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Micah Rosa (TPR'11) came to Carnegie Mellon University determined to become a leader — and his CMU experience is helping him achieve just that. At age 21, the young entrepreneur founded Shoutside Media, a Pittsburgh-area marketing startup dedicated to helping small and midsize companies optimize their online presence.

"My dad always said that you don't go to college to get a job, you go to college to become a good citizen," Rosa said. "You learn how to contribute, become a community leader and take the country forward."

The North Carolina native first experienced Carnegie Mellon when he attended the Summer Academy for Math and Science (SAMS). The rigorous, skill-building program is supported by the Carnegie Mellon Advising Resource Center (CMARC), an organization committed to diversity and empowering students to excel.

Following his early high school graduation, Rosa enrolled as a CMU student at the age of 16. He chose the Tepper School of Business after hearing an inspiring presentation given by Milton Cofield, executive director of the Tepper School BSBA program.

Rosa also remained involved with CMARC.

"CMARC helped me with a lot of good opportunities," he said. "It was populated with good people that cared enough to respond to students' needs."

"Micah's attendance at SAMS typified his personal desire to always go the extra mile," said Ty Walton, director of CMARC. "An active CMARC participant, he could always be counted on to help new students make campus connections, which is CMARC's motto: 'making connections promoting success.'"

As an undergraduate, Rosa co-founded his first company, SurhRosa, as an offshoot of an Introduction to Entrepreneurship class project. That company grew into Shoutside Media, a startup that "does anything that needs to be done online" — in-house.

"Our professors were very supportive of our efforts, very flexible, with the kind of encouragement to let this happen," Rosa said. "When starting Shoutside, I said to myself, 'I'll figure it out — I'm from Carnegie Mellon.'"

In 18 months, the company that specializes in mobile website creation, search engine optimization, social media management and video creation has grown to service 65 clients.

Rosa is now giving back to his community as the youngest board member of Pittsburgh's Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

And his advice to other CMU students?

"Start your own thing. We need our CMU students to break out with their training to become the next Morgan Stanley or Facebook. Give it a shot. See what you can do for our economy, for our communities. Be a leader."

Source: http://www.cmu.edu/homepage/society/2014/fall/leading-by-example.shtml


Related Links: Tepper School of Business | Carnegie Mellon Advising Resource Center



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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ALLEGHENY COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
HISPANIC ATTORNEYS COMMITTEE
2014 LEGAL INTERNSHIP ESSAY COMPETITION

The Hispanic Attorneys Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association is pleased to announce that an unpaid summer internship in the Judicial Chambers of the Honorable Carlota M. Böhm of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania,located in downtown Pittsburgh, will be awarded to a local Hispanic/Latino college student who is entering his/her junior or senior year, and who is interested in pursuing a career in law.

The recipient of the internship will receive meaningful hands-on experience and exposure to cases in litigation, court hearings, and the workings of a judge's chambers. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals who are interested in a career in law and who are looking for a rewarding experience that will inform future career decisions.

  To apply for the internship, please submit the following:

1.     A resume with detailed contact information, including phone number and email address; and
2.    An essay (not to exceed 1000 words*) that addresses the following question: In your opinion, based upon your studies and life experience, what is the most pressing area of legal concern today?

Additional requirements and information:
Final candidates for the internship will be contacted for an interview. The internship schedule is flexible, over a 10-week period, and will be determined by the supervising attorney at the internship location. Up to three (3) academic credits may be available.

Email application materials to jennifer.andrade@usdoj.gov.
The subject line of the email should be titled: ACBA Hispanic Internship

ALL MATERIALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2014 AT NOON
*ANY APPLICATION NOT MEETING THE REQUIREMENTS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED


 
 
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2014 -- The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) came out in strong support of President Obama’s nomination of Maria Contreras-Sweet to lead the Small Business Administration (SBA). The USHCC has long called for greater recruitment of entrepreneurs for government posts critical to supporting American business, as well as the promotion of leadership that understands the unique challenges facing minority-owned firms. As the founder of a community bank, co-founder of a venture fund, and a Latina immigrant, Contreras-Sweet is uniquely well-suited to serve the small business community.

The SBA Administrator, recently elevated to a Cabinet-Level position by President Obama, plays a critical role in providing educational programming and business counseling for entrepreneurs, extending government-backed loans to growing businesses, and highlighting federal contracting opportunities to American small business.

“Maria Contreras-Sweet is the epitome of a successful entrepreneur and social innovator, whose professional accomplishments make her the best and most qualified candidate to head the Small Business Administration,” said Javier Palomarez, President & CEO of the USHCC. “The USHCC applauds President Obama for this groundbreaking nomination which clearly demonstrates that his administration understands the needs facing America’s small businesses, as well as the concerns of the nation’s valuable minority-owned business community. We also commend the President for choosing to reflect the true diversity of America in his cabinet nominations. Ms. Contreras-Sweet is a practitioner, not a bureaucrat; she personally understands the number one concern of all entrepreneurs, which is access to capital and credit. She is a close friend of the USHCC, with whom we have enjoyed a long, collaborative relationship. I have no doubt that Maria Contreras-Sweet will be a strong ally and fearless advocate for American small business.”

“Over the past several years, the SBA has been a tremendous partner of the USHCC,” said USHCC Chairman Marc Rodriguez. “SBA’s efforts to increase opportunities for access to capital, counseling and mentorship, and Hispanic business procurement can easily be seen throughout our network of 200 local Hispanic chambers of commerce and their member businesses. Upon her confirmation, we look forward to working closely with Ms. Contreras-Sweet to keep this momentum and to ensure that small business is at the forefront of growing the American economy.”

About the USHCC

Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of 3.16 million Hispanic-owned businesses across the United States that together contribute in excess of $468 billion to the American economy. It also serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers and business associations in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Contact: Valentina Pereda
USHCC Director of Communications
202-489-2932

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