Elianne Ramos (@ergeekgoddess) Named Baltimore SmartCEO 2013 Brava! Award Winner

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Elianne Ramos (@ergeekgoddess) Named Baltimore SmartCEO 2013 Brava! Award Winner

Ms. Ramos will be honored along with 25 Powerhouse Women Leaders at the highly anticipated, high-energy Brava! Awards Ceremony, July 10, 2013

Baltimore, MD (May 8, 2013) — Speak Hispanic Communications, a woman-owned and run, socially conscious communications company, is proud to announce that its Principal, Elianne Ramos, has just been named the recipient of a Baltimore SmartCEO 2013 Brava! Award. This year’s Brava! Awards Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, July 10 at 6:00 p.m. at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, MD, and the 2013 Brava! winners will be profiled in the July 2013 issue of Baltimore SmartCEO magazine.

The Brava! Awards celebrate the distinguished achievements of 25 of Greater Baltimore’s women business leaders. Now in its seventh year of celebration, the Baltimore Brava! Awards kicked off with a nomination process ending in March 2013. Across the Mid-Atlantic, over 200 nominations were collected for the program. Brava! Awards winners were selected based on annual revenue and growth as well as for their involvement in philanthropy and mentorship at the local and national level. A group of Greater Baltimore business leaders came together to form the Brava! committee and to choose this year’s winners.

For more information on the 2013 Brava! Awards and to view SmartCEO’s press release, visit their website

About SmartCEO
SmartCEO is an exclusive community of CEOs and business executives, highly regarded mentors and well-respected thought leaders whose experiences benefit their organizations and the communities in which they serve. SmartCEO’s mission is to educate and inspire the business community through the pages of its award-winning magazine, connections at C-level events and access to valuable online resources. For more than a decade, SmartCEO has been a leader in helping CEOs tell their stories in print, in person and most recently in-video. SmartCEO’s Mid-Atlantic focus began in Baltimore and has grown to include Philadelphia, Washington DC and New York City.

About the Brava! Awards
SmartCEO’s Brava! Awards program celebrates top female CEOs who combine their irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for giving back to the community. Brava! award winners are exemplary leaders of their companies and in the community who encourage local philanthropy, mentor fellow CEOs and set their companies on the path to tremendous growth. Each year, an independent panel of business leaders selects 25 Brava! winners based on applications submitted. SmartCEO shares their inspiring stories in SmartCEO magazine and celebrates their success at an awards celebration.

About Elianne Ramos
Elianne Ramos is Principal and CEO of Speak Hispanic, a Marketing and PR consultancy focused on non-profits. She’s also Vice-Chair of Marketing and PR for LATISM. A Hispanic Communications Specialist with 17 years of experience in Creative Direction, Copywriting, Public Speaking, Public Relations and TV Commercial Production, Elianne has developed broadcast, multimedia and social media campaigns for clients such as Procter & Gamble, Panasonic, SlimFast, Chivas Regal, and HSBC Bank, among other top brands. Awards and recognition for her contributions to the Latino Community include the 2012 Game Changer Award from Politic365, and the 2012 Best Microblogger Award from LATISM. She’s also a columnist at several publications including the Huffington Post, and is considered one of the most influential Latinas in social media. Visit her website and follow her on Twitter @ergeekgoddess.

Latinos Aim to Reduce Dropout Rate in Maryland

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As public attention continues to focus on the education of Latino children, the high dropout rate and the dire consequences of ignoring it, two things become more and more apparent: a) comprehensive reform needs to happen within the education system and b) finding the right solutions is no easy task.

This is a content summary only. Visit my Hispanic Business Examiner column for the full article, links, other content, and more!

This article was first published at Examiner.com on November 1st, 2009.

Exclusive: Mayor Dixon on Hispanics, Diversity and the Upcoming Census

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In an exclusive interview, Baltimore City Mayor Sheila Dixon speaks to us about Hispanics, Diversity and the Upcoming Census

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For the past couple of years, it seems that the one-time black- and-white city of Baltimore, is finally awakening to its multicolor Latino community. Celebrating this diversity was the main focus of last week’s 3rd Annual Mayor Reception to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

After her presentation, a very lively Dixon took a few moments to chat with us about the event’s significance and some of the issues the Latino population in the City is currently facing.

To read the complete article, visit the Hispanic Business Column at Examiner.com

This article first appeared at Examiner.com on October 9, 2009.

All text and images [except where noted] ©2009 Elianne Ramos. All Rights Reserved.

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MD Governor O’Malley picks Alex Sanchez to head Labor Dept.

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Maryland Governor’s choice of a qualified Latino reflects the growing political clout of the nation’s largest minority group, and signifies another step forward as we move from the political margins to the mainstream.

This article was first published at Examiner.com on September 23, 2009.

All Text and images © 2009 Elianne Ramos. All Rights Reserved.

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Hispanic Businesses in Baltimore: A Complex Situation, A Few Solutions

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Latino businesses line up Eastern Avenue [photo ©Elianne Ramos]

Latino businesses line up Eastern Avenue, Baltimore

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Many prospective Hispanic business owners in Baltimore often find themselves in troubled waters when trying to open a new business. In addition to dealing with less-than-trustworthy contractors, accountants and lawyers, the process itself –the paperwork, permits, learning about regulations—is almost impossible to navigate. Even after they manage to get the business up and running, they may not have the knowledge or access to information or resources that may prove critical to their businesses.

Read the full article here:

Hispanic Businesses in Baltimore: A Complex Situation, A Few Solutions

This article first appeared at Examiner.com on August 16, 2009.

[All text and images ©2009 Elianne Ramos]

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Unanimous Baltimore City Council Support for Immigration Reform

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As of approximately 7 p.m. Monday night, Latinos in the Baltimore area have much to celebrate. At that time, in a bold, unprecedented action, the Baltimore City Council gave unanimous approval to the motion to support President Obama’s proposed Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

There’s a heated debate over Immigration Reform in the comments section of the article. We want to hear your opinion, please add your comments!

View the complete article and voice your comments at Examiner.com

This article first appeared at Examiner.com on 8/11/09.

All text and pictures © 2009 Elianne Ramos.

New Nielsen People Meters Tune to Local Hispanics

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At the beginning of July, the media consumption research giant introduced what they call the Local People Meters (LPMs, for short) in Baltimore, part of an ambitious national campaign that will cover a total of 56 local markets or approximately 70% of U.S. households by 2011.

Up in the air is whether or not Nielsen can succeed in providing accurate viewership numbers and gaining the trust of its Hispanic customer base in the area.

New Nielsen People Meters Aim For Local Hispanics

This article first appeared at Examiner.com on July 20th, 2009.

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Latino Providers Speak Out on Education, Healthcare and Immigration Reform

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With President Obama lobbying for health care and education reform, and most of America split over the pros and cons of immigration, a movement of altruistic Latino businessmen and women in the city of Baltimore shines a light of hope on these critical Latino issues.

Latino Providers Speak Out on Education, Healthcare and Immigration Reform

This article first appeared on Examiner.com on June 30th, 2009.

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LatinoFest stirs some ‘moolah’ into Baltimore’s ‘salsa’

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Just like salsa, a word that in Spanish means both sauce and the hot, hip-swinging music genre, the Hispanic community in Baltimore keeps on spreading. And salsa is just one of the ingredients on the menu at LatinoFest, an event that for 29 years has been the ultimate celebration of the metaphoric ‘melting pot’ that continues to mold Baltimore City. This Saturday and Sunday, massive crowds from all over the area, will gather at Patterson Park to see, hear and taste the many flavors and rhythms of Hispanic culture.

Each year, LatinoFest attracts between 40,000 and 50,000 people of Latin American descent, with the largest share of attendees coming from the Baltimore metropolitan and surrounding counties, followed by residents from Washington and Virginia. This means 40 to 50 thousand people who will be spending money on tickets, having a meal or a drink, staying in hotels, shopping, taxis…

LatinoFest stirs some ‘moolah’ into Baltimore’s ‘salsa’

This article first appeared at Examiner.com on June 24, 2009.

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‘Recession in our community is business as usual’, says Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President

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Charles Ramos is the current President of the Baltimore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He is also the President and CEO of CR Dynamics, a customer relationship management services company based in Baltimore, MD. Charles believes that Hispanic businesses in Baltimore not only can weather today’s economic woes, but are poised to thrive in the years to come. In the following interview, he talks about his role as the President of the Baltimore Hispanic Chamber of Comerce, discusses the current situation for Hispanic businesses in the area and offers his predictions for the future.

‘Recession in our community is business as usual’, says Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President

This article originally appeared at the Examiner. com on June 21, 2009.

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Baltimore Hispanic Business of the Week: TapaBar Restaurant

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Being a woman is hard. Being a businesswoman is even harder. Becoming the Latina owner of a Spanish Tapas restaurant in the heart of Little Italy –at the onset of the worst recession in recent history— is not only harder, it could probably be categorized as downright insanity.

Yet, last year, Carolina Llaguno decided to do just that.

READ MORE ABOUT HER COMPELLING STORY HERE:

Baltimore Hispanic Business of the Week: TapaBar Restaurant

This article originally appeared at Examiner.com on June 17th, 2009.

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