroom bulletin board. Provide students with the headlines, and ask them to match each to one of the stories. As students replace the missing headlines, ask them to point out the words in the headlines that helped them find the correct story. Then distribute headlines from less prominent stories and ask students to choose one and write a news story to go with it. When the stories have been completed, provide each student with the story that originally accompanied the headline. Ask: How close was your story to the original? How effectively did the headline convey the meaning of the story? You might follow up this activity by asking students to write a headline for their favorite fairy tale.

Read a map. Arrange students into groups, and assign each group one international story in the news. Have students explore Maps in the News and choose a map related to their assigned story. Ask students to use the map to answer some or all of these questions:

  1. In what city did the story take place?

  2. What country is that city in?

  3. What is the capital of that country?

  4. What language is spoken there?

  5. What continent is the country part of?

  6. What countries or bodies of water border the country on the north, south, east, and west?

  7. What physical characteristics of the country might have contributed to the events in the story?

  8. What effect might the event or series of events have on the physical characteristics of the country?

Understand the media. Distribute advertisements cut from newspapers, and ask students to list the products in order, according to the appeal of the ads. Create a chart showing how students rated each product. Then distribute a list of the following propaganda techniques:

  • Bandwagon -- the implication that "everybody else is doing it."

  • Plain folks -- the implication that "users of this product are just like you."

  • Card stacking -- distorting or omitting facts.

  • Name-calling -- stereotyping people or ideas.

  • Glittering generalities -- using "good" labels, such as patriotic, beautiful, exciting, that are unsupported by facts.

  • Testimonial -- an endorsement by a famous person.

  • Snob appeal -- the implication that only the richest, smartest, or most important people are doing it.

  • Transference -- the association of a respected person with a product or idea.

Discuss each ad, and determine the propaganda technique(s) used. Ask: Which techniques were most effective? Which were least effective? What factors, such as gender, geographic location, or age, might have influenced the effectiveness of each technique? As a follow-up to the activity, you might ask students to design their own ads using one of the propaganda techniques studied.

Arrange in sequence. Cut up some popular comic strips, provide each student with one complete strip, and ask students to put the comics back in the correct order. Or arrange students into groups, provide each group with several cut-up strips from the same comic, and ask them to separate the panels into strips and arrange the strips in the correct order. Then introduce older students to a series of stories about an ongoing news event, and ask them to arrange the stories in the order in which they appeared. Encourage them to use the stories to create a news time line.

Expand your vocabulary. Assign each student a letter of the alphabet. Ask students to browse through the newspaper, find five unfamiliar words beginning with the assigned letter, and look up the definition of each. Then have each student create and illustrate a dictionary page containing the five words and their meanings. Combine the pages into a classroom dictionary. In a variation of this activity, you might ask students to look in the newspaper for any of the following:

  • words with a particular suffix or prefix

  • words containing a particular vowel sound or consonant blend

  • compound words

  • words in the past, present, and future tenses

  • possessives

  • plurals

Older students might look for examples of similes, metaphors, irony, hyperbole, and satire.

Explore geography. Ask each student to search the newspaper for stories that illustrate each of the five themes of geography -- location, place, human interaction and the environment, movement and communication, and regions. Display the stories on a classroom bulletin board labeled with the five geography themes.

Hunt for classified math. Ask students to use classified pages of the newspaper to do the following:

  • calculate the average price of a 1985 Cadillac

  • find what fraction of the newspaper is composed of classified ads

  • figure out the cost of running a 30-word ad for one week

  • estimate the total number of classified ads (based on ads per column and columns per page)

  • compare bank interest rates and determine the most and least interest $100 would earn in one year in your area

  • find what percentage of job openings start with T. As a follow-up to this activity, ask each student to create a classified ad and exchange it with a classmate. Ask: Was all the necessary information included? If not, what was missing?

Sort and classify. Label each of seven shoe boxes with one of the following newspaper categories: News, Editorials, Features, Humor, Advertising, Sports, and Entertainment. Ask students to cut out the newspaper stories they read each day and put each one in the appropriately labeled shoe box. At the end of the week, have students skim as many of the stories as possible and write an adjective describing each on index cards attached to each box. You might suggest adjectives such as factual, sad, inspiring, opinionated, misleading, silly, serious, and biased. Discuss and compare the adjectives. What conclusions can students reach about each category based on those words?

Play a current events game. Make a list of five categories that might be created using the newspaper, such as Countries, Weather Events, Mathematical Symbols, Movies, and Technology Terms. Ask students to search the newspaper for information related to each category and to write a question based on the information they find. (Remind students to make a note of the answers to their questions.) Arrange students into teams, and use the question-and-answer combinations to play a Jeopardy type of current events game.

Make papier-mâché. Finally, when you've done everything else you can think of with your newspaper, don't throw it away. Make papier- mâché! Here's how:

  • Make a paste by mixing together 1/2 cup of flour and 2 cups of cold water. Add the paste to 2 cups of boiling water and return to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in 3 tablespoons of sugar. Let the mixture cool and thicken. You can also make a quick no-cook paste by simply adding water to flour until it forms a soupy mix. (Since flour-based pastes get moldy over time, you might want to use powdered wallpaper paste mixed with water for a longer-lasting creation.)

  • Tear newspaper into narrow strips, and dip the strips into the paste, coating them completely. Squeeze out excess paste and drape the strips over a mold, such as a balloon or shaped chicken wire, overlapping the edges.

  • Apply as many layers as necessary, allowing each layer to dry before putting on another layer.

  • Decorate as desired.

100 Ways to Use the Newspaper - Elementary

1. Find as many synonyms for "Win" and "Lose" as you can.

2. Circle five verbs located in the Sports section of The Times-Dispatch. Take turns acting these words out to see if your classmates can guess the words you chose.

3. Using the television show listings in the Flair section, graph the number of comedies, news shows, dramas and documentaries airing between 8PM and 11PM.

4. Using the classified ads, find prices of cars that are equal to, greater than, or less than $9999.00

5. Locate the statistics from games in the Sports section. Graph the total number of yards rushed, homeruns hit, passes thrown, etc. in a single game.

6. Read articles in The Times-Dispatch about court cases. Compare the structure of our court system with the judicial system created by the Ancient Romans.

7. Skim the articles and photographs on the front page of The Times-Dispatch. Rank each news items in order of importance. Why did the news stories get the news placement that they did?

8. Scan The Times-Dispatch for articles about someone what has broken a law. How would you feel if you were the lawbreaker, the victim, the lawyer or the judge? How would you rewrite the article from the point of view of one of those people?

9. Select six headlines from the pages of The Times-Dispatch. Cut apart the words from those headlines. Using your words, create new sentences. Identify the noun, verb and adjective in each. How many complete sentences can you create?

10. Look through the pages of The Times-Dispatch to locate something you can see, something you can smell, something you can taste, something you can hear, and something you can touch.

*Ideas compliments of the Newspaper Association of America Foundation

100 Ways to Use the Newspaper - Junior High

1. Using a ruler, figure out the percentage of space on a given page for ads, pictures, stories and headlines.

2. On the front page of The Times-Dispatch, circle all the numbers you can find and give the range. Determine also the mean, median and mode.

3. Over a period of several weeks, clip articles that deal with problems and/or issues facing your local city government. Discuss the reason for these problems, and how the government hopes to solve them.

4. Find a news article written in past tense. Clip it out of the paper and rewrite it in present tense.

5. Research the area of drugs, tobacco or alcohol, and write an article that informs the local readers of the dangers of one of the substances.

6. Look in the classified ads to find job listings for the medical/health professions. What is the median pay range? Job requirements? Educational requirements? Benefits? Opportunities for advancement?

7. Look for slogans used by businesses in their advertisements. What is the reason for these slogans? Are they believable to you? To whom do they appeal, and what propaganda devise is used? Make up five businesses and write slogans for them.

8. What are the qualifications a person should have to hold public office? Make a list, and then see how the current office holders of candidates stack up. Use articles from The Times-Dispatch and other sources to find out about previous jobs, experiences, and other factors that make each candidate or office holder prepared to serve as an elected official.

9. Select three apartments listed in the classified ads for rent section. For each of the following, compute the total rent for a year. Determine the average monthly rent based on the apartments you have chosen. Which of the three apartments you have chosen appears to be the best choice for the money and why?

10. Scan through The Times-Dispatch and list ten occupations which are discussed. Don't use your classified advertisements for this activity!

*Ideas compliments of the Newspaper Association of America Foundation

100 Ways to Use the Newspaper - High School

1. Look for a grocery ad with a soft drink advertisement. Figure out how many fluid ounces are in the eight bottle carton or six pack, and break it down into pints, quarts, gallons and liters.

2. Every week, check through the job listings and put a red X through those jobs that could not be filled by a high school dropout. Put a black X through those that could not be filled by a person with a technical school or college training. Discuss your findings.

3. Choose an editorial and read it carefully. Decide which statements or parts of the statements are facts, which are opinion, and whether or not the tone of the editorial is conservative or liberal. Watch for upcoming issues to see if there is any reaction to the editorial on the letters to the editor page.

4. To improve map skills and stimulate interest in current events, follow the route of a government official as he travels around the country or around the world. Show the route he or she takes on a map with a marker or pushpins.

5. Find the area of the floor in your classroom or library. Using a carpet or tile ad from The Times-Dispatch, compute the cost or carpet or tile the room. If the carpet was offered at a 20% discount, what would the cost of the carpeting be?

6. After skimming The Times-Dispatch each day, select the important news story of the day and post it on a bulletin board. At the end of the week, have the class vote on the most important story of the week.

7. Look in The Times-Dispatch for articles about countries at war. Use newspaper archives and reference books to look for the same topic 3 or 5 years ago - what has changed, been resolved or worsened over the past 3 to 5 years?

8. Have a discussion of employment trends and demands in your community, based on the help wanted section of the classified ads and any related articles.

9. Study the periodic chart of the elements, and then take a red magic marker and mark the appropriate chemical symbols found in scientific articles in The Times-Dispatch.

10. Select a sports story that is of interest to you, and rewrite passive voice sentences into active voice.

*Ideas compliments of the Newspaper Association of America Foundation

Gathering teachers together, 1 half day conference w/perks

Our Newspaper in Education coordinator will visit your school to do a hands-on workshop for groups of fifteen or more. The workshops may be on an in-service day or after school, and they generally last from one to one and one half hour. During the workshop, you will learn how to do activities with the newspaper that you can take right into the classroom the next day to use with your students. To schedule a workshop, call (804) 649-6298, and allow at least a month to set it up.

Each summer, generally the third week in August, we do a workshop open to all teachers at our Hanover plant at Atlee Station. To sign up to attend, call (804) 649-6901 in July. The workshop is limited to the first one hundred to register. The workshop lasts from 9 a.m. until about 2 p.m., and we provide lunch free. This workshop may qualify for certification points. Check with your principal to see if you can receive points.

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Were it not for the determination of Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), Attorney General John Ashcroft would still be preventing the public from knowing the allegations of an FBI whistleblower that that agency has been covering up its own incompetence that is dangerous to national security.

The dismissed accuser, Sibel Edmonds -- a linguist and translator with expertise in Mideast languages -- was hired by the FBI soon after Sept. 11. As the Boston Globe recently reported on July 5: "Sifting through old classified materials in the days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, (Edmonds) said, she made an alarming discovery: Intercepts relevant to the terrorist plot, including references to skyscrapers, had been overlooked because they were badly translated into English."

Moreover, on Oct. 27, 2002, Edmonds told a CBS-TV "60 Minutes" reporter that there was a large backlog of untranslated FBI interviews with possible terrorists, as well as wiretaps. But she was told to do her work slowly so that the FBI could get a bigger budget to hire more translators. Edmonds had also revealed to her superiors that one of her colleagues was involved with an organization under FBI surveillance.

They were not pleased to hear from her on that.

For her industrious whistleblowing, Edmonds was fired in March 2002. Taking up her cause, Sen. Grassley told "60 Minutes" that Edmonds' accusations were "absolutely credible," adding that the FBI, with its pattern of concealing its weaknesses, "needs to be turned upside down."

Edmonds sued to get her job and her reputation back. But, so intent was the Justice Department to deep-six her case that, in May of this year (as reported by the grassroots government-oversight group organization 9/11 Citizens Watch) "the FBI retroactively classified information about Edmonds' claims provided to congressional staff more than two years ago." Accordingly, senators involved in her case had "to remove previously public material from their Web sites." Any of their staff who spoke about this information that had formerly been on those Web sites could have been prosecuted for violating national security.

On July 6, it looked as if this gag rule might become permanent when Judge Reggie Walton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed Edmonds' lawsuit on the basis of Ashcroft having invoked the rarely used "state secrets privilege."

Steven Aftergood, Director of the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists -- a service I frequently consult -- said of the jettisoning of Edmonds' case: "Secrecy has been allowed to trump the judicial process."

But Sens. Leahy and Grassley were not deterred. In a July 9 letter to Ashcroft, Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine and FBI Director Robert Mueller, the senators said they knew of Fine's investigative reports on Edmonds' allegations and wanted to see them. Two years after those accusations, the senators pointed out, "we are no closer to determining the scope of the problem (in the FBI's translation program) or what the FBI intends to do to rectify personnel shortages, security issues, translator inaccuracies and other problems that have plagued the translator program for years."

Seeing that letter, I called the Inspector General's office and was told that a copy of the reports would be sent to those senators, who have security clearance, but the public would not have access. The reports have arrived at their offices, but the senators, and those of their staffs with clearance, are forbidden to disclose any of that information to the public because the reports remain classified.

But the Inspector General's spokesman tells me that Glenn Fine is working with the Justice Department and the FBI to permit partially declassified sections of those reports to become available to the rest of us.

That this administration, very much including Ashcroft, overclassifies information has long been a complaint of the press and members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. But the reclassification of previously public access to Edmonds' charges has been described by attorney Michael Kirkpatrick of Public Citizen (which has been involved in this case) in stinging terms to the Project on Government Oversight:

"We have been doing national security litigation for more than 30 years, and in our view, this is the most egregious misuse of the classification authority we've seen. Classification is to keep secret information that is sensitive. It is not to suppress debate over (previously) widely public information. Yet that is exactly what Ashcroft is doing."

Adds Edmonds: This is part of "John Ashcroft's relentless fight against me, and my information." This fight is also directed against what is now quaintly known as "the public's right to know" in our essential oversight responsibility over our government as responsible citizens.

Nat Hentoff is a nationally renowned authority on the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights and author of several books, including his current work, "The War on the Bill of Rights and the Gathering Resistance" (Seven Stories Press, 2003).

Copyright 2004, Newspaper Enterprise Assn. RSCH this assn

to look at who contributes to any candidates campaign. We've set up a link to the Federal Election Commission's website. Recent conventions are not so much about actually picking the presidential candidates of the two major parties--that's now done by the state caucuses and primary elections in the late Winter/early Spring before the November election. They have become a pre-coronation event for the ultimate winning team and a last hurrah for the losing one.

The Conventions are now about media, partying and money. They draw together the international media, the party power regulars, and packs of PACs (Political Action Committees). Over 15,000 journalists will converge on Boston and New York City--even Al Jazeera will have a news team present at both Conventions. The party power élites will be courting media and the PACs. The major networks no longer provide gavel-to-gavel coverage of the National Conventions during prime time. Why should they provide for free what they will be paid hundreds of millions of dollars in the following weeks? PBS will provide coverage three hours a night.

You see, this will be America's first BILLION-dollar race for the White House. Both parties are setting records for fundraising (and spending)--and breaking them every week. The Kerry camp had picked up $99.2 million for the second quarter of 2004, setting a record for a presidential challenger. Overall his campaign has raised $185 million and reported $36 million cash on hand as of June 30th. The Republican re-election drive has taken $226.4 million and has $64.3 million in cash on hand, a recent statement said. After the Conventions, each of these candidates will receive an additional $75 million of Federal matching monies.

Add to these amounts the millions spent by other candidates in the state caucuses and primary elections. And then there are the costs of security in this presidential go-round. 9/11 has changed everything. The National Conventions will set records for security costs and security technology, rivaling and probably surpassing those of this Summer's Olympic Games in Greece. All this is clearly justifiable given the current international environment and threats of terrorism. We must hope and pray that everyone attending these events makes it home safely.

Our nation is equally polarized between the two major party candidates in this election. The two are still in a dead heat in the daily polls. They are certainly within the margin of statistical error of each other. The true winner of this election of 2004 will be neither John Kerry nor George W. Bush, it will be the media conglomerates. Be prepared to be inundated with political messages, sound bits and "bytes," and advertisements in the media--all at cost to the candidates' campaign war chests.

Close races always mean upping the ante. It is no wonder that "money has become the crack cocaine of politics." Remember that a huge chunk of the "hard and soft money" for both parties comes from PAC's and special interest individuals. If you think this money comes without strings and expectations for follow-up favors and considerations, think again!

While the Roman Emperors Caligula and Nero would be right at home with these political circuses and would probably view them with some jealousy, I can't help but feel that Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln would look upon them with dismay, and disgust. In light of the current world and economic situations, I think Marie Antoinette summed up this party mood best: "Après moi, le déluge." (After me, the deluge.)

Copyright 2004 Fred W. Cederholm. All rights reserved. Fred Cederholm is a CPA/CFE, a forensic accountant, and writer who contributes the column "TH*NK*NG" to The Weekly Observer in Creston, (Ogle County) Illinois. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois (B.A., M.A. and M.A.S.) He can be reached at

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Republication or redistribution of Baltimore Chronicle content is expressly prohibited without their prior written consent.

This story was published on July 26, 2004.

The VAHCC services and represents the entire Commonwealth of Virginia.

We offer business development programs throughout the state of Virginia in collaboration with diverse organizations, including the Small Business Administration and the National Capital Minority Business Opportunity Committee ( whi is totally empty, stands for Natl Capital Minority Oppty Committee , on the newsletter this was found:

NCMBOC Helps Minority Businesses


The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is one of four independent organizations -- and the only one from Virginia -- that comprise an exciting team currently providing an array of programs and services to small and minority businesses in the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area. This team, the National Capital Minority Business Opportunity Committee (NCMBOC), has joined forces and resources to administer a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) to help minority businesses in the region gain access to markets, capital and assistance, as well as vast federal, state, and corporate procurement sources.

The NCMBOC will transfer a company's relevant information into MBDA's Phoenix Database or the company may directly enter the profile of its capabilities into the system. The Phoenix online FREE system allows the company, via the Internet, entry to contracting opportunities locally and nationally, as well as to other information vital to the success of the business.

To build bridges in order to create, promote and enhance business opportunities for our membership
by providing a pro-active business, cultural and resource linkage with special emphasis on the Hispanic Community.

The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (VHCC) was founded to link the Hispanic community to Virginia businesses. Because of the rapid growth in Virginia of the Hispanic population and market, it is necessary for the general population to evolve and accommodate such changes. Virginia businesses must be prepared to market their goods and services to the Hispanic community.

It is also important to realize that the Hispanic population provides significant and much needed resources. The Hispanic workforce, including management talent and labor, offers Virginia businesses a vibrant and vital means to meet its current and future human capital needs. Finally, a truly multicultural workforce represents a major strength of Virginia’s commercial competitiveness in today’s global business environment. Therefore, it is most crucial for the Hispanic market and workforce to be accessible to the Virginia business sector.

A group of Virginians, headed by Michel Zajur, met in February 2000 and formed the initial ideas for the creation of the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The VHCC is the first Virginia organization to link the Hispanic community together statewide. It has facilitated communication between the Hispanic and Virginia business communities in many ways, including:

  • Playing an instrumental role in developing DMV manuals in Spanish

  • Working with law enforcement officers to reduce crime against Hispanic-owned businesses

  • Establishing contacts with embassies and consulates for international trade

  • Conducted monthly business seminars with the Greater Richmond Small Business Development Center

  • Holding job fairs

  • Promoting the Richmond Braves' Sunday in Spanish, and

  • Building an email database.

In October of 2001, Bank of America donated over 1200 square feet of office space that would become the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's new home. This space also houses the VHCC's Resource Center, opened in November 2002. The Resource Center provides much-needed information to the Hispanic community itself, and to those interested in catering to the Hispanic market or benefiting from the Hispanic workforce. Its cornerstone is the first bilingual Business Information Center in the country -- a gift from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Today, the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce continues to grow and serve the Virginia community. Membership is currently being solicited to advance the goals of the VHCC.

So and So began offering cultural shows to the community so that children could learn about the Hispanic culture and motivate them to learn Spanish. This program, known as Siesta Town, has served over 45,000 school children. Today Siesta Town is known as the Spanish Academy & Cultural Institute, which helps businesses meet their needs in learning Spanish and consulting companies on understanding the Hispanic culture.

Michel has helped Hispanics establish themselves on an informal basis for many years. Three years ago, he decided to establish the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to help Hispanic businesses succeed by connecting them with business opportunities within the state of Virginia.

So and So began offering cultural shows to the community so that children could learn about the Hispanic culture and motivate them to learn Spanish. This program, known as Siesta Town, has served over 45,000 school children. Today Siesta Town is known as the Spanish Academy & Cultural Institute, which helps businesses meet their needs in learning Spanish and consulting companies on understanding the Hispanic culture.

Michel has helped Hispanics establish themselves on an informal basis for many years. Three years ago, he decided to establish the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to help Hispanic businesses succeed by connecting them with business opportunities within the state of Virginia.

Overview of Race and Hispanic Origin: Census 2000 Brief

The Hispanic Population in the United States: Population Characteristics

SBA: 1997 Survey of Women-Owned Business Enterprises (SWOBE)

Hispanic-Owned Businesses in the United States

Why a Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce?

A fast-growing Hispanic population in Virginia, the growing human capital needs of Virginia businesses, and the growing trade between Virginia and Latin American markets demonstrate a clear need for an organization such as the VHCC.

Growing Hispanic Population in Virginia

According to the U.S. Census, between 1990 and 2000, the number of Hispanics in Virginia grew from 155,353 to 329,540. Hispanics make up 5% of the Virginian population now, representing all regions of Latin America. Some 22% of the Hispanics in Virginia are of Mexican origin, another 22% come from Central America, 16% from the Caribbean, and 12% from South America. Demographic trends indicate that Hispanic population growth will continue in a similar fashion in the near and distant future. More to the point, the Hispanic population is expected to double over the next ten years in Virginia.

In the greater Richmond area the Hispanic population has grown by 227% in the last ten years. This represents a growth rate seven times that of the U.S. population in general. Also notable is the fact that Hispanic purchasing power in Virginia has more than doubled in less that a decade, from $2.1 billion to over $5.8 billion annually. Since most of this population is young and recently married, it represents a significant market and vital workforce for the state. Its presence is reshaping Virginia into a more inclusive, multicultural, and competitive economy, both nationally and globally. Given these realities and trends, the VHCC aims to aid Virginia companies in understanding and targeting this rapidly-growing consumer and business market, while also incorporating it into its workforce.

Corporate Virginia's Human Capital Needs

In the 21st Century, the economic strength of the United States will depend on the ability of each state to compete successfully in local, regional, national and global economies. In order for any economic growth strategy to be effective an ample, well-qualified and properly trained workforce is critical for sustained growth and long-term competitiveness. This is particularly salient for Virginia and its business enterprises as recent state-sponsored and corporate reports indicate that growth rates of current and future job vacancies in Virginia are increasing faster than is its total labor force and population. Given these workforce trends, immigration -- particularly rapid growing Hispanic immigration -- is and will continue to be an important source of needed intellectual capital and labor for Virginia business.

In addition, many employers are realizing that their job applicants are either poorly trained or have the wrong skills for many current and future positions. This skills gap is derived mainly from three trends: demographic changes (that are bringing immigrants to the U.S who lack the basic language, business and cultural skills to fully contribute to Virginia's economy), technological advancements (that require well trained, technically competent workers), and globalization of markets (that demand international business savvy, yet culturally sensitive managers) -- all of which are expected to continue. The ability of the VHCC to work with corporate and business Virginia to tap into and help train the growing Hispanic populations is and will increasingly become critical for our economic progress.

Growing Trade Links between Virginia and Latin American Markets

Annual exports of good and services from Virginia exceed $15 billion. This supports some 225,000 jobs in the Commonwealth. Mexico and Brazil are among the top ten export destinations for Virginia exports, totaling some $1.2 billion in 2001. Mexico has been Virginia's fastest-growing export destination. The Commonwealth of Virginia is particularly optimistic toward Latin American markets as evidenced by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) maintaining export promotion offices in both Mexico City and Sao Paulo. Likewise, many countries of Latin America are excellent growth markets for Virginia agricultural and forest products. During the past three-year period, exports of wood and meat products south of our border have increased 24% and 59% respectively. Based on the dollar-value of exports, Mexico imports the largest share of Virginia agricultural products as compared with other countries in the region. Likewise, research indicates that Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Uruguay represent some of the strongest growth markets for Virginia agricultural products in Latin America. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is targeting Latin America as evidenced by its efforts to determine how to better prioritize and position Virginia products in the region. In addition, the Port of Virginia is a major destination for imports from Latin America, resulting in a vibrant and growing two-way flow of business and commerce. In short, international trade is big business in Virginia. There is a growing demand for managers and workers with international business, language, and cultural skills. The VHCC offers an excellent opportunity for Virginia businesses to learn more about the Latin American market, to connect with individuals skilled in doing business in Latin America, and to participate in training programs focusing on successfully doing business with and in this region.

The combination of these three forces -- the growing Hispanic population/market in Virginia, corporate Virginia's human capital needs, and the growing trade links between Virginia and Latin America -- represent a unique opportunity for the Commonwealth of Virginia to leverage its strengths and meet the challenges and opportunities that it currently faces and will continue to face. A growing Hispanic population, which is educated and motivated, can offer Virginia producers an emergent local as well as substantial international market, and can significantly impact corporate Virginia's ever increasing need for skilled workers and managers.


Special Events

Breakfast Mixer to Celebrate Women's Health Network
March 15, 8-9am
Gateway Lobby, VCU Health System (1200 East Marshall Street)

You are invited to a Breakfast Mixer at the MCVH Auxiliary of the VCU Health System's Community Health Education Center on Monday, March 15, 2004, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. to celebrate the Chamber's participation in the Women's Health Network.

The Community Health Education Center (CHEC) is a health information resource center any one can use. Come find information about your health as well as that of your family. Learn what is available to your business clients and friends.

CHEC is located on the Ground Floor of the Gateway Lobby of the VCU Health System. Free parking is available in the VCU Health System's Visitors Deck. Bring your parking ticket to the mixer for validation. See additional information about CHEC, including directions and parking instructions.

The Women's Health Network placed a personal computer in the Chamber's office to provide ready access to health information to the Hispanic community. The Women's Health Network is sponsored by the VCU Institute for Women's Health through a contract with the National Library of Medicine. Click here for more information about the Women's Health Network.

Please RSVP no later than Monday, March 8 if you wish to attend the free mixer. Call Pat Hammond, CHEC Librarian at 804-628-2429 or RSVP by email.

U.S. Hispanic Chamber Annual Legislative Conference
March 24-25
Capital Hilton Hotel (1001 16th St., N.W., Washington, D.C.)
$175 or $250 for individuals

The USHCC's 14th Annual Legislative Conference will be held at the Capital Hilton Hotel (1001 16th St, N.W.) on March 24-25, 2004 in Washington D.C. Hispanic officials, government leaders, and Hispanic entrepreneurs will attend this annual conference to discuss public policy issues that affect the Hispanic business community. Participants will have an opportunity to meet Washington leaders who shape legislation that impacts business, express views on national and state policies, network with other business owners from around the country, meet with decision makers from major corporations interested in doing business with Hispanic entrepreneurs and learn about the impact the Hispanic community will have this upcoming election year. Members and friends of the VHCC are encouraged to attend!

Considers Goals and Mission the same


Michel Zajur

La Siesta Restaurant

Vivian H. Carrasco
Employment Co-Chair

Army Community Services

Eugenia Lockett
Vice Chair

Napier Realtors

Hester L. Dorer, Ph. D.
Employment Co-Chair

Philip Morris USA

Wayne Powell

Powell & Associates

Van R. Wood, Ph.D.
Education Chair

VCU School of Business

John Presley

First Market Bank

Evelia M. Emiliani
International Chair

Emiliani Inc.

John Guyer
Legal Advisor


Roger Ortega
Small Business Chair

OSI of Virginia

Augusto Ratti-Angulo
Marketing Chair

El Eco de Virginia

Michael R White
Passed Chair

Virginia Asset Management

Kelly R. del Campo
Community Outreach Chair

Central Virginia Food Bank

Advisory Board

Michel Zajur calls upon the following people to seek advice and guidance.

The following are members in the community who have been instrumental in aiding Michel Zajur with advice and suggestions. The below persons have agreed to provide this support.

Jim Ukrop
Ukrop’s™ Supermarkets
and First Market Bank

Jim Dunn
Richmond Chamber of Commerce

Dr. H.B. Calvacanti
Sociology Professor, Author

Elisa Montalvo
Director for the Hispanic Apostolate
Catholic Diocese of Richmond

Will Sosa
Largest Hispanic Business
Owner in the State of Virginia

Angie Hart

Agustín Rodriguez
Attorney for Hunton & Williams

Jim McAllitster
Bank of America,
Small Business Banking

Craig Schwartz
Phillip Morris USA

Charles E. McCabe
Peoples Income Tax, Inc.

Hector Vazquez
Advanced Merchant Services (AMS)

Philip Morris

Bank of America

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Family Dentistry

Alliance Engineering

American Heart Association

American Red Cross

Ann M. Sale (Arbonne International)

Art Heifetz Insurance Agency

Atlantic Logowear

Averett University

B. Garcia Income Tax Service

B.N.I. (Business Network International)

Behavior and Stress Management

Better Business Bureau

Better Housing Coalition

Bickford Consulting

Boddie Noel Enterprises

Building Services Unlimited, Inc.

C & M Translators

Canada Dry Potomac Corp.

Canfield, Shapiro, Baer, Heller & Johnson

Cargo Cleaning Services, Inc.

Carreras & Associates

Carrot Top Designs

Casa Blanca Grocery, Inc.

Central Virginia Foodbank

CG2 Consulting

Challa Law Offices

Chef Maura, Inc.

Chesterfield County Public Schools

CJW Medical Center

Coldwell Banker-Vaughn Company Realtors

Collegiate School

Colonial Supplemental Insurance

Comercial Marielena

Commonwealth Accounting Solutions, LLC

Commonwealth Girl Scout Council

Commonwealth Neuro Specialists

Community Mortgage Services, Inc.

Consolidated Bank and Trust Co.

Covington International Travel

Crater Procurement Assistant Center

Creative Advantage

Creative Memories


Department of Rehabilitative Services


Virginia Department Of Rehabilitative Services

Drive Time Automotive Group

Dwight Snead Construction Co.

Elin C. Doval, M. Ed. & Associates

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Excel Communication, Inc.

F & M Satellite Services

Fairley's Big Planet

Farmers Insurance Group: Mequell Green

FBI Richmond

Flagler Community Support Services

Foot Traffic, Inc.

Froehling & Robertson, Inc.

Gizmo's The Dress Shop

GR Cleaning Services

Grafor Manufacturing, Inc.

Greater Atlantic Mortgage

Greater Richmond Convention Center

GRTC Transit Systems

Guarantee Residential Lending

Hairfield Morton

Happy Mart

Hayes, Seay, Mattern & Mattern Inc.

Hispanoamerica Travel Agency

House of Carpet Discount Warehouse & Showroom

Industrias Monterrey, USA, Inc.

Innovative Network Solutions

Insure America Inc. Agency

Internet Business Promotions

Interspan Resources Inc.

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

Jack Edward Kotvas, Attorney

James River Grounds Management, Inc.

James River Press

Jay Dew & Assoc.

John R. Ihlefeld Insurance Agency, Inc.

Joseph F. Grove, P.C. Attorney and Counselor at Law

Kaswa Latino Folk Dancers

KBS, Inc.

Keiter, Stephens, Hurst, Gary & Shreaves

KSM Interprises

La Siesta Restaurant

Lamar Advertising

Latin Productions/Omar's Satellite

Loan Process Solution, LLC

Lynk Systems, Inc.

M. H. West & Co. Inc.

March of Dimes

Mark Bric, Inc.

McDemus & Company, CPA

McDonald Dyer, PLLC

MDA Technologies

Michael P. McQuade, DDS

Mutual of Omaha Insurance Co.: Mario Amador

Nathan's Roof Repairs

Nationwide Insurance: Stacey A. Divers-Turner

Nationwide Insurance: Tonya Taborn

Nationwide Insurance: David Lane

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Neighborhood Housing Services of Richmond Inc.

Nikken Independent Wellness Center

Northwestern Mutual Financial Network

Nuevas Raíces

OCS of Virginia, Inc.

Party Perfect

Paul Fantl P.C.

People's Income Tax Inc.

Petfix Coalition

PRE Holding, Inc.

Prince William Regional Chamber of Commerce

Prudential Cleaning Services

Puritan Cleaners

Quantum Resources

Radio Richmond


Remote Management Systems

Richmond Federal Credit Union

Richmond Financial Group/Metlife

Richmond Goodwill Industries Inc.

Richmond Metro Habitat for Humanity

Scott's Funeral Home

Signs by Tomorrow

Simply The Best Marketing

Soza & Co. Ltd.

Spanish Academy & Cultural Institute

Spinella, Owings & Shaia P.C.

St. Catherine's School

State Farm Insurance Co. Richmond AFO

Telemon Corp.

The Capital Relocation Group

The Community Weekly

Tidewater Hispanic Publications

todos Hispanic Super Market

Training & Development Corporation/Richmond Career Advancement Center

United Way Services

University of Richmond School of Continuing Studies

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


VA College Savings Plan

VA Community College Systems

Virginia Employment Commission

Virginia Housing Development Authority

Virginia Regional Minority Supplier

Venturi Staffing-Partners

Viamericas Corporation

Virginia Asset Management

Virginia Hospitality & Travel Association

Virginia Masonry Association

Virginia Trim Company Inc.

Waddell & Reed

West Broad Volkswagen/Audi

William Orr Smith, Attorney At Law

Wireless Data & Design

Ziegler & Associates, LLC

Then individ Members follow

We network to create, promote, and enhance existing businesses with the personnel and technical resources needed to expand and diversify. We facilitate the growth of companies and entrepreneurs doing business abroad and within the Hispanic community, linking Virginia to the world at large. Our Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is powered by membership willing to provide forums for the exchange of ideas and information throughout the year.

Our great state is blessed with a diverse and prosperous economy. Together, we can grow and accept the challenges ahead. The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is your organization. Make your voice heard and get involved through membership needs, educational programming, and community outreach activities. I encourage you not just to join, but to take an active role. Connect with us, join us, and grow with us.


in PDF format


The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce welcomes new members. The Chamber provides membership to all---Hispanic and non-Hispanic. The membership levels include students, individuals, and business owners. Some benefits included in one’s membership are opportunities to post brochures and pamphlets in our Resource Center, networking at Business Mixers, Member discounts offered by fellow Members, event sponsorship, job postings, and much more.

Please contact the Chamber for a complimentary brochure at (804) 378-4099 or

Email: Thank you!

Speaking Engagements

The Pres will be speaking to a forum at the conference on Sept. 11th and VHCC members are welcome to attend for free on that day only.

This is called “Virginia 20/20

"Where Virginia's Leaders and Regional Economies Converge"

Sept. 10-13, 2002 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center
A Production of the Emergent Group.

The Mid-Atlantic's most progressive and comprehensive forum, Virginia 2020, will convene leading decision makers from the business, government, education, funding and non-profit sectors to Virginia, to address innovation, technology and productivity that drive the marketplace. Virginia 2020 will feature a faculty of over 100 industry leaders and more than 50 substantive sessions and workshops. Attendees benefit from their case studies during the track sessions: hands-on education in the workshops, and networking among the show's exhibitors and other high-level decision makers.

Potential Members they don’t have

If you are interested in membership, please feel free to attend one of our mixers!


Mixers will be held throughout the year to provide networking opportunities for our members. This is a chance for members to exchange business cards, brochures, or other promotional materials with fellow members. It is also the time to meet other members to share contacts, ideas, and friendship.

$5 members, $10 non-members, $free guests of members

Booths available for members only, $50 each!

Mixers for 2003 will be held 6-9pm at the following times and locations:

The successful development and nurturing of the VHCC will prove beneficial to many throughout the Commonwealth. By facilitating communication and networking opportunities between the Hispanic Community and the Virginia business arena, the VHCC can and will positively impact our economy, the organizations, families, and individuals that depend on it. Not only will the positive outcomes include enhanced Hispanic market access and an ample workforce, but also specific benefits provided to the members and corporate sponsors.

  1. Opportunities for business and social networking with peers, educators, government agencies, and civic leaders who share the goals, vision, and mission of the VHCC.

  2. Seminars, workshops, and special training courses in Spanish and English.

  3. Inclusion in an annual directory of who's who in the VHCC membership and the Virginia Hispanic business community. The VHCC directory will be distributed widely to procurement divisions of government agencies, corporations, not-for-profits and other organizations.

  4. Opportunities to advertise your Virginia business on the VHCC web site and link your business in the VHCC web site membership listing.

  5. Quarterly newsletters focusing on business and entrepreneurial articles of interest, new members, Chamber events, and other community information.

  6. Job posting and resume search opportunities on the VHCC web site.

  7. Access to government bids, resources, and financial capital to assist in the upward mobility of Hispanic and other small businesses.

  8. Ability to display selected materials in the VHCC Resource Center.

  9. Member discounts on specialty goods and services offered by fellow Chamber members.
  10. Event sponsorship opportunities featuring your company.

Because Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce preservation is only truly realized by involved people taking action, we encourage you to consider a volunteer opportunity with one of the following committees: Education, International, Marketing, Employment, Community Outreach, Financial.

Volunteer opportunities are structured primarily around planning programs, events and seminars directly related to promoting an appreciation and understanding of Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce preservation in Virginia.

These objectives are accomplished by volunteer committees meeting to plan activities such as: Mixers, Job Fairs, Seminars, and Special Events promoting the Hispanic communities in Virginia.

Individual volunteer efforts are also welcomed for special needs such as research projects, marketing projects, outreach projects, and administrative assistance in the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce office.

If becoming a volunteer for Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce interests you and you would like more information about participating, please complete the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Application Form and e-mail it to us.

Business Development Committee
The Business Development Committee of the VHCC will provide information to distribute to all members that will assist them in their businesses, as well as, to promote their businesses in the community.

Education Committee
The Education Committee of the VHCC will promote the learning and understanding of cultural and language development for all students. Hispanic education will be enhanced by providing mentors, role models, and scholarships to assist the continuing education of the Hispanic Youth.

International Committee

The International Committee of the VHCC will promote, educate, generate, and lobby reasonable trade policy to provide regional economic growth and networking opportunities for our members.

Marketing Committee
The Marketing Committee of the VHCC will oversee and coordinate the Chamber’s public relations, marketing, and the internal and external communication and relations among members, committees, and the Board of Directors.

Membership Committee
The Membership Committee of the VHCC shall promote Chamber membership and membership retention by marketing the Chamber and developing specialized services for members.

Workforce Development Committee
The Employment Committee of the VHCC will promote the employment and development of the resource center and job fairs to provide employment opportunities for Hispanics and businesses within the community.

Community Outreach Committee
The Community Outreach Committee of the VHCC will promote Hispanic events and awareness of the VHCC Resource Center.

Financial Committee
The Financial Committee will manage the financial well being of the VHCC by creating a yearly projected budget.

Tax & Law Committee
To assist business with their Federal, State, and Local tax laws, in addition to immigration and naturalization laws, by providing education, information, resources, and services in partnership with other organizations.

Chamber Discounts (coming soon)

IN THE NEWS (they only have an eratic list of 5 online e-newsletter

In which they set up their own festivals and have pdf ‘ d a so called application:

¡Participe en el evento cultural más importante de Virginia!

La Cámara de Comercio Hispana de Virginia se enorgullece en presentar

El Festival Hispano¿Qué Pasa? 2004

el 18 de septiembre - 17th Street Farmers’ Market

Estamos invitando a participantes entusiastas que estén interesados en promocionar sus productos. Si Ud. está interesado en vender comida de su país, auténticas artesanías que reflejen su herencia u ofrecer información y servicios para conectarse con la comunidad, ésta es la mejor oportunidad para hacerlo. Ud. tiene hasta el 23 de Julio para enviar esta aplicación y aprovechar de esta oportunidad.

Enviar a:

Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

10700 Midlothian Turnpike Suite 200

Midlothian, Virginia



Enviar Por Fax al (804) 379-1727 (Attn: Laura Sanchez del Solar)


Nombre de Organización/Negocio ___________________________________________________________

Está interesado en vender/distribuir: ____________________________________________________

Persona a Contactar _________________________________________________________________________________

Dirección __________________________________________________________________________________


Teléfono # ( ) _______________________________________________

Fax # ( ) _________________________________________________

E-mail ___________________________________________________________________________________

Si usted tiene alguna pregunta referente al Festival ¿Qué Pasa? llámenos al (804)378-4099 o por email a

Los espacios son limitados, regístrece ahora!
This weekend, July 17th and 18th, the mobile Mexican Consulate office will be traveling to Locality to issue/renew passports and

Last year the same event was held, and over 800 people were served between the two days. Please help us make this event a success again!

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