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LatinasinBusiness.us reached 3000 followers!

Thank You in different languagesThis morning, I woke up to the wonderful news! I’m thrilled that LatinasInBusiness.us reached 3000 followers in just less than two months, in fact in just a month and a half! These goals were set for 3 to 6 months benchmarks, and we are now overwhelmed and ecstatic with the response from all of you, our beautiful Latinas in business!

Everything takes time to fall into the right place

I have been thinking and talking to other publications about starting a business section that would speak directly to Latino business owners for about two years. However, it was only when I participated at LATISM last year that the idea of directing the content to Latinas in business and the workplace took shape. Many Latina bloggers have found their niche in social media–from moms working from home to those building a career as social media influencer. Others are fighting their way up in corporate and professional settings. I have met so many Latinas that have impressed me with their skills, intelligence and business wisdom!

I was facing two uphill battles, though. I had no money to fund this project at a large scale and I was a “digital immigrant!”

As the publisher of the first Latino bilingual newspaper in New Jersey back in 2002-2004 that went busted –it was very exciting but very expensive!- I was decided to start a project that would grow organically without much investment. You know the saying, “gato que se quema con leche caliente, ve la vaca y llora.

The other concern was the fact that I had very low technology skills. When I came to the US in 1990, my first job was in publishing –I was the editor of the Art Now Gallery Guide for Latin America. I had no computer skills at that time but I needed the job! I rapidly learned the publishing software and since then, I became fascinated with digital technology. So I decided “hacerle la lucha!”

Thanks to so many that are helping me out on this journeyLIBiz_poster

The first person to thank is Gina Linn Espinoza, from @uplatino and Get Wise Latinas, a wonderful lady from the West Coast who was the first person I talked to about this project. She said to me, “Just do it, everything else will fall in place!” She was so right!

To another wonderful lady, Marisa Trevino, Publisher @LatinaLista, who took the time to give me feedback about the site and sent words of encouragement to improve the project.

To Jesee Torres, who offered me his support and contributions, giving me freehand in using and editing his excellent articles, and for his constant following on social media.

To Lorraine C. Ladish, my social media goddess, who helps me and supports me daily with wise advice, contributions, contacts and much more!

To Patricia Munoz, my dream partner –too bad she is involved in other important projects at this time but who knows… some day…

A special thanks to Luis O. De la Hoz, who was the guy who invited me to @LATISM last year, and since then, he has given me back my eagerness and enthusiasm to start this project at 64 –yes, just turned on October 17th–, when many of my friends are thinking of retirement!

The list will go on and on, starting with the chambers open to work in media or strategic partnerships with LatinasInBusiness.us –Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, Hispanic Chamber of E-Commerce of San Diego, Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce– and including all of those who are supporting LatinasInBusiness.us in social media and following the site on a daily basis.

THANK YOU, GRACIAS in every language and in every way possible! We are on our way, VAMOS, LATINAS!

LatinasinBusiness.us Madrinas and Padrinos Editorial Advisory Board

Thanks to our prestigious Madrinas and Padrinos for their continuous support!

Gina Linn Espinoza. Dr. Love

Gina Linn Espinoza editorial advisory boardGina Linn Espinoza, founder of UpLatino and Get Wise Latinas, is dedicated to growing and nurturing talent as a personal success /life strategist consultant and motivational speaker. One of 22 Latinas nationwide recipients of the National Hispana Leadership Institute Fellowship, while attending JFK School of Government at Harvard University she was selected by Hispanic Lifestyle as one of 2013/14 Latinas of Influence. She has three SXSWi Revolutionary Nominations –El Innovator, New Americano, and The Mobilizer, and has been quoted in Latina Magazine, and appeared on The Huffington Post segments.

Jesse Torres

Jesse_TorresJesse Torres has spent nearly 20 years in leadership and executive management posts, including executive management roles at financial institutions. In 2013 the Independent Community Bankers of America named him a top community banker influencer on social media. He is a frequent speaker at financial services and leadership conferences and has written several books. He hosts an NBC News Radio show called Money Talk with Jesse Torres. Follow @jstorres or contact  Jesse@JesseTorres.com

Lorraine C. Ladish

Lorraine-C-Ladish_portraitsmallLorraine C. Ladish; Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Viva Fifty, is a bilingual author of 17 books, writer, editor, speaker & social media maven. Ladish was previously Editor-in-Chief of Mamiverse.com, the award-winning online hub for Latina moms. She has contributed to People en Español, La Palma of The Palm Beach Post, NBC Latino, Babycenter and Redbook, and was the managing editor of VOXXI Mujer, an online news site for English-speaking Hispanics. She lives in Sarasota, FL with her quirky blended family. Follow Lorraine@vivafifty.com

Luis O. De la Hoz

luisodelahozSVP of Small Business Lending Team of The Intersect Fund, small business advocate, networker micro-loan enthusiast, Latino small business owner, and Board member of several Hispanic chambers of commerce, Luis O. De la Hoz helps non for profit organizations in how to reach the Latino small business owner market. Luis believes Latino business owners want an advisor who is specifically trained or certified in helping small businesses, speaks their language of preference, and is involved in the community. Follow Luis @LUISODLH

Marisa Treviño

MarisaTRevino editorial advisory boardPresident of Treviño TodaMedia/Founder of Latina Lista, Marisa was named Groundbreaking Latina Blogger of the Year in 2011 by Catalina magazine. She is an award-winning commentator and online publisher with a deep understanding of the U.S. Latino online culture, and great success in Latino and community engagement. Focusing her writings on Hispanics and social justice issues pertaining to education, immigration, women and families, Marisa is a contributing columnist with Hispanic Link News service, as well as, an occasional commentator at the Dallas public radio station, KERA. Her columns have appeared in USA Today, MATT.org and syndicated across the country in both English and Spanish.

 

Will Robalino

William Robalino, Padrino and member of LatinasinBusiness.us Editorial Advisory Board

With a resonant background in Finances, Will has also volunteered in national professional organizations, bringing to them his extraordinary networking abilities and enthusiasm to generate results. He joined Prudential Financial in April 2015 as the Vice President of Prudential’s Annuity Finance Division. William also served on Prudential’s Hispanic Heritage Network as an Executive Advisor. He led ALPFA NY chapter as their President from 2011 to 2015.  During his time on the executive board, the chapter grew from 1,200 members to over 3,300 members, tripled the number of corporate partners and professional development programs.