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2018 Latina SmallBiz Expo

2018 Latina SmallBiz Expo recap celebrating the economic force of Latina entrepreneurs

The 2018 Latina SmallBiz Expo gathered a broad range of sponsors, supporters and participants that celebrated the economic force of Latina entrepreneurs in the Northeast.

2018 Latina SmallBiz Expo

2018 Latina SmallBiz Expo in full action (Photo Credits: Americano Newspaper)

Under the slogan “Learn. Connect. Succeed!”, vendors, supporters and sponsors gathered once again under one roof, this time at the Culinary Conference Center in Jersey City, New Jersey. We did it! Not only we had a fantastic event with a great turnout but also, some raving reviews we want to share with you.

Ramona Ferreyra

Expo Journal and Latina SmallBiz Expo Ticket

This year, we experimented again and got great results!

In 2017, we added the Latina SmallBiz Expo to the original Pitch Competition. This year, we added yet another segment dedicated to peer-to-peer workshop sessions. The Entrepreneurial Empowerment Lunch was a great success and it left people wanting more!

Entrepreneur Empowerment Lunch: Latina entrepreneurs need to “see and be seen”

The vision of this initiative has always been centered on Latina entrepreneurs, and how we can contribute to advancing their businesses, products and services to achieve parity with other demographic group entrepreneurs.

2018 Latina SmallBiz Expo

Some of the sessions conducted during Entrepreneur Empowerment Lunch (Photo credit: Americano Newspaper)

Working in isolation, many Latina small business owners make decisions based on their lack of experience and knowledge of what is out there for the advancement of their businesses. So we created the Entrepreneur Empowerment Lunch to help them come out of the woodwork, reach out to colleagues and peers, and find results and knowledge in the experience of others.

2018 Latina SmallBiz Expo

Speakers at the “peer-to-peer” sessions included Hipatia Lopez, founder of Empanada Fork; Danay Escanaverino, founder LunaSol Media, and Vicky Ayala, founder and author, Quirky Bodega. (Photo credit: Americano Newspaper)

We based the Entrepreneur Empowerment Lunch workshops in “peer-to-peer” sessions, that is to say, we brought successful Latina entrepreneurs in their own industries to speak about their journeys, their obstacles and how they were able to overcome them, or simply recognizing failures and how they reinvented themselves.

These successful Latinas were joined by some experts in different fields, whose participation added also the necessary information to make the sessions interesting yet productive.

We were mobbed! With 119 registered attendees, we ended having over 150. We needed to add chairs to some sessions, and had a couple of people disappointed that they could not attend a session of preference because the space was limited. We apologize for these inconveniences and we promise to go bigger and better next year

2018 Latina SmallBiz Expo: More vendors and a majority of Latina entrepreneurs

Laura Diaz-Alberto, La-Di Clothing (Photo credit: Americano Newspaper)

Every time I finish the Expo Journal, it gives me great satisfaction to see how the number of Latina entrepreneurs who participate at the Expo as vendors continues to grow.

Last year, we had 46 vendors of which, 23 were Latina entrepreneurs. This year, out of 59 tables, 37 were Latina-owned businesses, which to us means that our message is getting out!

Again, some considerations about the space were made, the place looked crowed but cozy –the Latino way! Great opportunities for networking, meeting new sources of information and funding, and a variety of businesses from arts and crafts imports to cleaning services, and from entertainment to PR services and clothing. A real show case of the power and preferences of Latina micro-businesses.

2018 Latina SmallBiz Expo

Latina small business Rocio Costic with Arbonne International (Photo credit Americano Newspaper)

Highlights of the event: Keynote Speaker, Awards and the “Latino Dessert Reception”

Nathalie Molina Niño, CEO at BRAVA InvestmentsThis year we invited Nathalie Molina Niño as Keynote Speaker of the Entrepreneur Empowerment Lunch.

With simplicity and emotion, Nathalie shared her journey as a granddaughter of an Ecuadorian female immigrant who had made a promise, to bring her five children one by one to the United States.

Nathalie’s abuela was a seamstress.  Working innumerable hours at the sewing machine, she achieved her goal in the course of 20 years, Nathalie shared.

Through the excuse of “bad sight,” she used to engage Nathalie in reading to her a Spanish newspaper and in that way, her granddaughter acquired one of the most precious gifts immigrants and their descendants could have, which is bilingualism and biculturalism.

Nathalie is committed to the economic advancement of women in every environment, and has founded her company BRAVA Investments to achieve, like her grandmother, her promise.

2018 Latina SmallBiz Expo

Susana G Baumann, Pres and CEO of Latinas in Business (center) with 2018 Awardees, Aquiles Larrea, Larrea Wealth Management, and Patricia Campos-Media, President of LUPE PAC (Photo credit Americano Newspaper)

Opening doors for Latinas in Business Inc

Every year, we have two special awards to those who support Latina entrepreneurs and open doors for us. This year, we granted the Latina Leader Award to Patricia Campos-Medina, President of LUPE PAC, and founder and CEO of Patricia Campos Strategic Group LLC; and the Lifetime Supporter Award to Aquiles Larrea, Founder and CEO of Larrea Wealth Management, and author of the successful “Empanada of Success,” a book totally dedicated to the economic and financial advancement of Latinos.

Patricia has played an important role in connecting Latinas in Business to many political and economic figures of relevance in the State of New Jersey, among which was the connection to New Jersey Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver. Ms. Oliver gracefully attended our Town Hall Latina Business Meeting back in September, hosted by Major Wilda Diaz of Perth Amboy. She responded to questions and concerns of a group of Latina entrepreneurs about the vision of this Administration to advocate for their advancement.

Aquiles has been a backstage, frontstage and permanent supporter of Latinas in Business. He has actively dedicated his time to participate at our events and made important connections with media and organizations for us.

For these generous efforts we will always be grateful to both our 2018 honorees.

El “broche de oro” at the 2018 Latina SmallBiz Expo 

Latino Dessert Reception by students and Faculty of Institute of Culinary Arts at Hudson County Community College (Photo credit Americano Newspaper)

Finally, “el broche de oro” was the fantastic and delicious Latino Dessert Reception served by faculty and students of the Institute of Culinary Arts at Hudson County Community College.

I believe the students were a little overwhelmed by the satisfaction and gestures of interest that all attendees and participants showed during the reception. Here’s a list of deliciousness:  Alfajores, Quesillo, Mil Hojas, Arroz con Leche, Pastelitos, Brigaderos, Chocotorta, Postre Chaja,Dulce de Higos(Figs), and Passion Fruit Merigue Tart. What a treat!

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Next week, we will bring comments and recap of this year’s Pitch Competition. Don’t miss it as we will continue to show photos and moments of this fantastic event.

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Thanks again to all who continue to support us year after year, and those who are newcomers who can see how together we can achieve great results!

Thanks to all who volunteered and participated at the 2018 Latina SmallBiz Expo (Photo credits: Americano Newspaper)

 

8 Latina entrepreneurs

8 Latina entrepreneurs announced as Pitch Competition finalists from NJ and NY

The 8 Latina entrepreneurs that will participate at the 2018 Pitch your Business Competition representing the states of New Jersey and New York were announced by Latinas in Business Inc, the national non-profit digital platform that advocates for the economic empowerment of Latinas and other minority women entrepreneurs.

8 Latina entrepreneurs

(From L to R) Gladys Vonglahn, founder and CEO of Gladys Cleaning Service; Judy Perez, CEO, Judy’s Dream Cakes; Yenny Espinal, founder of Yenny’s Creations; Brittnie Reyes, founder, Britt’s Catering Services; Angie Piedrahita, Founder, Chivas Bar Bus; Laura Diaz-Alberto, founder, La-Di Clothing and Accesories; Samantha Cordova, founder, She Can Tutors; and Ramona Ferreyra, Founder, Ojala Threads.

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

“These 8 Latina entrepreneurs are stepping up to promote their products and services to a Juror composed of media in the region and participating sponsors,” 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 this year’s Latinas in Business Best Business Award,” she added.

The Expo will also feature other small businesses and sponsors that year after year support these growing community of Latina entrepreneurs. “We will have DJ Music, sponsors’ giveaways for the first 50 visitors to the Expo, Latino food and beverages, and a ‘Dessert Reception’ offered by students of the HCCC Institute of Culinary Arts,” Baumann explained.

Visitors will also enjoy make-up touch ups and hair make-overs by beauty consultants and hair designers during the Expo.

“The Pitch your Business Competition is the signature event that attracts strong and established Latina small businesses for an opportunity to be promoted, while gaining business knowledge and exposure to decision-makers in the region,” Baumann said.

The participants –in registration order- are Gladys Vonglahn, founder and CEO of Gladys Cleaning Service; Judy Perez, CEO, Judy’s Dream Cakes; Yenny Espinal, founder of Yenny’s Creations; Brittnie Reyes, founder, Britt’s Catering Services; Angie Piedrahita, Founder, Chivas Bar Bus; Laura Diaz-Alberto, founder, La-Di Clothing and Accesories; Samantha Cordova, founder, She Can Tutors; and Ramona Ferreyra, Founder, Ojala Threads.

“I invite the community to support these Latinas Poderosas and all vendors, especially if you are looking to shop for the Holidays!” Baumann added.

The 2018 Latina SmallBiz Expo and Pitch competition will take place at the Culinary Conference Center, 161 Newkirk Ave, Jersey City NJ 07306, on November 8 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm.

Students with ID can register for free, and all others who would like to attend can register using the code LIBFAN100 for a FREE Early Bird Expo and Pitch ticket (Reg. $10) until November 7 at https://2018-latina-smallbiz-expo.eventbrite.com.

For exhibitors’ opportunities, please contact Susana@latinasinbusiness.us/

About LatinasinBusiness.us
LatinasinBusiness.us is a national non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that advocates for the economic empowerment of Latinas and other minority entrepreneurs. Susana G Baumann, President, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of LatinasinBusiness.us is an award-winning business writer, published author, speaker and multicultural marketing expert. For this initiative, launched only four years ago, she has received the 2015 Hispanicize TECLA Award, the 2015 LISTA (Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology) Award and was named 2017 Latina of Influence by Hispanic Lifestyle Magazine and honored with the Red Shoe Movement Leader award in 2018.

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

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).

Latina Smallbiz Expo

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?

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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.

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(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/.

speakers at the Latina SmallBiz Expo

Relevant speakers at the Latina SmallBiz Expo hosted by NJIT

Speakers at the Latina SmallBiz Expo and Pitch your Business to the Media Competition include Aisha Glover, President and CEO, Newark Community EDC; Karen Cahn, Founder and CEO, IFundWomen; Luis O De la Hoz, Vice President, Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey; Enrique Tarazona, Small Business Division at Bank of America; and Bellaria Jimenez, President of MassMutual TriState.

speakers at the Latina SmallBiz Expo

(L to R) Enrique Tarazona, Bank of America; Aisha Glover, NCEDC; Karen Cahn, IFundWomen; Luis O De La Hoz, SHCCNJ; Bellaria Jimenez, MassMutual TriState.

LatinasinBusiness.us has announced relevant speakers at the Latina SmallBiz Expo and Pitch your Biz to the Media Competition. 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 NJIT Garage located at 154 Summit Street.

“We are honored and humbled for the relevance of the speakers who have agreed to be part of our Latina SmallBiz Expo and Pitch Competition this year,” said Susana G Baumann, Editor-in-Chief, LatinasinBusiness.us. “Their support means a great recognition for the labor of love we extend to all Latinas in business and the workplace,” she added.

Senator Cory Booker has provided a video message to welcome guests of the Expo. Additionally, the Senator’s staff will be on hand at an outreach table to offer attendees with general information about the federal services they offer, and efforts to assist fellow Americans victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Opening remarks for the Latina SmallBiz Expo will be addressed by Enrique Tarazona, Small Business Divisional Sales Performance Manager responsible for the North East Division at Bank of America, the event’s Presenting Sponsor. Enrique leads six Small Business Banking Managers with over 90 associates.

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Senator Cory A Booker provided a video message to welcome guests of the Expo.

Welcoming attendees to the City of Newark will be Aisha Glover, President and CEO of the Newark Community EDC. Aisha leads NCEDC as the City of Newark’s economic catalyst that strengths small businesses, supports a thriving entrepreneurial base and attracts businesses in emerging markets. Ms. Glover has over 15 years of experience as a convener, champion and agent for economic empowerment and social justice.

She will introduce the event’s Guest Speaker, Karen Cahn, Founder and CEO of iFundWomen, a crowdfunding platform for women-led startups and small businesses. “My personal brand is all about helping women with the funding they need to get their businesses off the ground,” Karen said. She will also staff a table at the Latina SmallBizExpo to start applications for crowdfunding campaigns for all women entrepreneurs, philanthropists, or vocational artists who are seeking funding for their projects.

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Opening the Pitch your Business to the Media Competition will be Luis O De La Hoz, VP of the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (SHCCNJ) and member of the Editorial Advisory Board at LatinasinBusiness.us. De La Hoz works tirelessly to help his fellow Hispanic entrepreneurs and has received numerous awards, such as the Business Advocate of the Year Award in 2012, a distinction for corporate and government advocates who have contributed to and demonstrated exemplary excellence and leadership in business.

De La Hoz will introduce the event’s Keynote Speaker, Bellaria Jimenez. CFP®, MBA, ChFC, President of MassMutual TriState, and Latina Leadership Sponsor.  A Latina leader in her own right, Bellaria have been working since 1995 with women and the Latino community providing education about the importance of financial planning. “My passion has been to attract, train and develop women and Hispanic advisors to help them reach their full potential,” Bellaria told LatinainBusiness.us.

For information and to register or to participate in the Pitch your Business to the Media Competition, please visit Latina SmallBiz Expo ( https://latinasbizexpo.eventbrite.com/)

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