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President's Message - Betzy Santiago
"We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness..."
4th of July is quickly approaching. As the most patriotic holiday in the US, we remember when we, as Americans, declared our independence from Britain in 1776. It is because of the devoted military and service personnel that we maintain such a high standard of living. Thank you for all of you who serve our country and allow us the freedom to pursue our unalienable rights.
The FCHCC also wants to thank the Fraternal Order of Police for hosting our June mixer where we learned about some special programs being offered by WorkSource and Job Corps. We also want to thank State Farm for hosting our Coffee and Learn event and SCORE Jacksonville for educating us on Marketing Strategies to Expand your Business.
In July, our focus is on Federal Health Reform Laws and how they are changing the way private insurance is regulated and handled. Come be educated and informed by Mayo Clinic's CEO, Dr. William Rupp. Access to insurance, pre-existing conditions, insurance practice restrictions, small business tax credits, and more is what will be changing in the coming year. Stay ahead of the curve.
Each month we try to bring you workshops, mixers, and other opportunities to promote the growth of your Hispanic business. Be a part of what is happening and expand with us.
Board Member's Message - Kim McDougal, My name is Kim McDougal and I've been a staff member with the chamber since 2009. I'm originally from Chicago, Illinois and slowly made my way down south finally settling in Jacksonville in 1993 after the death of my first husband. In 1999, I started my own home-based business primarily helping my clients design and produce marketing materials and offering high-end administrative support. In 2001, I re-married to my wonderful husband, Ken, and in 2006 and we merged our professions together to form True Focus Group. The company now focuses on web content management services, graphics, photography, and internet marketing.
True Focus Group
I come from a very multicultural background of Native American, Black, and Caucasian and I've always been proud of my heritage. In my mind, I have the best of all three worlds! My mom raised me that way and I'm so thankful to her for that. I was first introduced to the FCHCC through my contract work with Brunet-Garcia Multicultural Advertising & PR in 2008. My first assignment was to work on the monthly newsletters and immediately I loved working with the board members. My work with the chamber quickly expanded, and I was honored to become the Executive Assistant in 2009. This year, my role has changed dramatically with the addition of all our technological advancements. I am now the Interactive Design/Web Manager overseeing our web content, social media, and electronic marketing.
Through the chamber, I've met and have worked with many wonderful people and I look forward to what this year will bring. If you have not been to one of the networking events, I encourage you to attend. You will learn a lot and get to network with many great people! Be sure to visit our website to stay updated on all our events. And, if there's anything I can help you with, you can email me at
Membership Spotlight - Rebecca Black, David R. Fletcher P.A.
Rebecca Black is an immigration attorney handling business, family, investment, asylum, and deportation cases as well as appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. She practices with David R. Fletcher, P.A. - a firm specializing in immigration cases in Jacksonville Florida for well over 30 years.
Rebecca holds a MBA from Marymount University and a BA in History from the University of Virginia. Her decision to change careers came after hearing the stories of many of her immigrant employees and as she recalled her own immigration issues while working in France and in Spain. She earned her degree from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2006 after 15 years of opening and managing restaurants internationally and 5 years in the light industrial temporary help industry. Her ability to speak Spanish and French coupled with her experience and business education especially qualifies her in the field of business immigration work.
Rebecca became a part of the FCHCC after graduating from law school and has enjoyed the many benefits of being a member. She has met people from diverse backgrounds and businesses through the monthly networking meetings and adds that the multicultural meetings are fabulous and informative. As a part of the membership committee, Rebecca has increased her contacts and enjoys being able to make her contribution to a positive and fun organization.
Rebecca is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Florida Bar Association, the Jacksonville Bar Association, the Jacksonville Women Lawyer's Association, and the Hispanic Bar Association. She also serves on Florida Coastal's Alumni Board and the University of North Florida Dean's Council. We are proud to have her serving with us.
July 2010 Calendar of Events
FCHCC Professional Networking Event
Date: Thursday, July 15, 2010
Time: 6 - 8 PM
Hosted by: Academic Dermatology Consultants
Address: 1514 Nira St., Jacksonville, FL 32207
Be on the look out for your Official Invitation soon for more details!
FOR MEMBERS ONLY: Chamber Chats
SAVE THE DATE: Friday, July 30, 2010
Be on the look out for your Official Invitation soon for more details!
Visit our website calendar for future meeting dates.
Welcome New and Renewing MembersThe FCHCC is proud to announce our new and renewing members for April!
Large Corporations and Trustees:We could not be where we are without our members so thank you so much for your partnership.
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront - Silver Trustee
Academic Dermatology Consultants
The Creative Printing Place, Inc.
Kathy Scott Insurance Agency (State Farm)
If you'd like to become a member, please visit our website for more information!
Awards and Accomplishments
We are proud to announce that AT&T is one of four recipients of the 2010 Corporate Engagement Award of Excellence from the Points of Light Institute! A big congratulations to AT&T!
A Note about the Points of Light Institute: Points of Light Institute inspires, equips and mobilizes people to take action that changes the world. The Institute has a global focus to redefine volunteerism and civic engagement for the 21st century, putting people at the center of community problem solving. They are organized to innovate, incubate, and activate new ideas that help people act upon their power to make a difference.
Also, congratulations to Ed Perez, FCHCC President-Elect, for his
recent nomination to serve on the Research Advisory Board at MAYO Clinic! The Research Advisory Board at MAYO Clinic:
- Reviews the research protocol and provides important feedback based on diverse perspectives to the investigators about the proposed study design.
- Assists in the recruitment of diverse populations to research protocol. The goal is to increase awareness of the various aspects of research and its implications in underserved communities and to build both the academic and community capacity to conduct culturally competent research partnership and share knowledge and transfer information to improve health outcomes.
- Finally, to create opportunities for further collaboration and partnership between research investigators and the communities individuals most impacted by racial and ethnic disparities in health.
Have you recently received an award or achievement? Then, share your story with us so that we can celebrate with you! Send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Committee Happenings! Our members play an integral role in this organization. Enhance your experience and get involved.
Education/Scholarship: Our 2010 Achieving the Dream committee is working hard on getting
sponsorships for the upcoming event on September 17th. Get your company
involved! Donations for the event will provide scholarships for Hispanic
students needing assistance with college tuition. Individual donations
are also accepted. Contact Angelica Guardia or Idania Lizano or visit our website here.
Programs: We have just two more Coffee & Learn Workshops remaining in 2010 for Members Only! The dates and topics are as follows. Please mark your calendars!
Aug 30 - Basics of Labor Laws that Impact Small Business
Oct 29 - Selling Business to Business
Safety Belts Saves Lives
2 Seconds Could Save You $200!
Wearing your safety belt costs you nothing, but not wearing it certainly will. Taking just two seconds to buckle up could save you a $200 ticket.
This year, Florida celebrates the one-year anniversary of the primary safety belt law, which allows law enforcement to pull you over for not wearing your safety belt even without committing another traffic offense. They've been out in force from May 24 - June 6 in support of the national Click It or Ticket campaign. For more information, visit Click-It to save money. Click-It For Life.
Become an FCHCC TrusteeThe
FCHCC recognizes the leadership and support of these leading
organizations, which are also our trustees.
Brunet-García Multicultural Advertising & PR
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
Coastline Federal Credit Union
Hola Noticias Newspaper
Eco Latino Magazine
Learn more about this important program and about all the trustee-level benefits.
Current Job Opportunities
Position: Insurance Staff
Employer: State Farm Insurance
Several Positions Available at Coastline!
Employer: Coastline Federal Credit Union
Position: Corporate Recruiter
Employer: Crowley Maritime
Position: Sales Representative
Employer: Prudential Insurance
For more details about these positions and to apply, please visit our website here.
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FCHCC Accepts Credit Card Payments for New Memberships and Renewals
You can now pay to join FCHCC or renew your membership with any of these credit cards.
The First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (FCHCC) strives to establish and encourage better business practices among Hispanic-owned and operated businesses in northeast Florida and south Georgia. All business professionals, both Hispanic and non-Hispanic, are welcome to become involved with our Chamber. The FCHCC also strives to foster understanding of Hispanic heritage through educational endeavors, business opportunities and social interaction.
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