Bristol Alumna Leads Creation of New Hispanic Chamber

The experience of students at Bristol Community College consistently reflects a profound sense of belonging upon their arrival at any of our college locations. This welcoming atmosphere is attributed to the dedicated faculty and staff, as well as the diverse student body. Such was the sentiment of Von Marie Moniz when she began her educational journey at Bristol.

Von Marie Moniz

Von Marie Moniz | Photo by Allison Faunce of Faunce Photography

"Our vision is to become the foremost Hispanic organization dedicated to elevating excellence and amplifying opportunities for economic growth in southeastern Massachusetts”

"As soon as I came to Bristol, I felt welcomed,” she recalls, highlighting the connections she made with fellow students and supportive faculty. Bristol Community College served as the catalyst for her self-discovery, instilling the confidence she needed to pursue her career goals. A first-generation Dominican American, she ventured beyond the South Coast region to obtain her bachelor’s degree and pursue a career in communications. Upon her return in 2018, she was impressed by the remarkable transformation unfolding in her home-town. Her involvement with Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) ignited her entrepreneurial spirit and fostered connections with like-minded individuals.

Drawing upon her passion and vision, she founded Latinas in the South Coast, a Massachusetts-based organization dedicated to providing a platform for Latina professionals, entrepreneurs and Hispanic-led organizations.

Now, Von Marie is spearheading the launch of the South Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the first chamber in the region specifically designed for Hispanic-owned businesses. This endeavor was achieved through a strategic partnership with founders Guelmie Santiago, Damaris Ferrer, Thais Gutierrez and Jacqueline Correia as well as business and event manager Bibiana De Jesús Pacheco.

The South Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce began offering programming in January 2024, with an official launch planned for the summer of the same year. Von Marie’s commitment to community service and entrepreneurship shines through this remarkable initiative.