Rochester Hispanic Business Association plans lunches, gala

The Rochester’s Hispanic Business Association is continuing its monthly business lunches with a discussion on opioids June 18.

Dr. Marielana Vélez de Brown from the Monroe County Department of Public Health will be addressing why business owners should be aware of the growing opioid epidemic, what services are available, and how to be prepared to respond if a staff member or client/customer experiences an overdose.

The lunch will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Avalon ROC, 470 State St., Rochester.

To register, visit

Also, the Rochester Hispanic Business Association has announced that Miguel Velasquez, CEO of Regional Transit Service, will be the keynote speaker for the 2024 Hispanic Business Person of the Year Gala Luncheon Sept. 17 at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

Since joining Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority in 1999, Velasquez has successfully led the organization through significant projects and change that have improved customers’ experience with the public transit system. He oversaw the transformation of the authority’s information systems, infrastructure, services and operations. He created the vision for TIDE (Technology Initiatives Driving Excellence), a $25 million customer-focused technology project. Velasquez also was the executive sponsor for construction of the RTS Transit Center in downtown Rochester and for Reimagine RTS, a complete redesign of the 40-year-old service profile.

To register for the Hispanic Businessperson of the Year Gala Luncheon, visit

Nominations for Hispanic Business Person of the Year are currently being sought and are due by June 30. For a nomination form, visit

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