As part of the efforts to serve their constituents the Consulate General of Peru presented the "Guide to Doing Business in Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Peru" on April 20, 2017, designed to help the both small and established businesses of the area.
The event, which was jointly organized by the VAHCC and the Consulate General of Peru in Washington, D.C., saw a large number of attendees from various business sectors, chambers of commerce and trade promotion organizations, as well as representatives from the state Virginia. Likewise, we were joined by the founding partner of the Law Firm "Llona y Bustamente,” Mr. Manuel Bustamante Olivares and partners Juan Prado and Raúl Villavicencio, who traveled from Peru for this occasion.
The Guide, prepared by the Consulate General with the collaboration of the US business consulting firm "Bizlac" and the Peruvian law firm "Llona y Bustamante", provides guidance to Peruvian and Hispanic entrepreneurs in general on how to open and finance their businesses in the area, which government agencies support small and medium businesses, the facilities and benefits provided Virginia, Maryland and D.C. to this type of entrepreneurs, as well as opportunities to contract with the governments and state agencies. The second part, dedicated to "Doing Business in Peru" details the steps to open a company in Peru and which amenities the Peruvian government provides to micro and small businesses.
“The importance of this event is that it brought Peruvian and Virginia officials together and gave attendees the opportunity to understand the process of expanding their business” said Michel Zajur, founder and CEO of the VAHCC. Meanwhile, the Consulate General’s official statement was the following: “The purpose of this guide is to provide our small and medium entrepreneurs the information and tools to be successful, as part of our efforts to promote and empower our Hispanic community.”
Don Churro Restaurant provided the flavor and authenticity at the George Mason Enterprise Center with treats like ceviche and pisco sours, both Peruvian favorites. Attendees enjoyed the networking time after the event and had the opportunity to make some key connections and start vital relationships with their fellow colleagues.
Events and initiatives like these are an example of what can be done when two trustworthy organizations work together to achieve a goal that is not only in their common interest but also in the interest of their respective constituents. This is the true essence of what the VAHCC is trying to accomplish, connecting businesses, people and organizations to benefit each other and benefit the community as a whole, building bridges if you may.
The Business Guide for small and medium entrepreneurs is available in print, in Spanish and English, as well as in an electronic version in the following link: www.guiadegocios.tk