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Imilsis Wong(Misha) Creative Director

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Staff Writer – Ask El Doctor

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2nd Quarter 2009 Cover: Imilsis Wong(Misha)

Jolie Gonzalez, Publisher & Editor of Latin Times Magazine Executive Producer of LatinTimes-TV, and Director of Latin ConneXions Business Networking Events. Awards & Recognition 2008 - Business Woman of the Year Award - Media Services - Tampa Bay Business Journal 2008 - Exito Award - Women Entrepreneur Award - By Hispanic Business Initiative Fund 2007 - Idiolo Award - For Best Spanish Owned Magazine - By Centro Asturiano 2007 – Minority Business Person of the Year Award - For Professional Services - Tampa Bay Business Journal 2006 - Hispanic Business Woman of the year - PRCP 2006 - Chairwoman’s Award of Excellence - Tampa Bay Hispanic Chamber of Commerce For a one (1) year subscription (4 issues), please send a check or money order in the amount of $12.00 to: P.O. Box 262574, Tampa, FL 33685-2574

Special ThanX to God. Thank you to GOD! Thank you to Alfred Frederick for Business Photography, Carmen Santiago for being a great mom, Nikko Gonzalez for being the best son in the world, and to my wonderful friends, who always seem to be there when I need them the most! Main Office: (813) 901-5292 | Websites: www.Latin-Times.com | For events: www.Latin-Connections.com.

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OW! At last, a New Year and a fresh start! I don’t know about you, but I was sure happy to say “hasta la vista baby” to 2008, Big TIME! I am so excited about 2009, and I believe this is our year to thrive, even in spite of the craziness of the world around us; this is our year!

Don’t PANIC….and NEVER let them see you Sweat!

If you watch the local or national news –there is no escaping the cold brutal facts of “Vida” going on around us. A recession? A depression? What’s the difference – isn’t the one, the cause, for the other anyway? I’ve watched as the print industry took on some heavy hits, as some corporate giants closed their doors, while others have received millions in bail-out money, and the rest of us were forced to watch from the sidelines as friends, family and business associates lost their jobs or businesses. It’s scary out there because this all has a domino affect (one business closing down or downsizing affects another market and industry and so on) even companies that are thriving, are cutting down on their expenses, thereby causing the next domino to fall into the next, and so on, and so on (you get the picture!). Now, in addition to working hard and smart, we have to worry about all the dominos falling around us too? But, it’s bound to get better, right? Of course it is! This is our year, the year in which we realize our own potentials and let the world know that you may have been knocked down, but you sure as heck weren’t knocked out!

What happens when the going gets tough? You know the deal.

I am going to continue to fight for every inch of success and for every inch of happiness, it doesn’t really matter what the world around us says –what matters is how we react to these difficult times… Do we give up? Do we get depressed? Do we allow ourselves to be consumed by all this bad news? OR -- do we walk in faith, knowing that despite the fact we can’t see how we are going to be able to make it past these hard times, we are going to make it, and that we will come out better, stronger, and with twice of what we originally had! Let’s all get creative in 2009, lets come up with new ways to make things happen in our lives, let’s be happy and at peace -- and let’s never -- I mean never, let them see you sweat! We, as Latinos are certainly no strangers to making due, to cutting corners –or to getting creative! It’s how we were raised, right? We made due with what we had, and were really happy with it all. Times may be tough….but I am thankful for my job, and for the opportunity that I have been given to cultivate my dream. I love writing, and communicating with my community, that is why I do what I do ---- I am looking back and reflecting on this past year- my highlights revolve around my son Nikko, my mother, my friends…and the fact that I have had the pleasure of being a voice in my community. Go Latino! Thank you to God and to my familia! See you at the next Latin ConneXions!

-Sigue Pa’lante. Que pa’lante es que vamos!

Jolie Gonzalez

2009 Latin Times Resolution: Lets not wait for our lives to get better…let’s make them better let’s look for the opportunities…. and take advantage of them when they arrive, and if they don’t arrive…lets create our own opportunities…Let’s make it happen in 2009!

Step Up To The Plate And Dare To Be The Elite Latino!


Celebrando Club Social Ecuatoriano

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he 2009 Florida State Fair will be in Tampa on Feb. 5-16 with all your favorite sights, sounds and smells that you love. Where else can you enjoy plenty of free entertainment, see hundreds of animals, and experience pure family-fun! Back for its second year is the Fair’s outdoor Hispanic Village called LA PLAZA with a new cultural expo tent, an entertainment stage, and delectable foods from Latin countries. Each day of the fair will be dedicated to a different Latin American country including the most predominant ones represented in Florida such as Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Venezuela and more. The first day of the fair, February 5, will have an opening ceremony with posting of all 24 country flags in La Plaza. The University of South Florida will be a major participant during the Fair with guest appearances from sports coaches and former professional players in football, soccer, baseball, basketball, track & field, and tennis. Throughout the fair there will be popular activities like cigar rolling, dancing, dominoes competition, and a love game sponsored by Telemundo on February 14, Valentine’s Day.

On Sunday, February 15, the Florida State Fair and Univision Tampa present Fiesta Gigante sponsored by Kmart. Some of Univision’s most popular stars host a line up of activities such as “Buscando Estrellitas,” a children’s talent contest and “Comercial en Vivo,” a witty segment where teams create a “live commercial” for the sponsor, just to name a few. Invited for a repeat performance is “El Chacal” from “Sábado Gigante in an adult singing contest where contestants perform for the audience hoping not to be disqualified by this masked jackal. All this and more entertainment is included in the cost of admission. Purchase discounted admission tickets now for $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 6-11 at participating Sweetbay Supermarket stores prior to Feb. 4 while supplies last. Visit onlinecom” www.floridastatefair.com for more details, entertainment listing, and special discount days at the Fair. Additional savings offers are available for ride tickets, armbands, and group sales packages prior to the start of the fair. Hurry, the last day to purchase these deals online is Jan. 26 or buy them in person by Feb. 4! Once the fair starts on Feb. 5, gate admission prices will vary depending on weekday or weekend prices from $10-12 for adults and $5-6 for children ages 6-11. Kids 5 and younger are always free. There is no charge to park. Info: 813-6217821 or 813-758-9149. Special Event – Friday, February 6th, 2009 In honor of the Florida State Fair and La Plaza, Latin Times will host its famous 1st Friday Latin ConneXions Business Networking Socials at the Florida State Fair’s Hispanic Plaza! Join us as we present the biggest Latino Networking Social in Tampa Bay! Meet some of Tampa Bays most powerful and influential Latina’s as we present the 2009 Latin Times Latina Movers N’ Shakers! Meet hundreds of new local business professionals, and enjoy great Latin food and entertainment. One day exhibitor packages are available. Please remember that our March 2009 will be back at Mirage Restaurant and Lounge. For info on how your company can exhibit at this and other special events, please contact: (813) 901-5292

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ue es Radio MQM? Radio MQM es una emisora diferente, para gente que quiere estar informada de lo que pasa en la comunidad y en el mundo.

Tambien es el centro de reunión de nuevos artistas, cantantes e interpretes de diferentes géneros de música en español. RadioMQM es el centro de comunicación de la comunidad y el mundo. Esperamos contar con tu sintonía todos los días. Estamos dedicados a ofrecer una programación de calidad: Noticias, Comentarios, Programas informativos y musica de nuevos talentos. Rompiendo El Dia! Cada dia de 7am - 10am Es la mejor forma de comenzar el día, tarde o noche con noticias locales e internacionales, comentarios y sus llamadas ¡EN VIVO! desde cualquier parte del mundo. Para escuchar visita: RadioMQM.com

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lub Social Ecuatoriano de Tampa, Inc. tiene el honor de invitarle a esta gran celebración como es el Vigésimo Octavo (28) Aniversario de fundación, Organización sin fines de lucro que ha venido trabajando año tras año al servicio de la comunidad en general y siempre manteniendo nuestra cultura, nuestras raíces y tradiciones que pasarán de generación en generación. Sábado, 28 de Febrero del 2009 HORA: 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. LUGAR: Tampa Scottish Masonic Center, 5500 Memorial Highway en Tampa, FL. Entradas a la venta en “La Pequeña Colombia Restaurante” Preventa $12.00 En la Puerta $15.00 Socios: Al día en su cuota de membresía, entran gratis. Show de danzas Folkloricas ecuatorianas, Música y sonido a cargo del D.J. “Jorge Perdomo Jr.” Comidas Típicas, Servicio de Bar. RIFAS, BAILE, ALEGRIA! TRAJE FORMAL Parte de los fondos que se recauden, se donarán a niños de Ecuador incapacitados físico o mentalmente, niños huérfanos, y niños en necesidad de educación formal. Para mayor información, favor de comunicarse con: Gretta Vera: (813) 884-8985 grevera@hotmail.com, Mercedes Morales: (813) 247-4154 o Blanca Guevara: clubecuadortampa@hotmail.com NO HABRA RESERVACIONES DE MESA VENGA TEMPRANO!!!

Tendremos grandes sorpresas.


Puerto Rico’s Enchanting Quarter!

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La Isla de Encanto, Puerto Rico will soon have a quarter in circulation!

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he DC & US Territories Quarter Program has a final look on the artwork for the new Puerto Rico coin. This program will honor the District of Columbia and each United States Territory with its own unique quarter design.

sea. The official state flower of Puerto Rico, the hibiscus, is included at right. The inscriptions read “Puerto Rico”, “Isla del Encanto” (Isle of Enchantment), “E Pluribus Unum”, and the date. The reverse of the coin was designed and sculpted by Joseph Menna.

Puerto Rico was initially a Spanish colony after Christopher Columbus arrived in 1493. It was ceded to the United States under the Treaty of Paris of 1898 following the Spanish-American War. Residents of Puerto Rico became American citizens in 1917m and Puerto Rico officially became a United States commonwealth on July 25, 1952.

The obverse design of the coin will continue to use the rendition of the George Washington from the prior 50 State Quarters Program, which was designed by John Flanagan after the William Cousins original. The Puerto Rico coins should be released approximately every two months throughout 2009.

The reverse design of the coin features a sentry box in Old San Juan looking out to the

The New Tampa Bay History Center. El Nuevo Tampa Bay History Center. (PRNewsFoto/CENTRO Grupo de Comunicación)

ENTRO Mi Diario, el semanario hispano de mayor circulación en la bahía de Tampa, recientemente terminó la traducción de más de 300 artículos en exhibición para el nuevo Tampa Bay History Center. El añadir calces en español a las exhibiciones le permitirá una experiencia más completa a los más de 400,000 hispanos que viven en el área de la Bahía de Tampa. Ambas organizaciones comenzaron su trabajo colaborativo en Julio del 2008 para que los materiales estuvieran listos a tiempo para la gran apertura programada para el 17 de enero, 2009. C.J. Roberts, Presidente y Principal Oficial Ejecutivo del Tampa Bay History Center mencionó: “La influencia y las contribuciones de los españoles en el

forjar de nuestra historia y nuestro paisaje cultural son enormes. Como reconocimiento a estas contribuciones y como un esfuerzo para llegarle a la creciente población hispana del área, hicimos el compromiso de proveer traducciones en español para nuestras exhibiciones. Estamos sumamente agradecidos a CENTRO Mi Diario por ayudarnos en la logística de traducir estos materiales y hacer este proyecto una realidad.” El nuevo edificio de 60,000 pies cuadrados en la vibrante área de Channelside incluye un paseo educativo por 12,000 años de poderosas historias. Los visitantes pueden seguir las huellas de los primeros habitantes nativos, conquistadores españoles, pioneros, presidentes, leyendas del deporte y magnates del ferrocarril. Paseando por una tienda de cigarros de

los 1920’s, los visitantes descubrirán mapas y exhibiciones de los lugares y la gente que inspiró a varias generaciones. El edificio de cuatro pisos se destaca por su espectacular atrio, exhibiciones interactivas, teatros, galería de mapas, centro de investigación, salón de eventos, tienda del museo y el internacionalmente reconocido Columbia Café. En la reciente inauguración Orlando R. Nieves, Gerente General de CENTRO Mi Diario comentó: “Fue un honor para nosotros poder proveer nuestro respaldo al nuevo centro. Aplaudimos a sus líderes por dedicarle el tiempo y esfuerzo para proveer una experiencia más rica y profunda a nuestra comunidad hispana.” Para más información, por favor visite www.tampabayhistorycenter.org


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HISPANIC BUSINESS INITIATIVE FUND EXPANDS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FOR SMALL BUSINESSES TO TAMPA BAY AREA

he Hispanic Business Initiative Fund announced the expansion of its scholarship program to empower Hispanic entrepreneurs and provide support to Hispanic small business owners in the Tampa Bay area. The program provides recipients 25 to 100 percent reduction in the cost of HBIF’s already reduced-priced services, which include business and marketing planning, and legal and accounting assessment. In Orlando, a similar program has provided more than $200,000 to nearly 400 businesses since 2006. “With the challenges of today’s economy, this is a perfect time to offer additional assistance to those individuals interested in expanding an existing small business or in starting a new business,” said HBIF Vice President Yanina Rosario, “We are here to help grow the base of successful Hispanic businesses in Florida.” In 2007, Yanet Reyes received an HBIF scholarship, which granted her the services of an attorney to register her Orlando-based commercial cleaning company, King Service Solutions, as a LLC as well as the resources to create a comprehensive marketing plan. “Three years after establishing a sole proprietorship, I went to HBIF looking for guidance on how to maximize my business’ success, “says Reyes. “HBIF immediately became a source of support, knowledge, and resources

that aided me in making my business a LLC. HBIF sets you apart from the standard, and never doubts in your success.” Recently, Florida Governor Crist announced a program to boost small business growth through an Economic Stimulus Plan. “Now more than ever, our small businesses need the resources to grow and reach their full potential,” said Crist in a statement. In keeping with the State’s initiative, HBIF’s scholarship program is designed to focus on small, Hispanic-owned businesses that will ultimately strengthen the State’s economy with growth. According to the State’s recent announcement, research shows businesses with the highest potential for growth and jobs creation are those with ten to 99 employees. Today, small businesses provide 75 percent of all jobs created, and employ 53 percent of the private workforce. Small firms also account for 51 percent of private sector output. Applicants for the HBIF scholarship program must meet qualifications to ensure growth potential and new creation. While scholarships are awarded year-round, the number of recipients and amounts awarded each year may vary. For more information about the scholarship program, including how to apply, or to learn more about HBIF, visit www.hbiftampa. org or call (813) 980-2765.

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$2 MILLION AVAILABLE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR HISPANICS

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ispanic College Fund scholarship deadlines are quickly approaching. Most applications close on March 15, 2009. Students majoring in nursing, pharmacy, and hospitality are particularly encouraged to apply for scholarships due to the demands of the U.S. workforce. Hispanics are underrepresented in executive positions within the hospitality field. Two hospitality industry giants, Marriott and Hilton, both offer students exceptional opportunities to advance within the field. The Marriott Scholars Program offers selected scholars financial support of up to $9,000 per year, for four years, coupled with opportunities for ongoing career guidance and mentoring by Marriott hotel managers and corporate executives. The deadline for this scholarship is January 31, 2009. Students can apply at scholarships.hispanicfund.org/ hospitality/Marriott. The Hilton Family Diversity Scholarship awards renewable scholarships for $2,500. Selected scholars are invited to attend the Hilton Scholars Retreat held July 26-29, 2010 in Los Angeles, Calif. Students can apply at scholarships.hispanicfund.org/hospitality/Hilton. According to the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Hispanics make up only 2%

a división de la bahía de Tampa de Bright House Networks agregará este mes 6 canales nuevos de alta definición (AD) a su programación, llegando a casi 100 canales en el 2009. Al mismo tiempo se agregará el canal Chiller a la programación en el canal 168. “Sabemos que es importante para nuestros clientes recibir programación de alta definición la cual desean,” comento Michael Robertson, Presidente de la división de la bahía de Tampa. “Nuestros clientes de televisión de alta definición quieren muchos canales de alta definición y nosotros le proporcionamos literalmente cientos de horas de programación de alta definición a ningún costo adicional.

of registered nurses in the United States, compared with 12.5% of the nation’s population. Kaiser Permanente is committed to boosting representation of Hispanics in this field with its College to Caring Scholarship Program, which offers juniors or seniors in college pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing with up to $8,000 to attend nursing school. The Pharmacy Scholars Program offers $9,500 to students who are pursuing a degree in Pharmacy. Selected scholars work at a Costco Pharmacy store for at least one year and receive $500 dollars towards their licensure exam. Students can apply at scholarships.hispanicfund.org/Pharmacy. “Corporate leaders committed to diversity have come forward to provide much needed financial assistance to Hispanics pursing careers in the fields of hospitality, nursing, and pharmaceutics,” said Idalia Fernandez, president of the Hispanic College Fund. “Many of these scholarships involve trips to corporate headquarters or mentorship opportunities, so students are highly encouraged to take advantage of extensive scholarship benefits by submitting their applications online.”

Website: www.hispanicfund.org

Bright House Networks esta lleno de horas gratis de programación de alta definición y nosotros ofrecemos la programación de alta definición que nuestros clientes están buscando. Los clientes de Bright House Networks de AD ahora pueden disfrutar de, USA AD en el canal 740, Sci Fi AD en el canal 741 y Bravo AD en el canal 742. Travel en AD se puede encontrar en el canal 743, MLB en AD en el canal 744 (también en el canal digital 159) y Cinemax AD en el canal 702. Los nuevos canales están disponibles para nuestros clientes de alta definición excepto Cinemax de AD el cual esta disponible con la subscripción pagada de Cinemax.


LOCATION: USF Downtown Center, 1101 Channelside Drive, Room 207, Tampa, FL 33602 (*Unless Otherwise Specified). TO REGISTER: call (813) 905-5800, or log on to: http://sbdc. usf.edu Weds, Feb 4 INTERNATIONAL TRADE BASICS 2pm-4pm • FREE Small business plays a big role internationally and this seminar will help your firm establish a foundation, find a starting point and identify the fundamentals. By providing a broad overview of the trade arena, with a special emphasis on importing, you will be able to formulate a strategy, understand how to develop a viable trade plan and support your effort through readily accessible resources.tc “Small business plays a big role internationally and this seminar will help your firm establish a foundation, find a starting point and identify the fundamentals. By providing a broad overview of the trade arena, with a special emphasis on importing, you will be able to formulate a strategy, understand how to develop a viable trade plan and support your effort through readily accessible resources.” Mon, Feb 9 WOMEN/MINORITY CERTIFICATION 10am-12:30pm • FREE Learn how to fill out the State of Florida Certification application and discover opportunities available for women and minority firms in both the government and private sectors. Tues, Feb 10 BUSINESS TAXES 10am-12pm • FREE Learn what taxes are pertinent to sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations and the requirements for filing those taxes. Tues, Feb 10 SBA LOANS • 2pm-4pm • FREE Find out what Small Business Administration (SBA) loan programs are available and what the requirements are for your business. Weds, Feb 11 SMALL BUSINESS MONEY SAVERS 2pm – 4pm • FREE Learn about the different types of insurance specifically tailored to small business owners, and how and why it is essential to your business to make the right choices. Also, find out how a drug free workplace can help you to reduce workers’ compensation insurance premiums, enhance your healthy and safe workplace, increase productivity, morale and customer satisfaction, and reduce absenteeism and turnover. Weds, Feb 11 STARTING YOUR BUSINESS 5:30pm-7:30pm • $25 Find out what kind of licenses you need, how to market your business, and why you need a business plan Thurs, Feb 12 ADVERTISING YOUR BUSINESS 5:30pm-8:30pm • $45 Learn the keys to creating your own promotional materials. Find out how to create effective ad headlines and which will emphasize the major benefits of your business, products, and services. Observe sample promotion techniques to help you develop your ideas into reality and profits. Hands-on class. Tues, Feb 17 BASIC BOOKKEEPING 12:30pm-3:00pm • $45 Learn how to classify/record basic business transactions and how to enter data into an account or register. tc “”Learn about charts of accounts and other basic accounting terms. Topics include: overview of accounting software, analysis of records and reports that are created, and what you must hold onto for tax compliance Weds, Feb 18 STARTING YOUR BUSINESS

1pm-3:00pm • $25 Find out what kind of licenses you need, how to market your business, and why you need a business plan. Weds, Feb 18 THE ULTIMATE BUSINESS PLAN 5:30pm-9pm • $90 Find out what kind of licenses you need, how to market your business, and why you need a business plan. Learn the research techniques behind identifying target markets, start assembling a marketing plan, develop financial projections using your marketing analysis to determine the economic viability of your business venture, and have your questions answered. This seminar includes a copy of “Ultimate Business Planner” software. Fri, Feb 20 STARTING YOUR BUSINESS (in Spanish) 1pm – 4pm • $35 Find out what kind of licenses you need, how to market your business, and why you need a business plan. (Taught in Spanish) (Comience su Negocio) Sessión en Español. Este seminario incluye varios temas para comenzar un pequeño negocio, tales como la prueba preliminaria, licencias y permisos, plan de negocio, formas legales de organización, y financiamiento. Precio: $35 (Incluye libro de texto). tc “Sessión en Español. Este seminario incluye varios temas para comenzar un pequeño negocio, tales como la prueba preliminaria, licencias y permisos, plan de negocio, formas legales de organización, y financiamiento. Precio\: $10 (Incluye libro de texto). “Para Registrase o para más información, llame 813-905-5810.) Tues, Feb 24 SBA LOANS • 10am-12pm • FREE Find out what Small Business Administration (SBA) loan programs are available and what the requirements are for your business. Tues, Feb 24 INTERNATIONAL TRADE BASICS 2pm-4pm • FREE Small business plays a big role internationally and this seminar will help your firm establish a foundation, find a starting point and identify the fundamentals. By providing a broad overview of the trade arena, with a special emphasis on importing, you will be able to formulate a strategy, understand how to develop a viable trade plan and support your effort through readily accessible resources.tc “Small business plays a big role internationally and this seminar will help your firm establish a foundation, find a starting point and identify the fundamentals. By providing a broad overview of the trade arena, with a special emphasis on importing, you will be able to formulate a strategy, understand how to develop a viable trade plan and support your effort through readily accessible resources.” Weds, Feb 25 WOMEN/MINORITY CERTIFICATION 2pm-4:30pm • FREE Learn how to fill out the State of Florida Certification application and discover opportunities available for women and minority firms in both the government and private sectors. Weds, Feb 25 MARKETING YOUR BUSINESS 5:30pm – 8:30pm • $45 In this class, we’ll teach practical marketing strategies for promoting your business, products, and services to potential target markets. You will understand the dynamics of your competition and other critical elements of your marketing plan. Thurs, Feb 26 STARTING YOUR BUSINESS 5:30pm-7:30pm • $25 Find out what kind of licenses you need, how to market your business, and why you need a business plan.

4EVER READY TO COMPETE AT THE NEXT LEVEL

4ever Teams Up With FLO Records, Machete Music To Compete In The Urban Bachata Movement.

After many years of touring, recording and selling their music, ‘4ever”, the Puerto Rican Urban Bachata Group has finally teamed up with a record label, “FLO Records/Machete Music”. FLO Records is the Latin division of Famous Artist Music, which is responsible for the signing and the development of the platinum artist “PITBULL”, and Machete Music, the strongest Latin Urban label in the world. The CEO of the label Robert Fernandez signed 4ever to a record deal because he was “impressed by the music, image, concept of 4 voices, but most of all their hustle”. FLO Records/Machete Music solidified the deal with 4ever in late 2008 with plans of releasing the album early 2009. FLO Records heard about 4ever and “their hustle” for almost 2 years before the CEO Robert Fernandez actually met the boys (4ever) at the Latin Billboard After Party from that encounter FLO Records/ Machete Music kept in contact with 4evers management “EQS”- Derek Deler trying to come up with the best possible scenario of a record deal. Once both parties agreed to the terms, they met in Orlando, Florida where 4ever now resides and signed the deal. The new team consists of 4ever, EQS Management, FLO Records/Machete Music, and as they prepare for the release in 2009, the focus will be the Single “Mas Que Un Amor”, which is already receiving early airplay in key markets. With the single and the music video they hope to generate plenty of interest for the release of the album. 4ever feels their maturity has prepared them for the future, and that their Latin roots combined with their urban feel will set a new standard in Bachata music. Info: EQS Management: Derek Deler @ (617) 510-4233. Email: derekeqs@yahoo.com MySpace: www.myspace.com/4evermusic


No deje pasar el 15 de abril.

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esde hace tiempo, el 15 de abril se considera una fecha a evitar.  Imágenes de recaudadores de impuestos al acoso de su dinero son comunes en muchos anuncios de televisión y prensa.      ¿No le gustaría poder hacer algo para reducir su carga de impuestos sobre la renta federal (federal income tax) en vez de enviar un cuantioso cheque el 15 de abril?  Con una Cuenta Personal para el Retiro tradicional (traditional IRA), usted puede hacer eso precisamente.       La contribución máxima de $5,000 para el 2008 antes del 15 de abril de 2009 puede reducir su ingreso sujeto a impuestos, haciendo que su carga por impuestos federal sea menor.  Si usted cumplió 50 años o más al finalizar el 2008, usted puede hacer una contribución adicional para ponerse al corriente (catch-up contribution) de $1000 que puede reducir su carga por impuestos aún más.       Si usted ya tiene una Cuenta Personal para el Retiro tradicional, piense en hacer una contribución antes de la fecha límite del 15 de abril.  Si no, hable con un asesor financiero lo antes posible para abrir una.       Existen restricciones acerca de quienes pueden hacer contribuciones a una Cuenta Personal para el Retiro tradicional.  Si usted no califica, considere una Cuenta Personal para el Retiro Roth (Roth IRA).  Por ahora no obtendrá los beneficios fiscales de la federación, pero los retiros autorizados que haga durante los años de su jubilación, se podrán hacer libres de impuesto sobre la renta federal. De igual forma, contar con un plan para el retiro es importante.  Usted merece tener el mejor plan lo antes posible. Vivian Braaksma 5503 Waters Ave W, Suite 505,  Tampa, FL 33634-1232 813-884-2665 www.vivianbraaksma.com Preguntas: AskLaInsuranceProfessional@Latin-Times.com

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s an investor, you are aware the stock market always has ups and downs. You can’t do anything about fluctuations — but you don’t have to let them wreak havoc on your investment decisions. Of course, during occasions when your brokerage statement contains unwelcome results, you may be tempted to take action by selling some “losers.” But is this a good move? After all, your investments may be down temporarily. Furthermore, if you decide to immediately lower your risk level, and replace your stocks with fixed-income vehicles like certificates of deposit, you could harm your portfolio diversification, reduce growth prospects and slow progress toward your important goals, like a comfortable retirement. So what should you do? Here’s a suggestion: Look beyond investment statements and seek the following five pieces of information: • Long-term returns — How have your investments done the last five or 10 years? The long-term returns will give you a truer — and possibly more positive — picture of how you are doing. Be aware, a down market can drag down many stock prices and stock-based investments. By looking at how your investments have fared over time, you can get a sense of whether they are going through a bad spell with the rest of the market, or if they are chronic under-performers. • Total difference in assets from a year ago — If you’ve invested regularly, today’s balance may still be higher than a year ago, even if the market is down. That “bottom line” may help encourage you to maintain your long-term perspective and continue following your investment strategy. • Asset allocation balance — Are you properly diversified? By investing in a wide range of stocks, bonds, government securities and other vehicles, your chances of success can increase while reducing the impact of short-term volatility. Ideally, investment mix should be based on risk tolerance, time horizon and long-term goals. Work with an investment professional to design an asset allocation plan that’s right for you. • Price-to-earnings ratio — If your stock prices have dropped, you might want to buy more shares. Some of the world’s greatest investors, like Warren Buffett, constantly look for high-quality stocks with temporarily depressed prices. With a little research, you can find a stock’s price-to-earnings ratio (P/E). A high P/E indicates an expensive stock price relative to its earnings, while a low P/E may indicate an attractively priced stock. • Dividends paid — Even if a stock’s price is down, it might continue to pay dividends. Reinvesting dividends into the stock, add more shares, which can pay off if the stock’s price rises again. (Keep in mind, not all stocks pay dividends, and dividends can be increased, decreased or eliminated at any point without notice.) Your brokerage statement can give you a snapshot of your investments — but snapshots rarely provide depth or context. To be a successful investor, look at the “big picture.” Marco R. Williams/Financial Advisor 3100 S. Dale Mabry, Tampa, Fl. 33629 813-837-6967 marco.williams@edwardjones.com www.edwardjones.com

Please contact me with any investment questions or needs


Add some Cardio! By: Robert J. Casañas, M.D.

How to Combat Recession Stress

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Sneak Some Spa and Cardio into your Day

hh...the spa! The tranquil sounds, low lighting and refreshing treatments are just what the doctor ordered to add some peace and serenity to the hustle and bustle of your busy life. But most of us don’t have the time (or funds) to interrupt our daily routine to make spa visits more than an occasional treat. Luckily, there are many ways that you can treat yourself to “spa-tacular” experiences each and every day.

Shower Your Worries Away!

From the minute you awake in the morning, step into a spa sanctuary with a revitalizing shower. Start by updating your current showerhead with an oversized rain shower, which provides a strong, invigorating rain shower experience with full coverage that envelops the entire body in high-performance water sprays. Or if you’d prefer a variety of spray options, try a multi-setting showerhead. Multi-setting showerheads allow you to choose the distinct spray setting that suits your mood. As you slip out of the shower, continue to stimulate your senses by smoothing aromatherapy oils over your skin. Products with essential oils provide both psychological and physical benefits; the aroma stimulates the brain, while the oils leave your skin feeling clean and moisturized. Some brands, even offer a variety of body oils to “balance,” “calm” or “refresh” your senses.

Mood Music

Music has powerful effects on our mood. In fact, numerous studies prove that music can ease tension and uplift our frame of mind. As you start or end your workday, keep the pressures and stresses outside the car by swapping your favorite radio station for more tranquil harmonies, such as relaxing sounds of nature, soothing classical tunes, or create your own serene mix by downloading your favorites from iTunes.

Less Stress at Your Desk

Does work have you stressed out and tense? Take a few moments at your desk for the art of reflexology. This age-old technique involves applying pressure to the reflex points on the hands to improve circulation and stimulate relaxation. Start by pinching each of your fingertips. Then, grasp each finger at its base and tug firmly. Allow your grip to loosen slightly, graduating it from the base to the finger tip until your finger slips out of your grasp completely. Within minutes you’ll be feeling less stressed and ready to finish out the day. Whether you’re on your feet at work or just suffering from those stylish, but not so comfy shoes, the end of the day can leave you with sore and swollen feet. Luckily, treating your tootsies is simple to incorporate into your day - even while working on other tasks. Try a footbath with a variety of features, such as bubbles, jets and loofahs, to energize your sore soles. Or for an easy (and inexpensive) fix, use a small, frozen plastic water bottle and roll your feet over it to stimulate pressure points and reduce swelling. Both treatments will refresh fatigued feet and are simple enough for you to enjoy while multi-tasking. By adding just a few of these spa-like secrets to your day, you’ll soon be feeling cool, calm and collected - all without an appointment!

While an initial foray into the gym can be intimidating, it’s important to keep in mind that one of the best ways to reduce stress is something you’ve been doing almost since the day you were born. Since the moment you took your first step, you’ve been doing cardio, or cardiovascular exercise. More widely referred to as aerobic exercise, cardio has a number of benefits, not the least of which is reducing stress and losing weight. Cardio strengthens bones. Osteoporosis is a bone disease in which the bones become brittle and fragile due to tissue loss. This tissue loss can be the result of age or deficiencies in calcium or vitamin D. A workout that includes jogging or even fast walking can reduce the risk of osteoporosis because, as the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) points out, these weight-bearing activities strengthen the skeletal system. NOF also notes that any exercise in which feet or legs are bearing the weight, including dancing and climbing, are effective cardio exercises. Cardio can reduce blood pressure. For those with high blood pressure, cardio has proven an effective way to lower blood pressure. A 2002 study at Tulane University found that aerobic, or cardiovascular, exercise lowered blood pressure in all groups of people, whether they had pre-existing conditions or had normal blood pressure.

Why Fight Stress?

Acute (short-term) stress is the body’s immediate reaction to any situation that seems demanding or dangerous. Your stress level depends on how intense the stress is, how long it lasts, and how you cope with the situation. The body usually recovers quickly from acute stress, but it can cause problems if it happens too often or your body doesn’t have a chance to return to normal. In people who have heart problems, acute stress can trigger an abnormal heartbeat (arrhythmia) and even a heart attack.

Chronic stress problems

Chronic stress can be the result of a host of irritating hassles or a long-term life condition, such as a difficult job situation or living with a chronic disease. In people who have higher levels of chronic stress, the stress response lasts longer. Over time, chronic stress can have an effect on your health. Under stress, the body becomes more vulnerable to illnesses, from colds and minor infections to major diseases. Stress is linked to high blood pressure, abnormal heartbeat (arrhythmia), problems with blood clotting, and hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). It is also linked to coronary artery disease, heart attack, and heart failure. People who are stressed often have neck, shoulder, and low back pain. This may be caused by constant tension in the muscle because of stress. Stress also affects rheumatoid arthritis, and may also be a factor in gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD), peptic ulcer disease, and irritable bowel syndrome. Stress is also linked to painful menstrual periods, decreased fertility, erection problems, and can make symptoms of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) worse, and cause disorders such as acne or psoriasis.

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Robert J. Casañas, M.D. Dr. Casañas is a Board Certified Internist and Board Certified Pain Management specialist. Dr. Casañas practices out of two offices, Unicorn Medical Office in West Tampa and Lunasol Institute in Westchase. Submit your question for Dr. Casañas by emailing him at AskElDoctor@thelatinvillage.com or contact him directly at (813) 855-6530.


Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama, was born on January 17, 1964 in Chicago, IL.

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prominent Attorney, Chicago city administrator, community outreach worker, proud mother of two beautiful daughters Malia (10 years old) and Natasha (“Sasha”, 7 years old), wife to our new President, Barack Obama, Michelle is also the very essence of strength, class and character. Michelle was raised on Chicago’s South Side in a one-bedroom apartment. Her father, Frasier Robinson, was a city pump operator and a Democratic precinct captain. Her mother, Marian, was a Spiegel’s secretary who later stayed home to raise Michelle and her older brother, Craig. Michelle describes her family as close-knit, one that shared family meals, read and played games together. Craig and Michelle, 16 months apart in age, were often mistaken for twins. The siblings also shared close quarters; they slept in the living room with a makeshift sheet serving as their room divider. Both children were raised with an emphasis on education. The Michelle and her brother learned to read at home by the age of four, and both skipped second grade. By sixth grade, Michelle was attending gifted classes, where she learned French and took accelerated courses. She then went on to attend the city’s first mag-

immodest, we were always smart, we were always driven and we were always encouraged to do the best you can do, not just what’s necessary,” her brother Craig, has said. “And when it came to going to schools, we all wanted to go to the best schools we could.” Michelle graduated in 1981 from Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in Chicago’s West Loop as class salutatorian. After high school, she followed her brother to Princeton University, graduating cum laude in 1985 with a B.A. in Sociology. She went on to earn a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1988, where she took part in demonstrations demanding more minority students and professors. In 1989, Michelle met her future husband, Barack Obama, a summer intern to whom she was assigned as an adviser. “I went to Harvard and he went to Harvard, and the firm thought, ‘Oh, we’ll hook these two people up,’” Michelle said. “So, you know, there was a little intrigue, but I must say after about a month, Barack...asked me out, and I thought no way. This is completely tacky.” Initially, she refused to date Obama, believing that their work relationship would make the romance improper. Eventually she relented, and the couple soon fell in love. After two years of dating, Barack proposed. “We were at a restaurant having dinner to celebrate the fact that he had finished the bar,” Michelle remembers. “Then the waiter came over with the dessert and a tray. And there was the ring. And I was completely shocked.” The couple married at Trinity United Church of Christ on October 18, 1992. Michelle soon left her job to launch a career in public service, serving as an assistant to Mayor Richard Daley and then as the assistant commissioner of planning and development for the City of Chicago. In 1993, she became Executive Director for the Chicago office of Public Allies, a non-profit leadership-training program that helped young adults develop skills for future careers in the public sector. Michelle joined the University of Chicago in 1996 as associate dean of student services, developing the University’s first community service program. She then worked for the University of Chicago Hospitals beginning in 2002, as executive director of community relations and external affairs. In May 2005, she was appointed vice president of community relations and external affairs at the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she continues to work part-time. She also manages the business diversity program and sits on six boards, including the prestigious Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.

net high school for gifted children where, among other activities, she served as the student government treasurer. “Without being

Since her husband’s political role pushed the Obama family into the spotlight, Michelle has been publicly recognized for her steely, no-nonsense campaign style as well as her sense of fashion. In May of 2006, Michelle was featured in Essence magazine as one of “25 of the World’s Most Inspiring Women.” Michelle Obama became the 44th First Lady of the United States on January 20, 2009. Though so far the media has focused on style over substance, Michelle’s calm demeanor, confident attitude, classy character and incredible intelligence has her pegged to be one of the most influential White House wives to date.


La Gran Dama de Tampa • The Grand Lady of Tampa

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Matilda Martinez García

atin Times: What is your Profession? Matilda: My job at Social Security was Hispanic Officer In the Central Florida Network covering “coast to coast’ (from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico) I have always done social work representing the under represented; looking out for the rights of the under privileged especially for the immigrant population which was a large segment of the population when I was young,

Latin Times: What is your definition of the word success? Matilda: I believe that success is doing something you like to do and you feel a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. Latin Times: Who do YOU consider to be a rolemodel to you? Matilda: Too numerous to list! I admire Anita de Palma’s ability in public speaking; Luz lono’s patience and negotiating ability; my daughter, Gwen and my sisters’ cooking ability although I do not pretend to WANT to cook. My son begs me not to cook. He says I should cook for the enemy! Latin Times: What was your toughest moment or obstacle in being a Latina business woman/or community leader? Matilda: My toughest moments were when I was in charge of a project and felt that it had not ‘turned out to my satisfaction. Latin Times: What are some of your immediate goals? Matilda: Been there. Done that! What’s next? I am satisfied with my accomplishments and fee/like

now I should just COAST! Latin Times: What did you dream of being when you were a little girt? Matilda: I wanted to be a teacher and played by myself pretending I was in charge of the classroom while my sisters were out doors running errand s and playing. Latin Times: Tell us about your family Matilda: There were only 29 families in Tampa when my maternal grandfather arrived in 1886. He came from Galicia, Spain to Cuba, married a Cuban girl and came to Tampa with two little girls. This was before Henry B. Plant built the Hotel (now the University of Tampa) and before the railroads. There were only mosquitoes and alligators. I was fortunate to be one of nine brothers and sisters. I am very proud of ALL of them and love them dearly. We were 80 many, we had our own club and needed no “protection” in school. I married my high school sweetheart, Max Garcia and had two lovely children, my daughter and best friend, Gwendolyn Garcia MacKinnon and my son, Tampa Police Officer Max Garcia, Jr. I have five Grandchildren, and two great grand daughters. Latin Times: What does being Latina mean to you? Matilda: I am VERY proud of my Heritage and LOVE to speak Spanish. If I hear someone speaking Spanish in a public space even if I don’t know them, I have the urge to get in their conversations and many times do so much to my family’s embarrassment. Latin Times: What in your opinion; is your biggest accomplishment? Matilda: I don’t know. I guess I’m most proud of my happy marriage and bearing my two perfect children. Latin Times: What in your opinion would be the best way to resolve the national economic crisis? Matilda: I think that our President Obama is on the right track. I have faith in him. I lived through THE DEPRESSION and know what it is. I NEVER throw anything away. I sew it and mend it and glue it or eat it, etc.


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atin Times: How did you get involved with your profession? Jackie: My step-father (Placido Fernandez, Jr.) was an accountant and my brother and I would go to his office every day after-school and he would give me small tasks. I learned a lot at an early age and began to enjoy the profession. Just before graduation from Jefferson High School I was sent on an interview thru F.B.L.A. (Future Business Leaders of America) with an accounting firm, who immediately hired me and paid for me to go to college. I started the day after I graduated. Latin Times: What was your toughest moment or obstacle in being a Latina business woman / or community leader? Jackie: “The show must go on” or “Never let them see you sweat” theory. In 2003 my father committed suicide on my birthday. I was in the midst of preparing my first Hispanic Business Expo (one of the largest we had ever had) and I needed to support my community and suppress my emotions. I couldn’t have everyone feel sorry for me and I needed to be tough to get not just myself through the mess

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atin Times: What is your profession? Lydia: I am the main anchor for Bay News 9 en Español, the nation’s first 24-hour local news and weather station in Spanish.   Latin Times: What is your definition of the word success? Lydia: For me success is a state of mind, and it’s not necessarily defined by what we have or what we’ve done.  If you can look at your life in this particular moment in time, and smile about all the blessings around you, for me that’s a feeling of success.   Latin Times: Who do you consider to be a role-model

that was left behind, but show strength for my brother and little sister. A working mom with very high goals and desiring to help the community at a local and national level, I turned my mess into my message. If I can pick myself up…you can too! Latin Times: What are some of your immediate goals? Jackie: I am attempting a paperless office this year. And I am clearing my office and home of excess clutter. I would also like getting a solid Hispanic Chamber operating in a professional manner, that is extremely needed in order to help the small business owners as well as boosting our economy thru these difficult and trying times. I would like to make others understand that we need to all work together and not against each other to make a better business environment. If we can just remember that we should all agree to disagree, that’s okay. As long as we all share the same vision/path, we can take different roads. And that if we can’t reach it straight on, then we turn the corner. I want to one day be a philanthropist and help underprivileged people.

to you? Lydia: My mother is such an example of goodness and faith in people.  I can only hope to be like her some day.  Also my husband is a role model for me at a personal and professional level.  With his example, he inspires me to be a better person and a better journalist.  I try to challenge myself to be as good a reporter and anchor as he is.   Latin Times: What does being Latina mean to you? Lydia: For me being Latina means feeling proud about being different from most in this country… proud of being bilingual and my Spanish accent… proud of my cravings for tostones and empanadas… proud of my

Latin Times: What in your opinion; is your biggest accomplishment? Jackie: I have had several large accomplishments, like meeting the President of the United States, and very many politicians, but one of my biggest I would venture to say was to have the honor to serve on the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, while being led by Mr. David Lizzaraga, Elizabeth Galagher, Melinda Guzman, Esq., etc. just to name a few. I met some very influential humble people that I believe are the true movers and shakers on a national level that believe that “juntos, SI PODEMOS”. I also consider it a big accomplishment to see my clients succeed in business. I have several clients that have been with me since I first began in 1999 and are surviving these trying times. One in particular, sold beepers in high school, owned several cell phone stores after graduation and pursued his dreams of becoming a recording star and has been number one for several weeks on the Latino Billboards (Baby Boy a/k/a Roberto Borrero – “No llores mas, I love you”)

good moves for Latin rhythms.  For me being Latina means never forgetting where I come from, regardless of how long I’m away from my “patria”.   Latin Times: If you could meet any Latino/a icon (e.g. artist/entertainer/actor/activist, etc.), present or departed, who would it be and why? Lydia: I would love to meet the president of Argentina Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, or the president of Chile Michelle Bachelet.  Both are great examples of brilliant and successful women in positions of power. Latin Times: What in your opinion; is your biggest accomplishment? Lydia: My biggest accomplishment is the fact that I can look back in my life, and see I did everything I wanted to do without holding back.  Not one time I thought the ceiling was too high for me to reach. And each experience has taken me to where I am today: a place where I have peace of mind. Latin Times: Tell us about your family. Sandra: I have been married for 16 year with a wonderful man, Mauricio and we have two beautiful and smart girls Camila and Juliana. Also I have a chihuahua named Tiger. I am very proud of my family.

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atin Times: What is your profession? Sandra: Journalist

Latin Times: How did you get involved with your profession? Sandra: Ever since I was in High School I felt a passion to work with people and a passion with the media so I decided to studied Mass Communications and become a Journalist. I started my career in Colombia. Latin Times: What is your definition of the word success?

Sandra: Get what you want in a perfect balance: work, family, Christian values and yourself. Latin Times: What was your toughest moment or obstacle in being a Latina business woman / or community leader? Sandra: Actually I believe that this is a state of mind: the obstacles teach me a better way to do things. It’s an opportunity to start again and do better. Latin Times: What did you dream of being when you were a little girl? Sandra: Psychologist

Latin Times: What message would you send to other aspiring Latinas, young and old about the pursuit of a woman’s dreams? Sandra: Always look for the opportunities and learn from any mistakes. Latin Times: What in your opinion would be the best way to resolve the national economic crisis? Sandra: I have no clue but if you have and answer I’m be more than happy to spread the word.


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atin Times: What is your definition of the word success? Yanina: Success comes in so many different ways. I see success in our clients who were able to start their business. I see success in our clients who are keeping their doors open, even as we are facing uncertain economic times. I see success in clients who dedicate time to their community and this in turn provides them with new opportunities. Success for us is being able to provide our clients with the information and resources they need to take their business projects to the next level and achieve their goals. Success is about achieving goals, big and small. Latin Times: Who do you consider to be a role-model to you? Yanina: I’ve been blessed to have many Latina role models around, starting with mami. She is a strong woman who at times had to make hard decisions and always has encourag-

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atin Times: What is your definition of the word success? María: Success is the personal perception of how you have met your own meaning of life throughout the steps you have taken. Success lies only within oneself, not on the view of others. Even if you have tried millions of times to achieve a more specific goal and were not able to do it, that effort is the success that lies in you. It means morals, principles, and…the way you have touched other lives along the way. Have you been a positive influence? Have you tried your best that day you were reaching to get there even if you couldn’t? That is success. Why? It has let you discover other aspects and venues that would have otherwise remained dormant. It has stretched out your capacity and triggered new perspectives in you. That effort will sure open new doors to the real success of your own view of life, besides giving you the invaluable peace of mind of having done your best. Regarding business, it also comes

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atin Times: Tell us about your family. Deborah: I’m blessed to have had the most wonderful parents, a large extended family and now a fantastic son to be proud of. From Spanish immigrant families, my parents modeled the American Dream and taught us how to attain it through: faith, a strong work ethic, earning and maintaining a reputation for honesty and fairness, a positive focus and a fierce patriotism; then, the duty to give others a hand up through personal, community and civic involvement. Latin Times: What message would you send to other aspiring Latinas, young and old about the pursuit of a woman’s dreams?

ing words to say. Dear friends in Orlando who saw me develop from a teenager to a professional and have been there all the way through. Here in Tampa there are so many wonderful women who through their dedication to their work, community, and businesses are great examples to follow. From papi, my brother and my husband I’ve learned that I can reach any goal I set. They exemplify men that through hard work and dedication have provided to their families and the community.

Latin Times: What in your opinion; is your biggest accomplishment? Yanina: Personally I have three main accomplishments, so far. I was able to get a master degree through hard work and dedication. The fantastic relationship I have with my parents and marrying Daniel. He is someone that shares my values and understands the importance of family. Professionally, there are many that have made me who I am today. Years ago I took a leap of faith when I moved to Tampa with the HBIF. I’ve had the opportunity to introduce programs like the Seminar Series, formalized programs like our technical assistance scholarships, and developed the organization to having 3 full time employees in the Tampa/Clearwater area. I have a lot of responsibilities, wonderful relationships, and great opportunities to support our community.

Latin Times: What did you dream of being when you were a little girl? Yanina: I had to contact my mom to see if she remembered what I said I would be when I grew up. She shared that I had many interests that changed as I got older. I went from ballerina, to model, to doctor and teacher too. All these interests have helped shape who I am today. I always knew that regardless of what I studied, the work would have to involve dealing with people and helping others.

Latin Times: If you could meet any Latino/a icon (e.g. artist/entertainer/actor/activist, etc.), present or departed, who would it be and why? Yanina: There are several women who I would love to have the opportunity to converse with and learn from their experiences. A pioneer like Doña Felisa Rincón de Gautier has so much to teach, not as a politician but as a community leader. Being the first woman to become mayor of a city in all of the Americas is a pretty big accomplishment.

along with the right attitude. The best deal is attached to the way you treat your custumers and with the comfort people get out of doing business with you. Latin Times: Who do you consider to be a role-model to you? María: An individual who is always thriving to be better in all aspects of life, and someone who, regardless of the circumstances, tries to make the best out of the worst and out of all the people around. I call it positivización. The capacity you develop throughout your life to turn around what seems to be negative is one of the main treasures we came to this life with. No hay mal que por bien no venga (There is no misfortune that doesn’t come with good) should not only be a saying but a principle to help you work with honesty with your inner self. If we decide to take the best out of all situations giving the best of ourselves, it will happen.

Deborah: Prepare yourself with a good education, work hard and smart, cultivate a positive personality, eliminate the negative forces in your life, maintain your integrity, stay focused and always show respect for your faith and family values. Latin Times: What, in your opinion, is your biggest accomplishment? Deborah: It was indeed a proud moment to be elected by my community to represent them in the House of Representatives and then to accomplish significant initiatives such as the $150 million in financing of a cancer research center at Moffitt/USF; and, repayment of seniors who were defrauded. It, too, was a bless-

Latin Times: If you could meet any Latino/a icon (e.g. artist/entertainer/actor/activist, etc.), present or departed, who would it be and why? María: Felisa Rincón de Gautier. She was the first woman to be elected as the Mayor of a capital city (San Juan, Puerto Rico) in any of the Latin American countries. She transformed the city into a great urban center and worked to restore and conserve the historical structures of Old San Juan. Doña Felisa designed innovative public services, renovated the public health system and established the first pre-school centers, which eventually became the model of the Head Start programs of the USA. She also started a Christmas tradition which was continued every year by the governors of Puerto Rico. On the Three Kings Day she would give gifts to the needy children and even transported snow to San Juan for those who had never seen it. Doña Fela -as she was called- served as the American Good Will Ambassador in Latin America, Asia and Europe to promote friendship between those continents and the United States. I would have liked to meet her because she transformed this unique opportunity into a great legacy that inspired their successors in several ways.

ing to have enjoyed success in my career as a health initiatives director where I literally saved lives; and, as a marketing consultant to achieve financial rewards for my clients. Having been appointed to serve Governor Jeb Bush on the Children’s Board and Senator Mel Martinez on the Military Academy Selection Board were also distinct honors for me because I was able to positively impact youth while being vigilant to safe guard tax payer investments. However, my most cherished accomplishment is instilling the values of faith, family, integrity, volunteerism and a strong work ethic in my son while motivating him to equip himself with a good education. Latin Times: If you could meet any Latino/a icon (e.g. artist/entertainer/actor/activist, etc.), present or departed, who would it be and why? Deborah: Gloria Estefan because she has utilized her talent to help others, further many charitable causes and is a super role model of the Latina Woman.


Brenda: Perseverance. Never give up if you fall get up and start again with out looking back.

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atin Times: How did you get involved with your profession? Brenda: When I first moved to Tampa I found a group of Panamanians who needed a leader to maintain the group that was recently formed to help our country, each other and work for our community in any way that could help. This is why I have been with the group for 20 years.

tion, create a better living environment by helping those interested on this issue, and invite the Latino community leaders to increase and maintain the unity between us. Latin Times: What did you dream of being when you were a little girl? Brenda: I dreamed of being a schoolteacher and to live in the USA. I accomplished both!

Latin Times: What are some of your immediate goals? Brenda: Preserve our Latino pride with our growing genera-

Latin Times: What message would you send to other aspiring Latinas, young and old about the pursuit of a woman’s dreams?

Latin Times: If you could meet any Latino/a icon (e.g. artist/entertainer/actor/activist, etc.), present or departed, who would it be and why? Brenda: Dolores Huerta, labor leader, organizer and social activist. Co-founder of the United Farm workers union. Dolores Huerta served a key role in the early years of farm worker organizing. Among other contributions was her work as the coordinator for East Coast efforts in the table grape boycott, 1968-69, which helped to win recognition for the farm workers’ union. It was during this time that she also became connected with the growing feminist movement. In the 1970s Huerta headed up the farm workers’ union’s political arm and helped lobby for legislative protections. She is an example for all of us. uador to central Florida in 2005. Another, would be to have founded the beauty pageant “Reina de Reinas” which started in 2003. It is celebrated every year in October during Hispanic Heritage month. That pageant Reina de Reinas is based on culture and beauty that Latinas possess.

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atin Times: What was your toughest moment or obstacle in being a Latina businesswoman/community leader? Gretta: All in all, I haven’t had difficult moments or obstacles in being a Latina leader in the community. I have been very fortunate to have shared many experiences with different races and cultures, and that they have opened their doors to me unconditionally. Latin Times: What are some of your immediate goals? Gretta: To have my own foundation where I will be able to

help the less fortunate. Latin Times: What did you dream of being when you were a little girl? Gretta: When I was a little girl my dream was to become the president of my country, Ecuador. Latin Times: What, in your opinion, is your biggest accomplishment? Gretta: To me, my biggest accomplishment would be to have brought for the first time ever an “Honorary Council” for Ec-

Latin Times: If you could meet any Latino/a icon (e.g. artist/entertainer/actor/activist, etc.), present or departed, who would it be and why? Gretta: I would love to meet Juan Gabriel, a Mexican artist, because in my opinion he is the best composer\singer that transmits his melodies that go straight to the heart and soul. I would also like to meet Julio Jaramillo, a great Ecuadorian singer\composer. He is a legacy to the Ecuadorian culture, and finally Paulina Tamayo, a talented Ecuadorian singer. The songs that she interprets are all beautiful and full of sentiment.

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atin Times: What is your profession? Maritza: Journalist

Latin Times: What is your definition of the word success? Maritza: Success for me is defined as the completion of challenges that I face and the accomplishment of personal goals. Latin Times: Tell us about your family. Maritza: I have one wonderful son named Cesar who is 15

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atin Times: What is your definition of the word success? Denise: I believe success means something different to everyone. Some people measure success by the amount of trophies or awards you have received that demonstrate a perception of success in people’s minds. Others believe they are successful in life when they attain a certain level of income or fame, but yet you look at their personal life and it is only an illusion of their external facade. Success to me means applying a passion to the task at hand, giving it your all, while being true to yourself without compromising your integrity. I believe those who are the most successful in life pursue a dream or passion, commit a 100% of their energy, and do so while maintaining their own personal

years old and plays basketball for his school. I also have a very loving and supportive husband named Dave. I also have a new little dog named Princess. Latin Times: What, in your opinion, is your biggest accomplishment? Maritza: It would have to be my ability to create a life here in the United States coming from Venezuela and speaking very

identity. Latin Times: What was your toughest moment or obstacle in being a Latina business woman / or community leader? Denise: As a youth, I learned early on an important lesson from watching my mother struggle in her profession as a Hispanic woman with an accent. People would often pre-judge her because she speaks with a heavy accent or does not write perfect in English. Despite the fact that she is one of the most reliable employees and possesses a strong work ethic, she was often passed up for promotions and told she lacked the personal characteristics to be successful in a management position. This shaped my aspirations to become an educated and empowered woman that could face and overcome any challenge.

Latin Times: If you could meet any Latino/a icon (e.g. artist/entertainer/actor/activist, etc.), present or departed, who would it be and why? Maritza: I would like to meet the singer Juan Luis Guerra because he is both interesting as a composer as well as a man. Latin Times: What message would you send to other aspiring Latinas, young and old about the pursuit of a woman’s dreams? Maritza: Be strong and stay the course, regardless of the obstacles that you may encounter.

In my opinion, a constant struggle in being a business woman is overcoming the glass ceiling in a man’s world. Women who are persistent or determined to achieve success are often viewed negatively as demanding or difficult. Men on the other hand are often called leaders when they display similar characteristics and are typically compensated more for the same work functions. . I do feel though that Latinas are quickly breaking this mold and comprise one of the largest groups of influential and successful business women in the world. Latin Times: If you could meet any Latino/a icon (e.g. artist /entertainer /actor /activist, etc.), present or departed, who would it be and why? Denise: I would like to have met Salvador Dali and experience a day in his life observing him painting one of his masterpieces. I admire artists because it is a talent that I do not possess naturally. I particularly like Dali’s surrealist works best because of the complexity and how each time you look at a piece you seem to discover something new.


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unny Latino Guy, George Lopez was born April 23, 1961.

George is a Mexican American comedian and actor, and one of the most prominent Mexican-Americans of our time. George is perhaps best known for starring in his own produced television sitcom show self-entitled George Lopez. Lopez became a stand-up comedian using his Mexican heritage and memories as an attraction to the Mexican and Latino community. Much of George’s comedy is based on his experiences from childhood, and that of the Mexican-American community in general. George has released four albums of recorded stand-up comedy shows, the first of which was Alien Nation in 1996, as well as Right Now Right Now and Team Leader, which was nominated for a 2004 Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album. George released El Mas Chingon in September 2006. On television Lopez has appeared on The Latin Kings of Comedy, where he was a guest star along with other top Latino stand-up comedians such as Paul Rodriguez, Cheech Marin, Joey Medina and Alex Raymundo. His first stand-up comedy special, “George Lopez, Why You Crying?” premiered on Showtime. His second special, America’s Mexican, was broadcast live on HBO on February 24, 2007. George Lopez is also starring the 2008 film Beverly Hills Chihuahua. Lopez had made his mark as a comedian, performing at several clubs around the country and making appearances on television shows and comedy specials by the late 1980s. In the 1990s, Lopez made the transition to films with comedies such as Ski Patrol (1990) and Fatal Instinct (1993). Despite his growing television career, Lopez continues to perform his stand-up comedy and has recorded several comedy albums. In 2000, after several years of performing stand-up comedy, Lopez was approached by actress Sandra Bullock for Lopez to produce and star in a Hispanic comedy. Bullock was concerned about the lack of Hispanic-oriented sitcoms on American television and pushed to get a sitcom on television that starred Hispanics without being exclusively about the Hispanic American community. ABC, who had been criticized by Hispanic American groups for lack of Latinos on their television shows, quickly picked up the television series. In 2002, Lopez became one of the few Latinos to star in a television comedy series, following in the footsteps of Freddie Prinze and Desi Arnaz. The George Lopez show is an American situation comedy that originally aired on ABC from 2002 - 2007. Lopez is the co-creator, writer, producer, and star of the sitcom. On March 8, 2007, it was announced that George Lopez would join the Nick at Nite lineup and it was first aired on September 10, 2007. On May 15, 2008, the series was canceled by ABC, replaced by the Cavemen show which aired only a few episodes before being cancelled. Recently: George Lopez traveled to Tampa Bay, as an avid supporter of the Barack Obama presidential campaign George treated Obama supporters to a free performance at Ybor’s Historic Cuban Club.

Aries (March 21 – April 19) Hola Aries! During this period of el año, you will have a positive attitude towards life y feel very confident. Aries will continue to wield power and authority either in government or public life. Short distance journeys are in your future y they will bear fruits due to your hard work. Y en tu carrera? You have a good brain Aries, and ideas come to you in a flash, be sure to always carry a pen and a pad of paper to write them down for later consideration. Taurus (April 20 – May 20) Taurus, you are feeling a burst of energy with this New Year, keep it steered in right direction. You find a deeper appreciation for music, arts y un poquito de drama. You should avoid the tendency to be self centered, and avoid doing things half hazard-ly. You will want to break new ground this year, but chances are the opportunities you long for will not come around until later this year. Paciencia! Gemini (May 21 – June 21) Hola Gemini! You are often accused of being un poquitito egoistic. Sometimes muy agresivo/a, muy proud, hasty y hasta quarrelsome. You think mainly of the means and not too much about the ends. Being a fire sign the native will have a desire to make and spend mucho dinero. Rarely thinking of mañana, this is you Gemini! You have a great imagination and can present your ideas very convincingly! The urge to impress certain people could cloud your thinking. Cancer (June 22 – July 22) Hola Cancer! You entered 2009 with lots of excitement, looking forward to your nueva vida with a great deal of zeal y enthusiasm. You are feeling bold y courageous and give a new meaning to the description “Latin” temper, making it a time in your life that is unfavorable for love y romance. Confrontations may cause losses and should be avoided. There is a possibility of sudden travel. Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22) Hola Leo! This New Year opens up many possibilities for you, and you will make money with ease. Despite your ease at making money, you find yourself a little down. Levante Leo y snap out of it. You will soon be able to rise above any depression and find yourself ready to meet life’s challenges. Wherever you are, you spread love & warmth, and people love you because of it! Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22) Hola Virgo! You are likely to be involved in noble deeds. You will find yourself extremely happy and your income will increase. You will find yourself in contact with key people that can help you move forward, no tengas miedo, this is your time to shine, and your confidence will assure those around you of your capabilities. You will find yourself presented with the opportunity to venture into a new enterprises or profession.

Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 23) Hola Libra! You entered 2009 with a full wind on your sails, feeling very optimistic and able to inspire others. You are also likely to be feeling very lucky, and full of energy. Use your optimism to its full potential, by exploring new career paths, business opportunities or even a new love interest. This great feeling you have inside of you will attract new exciting people into your mundo! Scorpio (Oct. 24 – Nov. 21) Hola Scorpio! You are feeling strong powers of self expression, and all of sudden you are in a communication mood! Its best for you to find a great friend and pour your corazon out! You are a natural leader, and have a strong urge to rule, pero you must learn to use your power wisely. You are likely to be courageous and honorable, and people naturally gravitate toward you. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Hola Sagittarius! You are likely to be feeling very courageous, energetic and in a self-starting frame of mind. Look before you leap or you may yourself in a self created mess! You have good administrative ability and will be forceful in getting things done, pero use tact. It is necessary that you have definite objectives and aims otherwise you have a strong tendency to drift. You are also very sensitive and at times very vague. Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) Hola Capricorn! Bienvenido a 2009, it’s going to be a great year para ti –and you are in the zone. Your work will achieve the heights of success you have always dreamed of. What’s ahead? Maybe a rise in status and position!? It looks like promotion and recognition will come your way. You will gain respect y good will. You are very intelligent and love to read and study. Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18) Hola Aquarius! Bienvenidos a el 2009! Seems almost like you went through all of 2008 feeling tense and anxious –what a relief you must feel now that 2009 esta aqui. At home, you are will be feeling very happy, and cherished. You will find yourself in a mood to travel, short distance travels will bring you luck y will be fruitful. You receive good news about dinero. You will enjoy good health. Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20) Hola Pisces! You are very popular right now y you will get associated with many organizations. It’s a great time to make some good social contacts. You will have many new friends, but may lose some of them because of your impulsive and rash behavior at times. You will gain recognition and professional advancement through personal initiative and industry. As you are very persistent you will be able to reach all the goals that you set forth.


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Contexto Latino hey say that men and women are quite different in many aspects, hence the “mars and venus” jokes. This may also be the case with the way men and women run businesses and the rate of entrepreneurial growth. Over the last 12 years, the Entrepreneurial Research Consortium has discovered that women-owned businesses have doubled in numbers. In the 36- to 45-year-old age group, more women than men have started businesses. What’s also proven true is that women run businesses differently from men. While research into the comparisons between women-owned and men-owned

businesses is still premature, certain trends have emerged. It appears that women entrepreneurs prefer profitability, quality assurance and contained growth over rapid growth. Women tend to make conservative decisions geared toward long-term advancement. They prefer to cultivate and nurture relationships to provide quality work, because they cannot compete on volume to larger businesses. Many women are also interested in limiting family-work conflicts, realizing that, in the long run, aggressive management styles or inability to compromise may infringe on quality of life both in and out of the office.

Women do have some factors that can be disadvantages. Generally, the capital available to women-owned startups is less than that of available capital for men. Womenowned businesses also tend to be smaller and less profitable than those owned by men. This could be because women want more time to spend with families and don’t want to give up control to an outside party to run things when they’re not around. But it also may be due to the less access to funding or availability to resources for growth. Additionally, some women go into business for what some say are the wrong reasons: not for immediate profit, but to escape corporate glass ceilings or to balance work/family.

It also appears that the hierarchy present in many male-fronted businesses is different when women are in charge. Women prefer a collaborative effort and see themselves as the center of a “hub” rather than an authority figure at the top of the corporate ladder.

All things considered, however, as women-owned entrepreneurs continue to multiply, the public should see a re-evaluation of these trends and can figure out for themselves whether men or women have the advantage in business.


1. Better Than Botox 2. Clean City 3. Mary Kay Cosmetics

4. Osvaldo Gonzalez & Pio Pio Restaurant 5. Joanna with Jewelry Table 6. Vice Versa Language

1-2. Bomba Y Plena Dancers 3. Master of Ceremonies Luis Lopez & Ray Carrion 4. The Latin League

5. The Latin League Obama Sign 6. Carlos Cardova

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7. Damaris Rivera of Byrd & Gonzalez

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Upcoming Events Include:

Special Event – ONE Time ONLY in 2009! Friday, February 6th, 2009 – 1st. Friday, Latin ConneXions Business Networking Social @ The Florida State Fair @ This is the same great event – with a one time engagement @ the Florida State Fairgrounds – its Tampa Bay’s biggest Latin ConneXions event of the year! Just like the 1st. Friday of every month, a complimentary buffet will be offered. The event starts at 5:30 PM until 8:30 PM. This event is FREE for general admission, and offers a complimentary buffet. Music: Salsa, Latin Jazz y Disco. Parking is FREE and there will be many great giveaways. LIVE Performances. Very Limited Exhibitor Opportunities: Friday, March 6th, 2009 – 1st. Friday, Latin ConneXions Business Networking Social @ Mirage Restaurant and Lounge @ 3605 W. Hillsborough Ave in Tampa, FL. Held on the 1st. Friday of every month, this is the biggest most exciting business networking social in Tampa Bay! 4th Anniversary Celebration! Friday, April 3rd, 2009 – 1st. Friday, Latin ConneXions Business Networking Social @ Mirage Restaurant and Lounge 3605 W. Hillsborough Ave, in Tampa, FL. Held on the 1st. Friday of every month, this is the biggest most exciting business networking social in Tampa Bay! This is one of our biggest and most successful annual events, which features over 15 local exhibitors, LIVE Music and more! Friday, Friday, April 24th, 2009 Casino Latino - Latin ConneXions Business Networking Social in Orlando, FL. @ Sam’s Tavern & Steakhouse – 2461 S. Hiawassee Road in Orlando, FL Presented by State Farm Insurance and Latin Times Magazine, this new Metro Orlando event is held on a quarterly basis. Enjoy exciting “Vegas” style gambling for FUN! The event starts at 5:30 PM until 8:30 PM. This event is FREE for general admission, and offers a complimentary buffet. Music: Salsa, Latin Jazz y Disco. Parking is FREE and there will be many great giveaways. LIVE Performances. Call for Exhibit Opportunities! Games Include: Texas Holdem’, Blackjack, Craps PLUS Slot Machines! Each Guest will receive a $1,000 in PHONEY MONEY to play at the tables! The night’s BIG Winner will receive a $100 Gift Certificate from Latin Times.

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Ladies Tea & Spa Party! This exciting event will be taking place at a charming Victorian Room, where you will be awed by the formal setting and beauty of the room. Feel spoiled, as you are served with Crystal, Linens and Bone China. Talk and get to know other elite local business women in an atmosphere designed to make you unwind and relax. Develop new friendships or business relationships. Afterward, we will stroll through the connecting gate into the Secret Garden to enjoy wine tasting, and Champaign toasts, Chocolate Strawberries and our Spa Services! Each Guest will receive 2 Free Mini-Spa Service! Garden Spa Menu of Services: Message Therapists, Manicures, Facials, Hair-do’s, Make-Up, Eye Lash Extensions and MORE!

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Sponsors

For more information on how your company can exhibit at any one of our exciting upcoming events Please contact us at: (813) 901-5292 or email: JGonzalez@thelatinvillage.com


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he Board of Directors of Tampa Hispanic Heritage, Inc. honored City Councilman Charlie Miranda as the 2008 Hispanic Man of the Year, and Ms. Bella Canasi as the 2008 Hispanic Woman of the Year at the 21st Tampa Hispanic Heritage Annual Gala that was held on Saturday, September 27, 2008 at the Tampa Hyatt Regency Hotel in Tampa, FL. These awards honor Hispanics who have contributed significantly to the success of our community. Tampa Hispanic Heritage, Inc is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserve, promote and celebrate Tampa’s Hispanic heritage. Both Mr. Miranda and Ms. Canasi exemplify the many qualities that have made Hispanics successful in our community. By their outstanding contributions, they have improved the quality of life in the Hispanic Community.


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learwater will close a two-mile stretch of Cleveland Street to motorized traffic on Sunday, March 1st, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a multicultural street festival called Sunday Ciclovía (see-cloh-VEE-uh), Spanish for “bike path.” Organizers are seeking volunteers for the car-free event which promotes biking, walking and other healthy activities. The event route extends from Clearwater Harbor to Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard. Food vendors, activities for kids, bicycle and running organizations, and exhibitors representing public service, fitness and green living organizations will line the street. Participants can bike, stroll, skate, or take part in exercise, sports and dance classes. “Initially, Sunday Ciclovía was proposed as a community-building event for downtown’s East Gateway neighborhood,” said Tammy Vrana, an event coordinator. “The scope of the event grew when other down-

town groups saw potential in the family-friendly and health-focused street festival to showcase downtown and local businesses.” Current major sponsors include the Downtown Development Board, Tampa BayCycle, Achieva Credit Union, Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin Robbins, and Café Supreme. Clearwater is following the lead of Bogotá, Columbia, who in 1976 initiated the first Ciclovía. Since then, cities around the globe such as London, Paris, Mexico City, Guadalajara, New York, Miami, Portland and San Francisco have hosted their own car-free events and some hold them weekly. For more information, go to the city’s website at www.myclearwater.com/carfreesunday or call (727) 562-4047.

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he 2009 DSI Black Pages was released in grand style at a special business networking event at the A La Carte Pavilion on January 8th, 2009. Special thanks to Primary Sponsor, Outback Steakhouse and sponsors TECO and the South West Florida Water Management District. The 2009 DSI Black Pages featured President Barack Obama; the Super Bowl was also featured on the cover. Info: DSIBlackPages.com

demas, llega temprano y disfruta del gran comediante Cubano Alexis Valdes & “su chou Esta Noche Tu Night”, comenzando a las 9 PM. Este concierto bailable sera el proximo Sabado 7 de Febrero en el Indian Cultural Center (popularmente conocido como el Templo Hindu) 5511 Lynn Rd Tampa, FL 33624. Las puertas abren a las 8:00 PM, el show comienza a las 9 en punto! Los boletos ya estan a la venta en todos los lugares de costumbre. Para mas informacion y boletos VIP, visita www.entradas123. com o llama al 813-447-2429

No te quedes afuera y reserva tu mesa hoy!

Tampa Bay to host First Salsa Congress at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

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ampa Bay’s first Salsa Congress is a combination of world class luxury in Tampa’s downtown Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina and the seduction of Salsa music, that when combined is a memorable entertainment event. Tampa will be hosting its first Salsa congress at the beautiful Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina in the heart of downtown. On March 26-29, 2009 Salsa lovers from Florida and elsewhere will converge to learn, watch performances, and dance Salsa. The Tampa Salsa Congress™ will have workshops, performances, DJ’s, and live music from the best in the business. The Tampa area has a vibrant growing Salsa scene among the Hispanic and the main stream population, with almost a dozen Latin nights throughout the bay. Attendance is expected to be high, register your email at the webpage http://www.tampacongress.com to avoid missing important announcements. This top Salsa event will give attendees an opportunity to practice what they know, meet people that share the same passion, and learn a few new things from the pro’s. As important as the success of this event, part of the proceeds will be donated to charity. Info: http://www.tampacongress.com.


“Angel,” “I’m Free,” and “Do You Believe in Us?” “Otro Dia Mas Sin Verte” (Spanish-language version of the album), became the Number One Latin album of 1992 earning Jon his first Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album. His third album, “Amor,” (released 1995) brought his second Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Performance and in 2006.

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on Secada, one of the most gifted artists of our time, is not only blessed with a great voice, but also with an artistry to create, write and produce music.

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n un esfuerzo para mantener a los niños de Tampa seguros, Jeff García – mariscal de campo de los Tampa Buccaneers - visitó a Sulphur Springs Elementary School para entrenar a varios niños durante una clínica de seguridad del peatón. Este evento fue parte del quinto programa anual Jugadores de la Semana de la Tierra y el Aire de FedEx, que motiva a los fanáticos del futbol a que voten por los jugadores del programa a través de la temporada, para beneficiar programas de seguridad del peatón a nivel nacional.

In the late 1980’s he joined Gloria Estefan as a background singer and co-wrote “Coming Out of the Dark,” Gloria’s number one hit from her 1991 album “Into the Light.” His self-titled solo debut (released 1992) sold over six million worldwide and was certified triple platinum in the U.S., where it reached No. 15 among Billboard Pop albums. He followed with the Gold single “Just Another Day,” and three more top 30 hits,

He’s performed with opera legend Luciano Pavarotti, recorded a duet with the late Frank Sinatra on “The Best Is Yet to Come” (Sinatra’s Duets II). Apart from his dedication to music, Jon devotes himself various charitable endeavors. He was appointed to serve on his Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans with a goal of closing the educational achievement gap between Hispanic students and their peers. Tickets for the show are $35 VIP, $30 in advance, $35 day of the show, $27 senior (60+), and $26 groups. Largo Cultural Center box office: 727-587-6793.

The Stevie B of yester-year treated a full house to an outstanding concert of more than one hour, performing hit after hit, and taking us all back to the old schoolz! Event was held at: The Pop Lounge: A Frankie Rodriguez Venue. 1609 E 7th Ave in Ybor City, FL 33605 813-967-6235 Info: http://www.poptampa.com

Durante este evento, que se realizó junto a Safe Kids USA, se llevaron a cabo las siguientes actividades: García les dio una clínica de seguridad a los niños de escuela elemental García interactuó con los niños para demostrar cómo cruzar cuidadosamente, usar casco de seguridad y jugar con cuidado y seguridad en el área de juegos. Los estudiantes tuvieron “la vista del ojo del conductor” en el asiento de los camiones de entrega especial de FedEx por parte de su entrenador de la NFL FedEx anunció la donación a Safe Kids Tampa con la ayuda de García

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f you missed our quarterly Ladies Tea & Spa Party, you missed a great time of bonding and laughter with other wonderful women. Held at the charming Empress Tea Room, located at 6810 E. Fowler, Temple Terrace, FL, guests enjoyed a “high” tea –attended by the very gracious hostess and owner Kim Newman. Afterward, the strolled through the secret

garden, to spoil themselves at the on-site Spa, while enjoying wine! The event was presented by: AMERIGROUP COMMUNITY CARE and Latin Times For information on the next Ladies Tea & Spa Party, contact: LadiesTea@Latin-Times.com Visit www.empresst.com


February 5th – 16th, 2009 105th Annual Florida State Fair The 2009 Florida State Fair will be in Tampa on Feb. 5-16 with all your favorite sights, sounds and smells that you love. Where else can you enjoy plenty of free entertainment, see hundreds of animals, and experience pure family-fun? Back for its second year is the Fair’s outdoor Hispanic Village called LA PLAZA, sponsored by Winn-Dixie. The area will feature a new cultural expo tent, an entertainment stage, and delectable foods from Latin regions including Pipo’s Café as a food sponsor. Each day of the fair will be dedicated to a different Latin American country including the most predominant ones represented in Florida such as Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Venezuela and more. The first day of the fair, February 5, will have an opening ceremony with posting of all 24 country flags in LA PLAZA.

Thursday & Friday, February 26th & 27th, 2009 Jerry Seinfeld @ Progress Energy Center’s Mahaffey Theater 400 1st Street S, St Petersburg, FL. Various Performances. Info: Ticketmaster

ONE TIME ONLY! Friday, February 6th, 2009 1st. Friday, Latin ConneXions Business Networking Social @ The Florida State Fair (Florida State Fairgrounds) Honoring the 2009 Latina Movers N Shakers! The Famous “1st Friday Latin ConneXions” business networking social will be held at the Florida State Fair Grounds! This will be a HUGE event! This networking social is among the biggest, most exciting monthly “after-work” business events in Tampa Bay! The event hours are from 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM, at the LA PLAZA Hispanic Village in the Bud Light Dome part of the 105th annual Florida State Fair! (Florida State Fairgrounds). Exhibit Info: JGonzalez@thelatinvillage.com

Friday, March 6th, 2009 1st Friday Latin ConneXions Business Networking Social @ Mirage Restaurant and Lounge, @ 3605 W. Hillsborough Ave. (Tampa, FL). The event starts at 5:45 PM until 9:00 PM. Like every 1st Friday event, this event is FREE for general admission, and offers a compli- mentary buffet. Music: Salsa, Latin Jazz y Disco. Parking is FREE and there will be many great giveaways. LIVE Performances. Tampa Bay’s longest running monthly Hispanic networking social event will celebrate its 5th year of hosting these popular events on Friday, April 3rd, 2009 @ Mirage Restaurant and Lounge, located at 3605 W. Hillsborough Ave in Tampa, FL. Free Parking, Entrance and Buffet. Exhibitor Info: HYPERLINK “mailto:JGonzalez@thelatinvillage.com” JGonzalez@thelatinvillage.com

Saturday, February 7th, 2009 “El Chevere de La Salsa” Issac Delgado & Su Orquesta! @ el Indian Cultural Center (popularmente conocido como el Templo Hindu) 5511 Lynn Rd Tampa, FL 33624. Las puertas abren a las 8:00 PM, el show comienza a las 9 en punto! Los boletos ya estan a la venta en todos los lugares de costumbre. Para mas informacion y boletos VIP, visita www.entradas123.com o llama al 813-447-2429 Sunday, February 8th, 2009 Jon Secada @ Largo Cultural Center 105 Central Park Dr., Largo, FL Performances: 2:00 & 7:30 PM. Info: Largo Cultural Center box office: 727-587-6793. Wednesday, February 11th, 2009 Julio Iglesias Concert @ The Ruth Eckerd Hall Performance: 8 PM. Info: Ticketmaster Thursday, February 12, 2009 Chippendales @ Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino 5223 N Orient Road, Tampa, FL  33610 Performances: 7:00 PM, 10:00 PM. Info: Ticketmaster Friday, February 13th, 2009 An Evening With Gipsy Kings @ Carol Morsani Hall (Tampa, FL) Back by popular demand, the platinum album-selling Gipsy Kings revel in the vigorous guitar work and passionate vocals of their indigenous musical tradition known as rumba flamenco. Tickets: TBPAC.org Saturday, February 14th, 2009 Natalie Cole @ The Ruth Eckerd Hall Performance: 8 PM Info: Ticketmaster.com Friday, February 20th, 2009 Howie Mandel @ Ruth Eckerd Hall Friday, Feb 20, 2009. Performances: 8:00 PM Info: Ticketmaster

Sunday, March 1st, 2009 Sunday Ciclovía Multicultural Street Fest – Clearwater, FL Clearwater will close a two-mile stretch of Cleveland Street to motorized traffic on Sunday, March 1st, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a multicultural street festival called Sunday Ciclovía (see-cloh-VEEuh), Spanish for “bike path.” Organizers are seeking volunteers for the car-free event which promotes biking, walking and other healthy activities. Clearwater is following the lead of Bogotá, Columbia, who in 1976 initiated the first Ciclovía. Since then, cities around the globe such as London, Paris, Mexico City, Guadalajara, New York, Miami, Portland and San Francisco have hosted their own car-free events and some hold them weekly. Info: www.myclearwater.com/ carfreesunday or call (727) 562-4047.

Saturday, Mar 7th, 2009 Robin Williams @ USF Sun Dome 4202 East Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL Performances: 8:00 PM. Info: Ticketmaster Friday, March 13th, 2009 George Lopez @ Carol Morsani Hall Latino comedian George Lopez is one of the premier comedic talents in the entertainment industry today. He is the co-creator, writer, producer and star of the ABC network sitcom, George Lopez. Price: Regularly priced tickets start at $49.50. Info: TBPAC.org 813.229.STAR Friday, March 13th, 2009 The Florida Orchestra presents Doc Severinsen: El Ritmo de la Vida @ Ferguson Hall (TBPAC) RAYMOND JAMES POPS SERIES: Armed with charm, class, witty remarks, a flair for fashion and the soaring sounds of his trumpet, Doc Severinsen is joined by a virtuoso ensemble from Mexico for a night of fire-infused pop tunes, gypsy jazz and Latin and Spanish favorites. Info: TBPAC.org. (813) 228-STAR Wednesday, March 18th, 2009 Charo @ Largo Cultural Center Performances: 2:00 & 7:30 PM Info: Largo Cultural Center box office: 727-587-6793.

March 26-29, 2009 Tampa Bay’s 1st. Annual Salsa Congress @ Marriot Waterside Hotel & Marina Tampa will be hosting its first Salsa congress at the beautiful Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina in the heart of downtown. On March 26-29, 2009 Salsa lovers from Florida and elsewhere will converge to learn, watch performances, and dance Salsa. Info: http://www.tampacongress.com.

March 24 - 29, 2009 The Rat Pack – Live at the Sands @ Carol Morsani Hall THE RAT PACK – Live at the Sands is the hottest and coolest party in town. Following four unprecedented years on London’s West End, this acclaimed production vividly recreates a legendary evening at the Sands Hotel with the most famous performers of our time: Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Dean Martin. (813) 229. STAR, Info: TBPAC.org

Friday, April 3rd, 2009 4th Anniversary Celebration of 1st Friday, Latin ConneXions Business Networking Social! Tampa Bay area publication “Latin Times Magazine” celebrates 4 Year Anniversary of producing and hosting the successful “1st. Friday Latin ConneXions Business Networking Socials“ @ Mirage Restaurant and Lounge, 3605 W. Hillsborough Ave, Tampa, FL. This is our biggest 1st Friday of the year! Tampa Bay’s Business Community is invited to attend the Forth Year Anniversary celebration of Latin ConneXions Business Networking Socials – these “Latino-Style” networking events are among the biggest, most exciting business networking socials in Tampa Bay! The event starts 5:45 PM until 9:00 PM. Free Entrance, Parking and buffet! Exhibitor Options: JGonzalez@thelatinvillage.com Saturday, April 4th, 2009 Best of Tampa Bay 2009 @ TBPAC Riverwalk Don’t miss the Bay area’s premier food event, Best of Tampa Bay, hosted by The Producers Volunteer Group as a benefit for TBPAC. Enjoy live entertainment and sample food and drinks from the Tampa Bay area’s best restaurants and caterers, while strolling along the Hillsborough River. 7:00 PM. Info: TBPAC.org (813) 229-STAR Friday, Apr 10th, 2009 Sinbad @ Lakeland Center Youkey Theatre 701 West Lime Street, Lakeland, FL. Performances: 8:00 PM. Info: Ticketmaster

Coming in May 2009! Ladies Tea & Spa Party! Just for ladies tea party/meeting. Join us at this charming Victorian Room, where you will be awed by the formal setting and beauty of the room. Feel spoiled, as you are served with Crystal, Linens and Bone China. Talk and get to know other elite local business women in an atmosphere designed to make you unwind and relax. Develop new friendships or business relationships. Afterward, stroll through the connecting gate into the Secret Garden, enjoy wine tasting, and Champaign toasts as you relax and unwind in the Garden Spa we create, while enjoying the firm hands of our massage therapists, or getting a pedicure, a manicure, facial, skin care consult, beauty consult and more from one of our exhibitors! Exhibitors: JGonzalez@thelatinvillage.com or call (813) 901-5292. Tickets: $50.00 in advance, $55.00 day of event. Sponsorship opportunities are available. This invite is for the elite, of the elite and is limited to just 40 ladies, by invitation only.

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