Laredo, Texas – (January 10, 2019) – The Business Development Committee of the Laredo Chamber of Commerce recognized 36 individuals that successfully completed the 2018 Business Development Certification Program. Miguel A. Conchas, President/CEO, joined the committee in congratulating and recognizing all participants. The objective of the Business Development Committee is to promote and gather valuable business development resources for chamber members to support all forms of business in the community.

Launched in 2017, the Laredo Chamber of Commerce offered professional training seminars to enrich the talents of today’s workforce. Program topics were designed for managers, supervisors, team leaders and team members, providing the essential tools to business growth and success.

“The Laredo Chamber of Commerce is always committed to serve the business community through various educational events and seminars, and we are delighted to recognize these thirty-six individuals  that successfully completed the program by presenting them with their certification” said Ana Rivera-Soto, Chairman of the Business Development Committee. In 2018, the Chamber offered a total of 9 professional training seminars to enrich the workforce of more than 60 small businesses with the participation of  an average of 73 employees per month – a benefit that Chamber members were able to take advantage of at completely no cost.

Each educational workshop was presented by highly respected individuals in the field and proudly sponsored by Falcon International Bank.

The Seminar Series for 2018 included presentation on:

  • Millennials and Generation Z
  • Digital Marketing
  • Wages and Labor Regulations
  • Business Taxes
  • Customer Service
  • Public Speaking 101

A total of 18 individuals were pre

sented with their BDC lapel pin and Certificate of completion by the Business Development Committee at a breakfast ceremony hosted by Falcon International Bank. The BDC program offered by the Laredo Chamber of Commerce reached more than 600 employees in 2018.

2018 Business Development Certifications

Francisco Avila                  AFAM Logistics

Monsie Bedolla                  Laredo Stroke Support Group

Lupita Canales                  A.R. Canales International Brokers

Audran Cano                     Jefferson Forwarding, Inc.

Gerardo Cantu                   STAR PEO

Juanita Cardneas             Cargoquin, Inc.

Sandra Cavazos-Ayala      Imaginarium of South Texas

Agustin S. Duarte              Du-Mu Desi

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Adrianne Dyson                 Business Optimizing Solution Services

Rafael Flores                     UPS

Erika Garza                       Global Tooling Specialists

Scott Halket                       Red Roof Inn

Paola Huerta                     Paola Huerta

Priscilla Iglesias                 Laredo Main Street

Emmanuel Lucio                The Laredo Editor

Hazel Medellin                   Area Health Education Center

Lizett Montiel                     KGNS

Virginia Morales                 Area Health Education Center

Carlos A.Munoz Cuervo    Du-Mu Designs & Options

Silvia          Munoz de Duarte         Du-Mu Designs & Options

Victor         Munoz Brandi  Du-Mu Designs & Options

Veronica Olivares Tawil     Individual Member

Gloria Olavirra                   KGNS

Angelica Padilla                 Prolamsa, Inc.

Martha Pena                      Arguindegui Oil Companies

Sergio        Preciado          Webb County Sheriff’s Office

Elizabeth Prieto                 Ruthe B. Cowl Rehabilitation Center

Guadalupe Quintanilla       Transportes Quintanilla

Norma Rangel                  Ruthe B. Cowl Rehabilitation Center

Nydia         Robles             Laredo  Main Street

Colleen Rodriguez             Laredo Crime Stoppers

Fabiola Rodriguez             Laredo College Economic Development Center

Elizabeth Rueweler            Laredo Stroke Support Group

Ana Karen Saenz              Commerce Bank

Maria Angie Vela               Individual Member

Sandra Zimmerman          Zimmerman Insurance

For additional information on the 2019 Business Development Certification Program and to learn how to get involved with the Laredo Chamber of Commerce, visit or call (956)722-9895. The Laredo Chamber of Commerce.