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October 2018 Newsletter

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PMAHCC Newsletter

October 2018

by: Melanie Marie Boyer

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  • Upcoming Events
  • Reflection on Hispanic Heritage Month Events
  • News/Announcements
  • Business Opportunities
  • Calendar of Events

October 18th 

5:30- 7:30 pm

Rivers Casino Hispanic Heritage Month Closing Event  (Free)

PMAHCC and friends will gather at the Rivers Casino to celebrate the closing of Hispanic Heritage Month.

This event will benefit the Latino Community Centerthrough a suggested Gift Card donation (any type).

The chamber will be giving community service and humanitarian achievement awards to the Latino Community Center and Rosana Elena Guernica.

November 2, 8-11 pm

 Dia De Los Muertos

Join us for a night of cuisine, live entertainment, and cocktails in celebration of the ancient Hispanic tradition, Día de los Muertos! Honoring this tradition in Pittsburgh, the annual celebration will unite attendees with a handcrafted toast celebrating the growth of a city, culture, and people.

Acrobatique Creative and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce are excited to collaborate and create a deliberate approach that celebrates diversity and increases access to opportunity for a more equitable quality of life for all.

More Information

November 27

Fiesta Navideña

Sponsored by UPMCInventionland & Coca Cola, the 2018 PMAHCC Fiesta Navideña is going to be a party to remember!

The party will take place at Inventionland, a whimsical workspace recognized as one of the coolest work-places in the world by Forbes Magazine, among others. The festivities will take place in a court yard between a castle and a pirate ship! 

Following a cocktail hour, guests will enjoy live Latin music from a four part band featuring Noel QuintanaCatering will be provided by La Palapa following which, we will hear from keynote speaker, Peter Villegas (President of Latin Affairs for Coca Cola & United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Co-Chairman).

Did you know that Linkedin pages with a photo get 21x more views and 9x more connection requests than those without? PMAHCC Small Business Member, Cut 'n Run Studios, will be on site taking FREE professional headshots for attendees to use for profile photos & more!

Peter R. Villegas is the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Co-Chairman and Vice President in the Office of Latin Affairs for the Coca-Cola Company.

Peter was recognized in 2018 & 2015 by Hispanic Executive Magazine as one of the top 10 Latino executives in the country. Peter received the 2012 United States Hispanic Chamber of CommerceCorporate Advocate of the year award and more...

For more info about upcoming events please CLICK HERE

As we wrap up Hispanic Heritage Month, let's take a look back at some of the ways PMAHCC members & Fiends celebrated our heritage since our last newsletter!

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New PMAHCC Small Business Members, Keyla Cook & Tim Guthrie, celebrated the opening of their new pop-up restaurant, Casa Brasil!PMAHCC registered over 100 people for the event!

Casa Brasil is conveniently located in Bryant St in Highland Park. On October 22, Casa Brasil will welcome their chef resident, SaludPgh, for their first Residência dinner: Mofongo Monday! We hope you will join for an evening filled with vegan flavors from Puerto Rico.

The gorgeous floral Arrangements for the Casa Brasil event were provided by PMAHCC Small Business Member, Flora Vista

To see more photos from the Casa Brasil event: Click Here

The City of Pittsburgh held a Hispanic Heritage Month "Meet the Officials" event where PMAHCC & ALPFA Pittsburgh members & guests met with the Human Resources Department of the City of Pittsburgh.

Janet Manuel delivered an inspirational speech and the delicious food was catered by The Colombian Spot (located in the South Side).

To see more photos from the City of Pittsburgh event: Click Here

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The annual Latino Picnic (hosted by the Latin American Cultural Union (LACU) was a success featuring (but not limited to):

a performance by El Coro Latino AmericanoCasa San JoseThe Latino Family CenterPMAHCCColombia en Pittsburgh, an "adult pinata" & much more fun for the whole family!

To see more photos from the Latino Picnic: Click Here

PMAHCC Chairman (Carmen Malloy), President (Ivan Usero) & Director of Development (Melanie Marie Boyer) attended the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Conference in Philadelphia along with the greatest Hispanic leaders from across the United States.

To see more photos from the USHCC Conference: Click Here

Did you know?

PMAHCC Congratulates our 6 (SIX!) board members being recognized asPennsylvania's 100 most influential Latino Leaders!

Carmen Malloy

Yvonne Campos

Jonathan Encarnacion

Fred Ramos

Ron Alvarado

Roberto Clemente Jr.

Thank you for all that you do for PMAHCC and the Hispanic Community everyday!

New PMAHCC Small Business member, Dan Esterley, was featured in Hispanic Network MagazineThe article chronicles his life "From Orphan to Leader". Dan was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and was given a two-day life expectancy from malnourishment at the orphanage. Despite the pessimistic health outlook, he was adopted and was raised in Pittsburgh. Today Dan has excelled in every endeavor he has undertaken. He has lobbied on biotech campaigns including one that raised over 34 million dollars, established a charitable investment fund supporting 17 local nonprofits, founded a workforce development & economic research consulting firm and more! 

Read more on our "Latino Spotlight" blog post at 

PMAHCC member Rosana Guernica was honored with a Proclamation by Mayor Bill Peduto for her extraordinary work and humanitarian efforts following hurricane Maria.

Rosana will also be honored at the upcoming PMAHCC Rivers Casino event.

Learn more about how Rosana Guernica changed and saved lives Click Here

The Barrio Latino Radio Show featuring all types of Latin music and hostIvan Cao-Berg is on air every Thursday from 6-7 pm on 88.3 WRCT. You can also tune in live online.

Casa San Jose Executive Director, Monica Ruiz, was awarded the 2018 Rising Star award from the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. Monica has been a powerful advocate for Latinos on legal, housing, development, and educational issues. She fights for those facing deportation proceedings and launches projects to assist women, youth and high school students. She received the 2018 New Person Award from the Thomas Merton Center for her work.

PMAHCC Development Director, Melanie Marie Boyer will be featured on the Behavior Businessradio show on WPPJ 670 am and streamed on at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 28.

US Latino Headlines:

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"Democrats have a Latino problem. Can they fix it in time?

Given Trump's rhetoric about immigrants and his border policies, you'd think Hispanics would be leading a march to the polls. (We) aren't."

Read the Article

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"Young Latinos: Born in the U.S.A., carving their own identity

For many young Hispanics, navigating their parents' culture in the U.S. has shaped their views on what it means to be American."

Get the Full Story

Pittsburgh News:

The Diversity and inclusion program has been expanded Pittsburgh based international law firm, at Reed Smith.

"The Business Inclusion Groups will be led by partner and associate chairs and administrative business unit liaisons. The groups firmwide are: African American, Asian American, Disability, Hispanic/Latino, LGBT+,Multicultural Network and Veterans.

As part of the initial expansion of the program, Reed Smith plans to conduct an inclusion survey for all employees of the firm and also provide a variety of resources to promote awareness on the importance of an inclusive workplace."

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Ivan Usero, PMAHCC President, is also the President of and an insurance broker at the Dan Carinci Agency LLC. 

"Before switching with Ivan Usero we paid $822 for two cars. Ivan got us the same vehicle coverage PLUS other insurance for only $749. Now all of our belongings, ID theft protection and DOUBLED our previous coverage limits for less money PLUS we have someone we really trust to look our for our best interest.

Getting a quote can't hurt not to mention supporting the Hispanic community by going through the only Spanish Speaking agent in Western Pennsylvania?!

You can't go wrong." -M. Boyer

Contact Ivan at:

Did you know that as a PMAHCC member you are eligible to receive discounts at participating businesses through our Latino Business Initiative?

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At Hernandez Heating & Cooling, members 10% off for repairs, $150.00 off on new equipment of the sale price.

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A presidential proclamation was made designating October 14 through October 20, 2018, as National Minority Enterprise Development Week. The President and his office call upon all Americans to celebrate this week with programs, ceremonies, and activities to recognize the many contributions of American minority business enterprises. Read More

PMAHCC Small Business Member, Candice Cortes, and her business,Estetique Solutions is offering 10% off of all non laser tattoo removals through the end of October! They will also be holding a Non-Laser tattoo removal training on November 10th - 11th at the FeelNu Medical Spa & Wellness Center

For more information Click Here.


Part 2 includes Business opportunities & a calendar of local events!
To go to part 2 CLICK HERE

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1555 Broadway Avenue Second Floor  Pittsburgh PA 15219 U.S.A.

Phone: (412) 533-9300  ● email:

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