While I’ve been an active member of metro Orlando’s business community for many years, I joined the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (HCCMO) just a few years ago. It was a watershed moment for me. My entrepreneurial endeavor was celebrating its second anniversary, and I was hyper-focused on growing and running an app development company with limited engagement in the Latino business scene. However, that HCCMO membership reignited my hopes and aspirations for the local Hispanic community. Last year, I was honored to receive the Don Quijote Award for Small Business of the Year — Under 5 years. It remains one of the biggest honors and proudest moments of my life. Perhaps this quarter’s issue of Visión, which marks my first effort as editor-in-chief of the magazine, will be a close second.
I have a passion for everything Orlando, and I’m a big fan of the technology industry — our second-largest trade in the region. The tech industry is featured prominently in this issue, as it will be in upcoming editions. Be sure to check out our feature on Angela Salva, a Latina making waves in the medical technology field.
This issue also explores a collection of important happenings in the business community that are constantly shaping and reshaping Central Florida’s entrepreneurial landscape, from the Port Canaveral expansion to how Hispanics employees are making an impact at Sea World. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer also contributed an update of what’s to come to the City Beautiful.
You will see more facts and comprehensive graphics that serve to illustrate and deliver additional content to our already informative articles. Also, our new feature, Let’s Face the Facts, is an interesting way to convey aspects of business important to our community.
Also new in this issue: Visión’s former Editor-in-Chief Maritza Martínez debuts Advocacy Corner, a look at what the HCCMO is doing to promote political engagement.
We are in the process of reinventing Visión’s digital footprint to expand our reach. Expect to see more unique content and online videos which will bring another layer of content to Visión’s print version. Because social media plays such an important role on personal and entrepreneurial levels, we will be expanding our Facebook and Google+ presence as well as launching a new blog.
Aside from submitting ideas and testimonials on how the HCCMO has helped you, send us your thoughts on who we should consider for our 25 Influential Hispanics Issue at the start of 2015.
Our community is made of stars. Some shine like beacons on their own, while others are mere glimmers, quietly fueling their own amazing talent. We want to know all their stories.