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Happy Holidays from the community!

We are coming to an end of a very productive year, and at the community, we are grateful to have your support in our mission to advocate for the Latina working woman. community

Despite some health issues I needed to resolve, this year has been one of the most productive so far in engagement, social media exposure and profitability, and for that, we are very grateful.

Our year ended with a great event, the Best Business Awards and Pitch your Business competition. We thank all of those who supported our event and participated in it.

Next year we are going full engine to great planned activities, developments and resources including expanding our Editorial Advisory Board (EAB). Please contact us if you are interested in participating as a Madrina or a Padrino.

We have also been working on expanding our platform into Spanish, a long due and much needed development. We will keep you posted on our launching date.

We are constantly thinking and planning how to create a better community to represent the voice of the Latina working woman. Our entrepreneurs, career and professional Latinas deserve recognition for the value they bring to their businesses, their workplace, their families and their communities.

Thank you to our Media Strategic Partners:


Feria de Negocios Hispanos de Central New Jersey

Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Hispanic Chamber of E-Commerce


Hispanicize Wire

New America Alliance

Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey

The Adelante Movement


Thank you to our Sponsors and community

Wells Fargo


Herbalife Nutrition


Rising Tide Capital

Clason Point Partners

Royal Lion Realty

Larrea Wealth Management

Five Salon and Spa

Freshie Femenine Care

House of MC

Hanging Secrets

Son Cubano

Empanada Fork

LIFT Empowering Lives

Really Natural by Sue

Shop ConCalma

Luz Beauty Club

Chef Amalia

Café Gourmet

Sweet Glori’s


Thanks to our Media Sponsors:

XL Alliance

Social Media Vibes

Jersey Bound Latino

Univision 41

And thanks to our thousands of followers and readers! Without your support, we would have never been able to accomplish our mission: to advocate for the economic empowerment of the Latina working woman. Join our community!

Welcome 2017! We can’t wait to start!

Latina entrepreneurs

Latina entrepreneurs shine at Best Business Awards

Our Latina entrepreneurs Hipatia Lopez, Jennagloria Pacheco, Nelly Reyes, Maggie Mondragon Cassera, Lu Camarena Meshulam and Luvia Susana Salazar were the bright spot of the amazing Best Business Awards at Son Cubano in West New York.

Latina entrepreneurs

Despite pouring rain, 72 of the 104 registered guests showed up to support and cheer for our amazing Business Pitch competitors. Thanks to our Media Panel, Vicky Llerena, Social Vibes Media; Sylvia Jauregui, Jersey Bound Latino; Angel Vazquez Rivera, Univision Communications, and Lili Gil Valetta, Dreamers Ventures.

Thanks to our sponsors including Gold Sponsor Wells Fargo, Silver Sponsor Marketing Out the Box, Bronze Sponsors Herbalife Nutrition and Access Latina, and all our Supporters that shared this beautiful event with us!

Our friends at Son Cubano -gracias Eddy Duran- for your support to our Latina entrepreneurs! And many more events!

To our Awardees, Luis O De la Hoz, Cristina Abreu, Shop con Calma, Rosa M Mollo, and Carolina E Robles, thank you for your constant support and great exposure to our platform!

To all people who contributed to make this event a bright night: Marcela Zuchoviki, Trinidad de la Rosa, Wendy C Perez, our MC, Jason Furbert and Luciano Catelli, our techie guys, volunteers Juan Carlos Grajeda, Meej Chaparro-Traverso, Tula Alcocer and Adriana Penagos. Without you, our event would not have been this success!

Thanks to all for their support and participation! announces its 2016 Best Business Awards

We will Live Stream the 2016 Best Business Awards on our Facebook Page: on November 29 starting at 7:30 pm. Watch the competition and the final awards ceremony! This is an event you cannot miss!, the digital platform that advocates for Latina entrepreneurs, is announcing the 2016 Best Business Awards winners!


At, we feel so blessed and grateful and truly excited for the response and support we are having in our first solo event! It is hard to provide all the details in just one post!  Supporters are showing up and our Latinas have responded with incredible gestures of cooperation and presence. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

We want also to recognize all the people who made a mark in our publication during this year 2016. Without them, our work would have been almost impossible. Here are the winners of the 2016 Best Business Awards:


Life Time Supporter

2016 Best Business Awards

Luis O De La Hoz

Luis O De la Hoz, Vice Chairman @SHCCNJ Vice President @IntersectFund Chair #FNHCNJ Top Digital Influencer #Latism2016

In his own words, “I help non-for-profit organizations in how to reach the Latino Small Business Owner market. Latino business owners prefer an advisor who is specifically trained or certified in helping small businesses, speaks their language of preference and is involved in the community.”

In addition to being a “Padrino” in our Editorial Advisory Board, Luis has been a constant supporter and an invaluable friend of our platform. In fact, Luis has been with since its inception, encouraging our initiative and being part of its mission. Nobody deserves a place at the 2016 Best Business Awards more than Luis!
Gracias siempre!


Read this story: Madrinas and Padrinos Editorial Advisory Board


Most Read Story – Original feature

Deborah Aguiar-Velez, empowering Latinas

Deborah Aguiar-Velez,

Deborah Aguiar-Velez, founder, president and owner of Sistemas Corporation

Back in July of this year, Cristina Abreu, a team member at Nielsen, contacted us to offer a feature contribution. She believed Deborah was more than deserving of a national recognition for her leadership role in advocating for Latina entrepreneurs and their important place in our economy. They met at the National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI). In their first weekend together, strangers became sisters – hermanas.

An accomplished engineer and businesswoman, Deborah was nationally recognized for innovative leadership in the areas of entrepreneurship, technical development and public service. She was also a member of the 2013 HITEC 100, which is a list of the top 100 most influential and notable Hispanic Professionals in the Information Technology Industry.


Read this story: Deborah Aguiar-Velez empowering Latinas toward financial independence

Most Shared on Social Media Story – Original feature

Matilsha Marxuach, AccessLatina finalist

Matilsha Marxuach, AccessLatina finalist


Shop con Calma, Matilsha Marxuach, Founder and Designer

Matilsha Marxuach is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, who has made a name for herself. With a background in Design and Fashion, Matilsha has been on a dual mission- promoting her creations while generating employment for others.

Located away from the posh hotels selling purses and bags at exorbitant prices, Matilsha’s Concalma store has bags that can match any budget. In addition, her bags are environmentally friendly and look immaculate. The artistic bags are made of cotton with nylon liners and all the fabric is exclusively acquired from Puerto Rico suppliers.


Read this story: Latina entrepreneur brings best crafts of Puerto Rico to fair trade designs


Most Read Contributor – Original feature

Rosa M Mollo, Intercultural Communications coach and Change Facilitator

Rosa M Mollo

Rosa M Mollo, Intercultural Communications Coach and Change Facilitator

Rosa is a communications therapist known for her core “3 Cs,” the tripod of her passions: Communications, Culture, and Change. These areas of expertise are the culmination of over twenty years of international experience as a foreign affairs correspondent, key manager positions as News Bureau Chief in the US, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East, and a strong history embodying change as a positive catalyst for operational efficiency. Before moving to the US, she was one of the most trusted and influential voices of TVE, the Public Spanish Broadcasting Corporation.




Read this story:  Latinas brand identity and the power of your Hispanic accent

Rising Leader

Carolina Robles New Yrok Life

Carolina E Robles

Carolina E Robles, Director of Recruiting at New York Life Insurance Company; Founder, L.I.F.T (Leaders Initiative for Tomorrow) Empowering Lives

At only 26 years of age, Carolina Robles obtained a position as the Director of Recruiting Prospecting and Developing Talent at New York Life Insurance Company, managing talent acquisition for all the offices in the state of New Jersey. She recruits entrepreneurial candidates who are interested in a career in Insurance and Financial Services.

She launched L.I.F.T (Leaders Initiative for Tomorrow) Empowering Lives, a new personal initiative to lead and empower passionate individuals and help them reach their full potential while inspiring them to create leadership opportunities for young professionals.

She was fortunate to invite a co-founder, Wendy Perez, and two wonderful professionals that added tremendous value to her team. Thanks to her vision, LIFT Empowering Lives is a 501 (c3) organization with the mission to bring awareness to new leaders for a better tomorrow.


Read this story: Carolina Robles a leadership rising star on getting out of your comfort zone

Best Business Pitch – Winner of the Pitch your Business competition 2016 Best Business AwardsOur annual event will include a Pitch your Business to Media Competition, a fantastic opportunity for only six Latina business owners who would present their products or services in front of a Panel of Media Experts and compete for the opportunity to become the 2016 Best Business Pitch winner. See who they are and be there to cheer for them!

Read their stories: announces its Pitch your Business competition


2016 Best Business Awards sold out almost 2 weeks in advance!

We are very excited, as I said, for the support and interest we received in our first solo event. We sold out almost two weeks in advance but do not worry if you were not able to find a ticket!

We will Live Stream the 2016 Best Business Awards on our Facebook Page: on November 29 starting at 7:30 pm. Watch the competition and the final awards ceremony! This is an event you cannot miss! announces its Pitch your Business competition

Ending this year in a high note, we are proud to announce our Pitch your Business to Media competition at our signature event 2016 Best Business Awards and Media Networking Event, to take place at Son Cubano, West New York, NJ on November 29 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.


Our annual event will include a Pitch your Business to Media Competition, a fantastic opportunity for only six Latina business owners who would present their products or services in front of a Panel of Media Experts and compete for the opportunity to become the 2016 Best Business Pitch winner.

This year we have gathered the finest media and social media experts. Our Panel includes Angel Vazquez, Director, Communications and Community Empowerment at Univision Communications Inc.; Vicky Llerena, Social Vibes Media’s host, content creator, and public relations strategist; Sylvia Jáuregui, founder partner and co-owner of Jersey Bound Latino; and the exciting presence of Lili Gil Valletta, co-founder and President of XL Alliance and creator of Dreamers Ventures, a platform that selects, mentors and launches products created by Latinos to sell on television. It can’t get better than this!

Pitch your Business competition

Panel of Media Experts (L to R) Angel Vazques, Univision; Vicky Llerena, Social Media Vibes; Sylvia Jauregui, Nj Bound Latino and Lili Gil Valetta,


Thanks to our Sponsors and Supporters

At, we advocate for the economic empowerment of Latinas in business and the workplace. We represent the voice of small businesses owned by Latinas who usually do not have an opportunity to show case and promote their products or services.

2000px-wells_fargo_bank_svgWe are very grateful for the support received from Sponsors and Supporters who value our mission including our Gold Sponsor, Wells Fargo; Silver Sponsor,; Bronze Sponsors, including Access Latina and Herbalife Nutrition; Product Sponsor LUMESH; Media Sponsors, Univision 41, NJ Bound Latino, Social Vibes, and; and Supporters including Rising Tide Capital; LIFT Empowering Lives; Larrea Wealth Management; Son Cubano; Hanging Secrets;; Clason Point Partners Inc.; 5Salon and Spa; The Adelante Movement, My Healthy Gourmet Coffee, and Lux Beauty Club.

“Wells Fargo is proud to support, a leading national platform that brings resources, free promotion and information to Latinas in business and the workplace,” said Tomas Porturas, Community Development Leader for Wells Fargo’s Northern New Jersey Region. “Wells Fargo celebrates the strength, vision and innovation of Latina entrepreneurs and business leaders.”

Meet our Pitch your Business to Media competitors

Now let me introduce you to the six Latina entrepreneurs who would be participating at the Pitch your Business to Media competition. 

freshie Natural Feminine Care Pitch your Business

Nelly Reyes

Pitch your Business competitions

At freshie our goal is to revolutionize the feminine care industry. Our Founder is working to become a change leader in this very important category, by helping women understand the importance of aware self-care through education about the effects of chemicals in personal care products, and by creating feminine care products that are superior natural alternatives to conventional brands.

freshie products are free of sulfate, paraben, DEA, have no synthetic fragrances, no dyes, are not tested on animals, and our proprietary formula gives women a perceived sensation of freshness, so they feel truly fresh without the use of any harsh ingredients.



H.L Unico LLC, Empanada ForkPitch your Business

Hipatia Lopez

Hipatia Lopez



H.L. Unico LLC was started because I invented a kitchen utensil.  The pastry press, which was named Empanada Fork makes fork like impression on dough to seal it closed.  The idea was born in the kitchen and out of frustration when making empanadas.  I wanted a quicker and easier way to do this.  I have learned that to be an entrepreneur means to follow your dreams and pursue them with all your energy! It’s not an easy road and it makes you sweat and cry but it will all be worth it! Do not give up!




House of MC by Little Dragons in TrainingPitch your Business

Maggie Mondragon Cassera

Pitch your Business



I started House of MC by Little Dragons in Training on March of 2015 with the mission of  helping children in need. The Hope Necklace was my starting piece for Little Dragons in Training. After achieving my first goal, helping the children of Eva’s Village with a summer activity in the state of NJ I felt the need to expand our help to teenagers, young adults or anyone experiencing any difficulty.

My vision for House of MC jewelry was to give customers a classy, quality and inexpensive piece all wrapped in one. Our beautiful timeless pieces are made of 925 Sterling Silver.



Lu Camarena Mesulam


Pitch your Business


LuMESH brings order to the complexity of beauty through a focused assortment of must-have products that every woman needs.  LuMESH products are popular in the US among women of all ethnicities, because it works with the undertones of the skin and has a chameleon ability to transforms into the perfect shade on any complexion.

Currently LuMESH offers, multifunctional products such 2 in 1 lip/cheek sticks, lip gloss, and mascara plus will soon be launching a universal aerosol foundation. Our product are available primary on the East coast in boutiques and salons such as Warren Tricomi which is the #1 salon in the country, online at and Birchbox.




Really Natural by SuePitch your Business Really Natural by Sue

Luvia Susana Salazar

Pitch your Business



The desire to make natural juices was inspired by my family and my own wellbeing. Creating these natural supplements became a simple and delicious way for everyone to obtain necessary nutrients on a daily basis.

That is where Really Natural by Sue was born, so that people outside of my family could take part in this easy, fun, and 100% natural way to feel good because we love life too much not to.





Sweet Glori’s Dessert CompanyPitch your Business

Jennagloria Pacheco

Pitch your Business


Sweet Glori’s Dessert Company is an online-based company specializing in high-quality, decorative vegan, allergy-free, all-natural, decadent sweets, with gluten-free options. Jennagloria Pacheco, born with severe food allergies, started Sweet Glori’s Dessert Company due to the lack of taste and presentation found in dessert products catered to individuals with dietary restrictions. Sweet Glori’s is dedicated to providing desserts that are rich in flavor, appealing to the eye, while continuously satisfying the needs of those affected by special dietary needs.

Sweet Glori’s features items such as cake pops, chocolate covered ‘Oreos’, mini cupcakes, pie pops, and decorative sugar cookies. All products are free of the top eight allergens (our facility is nut and dairy-free). Products are made with all natural ingredients. Our company provides a solution for every event planner, friend, and family concerned about serving guests who may have dietary restrictions. You will be able to offer your guests desserts that are not only appealing to the eye but also satisfying to the palette. No guest is excluded, everyone is always included. Our products are ready for your celebration, even if it’s no special occasion.


Join us for the Pitch your Business to Media competition and a night of fun and recognition! Come to cheer for your favorite Latina business owner! We expect a full house, sold-out event so do not delay in getting your tickets now!

For additional information and registration please visit our event at 2016 Best Business Awards and Media Networking.