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Peoples Gas to be a sponsor of Negocios Now’s upcoming edition

Peoples Gas has been added to the list of sponsors for the upcoming edition of Negocios Now, which focuses on what Hispanic businesses need to survive the impact of the pandemic.

The edition, which will come out on Aug. 28, will also be supported by Wintrust, the Officer of Illinois State Treasurer, BMO Harris Bank, ComEd, and Remy Martin.

“We are pleased by the continued support of Peoples Gas for Negocios Now and by its commitment to the small business community,” said Publisher Clemente Nicado.

Peoples Gas was also a sponsor of the publication’s Who’s Who in Hispanic Chicago Special Edition.

The coming edition will feature different businesses that are struggling in this critical time against restrictions due to the pandemic.

“We do know that many small businesses have to close permanently. Others are forced to close in the short term. With this edition, Negocios Now is spreading the stories of those businesses that can be saved if they have help from the government, private institutions, and our community,” said Nicado.

For this edition, Negocios Now has an exclusive interview with Michael Negron, acting director of the Department of Commerce and Economic and Opportunities (DCEO), and Edith de La Cruz, owner of a construction company.

Negocios Now distributes 10,000 copies directly to subscribers or as a courtesy to Hispanic businesses and professionals. It reaches thousands more through its digital platform with more than 35,000 followers on social media, making it the leading Hispanic business publication.


Rey B. Gonzalez, CEO of El Valor

After 30 years of serving as chair of its board of directors, Gonzalez recently became president and CEO. Prior to coming to El Valor, he was vice president for legislative and community affairs at ComEd.
In addition to building and stewarding relationships with state legislators and community organizations, Gonzalez was involved with national external diversity initiatives for Exelon Corp, ComEd’s parent company. Prior to this position, he was vice president of corporate diversity for Exelon and vice president of diversity for McDonald’s Corp.

Prior to joining corporate America, Gonzalez was regional Midwest director of the National Council of La Raza and worked at the Chicago Urban League helping women

and minorities acquire work in the building and construction trades. Within three years at the Urban League, Gonzalez had placed more than 4,000 women and minorities in skilled, high-paying jobs.

El Valor became a model of bilingual, bicultural rehabilitation in Illinois and started the
first computer programming training center for people with disabilities.
Gonzalez is the co-founder and the board chairman of
the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute, a Chicago-based national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that promotes education, civic participation and leadership development for Latinos and other disenfranchised groups.

Rey Gonzalez is the Negocios Now’s Community Champion Award-2020

Brenda Garza Karhoff, President, Founding Garza Karhoff Engineering LLC

Brenda Garza Karhoff, S.E., P.E., is the president and founding principal of Garza Karhoff Engineering LLC. Karhoff began her career interning at Illinois Department of Transportation District 5 in her hometown of Danville, Illinois, while attending the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She received a bachelor’s degree in 1994 and a master’s degree in 1995 from the university and has more than 23 years of experience in a variety of projects.

GKE is located in downtown Chicago and provides structural and civil engineering consulting services in the transportation and building sectors. GKE is a certified disadvantaged business enterprise with the Illinois Department of Transportation/

UCP and a certified minority and woman business enterprise with the City of Chicago.
GKE currently works as a
team member with leading engineering firms on various projects throughout Chicagoland including the Illinois Tollway, IDOT, CDOT, CDA and the CTA.

Karhoff currently serves Hispanic American Construction Industry Association as board vice president and chair of the Membership Committee. She seeks to provide members with the knowledge and opportunity to improve business operations and enhance professional growth. She is also a member of American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois and the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois.

Brenda  Garza Karhoff is the Negocios Now Latinas in Business Award-2020

Arthur Zayas Miller, CEO of MZI

Arthur Zayas Miller is President and CEO of MZI Group, Inc., which he founded in 1999.  MZI Group, Inc. is a Latino and Veteran owned Electrical Construction Company specializing in power and utility.  Before Mr. Miller started his own electrical business, he worked for F500 Corporations for over ten years as an Operations Manager.

 Additionally, Mr. Miller served in the United States Army. He is actively involved with United States Army Veteran Organizations such as Helmet to Hardhats and Wounded Warrior Program.  He also shares his time as a distinguished board member of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, National Latino Education Institute, and Loyola University Medical Center. Arthur is also involved in many philanthropic endeavors such as Cystic Fibrosis and Juvenile Diabetes, The Foundation for Prader Willi, and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Arthur works at connecting communities he does work in and provides mentorships to small businesses.  Arthur is a dedicated Husband and Father. ”

Arthur is the Negocios Now Business of the Year Award-2020

ABC7’s Mark Rivera to emcee Negocios Now virtual Gala event

Chicago, (Hispanic News Agency)- ABC7 anchor and reporter Mark Rivera will be the emcee of Negocios Now’s “Who’s Who in Hispanic Chicago” virtual Gala event to be held on August 28, 2020, at 5:30 pm CT to celebrate Hispanic leadership in Chicago.
“We are grateful to have Mark again at the Negocios Now gala and for ABC7’s continued support of Negocios Now,” said Clemente Nicado, Publisher. It will be the seventh consecutive year that Negocios Now celebrates with a special edition of the publication. This year it was published at the beginning of July and dedicated its cover to recognizing Latinos who are fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the virtual celebration, Negocios Now will recognize the following leaders with four awards:
  • Business of the Year Award: Arthur Zayas Miller, CEO of MZI Group, Inc, a $70 million company
  • Latinas in Business Award: Brenda Garza Karhoff, president and founding principal of Garza Karhoff Engineering, LLC, a construction company
  • Community Champion Award: Rey B. Gonzalez, president and CEO of El Valor
  • El Amigo de Negocios Now: Rosa Escareño, Commissioner of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection
Negocios Now will also announce another special award for a Latino or Latina who has been on the front line in the fight against COVID-19.
Wintrust Community Bank serves as the main sponsor of the “Who’s Who in Hispanic Chicago” special edition and Gala event. Additional supporters include AccentureBMOComEd, Peoples Gas, Dominican University, Hilco and Miramar Group.