MORRIS COUNTY — Morris County’s Board of County Commissioners presented a “Resolution of Honor” last night to the Morris County Hispanic-American Chamber of Commerce, recognizing and praising the organization’s more than 30 years of service to the community.
“The Morris County Hispanic-American Chamber of Commerce began in 1989 as an idea. That idea became an organization that is now nationally and internationally known for its work promoting and advancing the interests of Hispanic-American small business owners, professionals, and organizations within Morris County and across the nation,” said Commissioner Director Tayfun Selen as he presented the framed resolution during the board’s public meeting.
The resolution noted the Chamber has been repeatedly praised as one of the “Best Chambers in the Northeast,” including at last year’s Annual Convention of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
“We are grateful for the recognition of the work of our Board of Directors, our corporate advisory council, and our advisors for all we do for our neighbors and our community,” said Ralph Tejeda, Chairman of the Chamber Board of Directors, additionally thanking the Commissioners for the Morris County Small Business Grant Program launched last month.
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“We represent the Hispanic population in Morris County, which is currently 14 percent, as well as support the 9,000 minority business owners in this county. We have a lot to do and we look forward to collaborating with the private sector and the government institutions to make progress for all,” Tejeda added.
Chamber leaders in attendance included Esperanza Field, who co-founded the organization and holds the title of President Emeritus.
Also participating were her daughters, Christina Field, who is Vice-Chair and Foundation President, and Hope Field, Chair of the Chamber’s Corporate Advisory Council and past president. Chamber Directors in attendance included Robert Medina, Oscar Vargas, Pablo Garita, and Madeline Que. Also participating was Karel Alvarez, Secretary to the Board and a U.S. Army Veteran.
Commissioner Douglas Cabana, the longest-serving member of the Board of Commissioners, recalled the emergence of the Chamber over the past three decades.
“I remember when Esperanza came before us with this idea, and now look. All your hard effort and work paid off with a very successful organization, and I am glad we were able to support you and we will continue to support you because the backbone of our economy here in Morris County and the U.S. is a small business,” Cabana said.
The resolution presented to the Chamber recognized and commended the organization for more than 30 years of outstanding service to the community, and wished “the very best in continuing its wonderful work for many years to come.”