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Mateo Guzman was born in Mexico City in 1964, and raised in Celaya, Guanajuato. Mateo comes from a big family that has been supporting him with his music since the age of 8 years old. His first experience singing was as a member of a choir and his continuous participation at school festivals. He was also the director of the school choir at the age of 10 years old. He was the director for five years and left at the age of 15 years old because he would travel a lot to sing in front of big audiences. He still remembers when he would sing with his grandma at the age of 8 years old and would be playing the guitar.

How did he become well known for his music?

At the age of 8 years old Mateo completed his first composition “Carino”. In 1994, at the Festival de la cancion Latinoamerica de California, he won first and second place awards for his songs “Si contigo” and “Hoy Corazon”. After winning his second place award at Festival OTI, Mateo continues his career as a composer and singer. Mateo has been the lead opener for many concerts at 5 star hotels at the age of 21 years old and would travel around Mexico by  himself to get the opportunity to sing. Mateo joined a group of musicans for four years 2010-2014 named ” Trio Nuevo Amaneser”.

Who inspired you to become a singer and composer?

Mateo says, “My grandma was a very strong inspiration for me to become a singer. When growing up she would always be singing while doing house chores and was also a singer. One of his first songs he sang with his grandma was “Espinita de nopal.” Mateo accomplished to compose 90 songs at the age of 9 years old. All his songs varied from tropical rock, romantic, joyful, and songs for young people.

Why do you choose to sing and compose music as a career?

Mateo says, “ I just love it and really enjoy playing music for other to enjoy as well, it feels great to be able to touch people by my music and change the way they are feeling whether they are not enjoying their day and are sad he is able to touch their moods and make them feel better with just one song”.

Do you still play at any events?

Yes, I am very involved and like to sing as much as I can. Mateo is still presented at many resaurants like Casa del Mar, Mariscos El Patron, La Hacienda, and El Farolito.

New projects he has going on

Mateo has two themes that he will be promoting, which are cumbia nortenas and balada pop. As he will be making a video clip for his two themes in order to promote this future goal of his. He will still participate in the next Miss senorita wine country this year and will sing duet with La Voz de Grupo Venus. Mateo has came out in a couple movies playing the role of a preist with the producer of Emilio Montiel. One of the movies he was in was Escape Sangrieto.

Do you have any last words?

Mateo says, “Thank you very much to every one that has supported him around Sonoma County and businesses.”

Mateo has participated in many events with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Sonoma County and has been a great support to them as well.

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California Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce Announces C.A.P.S. (Creating A Pathway To Success) Leadership Program For College Students

 In 2004, as part of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) 25th Anniversary and the 50th Anniversary of the landmark decision of Brown v. Board of Education, the CHCC launched the first C.A.P.S Program. This program is an intensive half-week of training that provides real-world skills for young professionals, such as interview skills, etiquette for professional gatherings, and learning about optimizing personal strengths.
The C.A.P.S. program celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2014, and from its inception continues to empower Hispanic college students to become the next generation of successful Hispanic civic and business leaders through training, network-building, and ongoing engagement with leaders in business development.
To empower and train the next generation of successful Hispanic civic and business leaders, the 2017 CAPS workshop curriculum includes:
2014 C.A.P.S.
Graduating Class
  • Etiquette for the 21st Century Protocol
  • Self and Group Awareness
  • Strengths Finder – Maximize Your Potential
  • The Art of Networking
  • Your Elevator Speech
  • Public Speaking
  • Negotiations and Conflict Management
  • Budget and Financial Planning
  • Leadership Skills
  • Mock Interview
Applicant basic criteria:
  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • Junior or senior in college or university preferred; other experience levels are welcomed to apply if focused on preparing for a career
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Must be a California resident; may be attending school elsewhere
  • Be available without restrictions during the time frame of the CHCC Annual Convention: TBD
  • Complete and submit the C.A.P.S. application by the deadline
Acceptance to the C.A.P.S. Program includes full scholarship to the 2017 CHCC Annual Convention in the Northern California, including:
  • hotel room
  • meals
  • convention registration
  • enrollment in C.A.P.S. workshops
  • program supplies
  • travel to the Convention (if needed)
How to Apply: 
C.A.P.S. Student Application is now OPEN – APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 2017 – Click here to download the C.A.P.S. APPLICATION
Questions? please contact the CHCC (California Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce) office in Sacrameno at 916.444.2221 or via email: caps@cahcc.com

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Business Tip Of The Month:

Feedback Is Important

This is what Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla has to say about feedback: “Take as much feedback from as many people as you can about whatever idea you have…seek critical feedback. Ask them what’s wrong. You often have to draw it out in a nuanced way to figure out what’s wrong,” advises Musk. People don’t like to complain or point out faults, but that’s what will make your business stronger.

Remember: You don’t have to agree with them or necessarily follow their suggestions. But the more feedback you have, the more information you’ll have to make the right decisions for your business.

Source: Inc

 

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Mateo Guzman was born in Mexico City in 1964, and raised in Celaya, Guanajuato. Mateo comes from a big family that has been supporting him with his music since the age of 8 years old. His first experience singing was as a member of a choir and his continuous participation at school festivals. He was also the director of the school choir at the age of 10 years old. He was the director for five years and left at the age of 15 years old because he would travel a lot to sing in front of big audiences. He still remembers when he would sing with his grandma at the age of 8 years old and would be playing the guitar.

How did he become well known for his music?

At the age of 8 years old Mateo completed his first composition “Carino”. In 1994, at the Festival de la cancion Latinoamerica de California, he won first and second place awards for his songs “Si contigo” and “Hoy Corazon”. After winning his second place award at Festival OTI, Mateo continues his career as a composer and singer. Mateo has been the lead opener for many concerts at 5 star hotels at the age of 21 years old and would travel around Mexico by  himself to get the opportunity to sing. Mateo joined a group of musicians for four years 2010-2014 named ” Trio Nuevo Amaneser”.

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A Word From Our New President:

 

Happy New Year!

profile-picAs your new President, I wanted to personally thank you for your valued membership and continuous support of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Sonoma County. I am honored to work alongside our dedicated Board who all share the same vision for business growth and healthy community environment.

I am especially honored to be your President as we enter into our 30th year of serving our business community.  We at the Hispanic Chamber understand that in order to have a strong economic environment, you must have a strong community.  We are truly blessed to have leaders like yourself who realize that we all share in the responsibility of creating economic success and happiness within our community.

One of my many goals for 2017 is to encourage you to make the most of your membership.  I strongly encourage you to get involved and participate in the activities of the Chamber. As with anything in life, the more you put into the Chamber, the more you will get out of it!

Here are just a few great ways for you to get involved.  I am also attaching a list of member benefits that you can take advantage of through your membership:

  • Monthly Networking Mixers – A great opportunity to network with some of Sonoma County’s finest business leaders. Every 3rd Thursday of the month.
  • Hispanic Chamber Young Professionals – Developing the next generation of business leaders, HCYP offers young professionals in their 20’s to early 30’s networking and professional development opportunities.
  • Bilingual Job Fair – I am especially excited to announce this inaugural event! We have many business owners who have specific needs for bilingual employees, it is our goal to connect our members with talented job seekers who can help their companies continue to grow.
  • Annual Scholarship Gala – Every year, through your support, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce provides over $20,000 in educational scholarships to students throughout Sonoma County!
  • Latino Comedy Jam – In 2016, our Board wanted to bring innovation back to the table and create opportunities for all of our members to support the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In October, we had a sold-out crowd to our 1st Annual Latin Comedy Jam with the motto “bringing back fun into fundraising!”
  • Member Appreciation Holiday Fiesta – this is one of my favorite events of the year. Why? Because we get to celebrate you, our members for your dedicated business throughout the years!
  • Partnerships – as we embark into 2017, we will continue to grow partnerships with other organizations in Sonoma County to bring our members the very best opportunities. Some of our partnership highlights include:
  • Statewide & National Network & Resources: Did you know that when you become a member with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Sonoma County, you also become a member of the California State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as well as U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce? Your membership entitles you to attend affiliate events and workshops.
  • Napa-Sonoma SBDC – Through our partnership with SBDC, we are able to offer classes to our members ranging from: planning a business start-up, how to create a marketing plan, NXLevel, restaurant management and more!
  • Small Business Resource Network(SBRN) – A network of partners serving minority and underserved entrepreneurs. Partners include the North Bay Black Chamber, Latino Service Providers, La Luz Center, SBDC, Sonoma County Economic Development Board and the Town of Windsor.  Through this unique partnership, we were able to put on several events benefitting our small business community such as:
    • Women Entrepreneurs of the 21st Century Conference
    • Sabores de Wine Country – Latin Food Festival highlighting Latino food entrepreneur
    • Latino Business Summit
  • Toys For Tots – With your help, every year, we are able to contribute to the Toys For Tots program through our annual toy drive helping families in need during the holiday season.

I look forward to serving you in the months ahead. I am confident that your investment in the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Sonoma County is one of the best!

If you have any questions, or would like to meet in person to talk about how the Hispanic Chamber can be of service to you, please do not hesitate to contact me at my personal cell phone at: 707-322-5112 or email me at: [email protected].

 

Sincerely,

 

Jenny Chamberlain

President, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Sonoma County

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Aaction Rents Logo high res.Aaction Rents is a model for other family owned businesses to follow.  It is a true testament of what hard work, perseverance and focusing on a community environment for both customers and staff can create brand loyalty amongst its clientele as one of the key factors to their success.

 

Founded in 1974, seeing the need to think outside of the box and create opportunities during the recession, one of the founding brothers Mark Grill who was working at another equipment rental company at that time seized the moment and purchased the inventory from his former employer. Along with his brother Paul, the brothers started Aaction Rents & Equipment with a vision to community, staff and excellent customer service.  A few years later, their brother John joined the team and together they made Aaction Rents a household name in Sonoma County.

Aaction Rents’ commitment to customers is simple. Their goal is to offer the best service, equipment, and maintenance possible to our clientele, and to treat every customer that visits Aaction Rents as a member of the family.

Their wish is to grow the business, add more stores and maintain quality equipment and quality employees.

“When it comes to customers , we pride ourselves in knowing them on a first name basis.  We listen to what they want and try to purchase those items on a timely basis” said Ron Pomerinke, General Manager of Aaction Rents.

We have monthly goals and when the stores reach these goals they get a barbeque lunch on the company.  We provide uniforms, incentive to buy a house and offer a house to use in Hawaii while we pay the air fare.

Ron added “Aaction rents gives more back to the community than any other rental company in Sonoma County, Lake County, and Solano County.  We have a 50% off program for all non-profits, little leagues, soccer clubs, scouts, churches, etc..  We are supporters of 4H clubs and participate in County Fair  purchasing.  We have a booth at Home and Garden shows offering deep discounts for those who attend.”

Why choose Aaction Rents over the Big Out of Town Guys?  They are “not open” on the weekend-we are.

Their commitment to community is truly infallible: “We sit on the board and are Vendors of the Year at the local organizations such as: ECA (Engineering Contractors Association), Builders Exchange, MSA, California Rental Association, Sonoma County Library commission, and Multiple Chambers of Commerce.  When you go to AAction Rents you will meet nice, personable people that care about the equipment and service they provide to you.  You, the customer have shown Aaction Rents that you appreciate the service by making us very successful.  We all thank you.”

Most of all, they have been strong supporters of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for over a decade, whether it be attending our mixers or a Gold Sponsor of the Chamber supporting our programs and scholarship fund.  In all that they do, Aaction Rents is truly a pillar within our community and for that we thank them!

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Marca BioMarcia Barahona is the founder and CEO of Petaluma-based OrangeRio www.OrangeRio.com—a full-service cross-cultural marketing communications and strategy agency founded in 2009 to help the private, public and nonprofit sectors reach their target markets with a keen emphasis on the Hispanic community on a local, national and international level.

OrangeRio, which Marcia ran parallel to full-time jobs for almost seven years while serving in different executive marketing capacities, is the direct result of Marcia’s passion for communication and her extensive experience in business and marketing across many disciplines. OrangeRio’s client base ranges from small businesses to large-scale enterprises; as such, it has completed projects or marketing campaigns for PG&E, Forbes-featured Juntos Finanzas, Avion Ventures, NASA Patent Transfer Program Participant Synapsis Technologies, Santa Rosa Junior College, Petaluma and Rohnert Park Health Centers, Mi Sueño Winery, State Farm TeamJen, Lucy Consulting, the County of Sonoma, 4Cs, and even an award-winning Hollywood International Documentary Festival film.

Marcia’s commitment and connection to the Chamber began many years ago; as a high school senior, she was a recipient of the Chamber’s scholarship program and, despite earning many other scholarships that year, the one that most impacted her is the Chamber’s because it allowed her to bring her parents (Roberto and Brenda Barahona) to the award gala, where they were recognized for the efforts they made coming to the U.S. and for their vision so she and her siblings could have the brightest possible future.

Fast forward many years and Marcia’s list of diverse achievements have included: having her own radio and TV shows (in English and Spanish); serving as interpreter to then Vice President Al Gore; living in France to attend ESCEM business school and earn a certificate in sustainable business management; earning a BA and an MBA at Dominican University of California (DUC); co-founding Neighbors Without Borders, a volunteer-run nonprofit whose projects in Africa include founding a school for orphans (continuously running since 2004); serving on many nonprofits’ Boards of Directors; being the head of marketing for mobile, software and health companies; traveling to all continents except Asia (she says it’s on her list); being selected to present her biotech industry research project at the 2014 International Conference on Business, Economics and Information Technology in Taipei, Taiwan; and being, as she says, “a constant bridge between cultures and people.”

Marcia is President Elect of the DUC Alumni Board of Directors, a member of the Women, Leadership & Philanthropy Council, a member of Women in Consumer Electronics, interpreter and translator for her congregation at Decision-Time Christian Church in Santa Rosa; marketing lecturer at Community Action Partnership Sonoma, mentor to several college students, and a sought-after speaker and panelist on the subjects of entrepreneurship, education, culture, business, and marketing.

Marcia has not forgotten where she came from and, as a way to give back to the Chamber and as a nod to her favorite scholarship back in the day, for several non-consecutive years, including 2016, she has designed the Scholarship materials—invitations, posters, programs—for the Chamber’s Scholarship Gala, as well as supported the Chamber through design and communications for other events.

 

Twitter: mybarahona

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marciabarahona

 

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Isaac and ElizabethIsaac and Elizabeth Tormo relocated several years ago from Miami, FL to pursue a dream of opening up their own restaurant.

Today, their dream has become a reality!

Located in Windsor, Rumba Cuban Kitchen is owned and operated by six members of the Tormo family, originally from Cuba and then Fort Lauderdale, Fl.

Once you walk in, the Tormo family greet you as though you are about to have dinner in their own home! The menu is filled with family favorites that will delight your appetite!

Have you ever tried a Cuban Sandwich? They’re the best! The bread is flown in from Florida and the sandwiches come in two sizes. Like coffee? Skip Starbucks and grab a Cuban Coffee!

The following food critics have given Rumba Cuban Kitchen great accolades! Visit and check it out yourself!

Bite Club Review

La Prensa Sonoma Review

The Press Democrat Review