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2019 Latinas in Business highlights and most read articles

The 2019 Latinas in Business Highlights and Most Read Articles are here!

Gathering these highlights is a great way to look at the past to see progress, the present to appreciate our blessings and the future to plan our success. This was an intense year for Latinas in Business Inc., with great gains in brand recognition and equity, a higher bar for our promotional events, and the increased support of many people and organizations. Thank you! Gracias!

These are the 2019 Latinas in Business highlights and insights of our editorial year on LatinasinBusiness.us, our dedicated editorial platform that promotes and empowers Latinas and other minority women entrepreneurs.

Spring 2019 Latinas in Business Highlights 

The Power of WE NYC and four Latina entrepreneurs building strategic alliances to succeed

In March, we were invited to be a moderator at The Power of WE NYC, a panel “en español” leading to discuss the topic of “Building Strategic Alliances”(Construyendo Alianzas Estratégicas). WE NYC (Women Entrepreneurs NYC) is an initiative based out of the New York City Department of Small Business Services dedicated to helping women start and grow their businesses.
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The Power of WE NYC (L to R) Diana Franco, WE NYC; Susana G Baumann, Latinas in Business Inc.; Juanita Galvis, The Assemblage; Bisila Bokoko, BBES International; Sarah Valdovinos, Walden Green Energy; and Rosario Ballesteros-Casas, VR Americas. (Photo Credit: Afrikanspot.nyc)

Also in March, we were invited as Media Partner and LUPE member to support the “Ready to Run® Conference and Eleccion Latina pushes for more diversity in politics .” Diversity in politics is an important issue especially now in such a polarized political climate. Our elected officials should represent the people and reflect the diversity within the population, which means we need more women and people of color in elected or appointed positions.

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Ready to Run and Election Latina

During April and May, we worked at planning and executing our first solo but second “Entrepreneur Empowerment Lunch” -the first one was concurrent with the 2018 Latina SmallBiz Expo and Pitch Competition-, which launched in June. Read about the participating speakers who supported our mission: Leaders, influencers and entrepreneurs converge in NJ at 2019 Entrepreneur Empowerment Lunch (EEL)

We also honored Hon. Wilda Diaz, Mayor of the City of Perth Amboy, as our 2019 Small Business Champion for her support to our mission. Hon Mayor Wilda Diaz to be honored at 2019 Entrepreneur Empowerment Lunch. Excellent speakers and great Latinas in Business highlights with the Latina Entrepreneur of the Year Awards ceremony.

Wilda Diaz

Small Business Champion Hon Wilda Diaz, Mayor of the City of Perth Amboy during the Entrepreneur Empowerment Lunch Latinas in Business Awards.

2019 EEL, Latinas in Business Highlights

Keynote Speaker First Lady of New Jersey Tammy Murphy (C) and Celebrity Speakers Cenia Paredes (L) and Ivana de Maria (R).

(L to R) Lori Margolin, HCCC; First Lady Tammy S. Murphy; Susana G Baumann, Latinas in Business; and Jackie Cacho, Triunfo Latino

Summer 2019 Latinas in Business Highlights 

In July, we were invited as a Panel Speaker at Latino Social Media Week, a conference designed for bloggers, social media developers and managers, marketing managers, photographers, press, influencers and people in the digital media industry, organized by Neoyorkinos Media Group with the Google partnership and the purpose is to introduce the latest technological advancements and tools to Social Media.

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Susana G Baumann invited as speaker at Latinos in Social Media Week at Google

Also in July, we were invited to run a 90-minute session at the Working Mother Media 2019 Multicultural Women’s National Conference in New York City. We had an outstanding turnout and fantastic attendee testimonials. Thanks so much for your enthusiasm!

SESSIONS

 ( 1 Hour, 30 Min )
Round 2A. Empowerment Through Storytelling Workshop – Speaker

In this workshop, YOU are the Storyteller commanding the room. Learn how to tell a compelling and authentic story that will grow your value in the eyes of your networks and leadership, and empower you to be a resilient leader. Don’t miss this interactive and engaging session where the audience becomes the presenters, and the power of story is realized.

 

Fun, fun, under the sun with RENOVAD

The first Renovad experiential retreat took place in the  Eternal City -Rome- from August 27 to 31. We were proud to co-host this fantastic opportunity for women who want to get away from their stressful lives, take a breather and enjoy that female bonding that nurtures us and makes us stronger. We will continue to promote and be part of this fantastic initiative by our dear friend, colleague and mentor Pilar Avila!

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The Renovad Bellas in Rome visiting the Vatican. Congratulations to Pilar and Lisa Avila for such a thoughtful curated experience.

Fall 2019 Latinas in Business highlights

In October, we were invited by The Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA), which gathered the 50 Most Powerful Latinas in Corporate America Summit at the Goldman Sachs Headquarters in Jersey City.

ALPFA’s list prioritizes women leading large public companies with significant operating roles, rather than C-Level staff roles. It includes women operating global private firms, entrepreneurs who scaled their businesses into the middle market, and Latinas, who although recently retired, exercise leadership roles on Fortune 500 boards. ALPFA’s 50 Most Powerful Latinas gather in Jersey City to receive awards

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50 Most Powerful Latinas in Corporate America Summit at the Goldman Sachs Headquarters in Jersey City.

Finally in November, the last of our Latinas in Business highlights,  was the 2019 Latina SmallBiz Expo and Pitch your Business Competition POWER UP! which presented Wellness, Technology and Lifestyle international speakers such as Super Bowl Champion Isaiah Stanback, Virtual Reality Guru Rosario B. Casas, and the “Latino Shark” Angel Investor Manny Fernandez as a special guest, and many others that showed up to support our mission.

The 2019 Latina SmallBiz Expo and Pitch Competition took place at the Hudson County Community College Culinary Conference Center,  followed by the Investors Panel and 5th Anniversary Cocktail Reception. What a fantastic end of year with so much excitement and a great turnout!

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International speakers and great sponsors who supported our mission at the Latina SmallBiz Expo and Pitch Competition. (L to R) Lori Margolin, HC Community College; Dr Stephanie Burroughs, Stephanie Speaking; Isaiah Stanback, Super Bowl Champion and Wellness Entrepreneur; Joseph Camberato, National Business Capital and Services; Aquiles Larrea; Larrea Wealth Management; Susana G Baumann, Latinas in business Inc.; Jacqueline Sansone, Investors Bank; John Harmon, AACCNJ; Fatima Pearn, Valley Bank; and Manny Fernandez, DreamFunded.

We are very grateful for all the support from sponsors, hosts and participants that allowed us to continue our mission to advocate for the economic empowerment of Latinas and other minority women entrepreneurs.

 

 

Most Read Articles of 2019

How Latina serial-preneur Danay Escanaverino overcame roadblocks to success

roadblocks to success Danay Escanaverio

Danay Escanaverino, CEO LunaSolMedia and MediaClicks.

Roadblocks to success, whether those she encountered in business or life, did not stop Danay Escanaverino, CEO of LunaSol Media, a digital agency she has owned for 9 years to help brands connect with Hispanic consumers online.

She is also the Founder of MiraClick. her new venture, an affiliate network for Hispanic and Latino bloggers and creators to monetize their following with campaigns made for Latinos. We interviewed Danay as our Latina Entrepreneur of the Month. Congratulations on a fantastic journey and thanks for sharing with our readers!

 

Manifesting financial goals with Valerie Sanchez, co-founder of Divine Asset Management

Valerie Sanchez, co-founder, Divine Asset Management.

Valerie Sanchez is the partner and co-founder of Divine Asset Management, a women-owned and led financial services firm which provides the tools and resources to manifest one’s financial goals. With a specific focus on catering toward women, Divine Asset Management offers services in asset management, financial planning, retirement planning, insurance and financial education.

A proud Latina, mother, wife, and business owner, Valerie is grounded by her faith in God and loves serving people in whatever capacity she can. Her desire to serve and make an impact on the lives of others is what led her to manifest her own entrepreneurial dreams.

Empanada Fork seals the deal with new products by Latina entrepreneur Hipatia Lopez

The Empanada Fork Utensil aka, “The Empanada Fork Press Tool and The Empanada Fork Pastry Sealer”, is a utensil that is easy, effortless, fast, painless and resulting in beautiful dough design for those whom cherish in food presentation.

Making empanadas, turnovers, calzones and other filled pastries is a lot of fun, but it can also be very time consuming and painful when it comes to sealing the dough/pockets/pastries, etc, which was how the idea was born. The Empanada Fork Utensil made of stainless steel with a soft handle which makes it easy to use. This innovative product is a special design with fork-tines and a sturdy utensil which is a great addition to any kitchen.

Latina entrepreneur Pilar Avila launches Renovad experiential retreats around the world

Renovad

Pilar Avila

Inspired by her journeys across 5 continents and 18 countries,and the desire to spend more quality time with the extraordinary women who serve as her mentors and collaborators, Pilar launched Renovadexperiential retreats as an extension of her organizational change management consulting practice, interDUCTUS.

The inaugural 2019 programs, August 27-31 in Italyand in MoroccoNovember 27 – December 1, will be followed by experiences in Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Greece, Mexico and Thailand in 2020. Renovad pivots on deep destination knowledge, andremoving the burden of travel planning and the risk of trial & error, to design experiences focused on relaxation, inspiration and adventure.

Changing leadership after #METOO a conversation with executive coach Dr. Ginny Baro

Dr Ginny Baro, Fearless Women @ Work

Dr. Ginny A. Baro is an international executive coach, motivational speaker, leadership expert, and CEO and founder of her executive coaching and career strategy companies ExecutiveBound and Fearless Women @ Work. Over her twenty-five years experience in corporate technology and financial services, Ginny has served in multiple leadership roles.

 

Thanks for your support and Happy Holidays for all from us! See you in the New Year!

Latinas in Business Inc. Team

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First three 2018 Pitch Competition participants contending for 10K Package Prize

The 2018 Latina SmallBiz Expo has announced the first three Latinas that will participate at the 2018 Pitch Competition representing the states of New Jersey and New York. This year they compete for a $10K Package Prize that includes cash and promotion. Registration for the Pitch Competition closes on October 30th, 2018.

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Latinas in Business Inc. the national non-profit 501(c) 3 organization that advocates for the economic empowerment of Latina entrepreneurs and other minority women, announced the first three participants to the 2018 Latina SmallBiz Expo Pitch Competition. The event will take place at the Hudson County Culinary Conference Center, 161 Newkirk St, Jersey City, NJ on November 8, 2018 from 12:00 to 7:00pm. Co-hosting the event are the Hudson County Office of Business Opportunity and Hudson County Community College.

“Three brave Latina entrepreneurs are stepping up at the 2018 Pitch Competition to promote their products and services to the most relevant media and sponsors in the region,” said Susana G Baumann, President, CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Latinas in Business Inc. “They are residents of the states of New Jersey and New York and they will compete for an opportunity to win a $10,000 Package Prize that includes $2000 Cash, promotion and business acumen,” she added.

The three participants at the 2018 Pitch Competition are Gladys Vonglahn, founder and owner of Gladys Cleaning Service LLC, a residential and commercial cleaning. A Chilean by birth, Gladys began working in the cleaning business without much knowledge of professional cleaning, without access to capital, and with a language barrier. Little by little her business began to grow due to her constant dedication and from there she was able to structure her business into the company it is today. “I have a good sense of humor and I use it to market my services and also create communication channels with my clients,” Gladys said.

Judy Perez pitch competitionJudy Perez was born in New York City in a Dominican household. She loved cooking since the age of 8, and would cook for her family. “Baking didn’t come until I couldn’t seem to find any dessert I enjoyed when I went to eat out,” Judy said. So she created her line of Judy’s Dream Cakes, a dessert creation that she calls “edible art.” I began my idea in 2008 struggling as an entrepreneur but didn’t quit. I believed in my skills and my dream,” Judy said.

Yenny Espinal is from Belleville, NJ. She is a designer, a craft artist and owner of Yenny’s_creations, a small business she started in 2014. “I make handmade hair accessories like headbands for girl and babygirls, l also made all type of handmade craft, paper flowers, Christmas centerpieces, home and party decorations,” Yenny said.

“The 2018 Pitch Competition is a signature event that attracts strong and established Latina small businesses for an opportunity to be promoted in main media in the region,” Baumann said. “We only require that the businesses are Latina-owned –solely or with a 50% partnership, they have to be in business for at least one year and they have to have a product or service in hand,” she explained.

Yenny Espinal pitch competitionThe event will take place at the Culinary Conference Center, 161 NewKirk St, Jersey City, NJ 07306 on November 8 from 12:00pm to 7:00pm. Validated parking for exhibitors, vendors and those who purchase a Full Event Ticket will be available at 140 Sip Ave Jersey City, NJ, across the street from the Culinary Conference Center.

 

For information and to register please visit 2018 LatinaSmallBiz Expo(https://2018-latina-smallbiz-expo.eventbrite.com)

For sponsorship and promotional opportunities, please contact Susana@latinasinbusiness.us/ or 848 238 6090.

Latina SmallBiz Expo Pitch Competition winner

Gain the ABC of business at the 2018 Latina SmallBiz Expo & Pitch Competition

The 2018 Latina SmallBiz Expo & Pitch your Business to the Media Competition pre-registration is now open!

Have you heard of the ABC of business? Do you want to gain..

  • ACCESS to new customers and contracts,
  • BRAND and promote your business, and
  • CONNECT with influencers and decision-makers?

Then get ready for a great treat this year! We have been working on it for the last two months and we are ready to launch a fantastic series of events to promote the 4th annual 2018 Latina SmallBiz and Pitch your Business Competition throughout the Tri-State area!

PRE-REGISTER HERE TO GET ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE 2018 LATINA SMALLBIZ EXPO AND PITCH YOUR BUSINESS TO THE MEDIA COMPETITION

 

2018, a year of growth for Latinas in Business Inc.

This year, LatinasinBusiness. us has become Latinas in Business Inc. and we are working at obtaining its non-profit status. We are more committed than ever to our mission and we are launching the 2018 Latina SmallBiz Expo Pre-event Marketing Campaign that will help promote the event in different cities and counties around the reach area.

2018 Latina SmallBiz Expo

Rafael Mata, Director, Hudson County Office of Business Opportunity

The excitement doesn’t stop there! We have received the support of the Hudson County Office of Business Opportunity, which will be co-hosting our Latina SmallBiz Expo and Pitch Competition on November 8.

“Hudson County Office of Business Opportunity is proud to partner with Latinas in Business Inc. to help fulfill our mission of empowering women and minority-owned businesses,” said Rafael Mata, Director of the HCOBO.

Kudos to Rafael for taking such a big step in the right direction, offering us guidance, advice and a home for our event this year!

We also count with the usual partnership of our Media Sponsor Univision 41. Gracias mi angel, Angel Vazquez Rivera, Director of Outreach and Community Development at Univision 41, who is always ready to extend a hand when needed. They will be providing promotion and presence at the event.

What’s new at the 2018 Latina SmallBiz Expo?

  1. The Pitch your Business to the Media Competition has officially opened on July 1st and it will open nationally! So get ready to  compete with all sorts of Latina entrepreneurs and also from all industries and states!
  2. Our Promotional Pre-event Campaign will include a series of planned networking events and also workshops for entrepreneurs. Latinas and any other small business owners can attend and learn, network and find information for a successful participation at the November 8 event. If you have an idea for an event in your city or town, please lets us know at hello@latinasinbusiness.us/
  3. To reward all participants of the Pitch your Business to the Media Competition, we will host a Make-Over Day, a fantastic mini-event to take place on October 30! A day of pampering for all participants and selection of the 10 finalists! Participants will get a hair and make-up transformation, and also receive gifts and prizes galore! Vendors and sponsors are welcomed for an opportunity to see these Latina entrepreneurs blossom!
  4. We have added an Entrepreneur Empowerment Lunch with workshops in breakout rooms during the 2018 Latina SmallBiz Expo. Renown experts in entrepreneurial topics will be conducting workshops for you to learn and succeed as a small business owner. Everybody is invited to participate in these workshops!

So are you getting excited already?

Angel Vazquez, Univision 41 Media Jurors

Angel Vazquez Rivera, Director of Outreach and Community Engagement, Univision 41

This year, we are ahead of the game and we want to get out there and let the world now that Latinas are here to stay, to expand and to succeed! Get ready to receive plenty information about everything that is happening and how to register for the Pitch Competition. This will be our best year ever for the Latina SmallBiz Expo and Pitch your Business to the Media Competition

To participate or inquiry for sponsor or vendor opportunities, please contact Susana@latinasinbusiness.us/ or 848 238 6090.

You might be interested: Latina SmallBiz Expo Pitch Competition winners at Univision 41

 

Co-hosted by Hudson County Office of Business Opportunity and Media Sponsor Univision 41

2017 Highlights

10 LatinasinBusiness.us highlights and most read articles in 2017

A reminder of the 10 LatinasinBusiness.us highlights and most read articles in 2017 comes in handy at the end of the year to know if we really achieved the goals we had set for ourselves.

10 LatinasinBusiness.us highlights Susana G Baumann

As we predicted at the end of 2016, we were ready to make 2017 a terrific year with many landmarks to be defined and growth to be achieved. We are proud to look back at this year as one of major accomplishments:

  1. We started this year on the right foot: we received our 2017 Latina of Influence Award from Hispanic Lifestyle, among other 30 accomplished Latinas that met in Ontario, California to receive such a distinction.
  2. On June 3rd, we conducted our first Female Leadership Business Retreat
    The 3 Pillars of Effective Female Leadership
    in strategic partnership with Mindful Consultants LLC and the participation of Yoshida Consulting LLC. Excellent results and testimonials from all participants!
  3. Our participation at several events increased through the year with old and new strategic and media partnerships including the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, the Red Shoe Movement, ALPFA, the Latino Networks Coalition, the Hispanic Leadership Association, New America Alliance, Prospanica, Hispanic Federation, Univision 41, Latin Trends, Americano Newspaper, Nuestra Gente, and many more. We are very grateful for these collaborations and we hope they will continue and get stronger in 2018.
  4. We started our LatinasinBusiness.us Abasto Magazine column that goes on print and digital outlets bimonthly. So far, we have published four articles; we encourage you to contact us if you are interested in being featured on their pages that reach over 30K decision-makers in the food industry nationwide.
  5. We built a partnership with IFundWomen, a crowdfunding organization that works exclusively with the female economy. Expect to see great things happening in 2018!
  6. We proudly participated and represented Latinas and women at the Latinas say Presente at the Women’s March on Washington. It was an exciting day for the defense of women’s rights. We will continue to do more on Equal Pay and gender disparity in the workplace in the coming year.
  7. In solidarity with our brothers and sisters who were victims of climate change catastrophes, we donated $2000 to the Hispanic Federation’s Puerto Rico and Mexican Disaster Relief Funds working in partnership with LNC and Prospanica.

    Latina SmallBiz Expo Pitch Competition winner

    Beth Maramolejos, President of Prospanica NY Chapter receiving the $2000 donation from Susana G Baumann, LatinasinBusiness.us to Puerto Rico and Mexico Disaster Relief Fund.

  8. We continued to advocate for Dreamers, farm workers, low-paying Latino workers and undocumented or uninsured Latinos working in strenuous conditions.
  9. So far, we have promoted for FREE over 120 LIBizus –Latina small businesses and Latina entrepreneurs– building community around them! We are proud of this growing demographic that continues to expand its influence and become a relevant player in the US economy.
  10. In September, we were invited to be a panel speaker at the Prospanica National Conference that took place in Philadelphia, PA. Very proud to have been selected to represent Latina entrepreneurs among the members of this national organization that promotes Hispanic professionals.
  11. We ended the year in style with our Latina SmallBiz Expo and Pitch your Business to the Media Competition. In addition to our third year Pitch Competition, we added the Latina SmallBiz Expo that gathered 46 exhibitors and 10 Latina entrepreneurs who competed for a Grand Prize of $1000.
Latina SmallBiz Expo Pitch Competition winner

Susana G Baumann with Pitch Competition Participants

We are very grateful to all who took a step forward to support our labor of love, especially sponsors and supporters. Thanks to NJIT for hosting our event, Bank of America for being our Presenting Sponsor, proud of MassMutual Tri State for achieving the Latina Leadership Award and Univision 41 for their unconditional media support.

Looking forward into 2018

Our goals for the next year include strengthening our editorial work and increasing publishing frequency. We also look forward to creating new strategic alliances and partnerships with several organizations to achieve critical mass in improving working conditions for Latina entrepreneurs and Latinas in the workplace.

We expect 2018 to be a year of fruitful consolidation of our signature events and a year of great growth of our social media community, that has reached over 25K organic followers spread among all social media channels.

To continue our work, we need your support and your enthusiasm. Please donate to our campaign I support a Latina entrepreneur so we can expand our reach to all Latinas that work diligently in building community around them.

5 Most read LatinasinBusiness.us articles in 2017

Angelique Sina joins the LatinasinBusiness.us Editorial Advisory Board

8 Latina entrepreneurs from NJ, NY and TX at Latina SmallBiz Expo Pitch Competition

ALPFA Yvonne Garcia what is missing in female leadership?

Latinas say Presente at the Women’s March on Washington

Bellaria Jimenez, a Latina leader’s passion helps others achieve their dreams

Most read original article from LatinasinBusiness.us Contributor (Luis Moreno)

Luis Moreno

Luis Moreno Latinasinbusiness.us Contributor

5 Key traits of great leaders that are good for the heart

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Latina entrepreneur converts chocolate cravings into plant cloning business

Thank you! Gracias!

Happy 2017 Holidays to all from us!

The LatinasinBusiness.us Team

 

Latina SmallBiz Expo Pitch Competition winner

The Latina SmallBiz Expo Pitch Competition winner takes $1000 Cash Prize

The Latina SmallBiz Expo Pitch Competition winner last night took the Grand Prize of $1000 in cash, a Magnum bottle of Moet&Chandon and the opportunity to be promoted in several regional and national media.

Latina SmallBiz Expo Pitch Competition winner

Susana G Baumann with Pitch Competition Participants at the Latina SmallBiz Expo

Princess Plie and Friends was chosen among 11 Guerreras (warriors) who participated at the Pitch your Business to the Media Competition last night at the Campus Center Atrium in NJIT, Newark NJ. Second place was a tie between Villakuyaya Emeralds from Ecuador, a company that imports and sells gourmet organic chocolate fused with teas and other non-traditional ingredients, and Around The Way Girl Inc., a national organization based in Washington DC that supports girls of color.

Latina SmallBiz Expo Pitch Competition winner

The winner of the competition, Mary Dressendorfer, creator of Princess Plie and Friends with Susana G Baumann

“I have a special place in my heart for Latina entrepreneurs,” said Susana G Baumann, founder and Editor-in-Chief, LatinasinBusiness.us and the organizer of the event.  “Entrepreneurship is an amazing ride, and the ups and downs are totally worth the journey. So I want to tell MIS GUERRERAS and all of you starting and building your businesses to find and cherish your vision; learn who you are –your unique story, your personal brand– your aspirations and your purpose; then make a habit of letting the world know who you are! Become an expert at telling your story! And always keep that fire inside you growing every day! Persist, persist and persist,” she shared.

Latina SmallBiz Expo Pitch Competition winner

A tie in second place winners belonged to Sol Berrios (L) , Board Member of ATWGirl Inc. and Tania Molina (R) founder of Villakuyaya

The winner receives:

  • A $1000 cash prize from LatinasinBusiness.us
  • The opportunity to win an additional $1000 and great service when she opens a business account with Bank of America
  • A Magnum Bottle of Champagne courtesy of our Supporter Moet&Chandon
  • A ticket to attend next Friday Red Shoe Movement signature event in NYC –a value of $119
  • Special promotions donated by our sponsors and supporters
  • The opportunity to be featured and interviewed at all present media
Latina SmallBiz Expo Pitch Competition winner

Ivetter Mayo, a powerful Latina leader, came from Texas to support the event

“Entrepreneurship is not an easy road and Latina entrepreneurs find many obstacles. But as I said in the beginning, you don’t have to do it alone. There are hundreds of Latina leaders and organizations willing to help you on your journey,” Baumann said.  “We were very fortunate to have some of these Latina leaders last night with us to support our work. We are very grateful to them! Women need to support each other as men do,” Baumann said.

Minue Yoshida and Yai Vargas, Latina leaders present at the Pitch Competition

Among the Latina leaders present at the event were the fantastic networker, public speaker, and contestant that came all the way from TEXAS, Ivette Mayo, founder of Power on Heels Network and Yo Soy Expressions. Texas was in the house!

Other Latina leaders that gathered to support the event were Yai Vargas, leader of The Latinista, an organization that gathers thousands of women around the country; Minue Yoshida, who prepared some of the contestants for the Pitch Competition; and Carolina Robles, -co-founder of WeLIFT. “These leaders are building community around them and helping others rise with them. These powerful Latinas deserve our recognition and support.” Baumann said.

Present at the spectacular night counted were 46 exhibitors that provided great support to the participants. It was a night of making connections and finding resources for Latina entrepreneurs. LatinasinBusiness.us donated $2000 from General Admissions tickets to the Latino Networks Coalition to be destined to Puerto Rico and Mexico Disaster Relief.

“Several people are asking already when is the next one, and some sponsors have already committed their support for next year. We are thrilled that our dreams have come true. It happened, it did happen!” Susana concluded.

Latina SmallBiz Expo Pitch Competition winner

Beth Maramolejos, President of Prospanica NY Chapter receiving the $2000 donation from Susana G Baumann, LatinasinBusiness.us to Puerto Rico and Mexico Disaster Relief Fund.

Media Jurors ready for Pitch Competition at 2017 Latina SmallBiz Expo

Six Media Jurors will help LatinasinBusiness.us create a Star for One Night at the Pitch your Business to the Media Competition, to take place this coming November 9 from 4:00pm to 9:00pm. Ten brave Latina entrepreneurs are competing to grab the 2017 LatinasinBusiness.us Best Business Award and the grand prize of $1000 in cash at the NJIT Campus Center Atrium, 150 Bleeker St. in Newark NJ.

Proceeds for the General Admission tickets will be donated to Puerto Rico and Mexico Disaster Relief through the Hispanic Federation.

Media Jurors

2017 Latina SmallBiz Expo and Pitch Competition Media Jurors

“Every year we invite a number of relevant media personalities to help us decide which Latina entrepreneur participating at our Pitch your Business to the Media Competition deserves to be crowned as the Best Business of that year,” said Susana G Baumann, Editor-in-Chief, LatinasinBusiness.us and organizer of the event. “This year, we are honored to have six outstanding Jurors coming from radio, television, print and digital press, and social media,” she added.

Media Jurors will listen to a “pitch” –a short presentation to create interest in a story and to find out if that media is willing to use it for a feature article or an interview. They will choose a winner based on a criteria decided by LatinasinBusiness.us and their own judgment as a media professional and entrepreneur.

A diverse background of Media Jurors to create a Star for One Night

“One of the goals of this contest is to help Latina small businesses promote their products or services in front of media, something that rarely happens because there is never enough budget to buy media space when you are a micro-entrepreneur. I know this very well because I was a small business owner for over 20 year,” Baumann explained.

The participating Media Jurors at this year Pitch Competition come from a diverse background and media outlets:

  1. Angel Vazquez joined Univision New York team in 2016 as Director of Communications and Community Empowerment for WXTV Univision 41 & WFUT UNIMAS 68.

    Angel Vazquez, Univision 41 Media Jurors

    Angel Vazquez, Univision 41

A Puerto Rican by birth and a New Yorker by choice, Angel began his media career working as Sales & Marketing Manager for the disappeared newspaper “Noticias del Mundo”. After the closing of that publication, he became part of “HOY” team as Events Manager. In 2007 ImpreMedia, owner of El Diario La Prensa, bought “HOY” and Vazquez started working as Marketing Director for El Diario La Prensa.

Since his beginning in El Diario, Angel has given his unconditional support, both professional and personal to this task. “When you come to New York, your heart is painted in many colors and we become part of each Latin American country,” says Angel.

  1. A North Carolina native, Laura Calhoun Borton is the Trade Show Specialist and Business Development at Abasto Magazine.

    Laura Calhoun Boro, Abasto Magazine Media Jurors

    Laura Calhoun Borton, Abasto Magazine

Laura has grown up in the Hispanic food industry. Upon graduating from Appalachian State University with a degree in public health, Laura took a job at her family’s Hispanic food distribution company, La Tortillería. Five months into her new job she was introduced to Maria Hernandez, a local Mexican woman who made and sold a traditional Mexican corn bread called “Pan de Elote” to support her family.

A few months after meeting Maria, Laura quit her job at La Tortillería to partner with her and help grow the small business. Once they successfully develop the product and distribution network, Laura decided to pursue other opportunities. She was offered a job at Abasto Magazine at the beginning of 2017. Her advice: “Don’t be afraid to try or start over. Be thankful for new opportunities, even if they aren’t ones you were planning on”.

  1. Kenton Clarke, is the founder & CEO of Omnikal (formerly DiversityBusiness Inc.), the Nation’s largest, inclusive business organization, built to empower all entrepreneurs and small to medium sized businesses through “a powerful social B2B platform” that fuels real growth & success.

    Kenton Clarke, Omnikal Media Jurors

    Kenton Clarke, Omnikal

He started out in the streets of Bridgeport, CT, collecting trash alongside his father and grandfather, some of the city’s first African-American business owners. “Those early days in the trash business taught me the value of hard work and discipline. I spent my early years getting my hands dirty, while other kids were learning to keep theirs, clean,” Clarke said.

He founded Computer Consulting International Inc., which became one of the largest privately held IT consulting firms in the Northeast. He then went on to develop a strategy for helping connect companies who were interested in working with minority-owned businesses. Diversitybusiness.com became the place every media outlet, from Forbes to CNBC, would consider for their facts and figures, and it even won several awards for its content and design.

  1. Vicky Llerena, a Millennial entrepreneur and social media guru, is at the helm of Social Vibes Media, a media communications and content creation company located in the New York metro area.

    Vicky Llerena, Social Vibes Media Media Jurors

    Vicky Llerena, Social Vibes Media

Vicky is Social Vibe Media’s host, content creator, and public relations strategist. No amateur to the media industry, Vicky brings with her over eight years of experience having worked at Univision WXTV-41, Hudson Media Group, and PRNewswire. She works with clients to manage all their media communications needs.

Vicky Llerena founded Social Vibes Media at the age of 28. “Entrepreneurship at that age,” she said, “is not for everyone. Every millennial at some point wants to try to become an entrepreneur thinking it looks like they can achieve an overnight success but I worry that younger generations may develop the wrong idea,” she said.

She does not want to discourage Millennials from seeking entrepreneurial opportunities; she just has a piece of advice based on her experience. “Save for an entire year, reduce costs as much as possible, partner with others, subcontractors and freelancers who can complement your services and join organizations such as your local chamber of commerce or industry associations,” she recommended.

  1. Juan Guillen, a veteran media personality, is the founder and CEO of DigiTech Enterprises Corp., a multi-platform media company that connects with the acculturated Hispanic community, under the brand, LatinTRENDS.

    Juan Guillen, LatinTRENDS

    Juan Guillen, LatinTRENDS

LatinTRENDS mission is “To unmask the struggles and showcase the triumphs, beauty, and rich diversity of the Hispanic culture, and make everyday life simpler, entertaining and inspirational,” he said. “We are committed to listening to the needs of our audience and connecting them with content and brands that will help alleviate their challenges and obtain their dreams.”

Driven by his entrepreneurial spirit, he postponed his studies to open the first of his business ventures at the age of 18. He has owned, grown, operated and sold various businesses in retail, concessions service, real estate and management sectors.

A serial entrepreneur whose passion is entrepreneurship, he enjoys teaching about the entrepreneurial mindset and how this “way-of-being-way-of-thinking” can catapult entrepreneurs and non-entrepreneurs to unlimited heights. His other passion is inspiring people who feel stuck to see the possibilities they have and confidently take action to get what they want out of life.

6. Bert Baron is currently the morning show host on 1450 WCTC in New Jersey, heard weekdays from 6 to 9 AM.

Bert Baron, Media Jurors

Bert Baron, 1450 WCTC

A recent inductee to the New Jersey Broadcasters Association Radio Hall Of Fame, he is the host of “Jersey Central with Bert Baron”, the show that provides an interesting daily look at “all things Jersey”. From politics to pop culture, to newsmakers and entertainment, Bert covers it all each day.

Bert met Susana G Baumann at a networking event in Perth Amboy and he immediately felt compelled to participate as a Media Juror for the Pitch Competition. “It is not frequent to see this type of event around New Jersey and I felt I could bring a different perspective to the competition,” he told LatinasinBusiness.us

Join us to celebrate the economic power of Latinas small businesses in the Northeast

Please join the Latina SmallBiz Expo and Pitch Competition this November 9 from 4:00pm to 9:00pm when ten brave Latina entrepreneurs will compete for the 2017 LatinasinBusiness.us Best Business Award and the grand prize of $1000 in cash at the NJIT Campus Center Atrium, 150 Bleeker St. in Newark NJ.

Proceeds for the General Admission tickets will be donated to Puerto Rico and Mexico Disaster Relief through the Hispanic Federation. For registration, please visit: http://latinasbizexpo.eventbrite.com/

 

 

Joe Torres, Tiempo, interviewing Susama G Baumann, LatinasinBusiness.us and Pitch Competittion participant Liz Santiago, CeleBritAy

10 Pitch participants representing 3 states and DC at Latina SmallBiz Expo

At the Latina SmallBiz Expo, 10 Latina entrepreneurs will be under the spotlight representing the states of New Jersey, New York and Texas, and one representing an organization based in Washington DC. The are stepping up on November 9 at the NJIT Campus Center Atrium in Newark NJ to promote their products and services to the most relevant media in the region, and will compete for an opportunity to win this year’s LatinasinBusiness.us Best Business Award.

Joe Torres, Tiempo, interviewing Susama G Baumann, LatinasinBusiness.us and Pitch Competittion participant Liz Santiago, CeleBritAy

Joe Torres, Tiempo, interviewing Susana G Baumann, LatinasinBusiness.us and Pitch Competition participant Liz Santiago, CeleBritAy

Two additional participants have been added to the competition, MEejie Chaparro Traverso, founder & CEO MEej™LLC (New Jersey) and Soley Berrios, Board Secretary of ATWGirl, Inc. (Washington DC).

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MEejie Chaparro Traverso, Founder & CEO MEej™LLC

The previously registered participants at the Latina SmallBiz Expo Pitch Competition are Janny Perez, founder and CEO of MiLegaSi (New York); Elizabeth “Liz” Santiago, founder and CEO, CeleBritAy (New York); Mary Dressendorfer, Co-founder, Princess Plie and Friends (New Jersey); Tania Molina, founder and CEO, Villakuyaya (New Jersey); Karla Jimenez, founder,  Caidos del Cielo Bakery; Isabel Ayala, founder, IsaBeauty Aromatherapy (New Jersey); Ivette Mayo, founder and CEO, Yo Soy Expressions (Texas); and Brenda Nava, founder, Brendallan’s Tax and Accounting Services (New Jersey).

“We are overwhelmed and humbled by the response we had this year from Pitch participants, sponsors, supporters and the general public, as well as the support of media in the region. The Pitch your Business to the Media Competition has become a signature event that attracts strong and established Latina small businesses beyond our home state, reaching out to our followers around the country,” Baumann said. “In addition to the support of NJIT as Hosting Sponsor, and Univision as Media Sponsor, we are grateful to all media that have given us space to promote the event,” she added.

Media partners that has promoted the event includes Univision 41(NY/NJ), Abasto Magazine (national), Latin Trends (NY); Americano Newspaper (NJ); WCTC- AM radio; WABC-TV Tiempo with Joe Torres, Nuestra Gente Magazine, Red Shoe Movement, and NegociosNow (Chicago).

Latina SmallBiz Expo Soley Berrios, Board Secretary, ATWGirl Inc.

Soley Berrios, Board Secretary, ATWGirl Inc.

In addition, Baumann continued to plead the general public to support the event as proceeds from tickets purchased under the denomination LSBEPuertoRico General Admission will be fully donated to Puerto Rico and Mexico Disaster Relief through the Latino Networks Coalition and the Hispanic Federation. “By donating our General Admission tickets, we try to bring relief to our brothers and sisters of Puerto Rico and Mexico who are suffering as result of natural disasters. With your $10 contribution, you will be supporting not only your favorite Latina entrepreneur but also families and relatives of Latinos in the United States who are still suffering the consequences of climate change disasters,” Baumann said.

The event will take place at the NJIT Campus Center Atrium, 150 Bleeker St, Newark, NJ 07102, on November 9 from 4:00pm to 9:00pm. Free parking will be available for all attendees at 154 Summit Street. Volunteers from the ERG “Juntos” at First Data Corporation have offered their time and presence to help move the public swiftly from the NJIT parking deck to the event.

Latina SmallBiz Expo Nuestra Gente Magazine

Nuestra Gente Magazine

She also announced that the exhibitor’s floor has been sold out as of Friday October 27, two weeks in advance of the event. “Our gratitude to our sponsors is immense because without them, this event would not be possible. Please visit our sponsors and supporters including Presenting Sponsor Bank of America; Latina Leadership Sponsor MassMutual TriState; Sprint; New York Life Insurance Co New Jersey; MSK LLP; Horizon BlueCross BlueShield; PNC Bank; Intelligent Resource Group; Moët Chandon, First Data Corporation, and our Product Sponsor Freshie Feminine Care,” Baumann requested.

For information and to register please visit Latina SmallBiz Expo ( https://latinasbizexpo.eventbrite.com/)

 

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What the heck is a leaky gut and how it affects skin health

Did you know that skin health disorders like psoriasis, eczema, and acne is your inner body’s last resort for toxin elimination?  In-other-words, your insides are screaming “HELP ME!”

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Liz Santiago, Founder and CEO, CeleBritAy, will participate at the Pitch Competition this year. Come support her!

These and many other inflammatory skin health disorders affect over 200 million Americans combined.  Sadly, about 80% of Americans have no knowledge of these conditions, including how to recognize it or what to do about it.  Skin health disorders have been shown to be directly related to LEAKY GUT SYNDROME.

What the heck is leaky gut syndrome?

I’m glad you asked. During my journey for skin disorder answers, I stumbled onto something that changed my (and my clients) life forever; the connection between leaky gut syndrome, acid foods vs. alkaline foods and our skin health.

According to my research, leaky gut syndrome is defined as (in short) tiny rips or tears in the intestine (especially where the duodenum meets the jejunum).  These tears happen when the intestinal walls become thin due to toxin buildup causing an increase in acids in the blood that should be alkaline.

You see, our digestive system depends on hydrochloric acid to breakdown our foods, but if we introduce our body to too much acidic foods internally and externally, our digestive system becomes too acidic (toxic) and starts to thin the intestinal walls eventually creating tiny tears.

Your body is your help for skin health

Our body is built to constantly repair itself (thank goodness) so when the intestines can no longer do its job properly, another organ like the liver will take over. And when the liver is over loaded and can no longer continue that job (you keep eating acidic foods) another organ will take over the work, and so on and so forth.  If not treated immediately, this process WILL eventually stress the body out.

Think about it: Organs (stomach, liver, heart, etc.) have their own specific jobs to do, so by taking on another job the organ become stressed. The body’s immune system starts to weaken and you start to feel tired, moody, constipated, and depressed to name a few effects, and a your skin starts to look unhealthy which can lead to psoriasis, acne, rosacea, rapid aging and so much more.

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What can I do to prevent Leaky gut syndrome?   

So glad to hear you would like to learn ways you can prevent or heal from leaky gut.  How do I know? Well, you are still reading.  (YAY!)

Some things you can avoid are:

  • Antibiotics-Antibiotics lead to overgrowth of abnormal flora in the gastrointestinal tract (bacteria, parasites, candida, fungi)
  • A diet high in acidic foods like:
    • Alcohol and caffeine
    • Processed foods
    • A diet high in refined sugars (carbs!)

Tired of having flaky, dead skin?

Even if we don’t get serious skin problems, we’ve all experienced flaky skin one time or another, and for a lot of us, it is an ongoing problem. It can be itchy and irritating and can create permanent wrinkles and scarring if scratched too much.

In most cases, flaky skin is caused when the body’s layer of natural oils dries out. This means that there is not enough oil and water being produced to replenish that particular area, and can be caused by a number of things, from stress, to unhealthy lifestyle habits.

Genetics can also be a major contributor to flaky skin, but if you work hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle, it can easily be treated.

A common myth about flaky skin is that it occurs only when the skin is dry. But did you know that oily skin can also be responsible?

Skin health and hydration

Sometimes when the skin’s sebaceous oil gland becomes overactive, the oil becomes rancid (gross!) and breaks down into an irritating organic chemical called organic peroxide.

The body produces an extra amount of skin cells to try and get rid of the organic peroxide which, in turn, causes clumping and flaking.

So how can we get rid of flaky skin? An important and easy remedy is to drink plenty of water (6-8 cups per day), at least 15-30 minutes a day of brisk movement like, walking, running, jumping, biking, climbing, etc., as well as eating and drinking plenty of healthy and colorful foods, fruits and nuts. Internal and external cleansing like an herbal detox tea and/or a whole body steam is also very valuable in shedding dead skin.

Tip: An indicator that can help you understand if you are drinking enough water is when your pee is clear. 

Remember that what you put into your body is just as important as the products you use; you should always stay away from unhealthy chemical-based skin care and regiments.

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8 Latina entrepreneurs from NJ, NY and TX at Latina SmallBiz Expo Pitch Competition

Eight Latina entrepreneurs representing New Jersey, New York and Texas will participate at the Latina SmallBiz Expo Pitch Competition to take place at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Campus Center Atrium in Newark, NJ on November 9, 2017 from 4:00 to 9:00pm. Main Media Sponsor for this event is Univision 41. Proceeds of General Admission tickets will be donated to Puerto Rico Disaster Relief. For information and to register please visit Latina SmallBiz Expo.

Latina entrepreneurs Pitch competition

(Top from L to R) Brenda Nava, Elizabeth “Liz” Santiago, Karla Jimenez, Tania Molina (Bottom from L to R) Ivette Mayo, Janny Perez, Mary Dressendorfer, Isabel Ayala

LatinasinBusiness.us, the national digital platform that advocates for the economic empowerment of the Latina working woman, has announced the eight Latina entrepreneurs that will participate at the 2017 Pitch your Business to the Media Competition representing the states of New Jersey, New York and Texas. Main Media Sponsor for this event is Univision 41 and WABC TV.

“This year, eight brave Latina entrepreneurs are stepping up to promote their products and services to the most relevant media in the region,” said Susana G Baumann, Editor-in-Chief, LatinasinBusiness.us. “They are residents of the states of New Jersey, New York and Texas, and they will compete for an opportunity to win this year’s LatinasinBusiness.us Best Business Award,” she added.

The participants –in registration order- are Janny Perez, founder and CEO of MiLegaSi (New York); Elizabeth “Liz” Santiago, founder and CEO, CeleBritAy (New York); Mary Dressendorfer, Co-founder, Princess Plie and Friends (New Jersey); Tania Molina, founder and CEO, Villakuyaya (New Jersey); Karla Jimenez, founder,  Caidos del Cielo Bakery; Isabel Ayala, founder, IsaBeauty Aromatherapy (New Jersey); Ivette Mayo, founder and CEO, Yo Soy Expressions (Texas); and Brenda Nava, co-founder, Brendallan’s Tax and Accounting Services (New Jersey).

Main sponsors step up to support Latina entrepreneurs

“We want to thank the tremendous support of our sponsors and supporters as well as all the organizations that are helping promote the event,” Baumann said. “Without them, this initiative would not be possible!”

Main sponsors for this event are Bank of America, Small Business, Presenting Sponsor; and MassMutual Tri State, Latina Leadership Sponsor. Supporters are New York Life Insurance Company, New Jersey General Office; Horizon BlueCross BlueShield; Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp LLP; PNC Bank; Freshie Feminine Care; Moët & Chandon, IFundWomen, and First Data Corporation.

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Sharon Miller, Managing Director, Head of Small Business at Bank of America

“It is our great pleasure to support the Latina SmallBiz Expo and Pitch Competition this year. Bank of America is very proud to be Presenting Sponsor for this event. We support the core mission of this organization because like all of you, we believe in the future of small business and entrepreneurship,” said Sharon Miller, Managing Director, Head of Small Business. “Bank of America has played a key role in helping the number of Hispanic and Latino entrepreneurs in the U.S. more than triple to over 2 million. This commercial confidence has added new Hispanic and Latino entrepreneurs to our economy at a rate more than ten times faster than that of the U.S. population as a whole. The empowerment of the Hispanic and Latino community is vital to sustaining the health of our economy and helping millions of people around the world achieve their financial aspirations,” said Sharon.

In addition, Baumann said, the Pitch your Business to the Media Competition has become a signature event that attracts strong and established Latina small businesses from around the country for an opportunity to be promoted in main media in the region. “We are extremely grateful to count with the support of NJIT as Hosting Sponsor and Univision41/WABC as Media Sponsor because they recognize the relevance and potential of this community,” Baumann added.

Confirmed participating Media Jurors so far are Univision 41/WABC (NY/NJ), Abasto Magazine (national), LatinTrends (NY); Omnikal (national); Social Vibes Media (NJ); Americano Newspaper (NJ); WCTC- AM radio; Nuestra Gente Digital and Vivala.com.

Support to Puerto Rico Disaster Relief from Latina entrepreneurs

Latina entrepreneurs flyerBaumann also announced that proceeds from tickets purchased under the denomination LSBEPuertoRico General Admission will be fully donated to Puerto Rico Disaster Relief. “We cannot ignore the dramatic situation that our brothers and sisters of Puerto Rico are suffering as result of natural disasters and the tardy intervention of the Federal government. Every contribution, even if small, will bring the much needed help as long as it takes so Puerto Rico, ‘la Isla del Encanto,’ will flourish again,” Baumann said.

Attendees will find flyers in English and in Spanish in Americano Newspapers being distributed across the region announcing the event. They can register online or bring the flyer the day of the event to donate their ticket to Puerto Rico Disaster Relief ($10 for online registration, $15 at the door).

Baumann mentioned that the event is being promoted by organizations such as the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Newark Community Economic Development Corporation, Greater Newark Economic Corporation, UCEDC, EDA New Jersey, Rising Tide Capital, Red Shoe Movement and NYC LGBTQS Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

“Many thanks for attending this event, for participating in the broader conversation, and for joining all of us at Bank of America in celebrating the contribution that members of Latino community have made to help the U.S. economy grow. Bank of America understands that small businesses are the growth engine of our economy and resources are crucial to their success, which is why we have more than 1,700 small business specialists in local communities across the country. Whether you’ve been in business for 30 years or are just starting out, we’re committed to providing the expertise to help you grow and give you a competitive advantage,” Milled added.

The event will take place at the NJIT Campus Center Atrium, 150 Bleeker St, Newark, NJ 07102, on November 9 from 4:00pm to 9:00pm. Free parking will be available for all attendees at 154 Summit Street.

For information and to register please visit Latina SmallBiz Expo ( https://latinasbizexpo.eventbrite.com/)

For sponsorship and promotional opportunities, please contact Susana@latinasinbusiness.us/.