Silvia Barrón, former director of La Opinión de Georgia Spanish newspaper in Atlanta, has been appointed executive director of the Mexican American Business Chamber-Atlanta.

“I believe this chamber can really grow. Our members are mainly Mexican, but many different Hispanic nationalities want to be involved in Mexican business in Atlanta, “ Ms. Barrón told GlobalFax at a reception held in her honor at the law offices of Kilpatrick Stockton LLP last week.

“We can help various Hispanic entrepreneurs find opportunities in Georgia.”

Ms. Barrón will be leading the chamber in three main projects, including a campaign for Latinos to gain formal state recognition as a minority group to facilitate Latino small business development.

Other projects include a small business incubator that will house four Mexican companies at the chamber’s offices and a networking exchange with business chambers from various Mexican states, according to Ricardo Espinoza, chairman of the chamber.

Ms. Barrón added that the chamber needs to strengthen its ties with similar local organizations. “We need to reach every single one and work together,” she said.

Ms. Barron has been very involved in the Atlanta community since she moved here with her family 13 years ago. She started a community center with Catholic Social Services, headed an Hispanic outreach program for AID Atlanta and taught adult education at DeKalb College.

Ms. Barron may be reached at (404) 266-2233 ext. 241.