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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1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.

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