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The Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium (MMMC) is a 501C (9) nonprofit corporation created to be the service arm of minority publishers and broadcasters in the metro area. MMMC is a membership organization, consisting of many of the multicultural newspapers, radio and TV stations located in the Twin Cities metro area. The main purpose of the MMMC is to provide a variety of media-related services to Minnesota communities of color and to promote community building in minority communities through media and communications projects.
Services
ENGAGEMENT - OUTREACH
MMMC produces unique yet interconnected engagement and outreach strategies which taken together, more effectively serve and engage the communities of color in Minnesota, and support Minnesota's priority of reducing disparities in three key areas:

* Workforce
* Business Opportunity
* Education

MMMC hosts Town Hall Meetings, Education Fairs and Job Fairs in each of the following ethnic communities, led by media partners and stakeholders and marketed by the MMMC media members:

* African/African American
* Asian/Pacific Islander
* Latino/Hispanic
* American Indian


Immigration Information Center
The Immigration Information Center (IIC) is a division of The Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium (MMMC). The IIC was created in 2008 to help immigrants to learn about the rights and respsonsibilities of US citizenship and help them to become productive citizens. Its services include:

1. Immigration Library
2. Citizenship Classes
3. Translation and interpreting services
4. Naturalization Interview / Test practices
5. Immigration Forums
6. Immigration Writings

MMMC also has programs in these four major areas:

The Business Development Center
The Business Development Center will be a joint project of MMMC and other mainstream businesses. The Business Development Center will provide a variety of business development and business incubator services to emerging small businesses in the Multicultural Marketing Consulting Group (MMCG).

Media Training Center
The Media Training Center will provide employment training for minority residents desiring to enter the media and communications field- printing; editorial; photography; geography; producing; computer; other technology; communications and technology.

Expo Marketing
Expo Marketing is a program to introduce the mainstream business community to the variety of media services provided by minority businesses. MMMC will provide information and displays about minority media opportunities at conventions and business expos.

Community Policy Projects
MMMC has an ongoing relationship with minority community forums in each of the minority communities in the Twin Cities and serves as supporter and partnership for a collaborative project of theirs. Working with the community forums, MMMC will develop a variety of community-driven policy projects with the goal of giving minority communities a greater voice in public policy making and civic journalism initiatives.

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Frequently Asked Questions
Why did we form the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium (MMMC)?
Ethnic media needs a support organization to help them grow and multicultural communities need an organization to develop community projects.

In what areas is MMMC involved?
We offer media training, expo marketing, business development, community policy projects.

How do I can become the member of MMMC?
Full membership for media related organizations is $200 per year.
Associate membership for support organizations is $100 per year

What are the benefits for members?
Members can get the MMMC newsletter, event invitations, participate in projects and more.

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Events

The MMMC supports and sponsors Multicultural Marketing Conferences and events to introduce the mainstream business community to the buying power of the ethnic communities and provide insights and strategies to assist the mainstream advertisers in reaching this segments with their products, services and opportunities.

Annual Multicultural Marketing Conference
Features multicultural thought leaders sharing insights and marketing strategies.

Annual Hispanic Marketing Conference
National Hispanic Marketing Experts discussing marketing efforts needed to reach the Hispanic consumer.

Annual La Familia Latino Family Festival and Expo
Features an education fair, job fair and expo with services, products, and health and wellness information.

Annual African Awards Gala and Conference
Brings together leaders in the emerging African Community.

Twin Cities Juneteenth Celebration
Honoring the arts, culture and community of African-Americans in Minnesota.

Annual Afrifest Festival
Promotes and fosters the development of Pan African arts and culture and community.

The Hmong Freedom Celebration 34th Annual Sport Festival, Como Park
Hmongs from throughout the United States come together for this iconic annual festival.

The annual Minnesota Hmong New Year celebration, Saint Paul RiverCentre
Thousands of members of the Hmong/Laos community celebrate their culture arts and community.


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Contact
Richard Aguilar - Chairman
aguilarproductions@msn.com

Al McFarlane - President
al@insightnews.com

Tom Gitaa - Secretary
tgitaa@mshale.com

Armando Quintero - Treasurer
armando@laraza1400.com


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Board of Directors
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Richard Aguilar

Chairman

Tom Gitaa, Secretary
Tom Gitaa

Secretary

Al McFarlane, President
Al McFarlane

President

Armando Quintero, Treasurer
Armando Quintero

Treasurer


Richard Aguilar - Chairman
Richard Aguilar is President/CEO of Aguilar Productions, Inc. based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Aguilar Productions is the leader in promoting the U.S. Emerging markets to Corporate America, producing marketing conferences and special events with a focus on the Hispanic American, Asian-American, African-American and U.S. Emerging African markets. Aguilar Productions recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Aguilar Productions is publisher of Latino American Today, a print publication reaching the Latino Community in the Twin Cities Area.

Al McFarlane - President
Al McFarlane started Insight News in 1974 as a color-cover magazine serving the Minneapolis African American community north side. Today McFarlane is a nationally known publisher, radio host and community leader. McFarlane conceived the idea to form the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium that organized various ethnic newspapers in the Twin Cities. In 1997, McFarlane initiated a series of public policy forums in partnership with radio stations KFAI and KMOJ , that brings together, Public, Private, Political and Community leaders sharing their thoughts and ideas with the African American community. That forum is alive and well today.

Tom Gitaa - Secretary
Tom Gitaa, Kenyan immigrant to the U.S. and founder of Mshale, the African community newspaper based in Minneapolis, Mshale. begun in 1994, as a 2-page photocopied newsletter, and now is a free monthly paper, covering news and issues relevant to the pan-African immigrant community. 15,000 copies a month are distributed through the Northeastern US states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Gitaa is well known nationally for his civic and social work promoting the African Community.

Armando Quintero - Treasurer
Armando Quintero is the new General Manager for Santamaria Broadcasting, La Raza Radio Stations KMNV 1400/KMNQ 1470 and for Telemundo Minnesota. Before coming to the Twin Cities Quintero was the Director of Brokered Stations for Davidson Media Group generating divisions of the company, providing assistance in management, programming, sales and marketing to the local stations group. Quintero is also a veteran sports announcer. He is the lead play by play announcer for the NFL on CBS-TV broadcasts in Spanish.

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