2018 Latina SmallBiz Expo

Presenters announced at the 2018 Latina SmallBiz Expo

Under the slogan “Learn, Connect, Succeed!” Latinas in Business Inc. has announced their 2018 Latina SmallBiz Expo and Pitch your Business Competition. The event will take place at the Hudson County Culinary Conference Center, 161 Newkirk St., Jersey City, NJ on November 8, 2018 from 12:00pm to 7:00pm.

2018 Latina SmallBiz Expo

Latinas in Business Inc., the national non-profit organization that advocates for the economic empowerment of the Latina working woman is joining efforts with the New Jersey Office of Business Opportunity (HC OBO) and Hudson County Community College (HCCC), both institutions co-hosting the event.

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Nathalie Molina Niño, CEO, BRAVA Investments

Keynote speaker will be Nathalie Molina Niño, founder and CEO of BRAVA Investments, and author of LEAPFROG, The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs(Tarcher Perigee, a Penguin Random House imprint). She is committed to delivering returns to investors while making a catalytic impact on women in the world. A technologist and coder by training, Nathalie is a consummate entrepreneur, and a storyteller at heart.

“Nathalie is an extremely accomplished Latina entrepreneur who led the launch of SELF MADE, the company, mobile app, learning platform and NY Times Best Selling book by Telemundo’s former Entertainment president, Nely Galan. We are extremely grateful for her generosity to participate at our Latina SmallBiz Expo this year, and bring her unapologetic vision for Latina entrepreneurs in the Northeast,” said Susana G Baumann, President and CEO, Latinas in Business Inc.

Mistress of Ceremony at the 2018 Latina SmallBiz Expo will be Jackeline Cacho, the Los Angeles two times Emmy Nominee journalist and producer of “Triunfo Latino,” the most popular educational show in the nation that features Latino leaders across the nation.

“Jackie Cacho is an internationally acclaimed Latina leader and a generous human being who tirelessly works at changing the narrative around Latinos in the US. She will be producing her ‘Triunfo Latino’ show during the event, and broadcast it in 40 cities around the country,” Baumann announced.2018 Latina SmallBiz Expo

Latina small businesses in the region are the driving force of many markets such as beauty, retail, clothing, telephone services, food and beverage, financial services and many more.

“An estimated 5,824,300 women-of-color-owned businesses employ 2,230,600 people and generate $386.6 billion in revenues in the United States. However, numbers for Latinas grew faster than the average rate for businesses owned by other women of color: 172%, equaling 2.1 million Latina-owned businesses,” Baumann said “To celebrate the power of Latinas, we have assembled our most ambitious event ever. We are committed to raising the bar for Latinas and other minority women entrepreneurs who are standing strong and building community around them every day,” she added.

For information and to register, please visit Latina SmallBiz Expo. For sponsorship and promotional opportunities, please contact

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Latinas in Business Inc. is a national non-profit organization that advocates for the economic empowerment of the Latina working woman. Susana G Baumann, President, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of 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, the 2017 Hispanic Lifestyle Latina of Influence Award and the 2018 Red Shoe Movement Leader Award.

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TOMORROW! Watch our event on Facebook LIVE starting at 7:00 pm! The big day is finally here! We have been sold out for almost 2 weeks but you  can still watch the whole event on our Facebook page starting at 7:00 pm.

2016 Best Business Award and Media Networking Event
When: November 29th – 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Son Cubano 40-4 Riverwalk Pl, West New York, NJ 070936:00 to 7:00 Registration
6:45 to 7:00 Welcome / Opening remarks by Susana G Baumann

7:00 -7 :30  Speakers Panel:  Latina, Speak Up! How to Pitch your Story to the Media

Media Panelists:

Vicky Llerena

Vicky Llerena

Vicky Llerena

Vicky Llerena is Social Vibes 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. Aside from managing SVM, Vicky is also an adjunct professor at Saint Peter’s University, New Jersey City Institute of Technology and Hudson County Community College. Vicky is a proud member of the New York Journalism Press Club.


Sylvia Jauregui 

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Sylvia Jauregui

A career journalist whose education and experience brought her to New Jersey from her native Ecuador, Ms. Jáuregui is founder partner and co-owner of Jersey Bound Latino, a bilingual magazine in New Jersey specifically aimed at the region’s Latino audience. Its distribution statewide is 100,000 copies per issue.
Ms. Jáuregui’s current project, Jersey Bound Latino Magazine (JBL), is a print and online platform that celebrates the narratives of Latino talent, leadership and life that might otherwise remain hidden through lack of exposure in the mainstream media. Ms. Jáuregui believes that “if we do not tell our story, then our story will be told through someone else’s lens.” Ms. Jáuregui is an active member of the National Association Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and is Vice President of the New Jersey Chapter.


Angel Antonio Vazquez Rivera

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Angel Vazquez Rivera

Angel Vazquez Rivera is the Director, Communications and Community Empowerment at Univision Communications Inc. in the Greater New York area. Angel is a strategically driven marketing professional with an interest in both the planning and implementation aspects of brand building, promotions and sales. Before Univision, Angel worked for ImpreMedia, developing and implementing marketing plans and projects for new and existing products using multimedia and multiplatform capabilities available within the ImpreMedia network.


Lili Gil Valletta

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Lili Gil Valetta

Lili is an award-winning entrepreneur, World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and TV media contributor. She is the cofounder and President of XL Alliance, the place where companies come to unlock the power of today’s multicultural market. She also the creator of Dreamers Ventures, a platform that selects, mentors and launches products created by Latinos to sell on Television. In 2015 she launched CulturIntel™, a proprietary big data methodology that maps the consumer insights and their decision journey across cultural segments.

7:30 to 8:00 announces its Pitch your Business competition

READ ABOUT the Six (6) participants who registered for this session who will have an opportunity to pitch their business to the media strategists and experts present at the event.

8:15 to 9:00 announces its 2016 Best Business Awards / Final Ceremony

Join us for our Annual Best Business Awards and Best Business Pitch Winner Award!

Watch our event on Facebook LIVE at 7:00 pm! Facebook page

 THANKS TO ALL OUR SPONSORS FOR THEIR SUPPORT! announces its 2016 Best Business Awards

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


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

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


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2016 Best Business Awards

Luis O De La Hoz

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

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

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


Read this story: Madrinas and Padrinos Editorial Advisory Board


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Deborah Aguiar-Velez, empowering Latinas

Deborah Aguiar-Velez,

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

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

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


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

Most Shared on Social Media Story – Original feature

Matilsha Marxuach, AccessLatina finalist

Matilsha Marxuach, AccessLatina finalist


Shop con Calma, Matilsha Marxuach, Founder and Designer

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

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


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


Most Read Contributor – Original feature

Rosa M Mollo, Intercultural Communications coach and Change Facilitator

Rosa M Mollo

Rosa M Mollo, Intercultural Communications Coach and Change Facilitator

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




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

Rising Leader

Carolina Robles New Yrok Life

Carolina E Robles

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

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

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

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


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

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

Read their stories: announces its Pitch your Business competition


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

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

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