Latinos Don’t Have Role Models? Say WHAT?! Behold Rita Moreno!

A cozy and very personal conversation with the incredible and iconic Rita Moreno took place in Los Angeles at The Grammy Museum, courtesy of NCLR (yes, the very influential Hispanic civil rights organization). Not only has Rita Moreno won an Oscar, a Grammy, a Tony, and an Emmy, but at the ripe age of 83, she is now also a published author.


Here Miss Moreno discusses growing up a Spanish-speaker in New York and the neglect she felt by nurses who didn’t speak Spanish, and how that experience compelled her to master the English language and become a wordsmith. She also shared intimate stories of the one-sided love she and mega star Marlon Brando shared for eight years. Ms. Moreno recapped that phase of her life by saying “I was madly in love with him, but unfortunately it was killing me slowly.”

nclr-event-rita-moreno-audience-conexion-networkingMs Moreno answers audience questions on acting, dancing, motherhood, the industry, life, family, and love — and of course, the insights of her vitality.


Thank you NCLR for the opportunity to be part of your event. We look forward to your upcoming Convention and Family Expo in July in Los Angeles.


3 Life-Changing Habits of High Performers

3-life-changing-habits-of-high-performers-conexion-latino-events-leadership-conex3601. Say ‘no’ to distraction. Every. Single. Time.
Successful people have that same list of tasks to accomplish as anyone else, the key is they make time to get them all done without excuses.

2. Read something new everyday.
Successful people read constantly, find mentors who can teach them and value new information that can help push them forward. Learn before you earn.

3. Flaunt your failures like a champ.
Fail, and fail often. Everyone fails. Successful people have the ability to get up and give it another go with a better plan the next time around.

Excerpts from “3 Life-Changing Habits of High Performers” by Brad Sugars, for

Where’s the Money? Access to Capital Business Expo — Comp Tickets!


conexion-networking-events-access-to-capital-bankers-investors-mixer-entrepreneur-business-hispanic-market (1)When asked, most business owners will tell you that their biggest hurdle to growing their company is access to working capital. I, for one, could use all new computers, more square footage to work from, and at least six months worth of salary for my next two hires. Simply put, I need money. But fear not, I may have found us all a great solution.

For the last few years, the Valley Economic Development Center (VEDC) has been producing a very successful loan event for business owners in the San Fernando Valley (just north of Los Angeles). Many banks participate, but so do alternative loan providers, which is rarely the case in most programs.

Well, get ready, the event is coming to L.A., and it’s free to entrepreneurs through this blog post. Why? If the event is as good as it claims to be, all of us will tell others about it in the future.

So here’s the scoop; it’s called “Where’s the Money? Access to Capital Business Expo” and will take place on Saturday, July 20th, from 8AM to 3PM, at the Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown. You can only register for free by clicking here.

Event highlights:

  • Networking Breakfast
    Network with other Small Business Owners
  • Business Workshops
    3 Tracks Focused on Finding, Managing or Growing Your Business Capital
  • Finance & Resource Expo
    Connect with Local Bankers & Business Organizations
  • Loan Pavilion
    One-on-One Financial Assessments Available
  • Business Luncheon
    Get Inspired by a Successful Local Business Owner

As for the producers: VEDC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating and sustaining jobs and businesses in our communities by providing high-quality economic development services.

Remember, it will cost you nothing to find out if the event can get you the capital you seek.


The Passion Behind Sam Adams Beer

Jim Koch Sam Adams Beer

Jim Koch Sam Adams Beer

We recently caught up with Jim Koch, founder and CEO of Sam Adams Beer. Jim spoke at the US Chamber & Latino Coalition’s Small Business Summit in D.C., and aside from his story of persistence, I knew I liked this guy when he busted out a beer and downed it during his speech.

As it turns out, Jim left for college believing that for the first time in 150 years he would be the first of the Koch’s to turn his back on beer. After college and graduate school Jim began a promising career in management consulting. Even though he followed that path for several years, he always kept an eye on the beer business.

In 1984, he started brewing an old family beer recipe in his kitchen. Before long he was packing samples in a suitcase and going from bar to bar, trying to get people to taste his lager.

Only one year later, the beer was re-introduced as Samuel Adams Boston Lager, at the re-creation of the first battle of the American Revolution on Patriot’s Day. Three months later, it was voted “Best Beer in America” at the Great American Beer Festival, in which 93 national and regional beers competed. The publicity that followed helped the Boston Beer Company’s sales grow to 7,393,000 liters (63,000 barrels) by 1989. The beer was first put on tap at Doyle’s Cafe in Jamaica Plain.

Today, the idea born in that kitchen has approximately 840 employees in its Boston, Cincinnati and Breinigsville, PA breweries combined. It is also the largest craft brewery in the U.S.A.

The lesson? If you’re going to follow your passion go all out. Think big. And when you get a NO, believe a yes is just around the corner.