BAM! facilitates connections, which may lead to contracts, between our larger corporate members and members who own small to mid-size businesses. In addition, BAM! matches business owners with seasoned veterans and senior members of the MDHCC for one-on-one coaching, advocacy, and connections.
Gigi Guzman is a Latina community leader who has dedicated her life to Maryland’s Hispanic community. She is one of the Founders of the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (MDHCC) and has continued to serve the organization over the past 30 years. She was the MDHCC Chair from 2000 to 2004 and is now a member of the Board of Directors where she serves as Chair of the Grants Committee, the Business, Advocacy and Mentoring Committee (BAM), and the Gala Committee.
In addition to her dedication to Maryland’s Hispanic business community, Ms. Guzman is the Founder of GlobalTech Bilingual Institute, which operated between 1996 and 2012, where she provided English as a Second Language and Workforce Development programs for Hispanic Latino adults in the Baltimore Metropolitan Area. Ms. Guzman identified market trends, developed strategies for preparing the labor workforce and found funding to train the underserved in areas of high need. About 5,000 students graduated from GlobalTech Bilingual Institute. Ms. Guzmán was the School Director, lead instructor, translator and interpreter.
After GlobalTech Bilingual Institute was sold in 2012, Ms. Guzmán’s time and skills have been devoted to providing English and Spanish interpretation services for agencies and private individuals at the US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS), depositions at legal firms, educational sessions at schools, and medical sessions at hospitals throughout the Baltimore-Washington-Delaware areas. Her command of both English and Spanish is fluent and native which helps sessions flow easily and expeditiously. Additionally, Ms. Guzmán provides language instruction and translation services for various U.S. Government contractors providing services for agencies such as Medicare, NSA, and the US Navy among others.
Ms. Guzmán continues her volunteer work on behalf of the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Maryland’s Hispanic / Latino community. She is the driving force behind the MDHCC’s Mesa Redonda Rountable for President, CEOs and Entrepreneurs. The Roundtable is an ongoing monthly business training and couching program for Hispanic/Latino business owners who are members of MDHCC.
Corina’s passion for helping people is reflected in all her efforts and is fueled by the desire to support those in need. She supports the local community with a small business and a non-profit, BmoreLatina, that was inspired by helping disadvantaged woman and children build economic independence and empowerment through understanding how to navigate the paths to the success achieved by upward mobility of the American Dream. A Los Angeles native with a Harford County, MD upbringing, her business in construction cleaning is built upon her blue collar roots. As a compassionate business owner, she understands the success of building a business is achieved by demonstrating leadership and support for the community. It is also fitting that she is a graduate student at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School which supports her entrepreneurial spirit and concept of “business with humanity in mind”. In 2016, she won the title “Woman of the Year” for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society in a victorious fundraising effort to support baby Brielle and her grandfather’s legacy. She is also the President of the Greater Baltimore Regional Chapter of the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The chapter launch focuses on Business Advocacy and Mentorship that provides an opportunity for her to help other small businesses with a mentorship program. “The objective to bridge the cultural gap with growing Hispanic businesses and the Baltimore community at large is a win/win for everyone. Having a mentor as a resource would have helped tremendously five years ago and even today, I believe in the program.” — Corina