On Thursday July 14, on the premises of the recently opened Sheraton Stamford Hotel, about 30 businesses and professionals from Stamford and nearby cities and towns were enthusiastically represented in the exposition organized by the Greater Stamford Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The event started at noon and ended at 8 p.m.
During this long business journey, the participants and visitors had the opportunity to get in touch, have a cup of coffee, sample food from the Fairway Supermarket or a typical dish prepared by The Maya Restaurant, exchange their contact information and have a conversation about their mutual interests.
The vice president of the chamber, Eneas P. Freyre, a Cuban businessman with 40 years of experience, welcomed the participants and visitors, expressed his satisfaction with the success of the expo, and introduced some of the other members of the chamber’s board, as well as participants and guests.
Alex Martinez and Fabian Durango welcomed the participants, and Nino Antonelli, director of the city’s multicultural committee, spoke as a representative of Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia, while seven contestants for the the title of “Señorita Belleza Latina” (“Miss Beauty Latina”) added beauty to the mix as they escorted chamber officials and their special guests.
Agustin Saravia, the president of the association, in a recorded message, said, “Our mission with this year’s Hispanic Business Expo was to provide an opportunity to strengthen our economic opportunities and help to develop the integration between businesses and the Hispanic community our area.”
Saravia, of Fairfield, and his family emigrated from Peru in 1991. He graduated from Stamford High School, then studied for a career in banking, earning degrees in computer applications and business management.
He acknowledged his gratitude toward the businesses, organizations and professionals for being part of the exposition. Among the participants were three artists, who were exhibiting their paintings in a separate room, a grassroots organization, three banks, two law offices, three beauty salons, a health center, three insurance agencies, two newspapers, a supermarket, two advertising/marketing agencies, a jewelry business, two restaurants, a beauty contest organizer, a service center, a hotel and a physical trainer.
According to its website, “The Greater Stamford Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Inc. was established in 2001 by a group of business people and professionals who felt there was a lack of resources for this business community. Our mission is to educate, promote and encourage the interaction of all Hispanic and non-Hispanic businesses in the greater Stamford area and to serve as active and visible advocates for Hispanic businesses, professionals and/or merchants.”
An action agency
The Greater Stamford Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is an action agency designed to meet the socioeconomic needs of the Hispanic and non-Hispanic business community. It is a non-profit organization that enables business people and professionals to band together as members to advance the commercial, financial, industrial and civic interests of the community.
It serves to enhance the visibility of Hispanic businesses and professionals throughout the state, and promote communication and the sharing of information and resources among its members and the community.
Due to prior commitment related to his job at a bank in New York, Saravia could not be at the expo in person. Despite Saravia’s absence, the expo went off without a hitch, a clear demonstration of the capabilities of other members to work together as a team to resolve problems as they arose. The success of the event was a direct result of the contributions and efforts of each participant.