MORRISTOWN, NJ -  Three Morristown business leaders were recognized by the Morris County Board of Freeholders for outstanding business achievements.The Morris County Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce (MCHCC) was also honored for three decades of leadership and excellence.

“For almost 30 years, the Hispanic-American Chamber of Commerce has been the leading advocate for Hispanic-owned businesses in Morris County,’’ said Freeholder Director Doug Cabana. “As we all know, small business is the backbone of each community in our county, state and nation, so the work has greatly benefited our entire county,’

The following businesses received resolutions and were honored by the Freeholders:

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MCHACC Business Woman of the Year was awarded to Norma Ponciano, owner or Taquitor y Mas in Morristown. Pociano, a native of Guatemala first started her business as a candy maker and sold candy to her Guatemalan classmates. After arriving in the U.S. in her early 20's, Ponciano opened her first business. Since then, she has successfully owned restaurants, delis and catering services.

MCHACC Business Man of the Year was awarded to Cesar Lasso, owner of CJ Lasso in Morris Plains. Lasso, a native of Colombia founded a cosmetics business in 1992 that delivered beauty and fragrance products across the world. In 2012, he created CL Lasso to create his own fragrance and beauty products. Today he has become a leading distributor in the U.S. for designer-branded and over-the-counter cosmetics, and toiletries, and cosmetic accessories from his global headquarters in Morris Plains.

MCHACC New Business of the Year was awarded to Gilbert Carpeta, Owner of High End Barbershop in Morristown. Carpeta, a native of Colombia wanted to recreate a barbershop from past generations. His barbershop creates an experience for his customers, not just a haircut. In his shop, Carpeta has restored traditional barber art forms and customers can find an old school barbershop experience.

MCHACC Excellent Year of Service Award was given to Dr. Suhaib Nashi of AdvoCare Morristown Pediatrics in Morristown. Dr. Nashi was worked to ensure the best health care is available for the hispanic community. With a focus on the latest clinical and technological advancements, the practice offers patients a wide variety of medical services, including preventive medicine, and treats acute and chronic illnesses, disabilities, developmental and behavioral disorders, adolescent concerns, and other medical issues concerning parents. 

Other awards were given to Hector Lorenzo, CPA (MCHACC Volunteer of the Year),  and John Edwards Escobar, Director of Public Relations (MCHACC Board Member of the Year)

The Hispanic-American Chamber of Commerce has more than 350 members who benefit from a wide range of programs offered by the group, from seminars to business training and business incubation. The Chamber holds more than 20 annual events that range from seminars, training, business incubation, and procurement opportunities, to business card exchanges, networking events and social/fundraising events.

For more information on the Morris County Hispanic-American Chamber of Commerce, visit:        

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