10 Steps To Become An Entrepreneur

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Starting a business involves planning, making key financial decisions, and completing a series of legal activities. Learn how to get started on your business in 10 steps.

Conduct market research

Market research will tell you if there’s an opportunity to turn your idea into a successful business. It’s a way to gather information about potential customers and businesses already operating in your area. Use that information to find a competitive advantage for your business.

Write your business plan

Your business plan is the foundation of your business. It’s a roadmap for how to structure, run, and grow your new business. You’ll use it to convince people that working with you — or investing in your company — is a smart choice.

Fund your business

Your business plan will help you figure out how much money you’ll need to start your business. If you don’t have that amount on hand, you’ll need to either raise or borrow the capital. Fortunately, there are more ways than ever to find the capital you need.

Pick your business location

Your business location is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. Whether you’re setting up a brick-and-mortar business or launching an online store, the choices you make could affect your taxes, legal requirements, and revenue.

Choose a business structure

The legal structure you choose for your business will impact your business registration requirements, how much you pay in taxes, and your personal liability.

Register your business

Once you’ve picked the perfect business name, it’s time to make it legal and protect your brand. If you’re doing business under a name different than your own, you’ll need to register with the federal government, and maybe your state government, too.

Get federal and state tax IDs

You’ll use your employer identification number (EIN) for important steps to start and grow your business, like opening a bank account and paying taxes. It’s like a social security number for your business. Some — but not all — states require you to get a tax ID as well.

Apply for licenses and permits

Keep your business running smoothly by staying legally compliant. The licenses and permits you need for your business will vary by industry, state, location, and other factors.

Open a business bank account

A small business checking account can help you handle legal, tax, and day-to-day issues. The good news is it’s easy to set one up if you have the right registrations and paperwork ready.

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The 50 Most Powerful Latinas in Corporate America

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The Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) announced its list of the 50 Most Powerful Latinas of 2019, announced during its Women of ALPFA luncheon at its annual convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

This is the third iteration of the Most Powerful Latinas list.

ALPFA’s Most Powerful Latinas list highlights the achievements of senior Latina executives running Fortune 500 companies, departments, and large private firms, and also includes a few entrepreneurs leading global companies.

They were chosen according to ALPFA’s strict selection criteria.

The full list and rankings are available on ALPFA’s website

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About Women of ALPFA:Launched in 2002, the Women of ALPFA(WOA)initiative provides unique development and networking opportunities for ALPFA’s Latina members and the companies that want to reach them.WOA is dedicated to the professional success of Latina women, offering targeted programs and training through a professional development curriculum. WOA aims to provide professional Latinas with the tools to strengthen their leadership and management skills, fostering both their professional and personal growth.

About ALPFA:Founded in 1972, ALPFA (The Association of Latino Professionals forAmerica) was the first national Latino professional association in the United States. ALPFA’s purpose is connecting Latino leaders for impactand is committed to developing Latino men and women as leaders of character for the nation, in every sector of the global economy. Today, ALPFA serves over 92,000 members in 160 student chapters and 45 professional chapters across the country.

This Navy Vet Is Now Taking His Military Skills To Home Inspections

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Shortly after retiring from a 21-year career in the Navy, Joseph Cruz, 41, had an honest conversation with himself about his next steps in life.

Cruz took a job with a medical gas company to gain experience in sales. He really wanted to be in business for himself so after much soul searching and due diligence he is a first-time business owner who opened his Pillar To Post Home Inspectors® franchise of Knoxville.

Driven by his longtime interest in real estate coupled with a desire to drive his own future as a business owner Cruz was ultimately drawn to Pillar To Post’s strong reputation coupled with the promising home inspection market. A recent survey from the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) found that 88 percent of all U.S. homeowners believe home inspections are a necessity instead of a luxury.

As it turns out, homes operate a lot like vessels. Both require various well-oiled systems that must work together seamlessly to function optimally. Cruz plans to apply his many years of experience working on three warships (the USS O’Bannon DD-987, the USS Higgins DDG-76 and the USS Rafael Peralta DDG-115) to his new career providing quality home inspections to realtors, homebuyers and sellers.

“Like a well-built and properly-operating home, a Navy ship has various inputs of air, water, power and data that all work together,” Cruz said. “I’m looking forward to applying my helicopter-view mindset of a ship’s operations to the home inspection industry. I’ve owned several homes in the past and in the process of buying and selling, I fell in love with real estate,” Cruz said. “After the Navy, the possibility of a career in real estate was intriguing. As I researched franchise opportunities for veterans, Pillar To Post stood out at the top of the rankings for franchised companies that cater to veterans, with a 5-Star status from VetFran, the IFA’s program for veterans.”

Pillar To Post Home Inspectors® is the brand to which more than three million families have turned to for 25 years to be their trusted advisor when buying or selling a home. Consistently ranked as the top-rated home inspection company on Entrepreneur Magazine’s annual Franchise500®, the company is enjoying its 19th year in a row on that list.

All veterans know all too well that the path to achieving one’s dreams takes a mix of determination and sacrifice peppered with a bit of a sense of adventure. Opening a business takes a lot of the same grit, and Cruz has proven he has the endurance and focus to make his business a success by moving his family across the country from San Diego to Knoxville last June. The past five months has been filled with change for Cruz, who packed up his van and left California behind with only a tent, sleeping bags and a power generator in tow.

“We camped along the way, staying at various National Parks until we finally arrived in Knoxville in July,” Cruz said. “I very much look forward to becoming an integral part of my business community.”

About Pillar To Post Home Inspectors®
Founded in 1994, Pillar To Post Home Inspectors is the largest home inspection company in North America with home offices in Toronto and Tampa. There are nearly 600 franchises located in 49 states and nine Canadian provinces. The company has been named as Best in Category in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise500® ranking for 19 years in a row. Long-term plans include adding 500 to 600 new franchisees over the next five years. For further information, please visit www.pillartopost.com. To inquire about a franchise go to pillartopostfranchise.com.

TIAA Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a Focus on Career Growth in the Hispanic/Latino Community

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In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, TIAA hosted several events in September and October that educated and entertained employees about the Latino culture and community.

Hispanic Heritage Month starts September 15, which marks the independence of many Latin American countries, and ends on October 15. This month celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans. TIAA’s Business Resource Group (BRG) for Latino and Hispanic professionals, called Unite, planned Hispanic Heritage Month events with a focus on career and economic growth of the Latino community.

On September 26, the Unite BRG welcomed a company-wide conversation with Dr. Robert Rodriguez (pictured: Dr. Robert Rodriguez {in middle} with TIAA employees in Chicago) live in Chicago and via video conference to office locations nationwide. Dr. Rodriguez is the founder and president of Dr. Robert Rodriguez Advisors LLC (DRR Advisors), a diversity consulting firm that helps business leaders elevate the impact and effectiveness of workplace inclusion initiatives.

Nationally-acclaimed speaker Dr. Rodriguez discussed the current state of Latino leadership in corporate America, including case studies of corporations and how they effectively recruit, hire and retain Latino/Hispanic talent and use that talent as an asset for their businesses. He also shared why companies view the U.S. Latino community as a catalyst for economic growth and the next great source of intellectual capital.

Dr. Rodriguez stressed the importance of people bringing their true selves to work, including their true heritage. This will become more prevalent as the workforce of the future will be heavily Hispanic/Latino – the fastest growing population in the U.S. – surpassing other ethnicities and soon to reach 25 percent, he explained.

Despite the growth of the Latino population, there is still a disparity of Latinos in leadership positions and on boards in corporate America. Dr. Rodriguez encourages organizations and employees to create workplace conditions that allow people to feel comfortable and safe to bring their true selves to work, and to not tell people to leave their culture at home.

Additional activities were held throughout the months of September and October in multiple TIAA offices to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, including talent development sessions, salsa dance lessons and other cultural dance performances, plus volunteer events at nonprofits NC MedAssist in Charlotte and Junior Achievement in Dallas – all held by the Unite BRG local chapters in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Jacksonville and New York.

On October 2, TIAA’s Unite BRG held a Personal Branding Best Practices session open to all employees to learn how the “Performance, Image and Exposure (P.I.E.)” model can help them balance and positively impact their career and success.

These events highlight the contributions of the Latino and Hispanic culture, and showcase the wonderful work of TIAA volunteers and colleagues as part of the Unite BRG. TIAA invites all of its employees to attend these informative and engaging national and local events that celebrate TIAA’s diverse and inclusive culture and the heritage month.

Started in 1968, Hispanic Heritage Month commences each year on September 15, the anniversary of the independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

Source: TIAA

Over 6,000 Minority Business Enterprises and Corporate Partners Attend National Conference on Supplier Diversity in Atlanta

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On Sunday, October 13, the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) kicked off its annual conference and business opportunity exchange in Atlanta.

With over 12,000 certified minority-owned businesses representing millions of consumers, NMSDC is the largest and most successful non-profit advocating for minority entrepreneurs in the country.

The conference draws over 6,000 minority-business owners and corporate partners from around the nation.

“Economic inclusion is one of the most urgent issues we face to ensure opportunity and prosperity for all Americans,” said Adrienne Trimble, President of NMSDC. “Our numbers prove our success in this area.

In 2018, we executed $400 billion in revenue for minority-owned businesses. Some 1.6 million U.S. jobs were created, resulting in $96 billion in wages earned.

Who: National Minority Supplier Development Council

NMSDC President: Adrienne C. Trimble

What: 2019 Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange

Where: Atlanta, GA Georgia World Congress Center

When: October 13 – 16, 2019

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Why: Economic inclusion for all Americans is one of the most critical issues of our time.

About NMSDCNMSDC advances business opportunities for certified minority business enterprises and connects them to corporate members. To meet the growing need for supplier diversity, NMSDC matches its more than 12,000 certified minority-owned businesses to our network of more than 1,450 corporate members who wish to purchase their products, services and solutions. NMSDC, a unique and specialized player in the field of minority business enterprise, is proud of its unwavering commitment to advance Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American suppliers in a globalized corporate supply chain.

Why This Successful Entrepreneur Pays It Forward by Helping Other Latinas Succeed

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Ana Bermudez may not have been set up to be a success story from the beginning, but today, she is. Her tenacity and dedication to fulfilling her American dream helped her overcome numerous obstacles throughout her life.

By Christine Bolaños

Today, the San Diego native is a successful technology entrepreneur and advocate for the advancement of women of color in business.

Ana grew up in Logan Heights, an immigrant community in central San Diego where gangs, shootings, teenage pregnancy, and violence were normal parts of life. Her single Mexican mother took on various jobs to make ends meet while raising Ana and her three younger siblings.

Her family eventually ended up moving back into her grandparents’ crowded home where her uncles were up at late hours drinking with their gang buddies. “They did shield me from that,” Ana told POPSUGAR. But her younger sister fell into the same vicious cycle and became pregnant at 14 and again shortly thereafter. Ana and her mom coparent her niece and nephew.

As a child, Ana sought refuge in the many books her family gifted her. She was an avid reader, but it wasn’t until her mother gave her an encyclopedia series that her life changed. “It was an entire 30-piece volume of books and I was in absolute love,” Ana said. “That’s when I think I really stepped up my appreciation for education. Suddenly, I could learn and read about everything I wanted.”

Her Uncle Louie eventually took her under his wing. He works at Barrio Station, a nonprofit that seeks to save young lives and empower families by revitalizing neighborhoods and offering community activities. He took Ana to events and programs and treated her and her sister to trips to local museums and baseball games. “There was some balance to my life because I was also exposed to rehabilitation through my uncle,” Ana said. “That even though you were born into circumstances, you didn’t necessarily have to get stuck to that.”

Looking back, Ana said she realizes her mother may have been her greatest role model. Her mom had aspirations of her own that were cut short when she had children. But she worked hard to provide for her family. From becoming a manager at a local McDonald’s, to earning her cosmetology license, working as a cashier at a local taco shack, and eventually becoming an associate vice president insurance broker at a local insurance company. She would sometimes take Ana to work, where she had the opportunity to file paperwork, write receipts, and learn the basics of business and finance. “That woman has been through quite a lot and she’s always been very, very passionate about her work, which is where I assume my passion for numbers and business came about,” Ana said.

Ana went to the University of Notre Dame after receiving a scholarship. After college, Merrill Lynch hired her for a staff position. She worked there for five years as a wealth management adviser before transitioning to the role of chief financial officer at a small company.

Ready for the next challenge, Ana founded TAGit, a mobile app that television viewers use to buy items from their favorite TV shows. Through her research, she found that 40 million women shopped online while watching television. It seemed like a viable business, and after putting her brother through college and buying her mother a home in a safer neighborhood, Ana was ready to take a financial risk. She left her corporate job and followed her entrepreneurial desire.

However, a year-and-a-half later, she hadn’t found a big investor and was starting to doubt she had what it took to make it as an entrepreneur. With the odds stacked against her — just over 2 percent of venture capital funding went to women-led businesses in 2018 — two of her male mentors advised her to seek support from networks and organizations geared toward women and Latinx. She accompanied a friend to the Women’s Venture Summit at the last minute in 2013, a one-day intensive event that equips and connects female founders with female funders, and it was there where she met the event’s cohost, Latina scientist-turned-investor Dr. Silvia Mah.

Her mantra of “patience, persistence, and preparation” paid off as Ana found multiple investors at the Women’s Venture Summit, including Dr. Mah, who became an important figure in Ana’s life. “I laid out all my cards. I told her I’ve been doing this a long time and haven’t been able to get funding. She became my mentor,” Ana said.

Ana went on to serve as a panelist at future summit events and eventually became a program director at Stella Angels, an all-woman angel group founded by Dr. Mah, that seeks to grow the number of angel investors and fund more female entrepreneurs globally.

Now that she runs a successful business, Ana pays it forward by helping other women and people of color gain access to funding and become investors for other businesses.

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USHCC Names Spanish Broadcasting System Chairman, President & CEO Raúl Alarcón “2019 Businessperson of the Year”

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Raúl Alarcón, Chairman and CEO of Spanish Broadcasting System (“SBS”) (OCTQX: SBSAA) received the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s (USHCC) 2019 Hispanic Businessperson of the Year Award.

Hundreds of Hispanic business, corporate and community leaders from across the U.S. attended the awards’ gala event, which took place at the USHCC’s 40th Anniversary National Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The award was presented by international top-selling artist Prince Royce who dedicated emotional words to the media mogul.

Every year, the USHCC recognizes an entrepreneur who exemplifies the best of America’s business community through their outstanding leadership, pioneering spirit and social and economic contributions.

The USHCC National Convention is the largest networking venue for Hispanic businesses in America. For over a generation, the USHCC has served as the nation’s leading Hispanic Business organization and worked to bring more than 4.37 million Hispanic owned businesses to the forefront of the national economic agenda. The National Convention brings together Hispanic business owners, corporate executives and members of more than 200 local Hispanic chambers of commerce from across the country. It offers the opportunity to establish strategic long-lasting business partnerships, through dialogue, networking, workshops, and more.

Raúl Alarcón has become a key player for Latinos in Hispanic Radio and across digital media.. The charismatic CEO and Chairman of SBS oversees 17 Spanish-Language radio stations in the top Latin markets in the US and has extended that leadership into digital through its LaMusica app, currently the #1 ranked Hispanic streaming site and top Hispanic radio app.

The award highlights Mr. Alarcón’s strategic vision of integrating radio, television, entertainment and online/digital properties to capture growth opportunities with a clear eye on engaging the U.S. Hispanic consumer.
“Raúl Alarcón is a steadfast businessmen whose company continues to reach new heights and he inspires business leaders everywhere, especially in the media field,” said Ramiro Cavazos, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “We are proud to recognize him as the 2019 Businessperson of the Year on our 40th Anniversary USHCC National Convention.”

“I am incredibly honored to receive this award from the USHCC – an organization that does so much to support Hispanic entrepreneurs across our country,” said Raúl Alarcón Chairman, President & CEO of SBS. “As an immigrant from Cuba, this is proof that the U.S. is truly the land of opportunity, where we can live the American Dream through hard work, a clear vision and the support of amazing organizations like the USHCC.” Raúl Alarcón Jr., joined SBS in 1983 as an Account Executive and has been President and Director since October 1985 and Chief Executive Officer since June 1994. On November 2, 1999, Mr. Alarcón, became Chairman of the Board of Directors and continues as Chief Executive Officer and President. Currently, Mr. Alarcón is responsible for SBS’ long-range strategic planning and operational matters and is instrumental in the acquisition and related financing of each SBS station.
Raúl Alarcón represents examples of the tremendous world-class talent that has emerged from the Hispanic community to serve in top leadership roles across all parts of America.

About LaMusica
LaMusica is a music-centric online platform catering to a wide variety of Hispanic users through the live audio and video streaming of the nation’s top-rated radio stations owned by Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS), including WSKQ-FM in New York City, the #1 Hispanic station in America, as well as other leading SBS formats from around the country. Offering a daily variety of exclusive digital content including current events video vignettes, celebrity interviews, podcasts, expertly curated playlists and world premiere music videos, LaMusica is the preferred Hispanic streaming platform for today’s U.S. Latinos. LaMusica is available via the mobile app, the LaMusica.com website, iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, Apple TV, Roku, Android TV, Firestick/AmazonTV, Samsung SmartTV, Apple CarPlay, as well as Chromecast and Alexa-enabled devices.

About Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc.
Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. (SBS) owns and operates radio stations located in the top U.S. Hispanic markets of New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco and Puerto Rico, airing the Tropical, Regional Mexican, Spanish Adult Contemporary, Top 40 and Urbano format genres. SBS also operates AIRE Radio Networks, a national radio platform of over 250 affiliated stations reaching 94% of the U.S. Hispanic audience. SBS also owns MegaTV, a network television operation with over-the-air, cable and satellite distribution and affiliates throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico, produces and promotes a nationwide series of live concerts and events, and owns a stable of digital properties, including La Musica, a mobile app providing Latino-focused audio and video streaming content and HitzMaker, a new-talent destination for aspiring artists and music aficionados. For more information, visit us online at spanishbroadcasting.com.

Meet Mimi G. – Latina DIY Expert and Sew It Academy Founder

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Latina entrepreneur Mimi G. is the woman behind the award-winning popular fashion, lifestyle, and DIY blog MimiGSyle.com who is making sewing both hip and approachable through her online sewing school, SewItAcademy.com.

What started as a hobby in 2012 has blossomed into an international brand with a daily engagement of more than 2.1 million followers across social media platforms, 12 million-page views annually, and 575K unique visitors per month on her blog. Mimi G Style empowers and motivates people of all ages and walks of life. Her videos on DIY sewing, self-empowerment, and lifestyle have propelled Mimi G from blogger to internet sensation. We would love to set up an interview with you and Mimi G to discuss all things from women business leaders, to overcoming hardships, to breaking into the fashion and DIY industries.

Mimi G is a mother of four and a champion of women with an empowering back story that will inspire everyone. A victim of sexual abuse as a child, at 16 years old she found herself homeless as a single mother with a small child fleeing from an abusive relationship. Struggling to survive she bounced from couch to couch until she secured an assistant job and was able to stabilize herself with child. It was at that time that she began blogging about her true passion – sewing / designing clothes. She had a knack for seeing a design on the runway and being able to recreate it herself. For someone that was struggling financially, this was something that helped set her apart career wise allowed her to shine in important meetings. She may not have the money to buy designer clothes, but no one could tell the wiser.

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Mimi G.

Her blog took off – people were drawn to her hip and cool approach to sewing. In a field where sewing could seem like something “that grandmas do” she was making it fun and exciting. Her blog evolved into her own best-selling patterns which in turn evolved into her own online sewing school. But that’s just the beginning. Mimi G is rebranding the whole genre and proving that dreams really can come true. What began blogging as a way for her to keep a personal journal of her sewing projects, in just 5 years, it became the vehicle by which she lives her passion, to empower and motivate people of all ages and walks of life to embrace their power, find their voice, and to discover their purpose. She works to help women regain their confidence and improve their self-esteem.

Since 2014, Mimi G. Style has partnered with Simplicity Creative Group to license, design and market commercial sewing patterns. In 2016 Mimi G. founded SewItAcademy.com, an online sewing school – designed to be a hip and fresh, accessible and affordable way for anyone interested in learning to sew and design.

Mimi G. has collaborated with over 350 brands including Target, Google, Macy’s, ULTA, The Home Depot, The Recording Academy, Coca-Cola, Verizon, Kellogg, Revlon, Steve Madden and more. She has been featured on Essence.com, InStyle Magazine, Vanity Fair, Rolling Out Magazine, and was awarded the “Best Latina Blogger” by Hispanicize 2015. Mimi also made her television debut on Lifetime TV’s “Project Runway Junior” as a mentor and design consultant for young designers.

Mimi G. is a sought-after speaker and consultant and has interviewed celebrities such as Gwen Stefani and Jennifer Aniston along with highly popular influencers. She was recently featured in Gary Vaynerchuck’s most recent book, Crushing It, and has begun developing several web series as part of Mimi G Studios, launched in 2019. Instagram: @MimiGStyle

Jennifer Lopez: From the Block to the Boss

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By Jovane Marie

In the nearly 30 years since she danced her way onto our screens as a Fly Girl on In Living Color, Jennifer Lopez has evolved into an award-winning, record-breaking, history-making phenomenon.

A force to be reckoned with in every industry she enters—be it dance, music, TV or film—the star has also made strides in the business world, intertwining her marketability with her personal persona and riding her brand all the way to the bank.

The Business of Being J. Lo

The consummate boss lady, Lopez has leveraged a thorough understanding of her personal brand and identity to generate several multi-million-dollar business enterprises. It is a tactic that, according to the successful multi-hyphenate, is key to longevity.

“You have to remember the value of your individuality—that you have something different and special to offer that nobody else can,” she said in an interview with IOL.

Lopez’s marketability lies in her origin story and the hard work ethic that took her from the southside of the Bronx to the highest echelons of stardom. To quote her hit “Jenny from the Block”— “no matter where she goes, she knows where she came from”—that sentiment has endeared her to fans, and consumers, worldwide.

“Staying authentic to that image of an entertainer, mother, and woman of humble beginnings in a struggling Puerto Rican family from the Bronx is important, and it’s key to reaching a bigger audience of potential customers. That’s a big part of who I am, and my brand in a way,” Lopez said in a sales pitch to Silicon Valley.

Lifestyle a la Lopez

Lopez first flexed her business muscle in 2001, when she launched her eponymous clothing and accessories line, J. Lo by Jennifer Lopez. With an unapologetic focus on providing fabulous fashion choices for women of all sizes (including often overlooked curvaceous body types), the label has gone through several iterations over the years, expanding to include girls’ sportswear and housing decor. In 2010, she relaunched the brand in partnership with popular retail chain Kohl’s, capitalizing on their exclusive private brand strategy to ensure nationwide saturation of her vision. The collection, which includes a wide array of fashion running the gamut from statement pieces to chic comfort, is a testament to the entrepreneur’s personal taste (if she wouldn’t wear it, it doesn’t hit the shelf).

“It’s great to collaborate with Kohl’s in the creation of a full lifestyle

 Jennifer Lopez performs during a stop of her It's My Party tour at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS: Jennifer Lopez performs during a stop of her It’s My Party tour at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for ABA)

brand that represents my full style and essence,” said the entrepreneur, who is known for taking an active role in each stage of the production process. “I’m a mom. I work. I want comfort, but I also want to feel sexy and modern. I think a lot of women want the same thing.”

Production Paragraph

As Lopez’s star continued to rise on the charts and in theaters, she made yet another boss lady move that would further cement her status as a business mogul. Alongside then manager Benny Medina, the star co-founded Nuyorican Productions, a film and television production company, in 2001. The production house has developed a wide range of projects, from documentaries to primetime shows to online series, with Lopez often starring or serving in an executive producer capacity. To date, the entity is responsible for six films, 12 TV series (including award-winning The Fosters, which won two GLAAD Media Awards for its outstanding representation of LGBT issues), four TV specials, one online series, and nine musical releases.

The Smell of Success

Lopez’s long-term influence and impact on the fashion industry extends beyond clothing, accessories, and home goods. In 2002, she launched what would become America’s top-selling fragrance and the best-selling celebrity fragrance line in the world—Glow. The move jump-started the now common-place strategy of celebrities bringing their own namesake scents to the market. In the 17 years since its inception, Lopez has released 24 fragrances, with revenue in the billions.

No Time Off

The mid-2000s saw Lopez incrementally building her empire—starring in several films (including 2006’s Bordertown, which earned her an Artists for Amnesty Award from Amnesty International), producing several others under Nuyorican, releasing her sixth studio album, maintaining her lifestyle brands, and serving as the Chief Creative Officer for NuvoTV (a Latino community focused cable network). It wasn’t until 2008, after giving birth to twins Max and Emme, that she finally took a short hiatus to focus on her new family.

She was back on the grind less than two years later, when she joined the judging panel on the tenth season of American Idol. The comeback served as the spark of a resurgence predicated on her undeniably successful personal brand that—nearly a decade later—has yet to falter.

The Power of Branding

Jennifer Lopez Book Cover: True LoveArmed with an ambitiously sharp business mind, an innate understanding of her brand, and a ferocious work ethic, Lopez has established herself as an obvious go-to for major companies looking to connect to consumers via a relatable feel coupled with a healthy dose of glamour. L’Oréal Paris, Gillette Venus, Fiat Automobiles, denim powerhouse Guess, and luxury footwear Giuseppe Zanotti have all called on the business behemoth, who boasts one of the most powerful brands on the planet.

The numbers don’t lie: more than 150 million people, a whopping 75 percent of them millennials, follow the phenom on social media, privy to Lopez’s every post, project, and partnership. That fact alone points to her uncanny ability to connect with the masses using her high-profile status as a business asset for social commerce.

To Lopez, that universal appeal serves as the potential foundation for creating wide-ranging business opportunities that have yet to be realized.

“I want to build something that has never been done before,” she declared in 2015 at VentureScape, a venture capital conference in Silicon Valley hosted by the National Venture Capital Association. And she most definitely will. Her companies boast a track record of success that surpasses Stanford graduates (the stereotypical recipients of such funds) and is predicated in part on her willingness to take risks.

“I have found that taking risks, being true to myself, and making decisions with good intentions can exceed even my own expectations,” the mogul mused in her 2014 bestseller, True Love.

Beyond the Business

Lopez may have established herself as an entrepreneurial enigma through her mastery of multi-faceted platforms and her sheer intelligence in strategically building and managing her brand, but her talents and impact (obviously) extend well past the boardroom. The fervent go-getter was advised as her career was just starting to blossom to “make a moment of her shot” (a piece of wisdom bestowed by fellow actor Jack Nicholson while on set shooting the neo-noir thriller Blood and Wine in 1997).

She took the advice to heart, harnessing every opportunity to its full potential, smashing racial barriers, and side-stepping naysayers to become one of (if not the) most influential Hispanic performers in the United States. In 2018, TIME Magazine named her among its “100 Most Influential People in the World,” and for good reason.

The quadruple threat (singer, actress, dancer, and producer) has sold more than 80 million records in the last two decades, holding the record for releasing the first remix album—entitled J to tha L-O! The Remixes—to ever debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, as well as the highest first week sales for a Spanish album in the United States—her 2007 Como Ana una Mujer.

As an actress, she has blazed a record-making trail in Hollywood as

Keke Palmer, Jennifer Lopez and Lili Reinhart are seen on the film set of 'Hustlers' in New York City.
NEW YORK, NY: Keke Palmer, Jennifer Lopez and Lili Reinhart are seen on the film set of ‘Hustlers’ in New York City. (Photo by Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

well, capturing the nation’s attention in 1997 with her portrayal of Tejano superstar Selena Quintanilla-Perez in the namesake biopic Selena and demanding a salary that at the time made her the highest-paid Hispanic actress in history. Collectively, her films have grossed more than $3 billion, and she holds the distinction of being the first woman to have a number one film (The Wedding Planner) and the number one album (J. Lo) simultaneously in the United States.

Lopez has also left an undeniable mark in the dance industry, cementing her reputation as a powerhouse on the floor with her fierce choreography and the producing (and serving on the judges panel) of the wildly popular World of Dance, which features dancers and groups from all over the world competing for a $1 million prize.

Her influence goes beyond the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and the recording studio, however. Lopez’s list of philanthropic efforts rivals her professional achievements. From the founding of the Lopez Family Foundation, a global nonprofit “dedicated to improving the health and well-being of women and children and increasing available medical care,” to her service as the first national celebrity spokesperson for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital and the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, her care, concern, and support for her fellow man and women is evident.

With her tenacious can-do attitude, persistent work ethic, and unapologetic boss lady branding, Jennifer Lopez has built a successful, multi-tiered legacy that is sure to stand the test of time. And she is confident there is even more to come.

“You have to believe that you really have that power to make your life whatever you want it to be,” she said.

Spoken like a true boss.

The story behind the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos creator is great. Eva Longoria is making it into a movie.

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Actress and producer Eva Longoria will direct Fox Searchlight’s “Flamin’ Hot,” a biopic about Richard Montañez, the man who rose from janitor to PepsiCo executive after creating spicy Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and who has subsequently become a role model for Latino entrepreneurial success.

Montañez, the son of a Mexican immigrant, grew up in a migrant labor camp in Southern California, where he lived in a one-bedroom apartment with his parents and his ten siblings.

Despite his humble beginnings, Montañez showed business acumen from a young age. On the first day of 3rd grade, his mom packed him a burrito for his lunch — a meal that marked him as different from his classmates.

“There I was with this burrito and with everyone staring at me. I put it back in my bag and hid it,” Montañez wrote in his memoir “A Boy, a Burrito, and a Cookie.”

He requested that his mom make him a bologna sandwich and a cupcake the next day, but instead, she sent him to school with two burritos: one for him and one for a friend.

And so marked the beginning of the young entrepreneur’s side hustle of selling burritos for $0.25 each.

Montañez dropped out of school in the fourth grade, but his yen for innovation didn’t end with his formal schooling. He took on a series of different jobs and while working as a janitor at a Frito-Lay plant in Rancho Cucamonga, California, he created the now-staple in the Cheetos brand.

After a broken machine on the Cheetos assembly line released a batch of plain — and ostensibly unusable — Cheetos, Montañez took the snacks home, where he sprinkled them with chili powder.

After testing the flavor with his family, Montañez pitched the idea to former PepsiCo CEO Roger Enrico over the phone and was given two weeks to prepare a presentation to the executive suite.

Now, a motivational speaker and best-seller author, Montañez urges others to reach their fullest potential and not internalize limitations.

“Don’t take your position for granted, regardless of what that position may be,” Montañez wrote in his book. “CEO or janitor, act like you own the company.”

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10 résumé tips to impress a recruiter in 7 seconds

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Having a well-crafted résumé can be the key to getting your foot in the door at the company of your dreams. But figuring out how to make your résumé fully representative of your experience and also stand out is easier said than done.

After all, hiring managers and recruiters generally only spend about seven seconds reading your résumé before deciding whether to move forward or not.

Most people know the basics of how to put together a decent work history, but here are some tips you probably haven’t heard before that can help your résumé stand up to the seven-second test.

1. Only include your address if it works in your favor

If you’re applying for positions in the city or town you already live in, then go ahead and include your address. In this case, it lets the hiring manager know you’re already in the area and could theoretically start working right away. But if you’re targeting jobs in another area and you’d need to move in order to start working, it’s probably a good idea to leave your current address off of your résumé. Why? Recruiters are sometimes less excited to interview candidates from another city or state, since they often require relocation fees.

2. Be a name-dropper

It may be poor form to drop names in everyday life, but you absolutely should do it on your résumé. If you’ve worked with well-known clients or companies, go ahead and include them by name. Something like: “Closed deals with Google, Toyota, and Bank of America” will get recruiters’ attention in no time flat.

3. Utilize your performance reviews

You might not think to look to your annual review for résumé material, but checking out the positive feedback you’ve received in years past can help you identify your most noteworthy accomplishments and best work attributes—two things that should definitely be highlighted on your résumé. Including specific feedback you’ve received and goals you’ve met can help you avoid needing to use “fluff” to fill out your work experience.

4. Don’t go overboard with keywords

Many companies and recruiters use keyword-scanning software as a tool to narrow the job applicant pool. For this reason, it’s important to include keywords from the job description in your résumé—but don’t go overboard. Recruiters can spot “keyword stuffing” a mile away.

5. Use common sense email etiquette

There are two types of email addresses you shouldn’t use on your résumé or when applying to a job via email: your current work email address, or an overly personal or inappropriate email address, like loverguy22@gmail.com. Stick with something professional based on your name in order to make the best possible impression.

6. When it comes to skills, quality over quantity

There’s no need to list skills that most people in the job market have (Think: Microsoft Office, email, Mac, and PC proficient), which can make it look like you’re just trying to fill up space on the page. Keep your skills section short, and only include impactful skills that are relevant to the job you’re applying to.

7. Choose to share social accounts strategically

Including links to social media accounts on a résumé is becoming more and more common. But it’s important to distinguish between professional accounts—like a LinkedIn profile or Instagram account you manage for work—and nonprofessional ones, like your personal Twitter or Facebook account. While it might be tempting to include a personal account in order to show recruiters who you are, you’re better off only listing accounts that are professionally focused. Save your winning personality for an in-person interview.

8. Use hobbies to your advantage

Not all hobbies deserve a place on your résumé, but some do. Hobbies that highlight positive personality qualities or skills that could benefit you on the job are worth including. For example, running marathons (shows discipline and determination) and blogging about something related to your field (shows creativity and genuine interest in your work) are hobbies that will cast you in the best possible light and might pique a recruiter’s interest.

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