SBA: How these cities support Latinx small businesses, J.Lo. fireside chat

The SBA (U.S. Small Business Administration) Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced today the full speaker slate for National Small Business Week, including entrepreneur Mark Cuban, Chef José Andrés, and White House Senior Advisor and Director of the Office of Public Engagement Cedric Richmond.  The National Small Business Week Virtual Summit takes place September 13-15, 2021.


Photo Credits: Mark Cuban (Wikimedia Commons – Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America – Mark Cuban & Doug Ducey) –  Jennifer Lopez (Wikipedia Commons dvsross – Jennifer Lopez at GLAAD Media Awards.jpg) – Jose Andres (Wikimedia Commons David Shankbone – Own work José Andrés Puerta at the 2012 Time 100 gala.)

The theme for this year’s event is Celebrating Resilience and Renewal, spotlighting the resilience of America’s entrepreneurs and the renewal of the small business economy as they build back better from the economic crisis brought on by the pandemic.

Administrator Guzman will kick off National Small Business Week with an opening address on September 13. In addition to this and the new keynote speakers, other panelists and participants will include Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles, Calif.; Mayor Steve Adler, Austin, Texas; Mayor Regina Romero, Tucson, Ariz.; Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, Chicago, Ill.; Tarik Brooks, President of Combs Enterprises, and Oisin Hanrahan, Chief Executive Officer of Angi.

Here’s how you can participate:

Photo of Jennifer Lopez

Register for the National Small Business Week Virtual Summit, September 13-15 for business tips, chat with other small business owners and connect with industry experts.

Also, hear from guest speaker Jennifer Lopez as she joins Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman for “Pathways to Entrepreneurship: A Fireside Chat” on Tuesday, September 14.

For more information, see the Virtual Summit agenda.

Photo credit SBA

NSBW Virtual Summit Speakers Line up

Monday, September 13 – “Getting Back on Track: Resources to Build Back Better”

  • Opening Keynote Address by: Isabella Casillas Guzman, SBA Administrator (11-11:30 a.m. EDT)
  • Keynote Address by: Cedric Richmond, White House Senior Advisor and Director of the Office of Public Engagement (11-11:30 a.m. EDT)
  • Keynote Address by: Mark Cuban, Entrepreneur (11-11:30 a.m. EDT)
  • “Life after COVID – A Fireside Chat with SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman and Restaurateur Chef José Andrés”- José Andrés, Chef, Restaurateur and Founder of World Central Kitchen (12:40-1:10 p.m. EDT)

Tuesday, September 14 –Better Serving Small Businesses and Underserved Communities

  • “Support Latino Biz: How these Mayors are Leading the Way” – (3:40-4:40 p.m. EDT)
    Participants: Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles, Calif.; Mayor Steve Adler, Austin, Texas; Mayor Regina Romero, Tucson, Ariz.; Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, Chicago, Ill.
    Moderator: Antwaun Griffin, Chief of Staff for the SBA
  • Special Remarks by: Tarik Brooks, Chief Operating Officer of Combs Enterprises, will speak on the importance of Black and Brown communities coming together to support each other. (4:45-5:00 p.m. EDT)

Wednesday, September 15 “Continuance to Support Resilience and Renewal”

  • Special Remarks by: Oisin Hanrahan, Chief Executive Officer of Angi (formerly Angie’s List), will share small business experiences as well as trends and insights on how Angi has maneuvered through the pandemic and positioned for the future.

Biographies for Keynote Speakers

Cedric Richmond: White House Senior Advisor and Director of the Office of Public Engagement
Cedric Richmond is an attorney and former Democratic Congressman for Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District from 2011-2021. Richmond now serves as senior advisor to President Biden and director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.

Mark Cuban: Entrepreneur
Mark Cuban is an entrepreneur, television personality, and media proprietor. He is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks professional basketball team of the National Basketball Association, co-owner of 2929 Entertainment, and chairman of AXS-TV. He is also one of the main “shark” investors on the hit ABC reality TV series “Shark Tank.”

José Andrés: Chef, Restaurateur, and Founder of World Central Kitchen
José Andrés is a chef, restaurateur, and founder of World Central Kitchen, a non-profit devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters.  He is often credited with bringing the small plates dining concept to America. He owns restaurants in Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Las Vegas, Nev.; South Beach Miami and Orlando, Fla.; Chicago, Ill., and New York, N.Y.  Andrés received the National Humanities Medal at a White House ceremony in 2016. In 2018, Andrés’ World Central Kitchen provided meals to furloughed federal employees during the federal government shutdown.

You might be interested: Isabella Casillas Guzman confirmed as new SBA Administrator, a big win for small businesses 

Administrator Guzman announced National Small Business Week 2021 in a news release last month. The free, three-day conference will take place in a virtual atrium, which will showcase a series of educational panels on best practices for small businesses to pivot and recover in a changing economy. NSBW events this year will also provide a forum where business owners will be able to get expert advice, learn new business strategies, connect with industry experts, and meet other business owners as they look to pivot and recover. Additional speakers will be announced. Details and information will be posted on  as events are finalized.

To register for the National Small Business Week Virtual Summit and participate in summit workshops, please visit All events will be live-streamed and will use the event hashtag #SmallBusinessWeek.

Giving back during the Holiday Season Shinny names on a donors' wall

Ugly lies about giving back during the Holiday Season

Giving back during the Holiday Season is a usual practice that reminds us there are others in need in the world. Philanthropy  is a practice that has helped many. It has built non-profit and religious organizations that are now larger than corporations; it has sustained the poor, the suffering and the excluded. However, philanthropy also hides many ugly lies.

Giving back during the Holiday Season Shinny names on a donors' wall

Shinny names on a donors’ wall

Let’s face it, though, big giving is a big fat lie for most large philanthropic donations made by millionaires and billionaires during exactly that time of year when they still have time to receive succulent tax deductions in return-as if they needed them.

Among them, we find different kind of givers: Some choose charities of their preference –not always those that help the most in need– such as the arts, the ballet, or a museum, usually for activities they enjoy the most.

Others prefer to give abroad, malaria in Africa or hunger in Latin America, some unknown place they don’t have to deal with on a daily basis. Then there are those who support organizations that sustain their religious beliefs such as anti-abortion and anti-gay organizations, denominational charities and the like.

Still there are those who donate to sick children, animal organizations or the veterans, all good causes that strive to really help. But, in my opinion, the world of charity is a world that sustains a system of unfairness and inequality. Otherwise, why do we still need philanthropy?

Giving back during the Holiday Season, where does the money really go?

giving back during Holiday Season Koch Foundation website

Koch Foundation website

Three quarters of wealthy people give to causes that are either of their personal preference or provide them personal benefits, according to Eric Friedman, the author of Reinventing Philanthropy: A Framework for More Effective Giving.

And Dan Kadlec in his article “Why the Rich Aren’t Good at Giving” shares the information provided by the Chronicle of Philanthropy in an annual list of charitable gifts of $1 million or more.

According to the list, in 2012, 73 such gifts were as follows:

  • 21 gifts of $1 million or more (22%) went to the arts, museums, sports, or historic preservation, or to foundations with a significant emphasis on these areas.
  • 37 gifts of $1 million or more (39%) went to colleges and universities.
  • 15 gifts of $1 million or more (16%) went to health-related charities and hospitals in the developed world.

He also shares that billionaire David Koch donated $65 million to the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, for an outdoor plaza renovation, while he spared the National Museum of Natural History $35 million for a dinosaur exhibit hall, as examples.

Tax deduction, the real reason about giving back during the Holiday Season

Poor people receiving food instead of economic empowerment

While the wealthy proclaim giving as a way of helping –it undoubtedly does–, it is also a way of helping themselves. Let’s not forget the large tax deductions that go to those who freely donate their money, which otherwise will go to taxes for government created programs and resources. Those programs are designed for all without preferences or discrimination of any sort.

in Non-Profit Quarterly, Rick Cohen mentions that, “Evidence of a disconnect on the topic of taxes was found when advisors cited a belief that 40 percent of HNW [high net worth] individuals would reduce their giving if the estate tax were eliminated, and that 78 percent would do so if income tax deductions for donations were eliminated—whereas just six percent and 45 percent of HNW individuals, respectively, indicated that they would reduce their charitable giving if these tax policy changes occurred.”

And he continues, “Only 10 percent of the high net worth survey participants report that reducing their tax obligations is the motivation for their charitable giving, but 46 percent of HNW advisors believe that reducing taxes is the reason.”

Choosing where to allocate their charity money is a privilege to receive a privilege, one that many don’t have. When a low-income person spares a dollar at the grocery store to see their names go on a green shamrock or a few coins into the Salvation Army’s hanging basket, they don’t run to deduct that amount from their taxes.

The untold -and ugly- truth: Giving back instead of paying fair wages


However, the same wealthy population that so freely gives this time of year would deny their workers a fair wage, will fight back regulations that protect employee benefits and resist rewarding their employee’s hard work with a fair share of their profits.

They support –with unbelievably large amounts of money- those in government that deny the people’s right to earn fair wages and live with dignity and in safety. They would fight back on giving immigrants the opportunity to build a decent life for themselves and their children. They would prevent veterans the care and services they desperately need after sacrificing their lives –and their families’- for their country.

The philanthropic act of giving is an act of otherness; the “haves” and the “have –nots” are separated by that act. There is no link, no bond in between that would change the status-quo. Philanthropic giving is not an act of kindness, it is an act of selfishness; it does not strive for community economic empowerment but it underscores individual humiliation.

If you ever had to depend on charity of any kind to provide for yourself or for your family, you know that receiving charity is not a good feeling –it is mortifying and deprecating. In a way, it is a “reminder” that we are vulnerable, inept and unable to provide for ourselves. We have fallen off the ladder and it is unlikely that will be able to climb up again.

When asked if they would prefer to receive charity or recover their dignity, I’m sure most people would choose the latter.

So next time you are thinking of giving, think less in terms of what you want to give and more of what others might want to receive: give another human being their dignity, their ability to fight for their own rights, their ability to feel whole again, and the ability to choose their own destiny.

Members of the AccessLatina accelerator

AccessLatina launches accelerator for economic empowerment of Latinas in STEAM


Members of the AccessLatina accelerator

Members of the AccessLatina accelerator


 AccessLatina, a non-for-profit organization pioneering entrepreneurial growth for women, announces the launch of the first-ever multi-market accelerator program developed to reach one of America’s fastest growing populations—Latinas—in STEAM, social innovation and agriculture.

The organization parallels the passion, authenticity and cultural roots that Latinas proudly share. The accelerator was launched by two female entrepreneurs: Lucienne Gigante and Marta Michelle Colón. It is open to Latinas who own businesses headquartered in New York, Washington, DC, Florida, and Puerto Rico, focused on STEAM, social innovation, or the agricultural industry (including ag-farm and ag-tech), and have been doing business for at least three years.

According to the American Express State of Women-Owned Businesses 2014 report, women in the continental U.S. are opening an average of 1,200 businesses a day, double the rate from three years ago. Women-owned businesses generate more than $1.4 trillion in revenue and employ more than 7.9 million people.

Latinas in particular are paving the way by opening businesses six to one above other market segments, proving to play an instrumental role in unleashing the potential of the American economy. Over the past decade there has been a nearly 200 percent increase in Latina-owned businesses. 

“Studies show that Latina business owners have a startup rate of six times the national average. Latinas hold amazing possibilities to create employment, exports and continue to significantly impact the economy,” said Marta Michelle Colón.

AccessLatina aims to provide capital injection and resource investment to women-owned businesses with high-growth potential through a yearly competition for which applications are being accepted starting immediately at

AccessLatina will provide capital and resources to Latina entrepreneurs, including a $25,000 grant and a crowd-funding round, advanced education, publicity, mentoring and access to a high-profile network of professionals, other entrepreneurs and investors.  

The accelerator comprises three modules taught by top professors and experts on topics including management, sales, marketing, investors, business plans, and mentoring sessions. Ten finalists will be chosen by more than 40 judges participating in the process.

“Investing in women’s economic development is a significant economic driver for any country,” said Lucienne Gigante.

AccessLatina is supported by McDonough Graduate School of Business of Georgetown University, Kiva Zip, Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College, Golden Seeds, Guayacán, the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, Oriental Bank, and Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative, among others, and consists of a group of dedicated social and business entrepreneurs.

To be part of the #ACCESSLATINA experience or for more information on the program and details of the application process please visit Follow on social media  @AccessLatina on Facebook and @AccessLatina on Twitter. Please use #FUNDLATINAS on social media.


Key Dates:

Accelerator’s deadline to submit applications is

November 28, 2015

 The 10 finalists will be announced on

January 4, 2016

 The five winners will be announced on:

March 28, 2016


Desnudas in Times Square

Desnudas in Times Square a valid business for Latinas or sexual objectification

Desnudas in Times Square

Desnudas in Times Square

By now, you have probably heard of the commotion caused by some Latinas in New York City posing as “Desnudas,” a practice that has been increasingly profitable and apparently popular since 2013: women who parade the Times Square pedestrian plaza topless and covered in body paint to model for photos in exchange for tips.

Living in the New Jersey/New York region for now over 25 years, I would have not paid attention to the matter if it was not because Latinas were involved. Little that happens in the Big Apple neither gets your attention nor surprises you anymore. However, somehow it bothered me that the story in the New York Times mentioned specifically Latinas, and given the name of the act, I assume they must have started it.

As a disclosure, I need to say that I’m a girl of the sixties, not afraid of the sexual revolution, and a moderate feminist. Moreover, for about 10 years, I practiced nudism way back when I was not that well-known in the business environment. I even briefly lived in a nudist community in Florida –it was not as hot as you imagine.

I have told publicly the story that, when I starting doing online research to start, it was very discouraging to see that the first positions on a Google search for the word “Latinas” would be related to “hot Latinas” or “meet Latinas escorts” and all kinds of similar services offered. I decided it was my challenge to then try to contribute to change that image, knowing how much accomplishment is rampant in our community with Hispanic women making strides in all industries and walks of life. Unfortunately, still very less promoted by mainstream media than, of course, the “Desnudas.”

“The earliest sighting of a desnuda seems to date to the summer of 2013, according to posts on social media. But this summer, on any given day, there are at least a dozen young women, primarily Latinas, of all heights and body shapes, strolling through the pedestrian plazas, trying to capitalize on this suggestive performance art,” says the article on the New York Times.

But is this really performance art?

Andy Golub's Body Paint Art

Artist Andy Golub’s Body Paint Art – NYC Body Painting Day

Body painting is not a new artistic expression; moreover, it was practiced in the majority of tribalist cultures around the world from ancient to recent times. From the arrest of Max Factor, Sr. in 1933 at the World’s Fair in Chicago for painting a nude model to the sixties movement of body art and personal mythologies, body painting has been used as a way to gain public attention in political demonstrations, or to express freedom of speech thus protected by the First Amendment.

“If the nudity is the only way to express a certain concept or idea or viewpoint, yes, most likely it would be considered protected speech under the First Amendment. Or if the person ‘speaking’ by nudity had no other means of expression, yes, most likely it would be considered protected speech under the First Amendment. Factors such as the location where the nudity took place, who witnessed the nudity (those who expected to see such a display or those who would have likely not expected such a display in the given setting) would come into play as well in a court decision, but likely a case could be made for the viewpoint expressed or the necessity of the method used, that is, being nude to make one’s point,” says, an organization that promotes naturism as a way of life.

So what are these Latinas really expressing with their act?

Ms. Ovalles, who is from Venezuela, had been living in Miami and working as a waitress at a Colombian restaurant when a cousin, Charly Santos, asked if she would like to work with his wife, Paola Peña, in Times Square. He explained the job. Ms. Ovalles was open to the idea but wondered how much money she could make. After Mr. Santos showed her videos of the desnudas on YouTube, she succumbed to the allure of adventure and moved to New York in April.

“Her daily income varies, she said, but it averages about $300 — around $100 more than she was making in Miami. She said she gets anywhere from $5 to $20 in tips for each photo.

“’I don’t do nothing bad because the people like it,’ Ms. Ovalles said. ‘It’s like any other job in another place.’”

The “performers” accept that the Desnudas act entitles an exchange of money for some sort of service provided, in this case, posing for pictures taken with by-passers. And I believe that is the point that keeps me itching: I don’t know if their activity qualifies as public pornography but in my view it does come very close.

And again, I’m no Christian fundamentalist or easily disturbed by sexual expressions but do not shovel it up my nose. Consenting adults that engage in any kind of private encounter can do as much and go as far as the law allows –in order to protect them to harm each other.

Chilean artist Jeampiere Dinamarca Poque's body paint

Chilean artist Jeampiere Dinamarca Poque’s body paint

Which brings me to the point of my rumblings here: as it is, our Latina community is perceived as a community that is daring and sexual, a community that is better known for its examples of sex divas than its Nobel prices. This pressure causes a great harm in every aspect of our lives and that of our daughters.

Sexual objectification of the body is a strain in women’s fight for equality. “When women and girls are targets of objectification, they begin seeing themselves through others’ perceptions,” says Deanna Michalopoulos, writer at Bustle. “Self-objectification breeds shame and anxiety, draining mental resources, and even compromising physical abilities… Overcoming ‘wage gaps’ and ‘confidence gaps’ requires a massive surge of mental energy. Throwing in a minimal preoccupation with ‘thigh gaps’ isn’t exactly creating a culture conducive to women ‘leaning in,’” she brilliantly states.

In my view, by throwing paint on their bodies for money Desnudas are tinting a whole community of Latinas that are working hard at changing stereotypes and gaining the reputation of accomplished women we very well deserve. What is your take on the topic?



CLN Hall of Fame October 1

Chicago Latino Network Hall of Fame Reception

CNL Hall of Fame Reception

Join us for Cocktails and Accolades, as we honor awardees of the past nine CLN Awards, and celebrate those who have surpassed excellence by inducting them into the CLN Hall of Fame!Complimentary hosted bar featuring specialty cocktails by Hendrick’s Gin, Milagro Tequila and Reyka Vodka.All tickets include complimentary hosted bar and appetizers.General admission: $40 per ticket
VIP booth (seats 10 VIPs): $500 (limited availability)
VIP booth (seats 6 VIPs): $300 (limited availability)

Come and celebrate with the following distinguished CLN Award recipients, and find out who will be inducted into the Inaugural CLN Hall of Fame!

Pablo Acosta – CCO – PACO [cross-cultural marketing]

Anita Alvarez – Cook County State’s Attorney

David Andalcio – CEO – Wynndalco Enterprises, LLC

Juan Carlos Avila – Managing Partner – TOROSO Investments, LLC

Karina Ayala-Bermejo – EVP & GC Metropolitan Family Services; Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services

Martin Cabrera, Jr. – Chief Executive Officer – Cabrera Capital Markets, LLC

Olga Camargo – Managing Partner – TOROSO Investments, LLC

Alberto A. Carrero, Jr. – Member – Chicago Board of Education

Gery J. Chico – Partner – Chico & Nunes, P.C.

Warner Cruz – President & CEO – J.C. Restoration, Inc.

Concepcion “Connie” Favela – Nursing Care Plan Coordinator – Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

Sol Flores – Executive Director – La Casa Norte

Henry Godinez – Professor – Department of Theatre – Northwestern University; Resident Artistic Associate – Goodman Theatre

Alicia Gonzalez – Executive Director – Chicago Run

Angel Gutierrez – Vice President – Community Development and Outreach Services – Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago

Clara Lopez – Vice President – El Valor

Maria E. Lopez – Principal – Maria Esther Lopez & Associates

Heriberto Martinez – Best Buy Carpet & Granite

Juan Ochoa – President & CEO – Miramar International Group

Diana Palomar – Vice President, Community Affairs – ABC 7 Chicago

Sunny Penedo Chico – President and Founder of SPC Educational Solutions

Guillermo “Bill” Perez – Director, Hispanic Outreach Program – Chicago Board of Elections Commissioners

Robert Renteria – Chairman – The Barrio Foundation

Arabel Alva Rosales – CEO & President – AAR & Assocs., Ltd.

Zoraida Sambolin – Weekday Edition co-anchor – NBC5 News Today

Jose Sanchez – President & CEO – Norwegian American Hospital

Sam Sanchez – President – Samco Enterprises

Monica Torres-Linares – Managing Counsel at Justicia Attorneys/Abogados

Israel Vargas – Asst. Provost for College Access and Targeted Recruitment Programs – Roosevelt University

Neli Vazquez-Rowland – President – ASafeHaven

Letty Velez – President & CEO – Velez Enterprises



Susana G Baumann, Editor-in-Chief LIBizus wins Tecla Award at Hispanicize 2015 wins TECLA Awards Best Business Blog at Hispanicize 2015

Susana Baumann at Tecla Awards Hispanicize 2015

Susana Baumann at Tecla Awards Hispanicize 2015

It was nerve racking, it was exciting, and it was intoxicating!  A newbie at the Hispanicize event –my first time participating–, the TECLA Awards at Hispanicize 2015 turned out to be such a combination of emotions!

The venue, the Marriot Marquis at Biscayne Boulevard in Miami 19th floor was gorgeous: pool, outside setting for the welcoming reception; inside, the living-room style setting with white armchairs and a central stage. Manny “the man at Hispanicize” Ruiz gave the intro words in his own casual style to around 300 people who attended the awards reception.

Meeting new friends we have been following on Twitter was such a treat: Melanie GonzaLez @mendezgonzales, Lynn Ponder @Ponderful, Lissa Monet Morales @xoxoLizza, Jeannette Kaplun @JeannetteKaplun, and so many others we admire and follow!

Susana G Baumann @LIBizus and Claudia Krusch @ckrusch at Hispanicize 2015

Susana G Baumann @LIBizus and Claudia Krusch @ckrusch at Hispanicize 2015

Best Business or Finance Blog was one of the last to come up during the first part of the night. We were competing with Cuponeando and Think Multicultural. My kudos to both of them for the great job they do!

Although I wanted to win –of course, you work all year and live for these moments– I did not think being such a young platform we would have a chance– but when they mentioned LatinasIn as the winner, a feeling of fulfillment and completion took over me.

At only six months of launching LIBizus, we have over 5000 followers on our site and that is the most rewarding feeling: there is a niche looking for what we offer. Now, being recognized by our colleagues is even more exciting, the welcome to the Hispanicize family and the world of Latino social media. That is more than we could expect!

Hispanicize 2015 Tecla Awards at Marriot Marquis in Miami

Hispanicize 2015 Tecla Awards at Marriott Marquis in Miami

I have met many bloggers I admire; many of them have been in the social media trend for a long time. I have a lot to learn from these amazing Latinas, and meeting them allows me to now reach out and invite them to be a part of OUR LIBizus. After all, this is what we are, this is what we do: we tell the stories of amazing Latinas in business making history.

A special thanks to the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (SHCCNJ) for always supporting LIBizus and for the great work they are doing at reaching out in social media. Gracias Prez Carlos Medina, my friend and mentor Luis O De la Hoz and all the team at SHCCNJ. I’m proud to represent you everywhere I go!

Susana G Baumann with Tecla Award 2015 for Best Business Blog

Susana G Baumann with Tecla Award 2015 for Best Business Blog

Los Angeles Tap the Future winner Enso Ink_feature

“Shark Tank” Daymond John gives you 3 tips to win $200K (video)

ABC's Shark Tank's judge and business mogul Daymond John

ABC’s Shark Tank’s judge and business mogul Daymond John

Are you a LIBizus startup or entrepreneur looking to take your business to the next level? Do you have confidence that your new idea is worth over $200K? Then Miller Lite Tap the Future is what you have been waiting for!

Miller Lite Tap the Future gives participants the chance to present original business ideas and compete for the grand prize while working with world-known business moguls like Daymond John from ABC’s “Shark Tank.” This year, in addition to business teams, they are also accepting “solopreneurs” to the program.

Beginning February 6, entrepreneurs ages 21 and over can submit applications up until April 10, 2015. Thirty semi-finalists will be selected to pitch their business ideas in Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia and Detroit throughout July.

One business from each city will be chosen by a panel of judges to move on to the national finals and win $20,000. In September, the final six participants will compete in Chicago for a $200,000 grand prize.

“Miller Lite Tap the Future is the ultimate competition for entrepreneurs who want to be recognized and rewarded for following their true passion,” said John. “I encourage all entrepreneurs to apply for a chance to get their original idea out there and receive advice on how to take it to the next level.”

Two years in the works, Tap the Future has received over 4,000 submissions and provided $700,000 to fund original business ideas in all industries. Previous winners, Sean O’Brien and Evan Wray, were acquired for $27 million after creating Swyft Media, a company that creates stickers and emojis that are compatible with mobile messaging apps like Kik, Tango and Viber.

Los Angeles Tap the Future winner Enso Ink

Los Angeles Tap the Future winner Enso Ink

Miller Brewing Company began as just an idea in 1885 and has grown to be one of the top-five selling beers in the United States. Miller remembers where they started and are using this opportunity to give back to those who share the same passion for entrepreneurship.

“The original light beer exists because Frederick Miller followed his passion against all odds, so it is important for Miller Lite to support entrepreneurs who want to pursue theirs,” said Steve Canal, MillerCoors manager of community commerce and partnerships. “Not only does Miller Lite Tap the Future offer entrepreneurs the chance to interact with top business experts like Daymond John, but it also provides the tools and funding resources to help bring great ideas to life.”

These are John’s three tips to be a winner:

  1. Recognize the importance of mentors in life and business

    Daymond John with previous years' participants

    Daymond John with previous years’ participants

“I often speak about the importance of mentors. These days I’m usually the one doing the mentoring but I wanted to use this week’s blog to give people some insight into the people who changed my life through their mentorship. Mentors can be people who come into your life for a brief period or those who stick around forever. My friend, and current mentor Jay Abraham, who I’ve mentioned many times in the past, recently shared a study with me. It found that startups that have helpful mentors, and learn from startup thought leaders raise 7x more money and have 3.5x better user growth. Mentorship is what allowed the successful companies to focus, not take funding too soon, and scale at a good pace. I’m thankful for all of the mentors who have helped me throughout my career and life,” Daymond John says on this article “Mentors who changed my life.”

  1. Be a “go-giver”, not a go-getter

“When I’m on the road speaking, or really anywhere out in public, people often approach me to discuss their businesses. More often than not, they ask me for something, ‘Can you help me get distribution,’ ‘Can you help me with my next round of funding,’ etc. While it’s good to approach the people whom you’d like to work with, this is not the best way to do it, he says in his article “Be a Go-Giver, not a Go-Getter.”

“The best way to approach these people is to OFFER services rather than ASK for them. The people I end up working with are the ones who come up to me and say, ‘I’d love to work with you. How can I help you with what you have going on?’ Or ‘I do such and such service, I’d like to offer it to you free of charge so you can see the quality of my work.’ The next time you’re at a networking event, give the go-giver approach a shot, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the results,” he concludes.

  1. Practice these three ways to get ahead

    Participants at the Tap the Future competition

    Participants at the Tap the Future competition

Miller Lite Tap the Future judge Daymond John knows a thing or two about being successful. In this video, he shares three tips to keep in mind when trying to get ahead. He advises that you should watch what you say on social media, keep your appearance in mind and learn from everyone you meet.

Click here to watch the video with Daymond’s tips on getting ahead!

Applications are being accepted now until Friday, April 10, 2015. Good luck! Click here to apply.

Latinas to follow on Twitter 2015

15 Latinas to follow on Twitter in 2015

Latinas to follow on Twitter 2015

Latinas to follow on Twitter 2015

By Lorraine C. Ladish

Who’s trending on Twitter? Who should you follow? Here are a few of the fabulous Latinas I follow and the reasons why. Younger, older, English-dominant, Spanish-speaking or bilingual. Moms, single and childless, bloggers, entrepreneurs, foodies … There’s one of each. This is by no means in order of rank or an exhaustive list. But since it’s all about spreading the word of what our fierce Latinas are doing in the Twitterverse, here goes:

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Lorraine-C-Ladish_portraitsmallLorraine C. Ladish is a bilingual author of 17 books, writer and editor, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Viva Fifty! Lorraine was most recently editor-in-chief of Mamiverse. She has contributed to People en Español, La Palma of The Palm Beach Post, NBC Latino, Babycenter and Redbook, among others. She was also managing editor of VOXXI Mujer, an online news site for English-speaking Hispanics. She is based in Sarasota, Florida, with her quirky blended family.

Pegine Echevarria

Pegine Echevarria the book that changed my life


cPegine Echevarria, CEO Team Pegine Inc.

Pegine Echevarria, CEO Team Pegine Inc.

Pegine Echevarria, MSW, CSP is the only Latina inducted into the 58 Member Motivational Speaker Hall of Fame, and the only Latina in the Million Dollar Speakers Group. Her company, Pegine Team Inc., is #2 among the 50 fastest growing companies in North Florida. We thank her for her contribution to LIBizus with the book review of “Secrets of Six Figure Women” by Barbara Stanny.

By Pegine Echevarria, CSP, MSW

Napoleon Hill, author of “Think and Grow Rich” and author of many books on success read by almost all millionaires, shares “Wealth is something you build for yourself out of service to others, sparked and enhanced by your own positive, joyful inward drive.”

In her book, “Secrets of Six Figure Women,” Barbara Stanny brings a similar perspective and ties it to the lessons women learned growing up, our internal dialogue and how to shift our mindset to being worthy, wealthy and successful.

Barbara is the daughter of the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Richard A. Bloch, who co-founded H&R Block with his brother Henry in 1953. Her father didn’t discuss money with her or teach her about money. She married early on and her trust fund was managed by her husband. Sounds good right? Nope. He lost it all then left her leaving her with tax bills, fines and debt. Daddy didn’t come and save the day. It was hers to fix up. It took years and she did.

Barbara Stanny

Barbara Stanny

The lessons learned were hers to learn and then hers to share with all of us. I am grateful she did.

Her book “Secrets of Six Figure Women” is a must-read for all women. Through the book you are able to relate to the women and how they shifted their thinking and shifted their perspective about themselves and their worth.

A concept like “release and let go of perceptions about yourself and your worth” is one way Barbara shows how women have transformed their lives. Another is “take the leap, knowing you will be not only okay but are great.” “Take the leap” is harder to embrace, however, Barbara shows you how others have done it before you and gives you (alright gave me) the clarity that “of course I can do this. I’ve done tougher things before.”

“Emotion follows action” is another Barbara Stanny gem that goes counter to how women have been trained. Learning to take action, and then embracing the emotion of “HOLY COW I DID IT” leverages our ability to act and then, embrace our emotion – the emotion of success. Rather than embracing the emotion of fear first.

There are many gems that opened my eyes and transformed how I think of myself and my business. I went from four figure deals to closing seven-figure deals for my own company. As a Latina, I had to get out of my own way. I still do.

Barbara Stanny book

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The secrets she shares are:

  • Secret 1: Financial Success Is Possible In Almost Any Field And Lack Of Education Doesn’t Have To Hold You Back.
  • Secret 2: Working Hard Doesn’t Mean Working All The Time
  • Secret 3: Focus On Fulfilling Your Values Rather Than Financial Gain
  • Secret 4: Loving What You Do Is More Important Than What You Do
  • Secret 5: Feel The Fear. Have The Doubts Go For It Anyway
  • Secret 6: Think In Terms Of Trade-Offs, Not Sacrifices To Find A Workable Equilibriums
  • Secret 7: Sometimes You Have to Shrug it off and Have a Good Laugh
  • Secret 8: Appreciate Abundance

All the “secrets” titles sound like things you read before. However, the content is about increase, fiscal expansion and prosperity action that are currently being used by six and seven-figure women. I have learned how to use each of these steps to increase my life financially and leverage opportunities.

About Pegine

Pegine (Peg-een) Echevarria is CEO of Team Pegine, Inc., a think tank, training and consulting, event management firm specializing in leadership, team building, inclusion engagement and training.  Her company provides role players for leadership development for corporate and military training. Team Pegine serves diverse clients all over the world, including the military and federal government, Global 100 direct sales corporations as well as the Fortune 100 global corporations.