Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the culture and contributions of Americans tracing their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean. The observance was born in 1968 when Congress authorized the president to issue an annual proclamation designating National Hispanic Heritage Week. Two decades later, lawmakers expanded it to a monthlong celebration, stretching from September 15 to October 15.

“The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.”

Frederick County had the second highest Hispanic population increase in Maryland (87.4%) from 2010 to 2020.The Hispanic population in Frederick County grew 4.5 percentage points over the decade from 7.3% in 2010 to 11.8% in 2020.

Here are some ways to support local Hispanic Owned Businesses:

  • Visit our EmPOWER Business Directory to find local businesses
  • Write a Great Review
  • Promote on Social Media
  • Offer Services in Spanish
  • Diversify Your Vendor Supply Chain
  • Help Community-Led Initiatives
  • Utilize Brands for Corporate Events

FCOED can help Hispanic Entrepreneurs at any stage in their business journey through our EmPOWER program.  This program includes resources, educational opportunities, a business directory and networking events that support, teach and connect underrepresented local business owners. 

More ways to get involved:

  • RSVP to the next EmPOWER Networking Event
  • Add your business to our directory
  • Sign up for our newsletter today!
  • Download our FREE EmPOWER Employer Resource Toolkit
  • Contact Shana Knight, Senior Business Development Manager for Diversity & Inclusion to find out more ways you can get involved!