"My family is one of the main motivations that drives me to run our business with integrity and to always think about the best ideas that can positively impact people around me." | "Mi familia es una de las principales motivaciones que me impulsan a administrar nuestro negocio con integridad y que me inspira a siempre estar buscando las mejores ideas que puedan impactar positivamente a las personas que me rodean." - Tayde Aburto.
On November 4th, 2008 I exercised my right to vote for the first time in the U.S. It was a very especial day for me. Three years later, I have decided to extend my political participation rights to a higher level. We all know that Latinos do not act when giving the opportunity.
From 1990 to 2010, the number of eligible Latino voters (citizens age 18+) grew by 13.2 million. However, the number of actual Latino voters grew by only 3.7 million. In the 2010 elections, Latinos let 14.7 million votes go unused. Reasons given for not voting include being too busy, not being interested, or simply forgetting to vote.
The trends are not representative of all voting-eligible Latinos. Nearly half of Cubans and older Latinos (age 65+) vote, which is comparable to rates among whites. However, less than one-third of Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, and young Latinos voted in 2010.
I want to make my small contribution to change that in the community that I live in. I'm planning to get actively involved in the 2012 election. We can't continue complaining about issues that affect our community if we don't vote or get actively involved in public affairs. Latino participation in the 2012 election must grow.
I look forward to making a small contribution in any way I can. Political participation is a right that we have as citizens of the United States of America, have a VOICE in the issues that you care about the most. Get actively involved and help to shape the future of your Community, your State and our Nation.
Here it is...a list of the things that I'm thankful for:
1. For the family that I have. My family is the corner stone of my life, without their support things wouldn't matter much. They play a very important role in everything I do. I always try to be the best son, dad, husband, relative, son-in-law and friend. I grew up surrounded by the love of my family. I'm very thankful to have them in my life.
2. For the friends and business partners that I have and for the people I have met this year. I'm a very social person so that's why I'm extremely thankful for the people that support me and put their trust in me. There is a long list of people that I respect and admire for who they are and for everything that they have accomplished. I have learned a lot from them. Thank you all for being part of my life.
3. The opportunities that I have had. I'm very thankful for everything that the Hispanic Chamber of E-Commerce has offered me. This year we had the opportunity to organize the first Hispanic Business and Technology Expo in San Diego. It was an amazing experience. I'm very thankful for the exhibitors that we had, the organizations that supported us, the people that attended the show and opportunities that the show has brought us.
4. The City and County proclamations that the Hispanic Business Showcase received. I'm very thankful to Mayor Jerry Sanders and San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox for their valuable support. Receiving the proclamations from them was a very special moment for me and I'm never ever going to forget it.
5. God's will. I'm very thankful for God's blessings. He keeps me healthy and happy so I'm extremely thankful for that. Nothing would be possible without his blessings. I'm thankful for all the opportunities that he has brought to my life.
Thank you all for your support. I'll keep working hard to be the best that I can be for all of you and for myself. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the Holiday!
By Tayde Aburto / in Life / October 24, 2010
Last September I had the opportunity to meet a person I wanted to meet since early 2009, Fernando Espuelas. Thanks to the Hispanic Business Showcase my dream came true. Fernando delivered a great speech at the event. A very positive and meaningful message that I want to share with you in this post. If you don't have time to watch the 29 minute video, please read below some of the highlights of his speech. We, the U.S. Latino community, have a very important responsibility that can't be taken slightly. A responsibility of playing a leadership role in the future of our country.
You already know all the stats: Latinos are the largest minority group in the USA, the U.S. Latino market continues to present tremendous growth opportunities, etc. So I'm not going to spend much time trying to convince you about the importance of the Latino market in the U.S. I'm just going to share some basic numbers of the top DMA's in the country according to Geoscape before we move on:
Recently, I had the opportunity to take a business trip to the beautiful city of Morelia, Michoacán in Mexico. I was born and raised in Morelia so it's always a pleasure to go down there. I have tons of family and friends in town.
One of the reasons why I had to go to Morelia in May was to get my Master's in Marketing diploma from one of the best private universities in Latin America, Tecnológico de Monterrey. I was strongly influenced by the education I received there. Tec de Monterrey nurtured my entrepreneurial spirit and taught me lot's of valuable principals that I applied on a daily basis in my personal and professional life.
Entrepreneurship, solidarity and ethics are some of the values that every graduate from Tec de Monterrey carries with pride. I always try to apply those three important values in my life. The same set of values that were taught by my parents at a very early stage in life. Values that helped to build and shape my character.
I value and respect my family a lot. If you ever want to understand some of the things I do, you are always going to have to take a look at my past. I grew up surrounded by family and friends who care about me, relatives with a strong entrepreneurial spirit who always took time to share their experiences with me. I was deeply influenced by my Mother's dad. My grandfather owned a coffee plantation and a movie theater at the age of 19 years old. I had an uncle who went bankrupt three times before he became a very successful business owner. Just to mention a few. I know life is difficult and full of challenges, but when you have people around you that truly loves you nothing is impossible. You just have to dream big and move forward. Great things in life demand discipline, hard work and dedication. Don't expect things to happen on their own and over night, you have to work hard to get them.
I thank God for everything he has giving me so far. I have things in my life that money can't buy. My family is the corner stone of my life and as long as I have them by my side the sky is the limit.
By Tayde Aburto / in Life / April 28, 2010
I receive an e-mail this morning that shows that differences between a friend and a Mexican friend...I LOL when I read it because everything is pretty much truth! Something different for a change...not everything is about business!
FRIENDS versus Mexican Friends
FRIENDS: Never ask for food.
MEXICAN FRIENDS: Are the reason you have food .. . ..
FRIENDS: Will say 'hello.'
MEXICAN FRIENDS: Will give you a big hug and a besito . .
FRIENDS: Call your parents Mr. and Mrs.
MEXICAN FRIENDS: Call your parents mom and dad
FRIENDS: Have never seen you cry.
MEXICAN FRIENDS: Cry with you . . .
FRIENDS: Will eat at your dinner table and leave.
MEXICAN FRIENDS: Will spend hours there, talking, laughing and just being together and then take a plate to go. .
FRIENDS: Borrow your stuff for a few days then give it back.
MEXICAN FRIENDS: Keep your stuff so long they forget it's yours....
FRIENDS: Know a few things about you.
MEXICAN FRIENDS: Could write a book with direct quotes from you .. .
FRIENDS: Will leave you behind if that's what the crowd is doing.
MEXICAN FRIENDS: Will kick the whole crowds' a __ that left you.
FRIENDS: Will knock on your door.
MEXICAN FRIENDS: Walk right in and say, 'Heeeey, I'm here!'. .
FRIENDS: Are for a while.
MEXICAN FRIENDS: Are for life and will see you hasta luego in that riconcito en el cielo.
FRIENDS: Pretend it is OK when you are being a pest.
MEXICAN FRIENDS: Tell you, 'Hay, como Chingas!!!
FRIENDS: Will ignore this post.
MEXICAN FRIENDS: Will forward this post to their banda, compadres, familia, tios, tias, nanas, sanchos, cuñadas, cuñados, suegros, la vecina, el vecino, los compas del trabajo... and everyone in between!!!
I'm a young Latino entrepreneur, professional and family man who enjoys every single thing I do. I'm very passionate about e-business and the Hispanic Chamber of E-Commerce. I believe in what the HISCEC represents and means for the small business community.
Members of the HISCEC, family and friends have motivated us to keep working hard for what we believe in and are passionate about even when things have gotten hectic. We have had to overcome several challenges alone because we decided to go "solo" with our projects. That means NO investors, no third parties, etc. and lots of hours of hard work. If you are an entrepreneur you get the picture:
- Party weekends: Gone
- Unwind when you get home from your "full-time" job: Gone
- Traveling: Gone
- Fine dinning: Gone
- Hobbies: Gone
- Lots of sacrifices...My wife and I already have a baby and we haven't even been able to take a honey-moon yet!
But, I'm very passionate about what I do. I'm passionate about the Internet and what it represents for business. I don't regret anything about the path I have chosen.
Several experienced consultants have told us that Hispanic business owners are not ready to start conducting business online. I completely disagree with that idea. After dozens of face-to-face meetings with Hispanic business owners, I have come to the conclusion that a lot of them are ready to start utilizing the Internet as a business tool. The problem is, that some of them don't know where to start, what to do and how they can implement a successful e-business strategy. I was in a similar situation a few years ago. At that time, I didn't know where to go to ask for help so I ended up doing a lot of research on my own, decided to start a Master's in Marketing and got connected with professionals who were making a living out of their e-businesses.
Late 2006, we decided to create an online business association for business owners interested in utilizing different Internet tools to grow their businesses. On April 23, 2008 the website of the Hispanic Chamber of E-Commerce was born. A few hours after the site was live, some contacts of mine joined the network. In April 2010, we have 927 members and 609 businesses listed in HISCEC's business directory. On May 17, 2010 we are planning to launch HISCEC V.3 with a very powerful platform that will allow us to provide the services that we wanted to from the very beginning.
We are also behind the organization of the 2010 Hispanic Business Showcase (http://www.hbshowcase.com). A two-day business-to-business expo that will be held on September 10-11 at the San Diego Convention Center. I can't tell you how excited I am about that project.
Please invite business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals that you know to join our network. Together we can foster economic development and make a difference in our community. We hope you can join us at the Expo in September.
Have a nice week.