Group O to be business ambassador

Posted Online: Aug. 09, 2013, 7:52 pm
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By Anthony Watt,
MILAN -- Group O Inc., a large-scale Hispanic-owned business based in the Quad-Cities, will be playing an upfront role at the upcoming United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Convention.

The convention is scheduled for Sept. 15 through Sept. 17 in Chicago and is a way for corporations and government entities to connect and work with Hispanic businesses and chambers, said Alfred Ramirez, Group O's vice president for government and diversity.

Group O has been designated the HBE convention chair, meaning it will act as a liaison between Hispanic businesses of a certain weight - called Hispanic Business Enterprises within the chamber -- and the other attendees.

The HBE designation is provided to businesses based on reputation, revenue, number of employees and other data, Mr. Ramirez said. He could not provide the range Friday, but said Group O, which has revenues of more than $500 million and thousands of employees, could be used as an example.


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