TannerGonzalez announces it’s signature fragrance

TannerGonzalez announces it’s signature fragrance.

TannerGonzalez, The World’s First Hispanic Luxury Brand™ announces it’s first fragrance – TannerGonzalez Pour Homme Extreme.   Since 2007, TannerGonzalez has developed into a lifestyle brand offering one of kind products, curated products and men’s luxury accessories.
As part of its 10 year celebration the TannerGonzalez team has created a Hispanic luxury fragrance.

“The 10-year journey for this brand has been mercurial.”  Comments Tanner.  “It’s hard to believe that it is already a decade old company, we have been transformational, but one thing constant has been a means to bring our heritage, ideas and culture to one spot to help build a brand.  Our new fragrance is the next stepping stone for being a Hispanic luxury brand.”

Tanner Gonzalez Pour Homme Extreme, the brand’s signature masculine fragrance, presents the vision of conscientiousness, masculinity, sensuality and intellect. This is a unique fragrance with accords of pine and juniper enriched with fir and enriching sage and leather.    Our signature fragrance is sultry and animalic that balances feminine and masculine from top to bottom.  At first impression, the scent opens with bergamot, pine and juniper. The heart is an aphrodisiac of spicy note of Jamaican pepper warmed by Canadian fir and Mediterranean clary sage.   The roots of leather and Indonesian patchouli rest on strong Andalusian labdanum.

Hand Crafted + Limited Edition 2017

1.7 oz (50ml) Square Flint Glass Bottle with Spray Pump



ABOUT TannerGonzalez

TannerGonzalez was founded in 2007, from modest roots on the Southside of Denver, TannerGonzalez was the vision to become a Hispanic tastemaker selling quality t shirts and women’s handbags inspired with Hispanic motifs and handcrafted workmanship.  TannerGonzalez quickly became a favorite among the local Denverites and in Aspen where Greg spends most of his spare time.    As the company grew it became more of a Hispanic Influencer focusing on creating more refined men’s luxury accessories and curated one of a kind products.

Our initial foundation was built with the vision of being the World’s First Hispanic Luxury Brand.™     Our business model is based on direct contact with his customer base, control over the process and constantly driving the quality vision.

TannerGonzalez produces one of a kind, hand crafted products, luxury accessories, a new fragrance and is continuing it’s path to be innovative but rooted in its Hispanic Influence.  TannerGonzalez applies its creative eye to entertainment, food, drink and a full interactive lifestyle through its Hispanic Luxury Life blog.

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Rugby Catalyst teams up with Rugby Pro Brand to create American rugby lifestyle apparel.

Rugby Pro Brand will be launching its new apparel line in April of 2017 with investment and support from Rugby Catalyst.

Rugby Pro  is American inspired rugby apparel.  The brand offers a subtle rugby graphics and is about what rugby fans love about our American rugby lifestyle. The Rugby Pro tees offer classic, casual style.  They offer amazingly soft fabrics  and are cozy foundation to making everyday a rugby day. Comfortable to wear, and no matter how many you own, it never seems to be enough.

http://rugbyprobrand.com will be launched in April of 2017 and with the help of Rugby Catalyst will be offering officially licensed gear of favorite American rugby clubs.

“We have assembled a fantastic team to produce and create an American rugby lifestlye brand that is unique and offers high quality products.”  Remarks Angelo Tanner, President of Rugby Catalyst. “This investment is part of our unique Rugby Direct To Fan™ strategy,  and partnering with Rugby Pro will give us a medium for creating new fans for our events.”

The amount of investment was not disclosed, however Rugby Catalyst will be the majority management group of the new company.

About Rugby Pro Brand

As the premium apparel brand for American rugby, we provide quality products, inspired by American rugby and rugby tradition, lifestyle and sportsmanship. Make Every Day A Rugby Day.™ Rugby Pro offers branded apparel, such as but not limited to t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, polos, hoodies, tanks and jackets. We also offer promotional items/materials such as scarves, hats, cups, and imprinted gifts.
About Rugby Catalyst

Rugby Catalyst combines rugby, creativity and experience to build brands and properties and deliver winning activation programs key to growing the consumption of rugby in America.  Rugby Catalyst provides services, media, licensing, sports marketing, associated technologies, and products to the rugby industry.

Pro Rugby Agency pitches U.S. rugby to the masses in England.

ProRugbyAgencyPro Rugby Agency pitches U.S. rugby to the masses in England.

DENVER, COLORADO, USA – September 17, 2015

Pro Rugby Agency (http://professionalrugby.agency) will be traveling to the United Kingdom for the Rugby World Cup.  The purpose of the trip isn’t to sign the big professional names and teams based in abroad in the U.K., France, Italy or from down under.   It’s to pitch the professional game which hasn’t arrived in the United States yet to everyone and anyone that will listen.

“Most people don’t understand the huge opportunity in the United States.” Comments Greg Tanner, “It’s really like the beginning of the NFL or the industrial revolution,  the game is ripe for business opportunity and growth, the question is who is prepared for this explosion?”

Pro Rugby Agency has clients that are invested in the game and preparing to capitalize on the professional era in America.   The agency has media, consumer, services, and technology companies onboard for when the opportunity arrives.   The agency is also signing players eager to get exposure to the top teams.  “It’s astounding to me how many players from abroad want to come to play in America, even more astounding is the number of untapped talent yet to be found in our backyard.”  Adds Tanner.

Mr. Tanner has spent a lot of time and effort to becoming subject matter expert in the business of rugby.  He penned the book – “The Business of Rugby”  while working on a graduate program at U.K. based Sports Management World Wide.    He hopes to capitalize on his business experience and analysis knowledge he gained while at Aspen Capital Fund.

“I had to change gears – this is just too big,  the timing is perfect and now the biggest rugby event in the world is happening and I will be in the middle of it all.”  Remarks Tanner.

To learn more about Pro Rugby Agency visit http://professionalrugby.agency or email agent@professionalrugby.agency



About Pro Rugby Agency USA.

We are a forward thinking agency and business.  At Professional Rugby Agency we are the early adopters of the belief that rugby will become the next high growth sports industry in the United States.    Very involved in the industry, we are working to develop surrounding aspects of the professional era.  Our founder has written the book -“The Business of Rugby“.   At Professional  Rugby Agency we  are taking the initiative to help players, teams, brands with earning, marketing, maintaining  and connecting with audiences in the United States and Globally.  Join us on our extraordinary journey.

National Ruby Post announces attendance and coverage of 2015 Rugby World Cup.

September 15, 2015-Denver, Colorodo,  National Rugby Post (www.nationalrugbypost.com) announced that it will be covering games as a rugby business analyst and online media provider.  National Rugby Post will be doing business analysis on the impact of the sponsorship and business of the tournament.

“The Rugby World Cup (www.rugbyworldcup.com) in 2015 is going to be one of the global events for sport and will be the biggest ever for rugby.” For National Rugby Post this event is a key indicator of the future of professional rugby not just globally but most importantly on the United States front.” comments Gregory Tanner, Rugby Business Analyst.

You can catch all of the news and updates on the business of rugby during the Rugby World Cup at the main website,  on Facebook, and @rugbyanalyst via Twitter.


National Rugby Post – Rugby Business Analysts = The study of the professional business of Rugby.  National Rugby Post is the world’s premier analyst team for the business of Rugby.  With Rugby being one of the worlds fastest growing sports in the past 15 years, we seek to meet the needs of businesses, media, clubs and sponsors to get independant research of the business of the sport and to analyze the opportunities in the sport and it’s world wide market appeal.



What Races Are Latino?

I know that there is cuban and latin but what other races are considered latino?Thnks

Chosen Answer:

Latinos can be any race (European, Native American, African), but must be of Spanish and American cultural and linguistic heritage i.e. Mexican, Cuban, Dominican, Honduran, etc.
by: Love me, Baby
on: 27th January 11

who and what makes you Latino?

we all know that when someone says Latinos it usually refers to a Spanish speaker, but does Latino mean anyone who speak a Romance language like French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Romanian.

Chosen Answer:

Latino and Latin mean the same thing (Latino is the word for Latin in some of the Latin languages…).

The actual meaning of the word Latin/Latino only makes sense when applied to people from Portugal, Spain, Italy, France or Romania because those countries were ruled by the Romans once, and the languages evolved from Latin. It’s a term to describe some Europeans just like Scandinavian or Slav, for example. It doesn’t make any sense applying it to Central/South Americans because they were colonized by Latin countries, because that would be the same thing as saying Indians are Germanic because one of their official languages is English, which is a Germanic based language! The use of that term in that sense in America spread due to American racism and ignorance, because they thought of using that word to describe mixed raced people from South and Central America. (I’m not saying all Americans are racist, but the misuse of this word with this wrong meaning spread due to racism and ignorance).

By the way, many South Americans seem to think I’m offending them by saying this… I’m not implying Europeans are superior in someway, so they are the only ones who “deserve” to be called Latins and Central/South Americans don’t, I’m saying this because calling Central/South Americans Latin is using the term in a wrong way, and it doesn’t make sense.

So… in America (and now many people think that way around the world too, unfortunately), “latino” means someone’s of mixed race. The actual meaning, refers to the peoples of the countries in Europe whose native language is Latin based (Italy, Portugal, Spain, France and Romania), so if it were defined as a race… it would describe white people…
by: Raquel
on: 9th April 13

Who here is against the use of the words latino and hispanic in United States?

I express my resentment towards the terms “Latino and hispanic” because i believe that my national and political rights have been unjustly brushed aside by american governments’ focus on latinism and promoting this fake ‘latin’ identity.

This thing of latin is very offensive, is like calling black people “nigg@rs” or indians raghe@ads.
I am a very respectful, liberal and easy-going person. I had friends of every culture, religion, sex option when they did not hurt me.

Chosen Answer:

Not sure why they call us latinos we don’t speak latin, I’m okay with hispanic since historically we’re from spain, but I prefer being called Mexican though I’m mix with Asian blood.
by: VillaC
on: 4th October 11

What is a business model and how does it differ from a business plan?

Taking a business class to graduate high school and falling behind. Can anyone please help me understand this. Thanks!

Chosen Answer:

A business model is a framework for creating economic, social, and/or other forms of value. It is basically how the business makes money — e.g. advertising based model, sponsorship model, subscription model

A business plan is your roadmap on how to implement your business model. It is a document describing what the business is all about, what the business model is, what’s the value proposition, how to reach customers, how to market the business, how to recoup the investment, etc
by: imisidro
on: 11th March 09

Business to Business Advertising in Small-business

In the advertising world there are two main categories, you could say advertising is split in 2 the two different types are Business to Consumer and Business to Business. In this article I will write a bit about both types and some of the companies that offer these services:

Business to Consumer

This side of advertising is for companies that wish to offer their products or services to the general public and not necessarily to other businesses. A good example of this is general high street shops, they all offer products that anyone off the street can come in and purchase. In an advertising sense here are some companies that offer advertising for Business to Consumer:

  • Yell.com - This is one of the larger companies offering this service, they offer advertising for pretty much any industry sector. You will be able to find services like Plumbers, Food Restaurants and Takeaways, Toy Shops etc.
  • Plumber Marketing - This one specialises in plumbers, if you are looking for plumbers this would be a very good place to go.

Business to Business

This differs because of the target audience. This is much more specialised and is aimed for companies to advertise their products or services that are for other companies to use or buy. If you offer something that is designed for use by other companies this is the advertising that you should look in to. Here are some companies that offer Business to Business Advertising:

  • Businessmagnet Ltd - One of the leading directories available
  • Applegate - Well known and been around for some time
  • Kellysearch - Probably the longest running, however becoming dated and not used so much

There are a lot of other companies offering both services, feel free to look around.


Guide To General Solicitation And The JOBS Act

For the first time in nearly 80 years, private startups and small businesses can raise investment funding publicly- using sites like Facebook or Twitter to help spread the word, and taking in investment online via equity crowdfunding sites who power the investment process in a more open and collaborative way.

Before today, publicly advertising the fact that you were raising investment (general solicitation) was against the law for early stage private companies. Fundraising from the general public was the exclusive domain of larger companies who can afford to spend the millions it takes to become listed on stock exchanges like the NASDAQ.

But now, as a result of Title II, early stage investing in the U.S. has stepped squarely into the digital age and has become more public, kicking off one of the largest new capital markets in our time for online investing via equity crowdfunding.

As the CEO of Crowdfunder.com where we help companies raise investment online, and as a participant in JOBS Act legislative and regulatory initiatives, I’m thrilled at seeing the last 2 years of hard work on the JOBS Act come to fruition among participating friends, colleagues, policy makers, and regulators.

What’s more, the new opportunities this creates to help companies raise capital and grow will not just transform the startup investing world, but also evolving markets like impact investing in for-profit Social Enterprises.

In this brief article I’m going to share a little background on the laws governing private investment in the U.S., what Title II means for investors and entrepreneurs in the U.S., and outline the basic mechanics of how companies looking to raise crowdfunded capital can take advantage of Title II of the JOBS Act in a safe and legal way.

Background on Title II of the JOBS Act

It was 1933 when the Securities Act was passed in the U.S., creating with it a ban on general solicitation (advertising investment to the general public for private companies). At the time, radio was the dominant communication medium, and there was little access open information, education, or disclosures to help protect investors.

While these laws passed in 1933 helped reduce fraud at the time, they also had unintended consequences that hurt honest everyday small business owners and entrepreneurs, restricting them in their efforts to attract potential investors and critical seed and growth capital.

The world has changed since 1933, and early stage investing has been long overdue to catch up.

On April 4th, 2012 the JOBS Act was signed into law and included two investment crowdfunding related items in Title II and Title III. It was then the job of the SEC (Securities & Exchange Commission) to implement the new laws and regulations. But the SEC delayed JOBS Act implementation for over a year, as its leadership was in open opposition to what legislators and pro-business advocates had created and passed into law.

Then on April 10th of 2013, Mary Jo White was sworn in as the new Chair at the SEC. She quickly pushed the new regulations forward and put Title II to a vote in July, passing with a 4-1 vote in favor.

That brings us to today.

How Does Title II and General Solicitation Work?

Today, as these laws finally roll out, we now have clarity and a path for open and public fundraising for startups and small businesses.

Here is the SEC Fact Sheet for Title II, and a more detailed guide to How General Solicitation Works.

In short, companies who file Form D with the SEC can generally solicit to the public. Within 15 from soliciting they must disclose additional information about the solicitation.

Only accredited investors can actually invest in fundraising rounds where companies generally solicit, and companies are required to perform strict verifications that all investors are accredited, or face being banned from fundraising for 1 year.

To simplify the details down for you, here are the basics:

For Startups & Small Businesses

  • You can now generally solicit and advertise publicly
  • Only accredited investors can actually invest in generally solicited companies
  • File Form D with the SEC before you begin soliciting, letting them know you will
  • Disclose details about your general solicitation to the SEC within 15 days from first solicitation
  • Strict verifications done by companies are required to confirm that each investor is accredited
  • The penalty for not adequately meeting and following general solicitation requirements with the SEC is being banned from fundraising for a full year

For Investors

  • Only accredited investors can invest in companies who generally solicit
  • Qualifying as accredited means having $1 million in net worth, or making over $200,000 a year for the past 3 years
  • Investors will need to prove accredited investors status, which can be done through written confirmation by a CPA, attorney, investment advisor, or Broker-Dealer, or income-related IRS forms


Implications of Title II of the JOBS Act

The notable venture capitalist Marc Andreesen was quoted as saying that part of his investment thesis centers around the idea that “software will eat the world.”

The existing private and early stage investment markets are now being eaten by software and will rapidly transform from a world of private boardroom deals towards a more open, collaborative, and efficient online process, much of which will center around investment crowdfunding.

Given the potential scope of the crowdfunding market under Title II, it’s interesting to consider the following…

What will happen to the existing Reg D and placement market of roughly $1.2 trillion annually? How much of this will move online and towards online platforms?

And over 2 to 3 years, what portion of the roughly $30 billion annual venture capital market will move towards this online investment model?

And finally, how much new capital will flow in as Title III of the JOBS Act is implemented by the SEC (estimated early 2014), bringing non-accredited investors into the fray as a whole new set of investors and capital?

There are estimates on the size of these markets, but only time will tell.

One area I’m particularly passionate about is the potential for investment crowdfunding to rapidly develop and crowdfund local ecosystems. And not just in the US, but globally in countries like crowdfunding in Mexico where they have the potential to leapfrog from nascent early stage market to a more clustered and healthy investment ecosystem.

An interesting statistic is that according to a recent TechCrunch article, only 3% of the U.S.’s 8 million accredited investors are currently active in the tech startup space. That leaves a lot of room for growth.

With general solicitation now putting opportunities in front of untapped accredited investors and the ones who are already engaged, the angel and individual investor capital base is certain to grow.

For companies fundraising, the growth of these capital markets and the movement towards online systems and investment crowdfunding is going to bring much greater potential access to capital and opportunity. Most early stage entrepreneurs don’t have an existing network of wealthy potential investors, and fundraising is hard.

Now that the general solicitation ban is lifted, within a matter of days startups and small businesses can leverage the internet as a marketing tool for their fundraising, and use an online investment platforms where investors have already been engaging, like CircleUp or Crowdfunder, to reach potentially thousands of potential investors. Prior to this, reaching a targeted audience of 20 or more active investors often took 4 to 6 months.

Reason For Caution & Safety In The Market

While general solicitation is now a powerful new tool in the fundraisers arsenal, there are important restrictions and securities requirements to follow. Companies who don’t follow these guidelines will be banned from fundraising for a full year, which for many startups is a death sentence.

Online platforms will be helpful and an important place to bring necessary education, standardization and proper process to online solicitation and offerings that companies undertake.

Doug Ellenoff, significant JOBS Act participant, securities attorney, and partner at Ellenoff, Grossman & Schole said, “Today’s implementation of Title II of the JOBS Act is momentous for the US capital markets. Title II, however, is only available to certain entrepreneurs that qualify and aren’t deemed to be “bad actors” and to investors that have more substantial financial means and are verified to qualify as Accredited.

Ellenoff also stated that, “I do caution both entrepreneurs and investors to be cautious about the amount of money any investor invests in venture financings to ensure that it is suitable for them in the context of their overall financial picture and so that a complete loss wouldn’t alter their lifestyle in any meaningful sense.

Title III: Equity Crowdfunding with Non-Accredited Investors

According to current regulations, businesses may not raise money with non-accredited investors.

Title III will create rules and a path for non-accredited investors to begin investing in companies, but the SEC has yet to finalize any rulings. The timing of Title III is expected to include a proposal and a commenting period coming this Fall, and for finalized rulings and a vote in early 2014.

If you’re passionate about supporting entrepreneurship, or being an investor who helps early stage startups or social enterprises get funded and grow, getting involved is as simple as joining one of the leading platforms that are building these new investment ecosystems.


*This post is for educational purposes and does not represent legal advice. To reduce Title II compliance risks and potential penalties, it’s important to consult with your lawyer prior to initiating any general solicitation campaigns via Crowdfunder or any other online platform.


Denver vs. Silicon Valley: Where we’re better and where we need to grow

When I travel outside the Mile High City, I’m often asked what makes Denver so attractive for startups. While our tech community and the companies it’s home to are gaining traction by the month, the benefits of launching a startup in Denver aren’t necessarily as obvious as those associated with major tech destinations like the Valley and, more recently, New York.

But when we were preparing to launch Convercent into the governance, risk, and compliance market, there was never any doubt where we should set up shop. In fact, I recently wrote in the Wall Street Journal about some of the key reasons why Denver-Boulder is in an exciting time for tech acceleration (and our mayor did, too). Indeed, the tech hub here is actually piping with opportunity — it’s by no coincidence that $280M in funding came through the city alone last year. The perks you’d find in the Valley like daily farm-to-table meals and ping-pong tournaments aren’t the standard, but there are other important and significant advantages to cultivating a tech company here, all unique to our own local culture.

But just like most relatively new, fast-growing developments in the tech sector, we still need to iron out some kinks and improve upon certain areas before Denver truly recognizes its full potential. There are distinct areas where Denver’s tech innovation excels, but also places where we still need to grow to take our own tech scene to the next level.

What we do best

Denver has an ideal work-life balance. The city isn’t just home to slew of high-growth tech startups, it’s also home to very successful awesome food start ups as well as some of the best breweries in the US. The Rocky Mountains are in our backyard for people who love their skis and snowboards in the winter and mountain bikes and hiking boots the rest of the year. In fact, it’s this balance that often attracts top talent from New York and the Valley to Denver — people get burned out and are drawn to Denver’s high quality-of-life. The outdoors are a key part of Denver’s overall culture and everyone makes a point to take pride in these defining factors and enjoy what our city has to offer.

Within our working world, the quality of life is arguably just as high. The tech community in Denver works to foster a cohesive, supportive environment where people have unique access to the resources they need to scale: The Mayor, Erik Mitisek’s band of superstars at the Colorado Technology Association and local incubators like Galvanize all actively find ways to help startups excel and forge a close-knit network. In fact, the city of Denver and Mayor Michael B. Hancock recently helped Convercent open the doors to its new office in Denver’s Golden Triangle district, a vibrant, up and coming neighborhood where it seems a new startup sets up just about every other week.

Even the tech companies themselves work to support each other’s growth, which is a dramatic contrast to the competition you find in other tech hubs where everyone’s concerned about who’s launching what first. Our office is also a communal, shared space for local artists, entrepreneurs, and other startups to come use at no cost, as well as a venue for local networking and tech events. Even as Denver’s tech hub becomes more dense, this supportive nature hasn’t wavered. In fact, the recent and steady successes of the Denver/Boulder region’s companies seem to have only fueled our drive to help each other excel.

This close-knit community also helps give way to focused, thriving corporate cultures. In Silicon Valley, founders and CEOs are constantly concerned with other companies poaching their employees. Being outside of this noisy ecosystem, Denver is less susceptible to this company-hopping routine and, as result, employees are overall more invested in their work, driving greater company morale and productivity. Companies are able to stay focused on their visions and goals without the distractions of passing tech trends and launches.

Where There’s Room to Grow

I’d like to see Denver creating a few juggernauts on the level of Salesforce or Google. We need a few of these behemoth tech companies to help anchor Denver as major hub for technology, and help bring in the top talent and resources needed to propel the smaller surrounding companies forward.

The success of TeleTech, an innovator of customer-experience technolog; Ping Identity’s recent $44 million round; and Rally Software’s recent initial public offering (now up 100 percent) are all steps in the right direction. But we need more.

We need Sympoz, Datalogix, Sendgrid, Newsgator, Full Contact, and Convercent to continue along the path they’re on until they become nationally-recognized businesses that are leading their respective markets. Lastly, we need Governor Hickenlooper and Tom Clark, the CEO of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, to continue their great work bringing companies like Arrow Electronics to Colorado and land a few other giant, anchor companies for Denver’s tech community to reach new levels of success.

Another development that would help significantly grow our local entrepreneurial community is a bigger market for angel capital. The issue isn’t that money for seed startups is hard to come by — there’s plenty of money if the opportunity is right. The issue is that investors only want to bet on proven technology executives with ample experience in successfully scaling companies.

These “fundable” teams aren’t as prevalent in a newly developed tech scene, and while our early stage companies are often piping with new and innovative ideas, a certain track record is required to attract capital. Incubators like TechStars are helping to usher in more qualified seed startups, but what will really move the needle is recruiting respected founders into Colorado, inspiring our own executives to start their own businesses, and encouraging Denver’s proven entrepreneurs to continue launching new companies rather than simply enjoying Colorado after some initial success.

Lastly, part of what’s hurts Denver’s tech community most is its own reputation. The Rocky Mountain West is known for skiing, hiking, turning Rocky Mountain spring water into Coors beer, and creating the cable industry. Outside Colorado, there’s an underlying sense that a technology company springing out of this unassuming area can’t possibly be ahead of the curve. A shift in this kind of thinking should come organically as Denver’s tech market continues to gain traction, but until it gains more national recognition, some extra effort goes into proving that your company has what it takes.

Despite a few areas to improve upon, I wouldn’t trade Denver’s high quality of the life, supportive tech network and strong company cultures for the advantages that come along with real estate in one of the coastal the tech hubs. With Colorado now claiming four of the top ten most popular cities for startups, I have ambitious hopes and dreams for how the region’s tech community will continue to take shape.

Patrick Quinlan is the chief executive of Denver-based Convercent, an enterprise cloud software company that raised a $10.2M series A in January (check out VentureBeat’s profile of its dynamic office space). He’s been leading Denver tech companies for decades.
Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/15/denver-vs-silicon-valley/#pg5tjBLrISo89Lag.99
Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/15/denver-vs-silicon-valley/#pg5tjBLrISo89Lag.99

Walmart Expands Same-Day Grocery Delivery To Denver

Wal-Mart (WMT), in a competitive slap at rivals Amazon.com (AMZN),eBay (EBAY) and Google (GOOG), said late Tuesday that it’s added Denver to the list of cities where it’s testing an online grocery delivery service that delivers fresh, dry and frozen groceries to consumer doorsteps.

The world’s largest retail chain says Denver is the first new city added since it began testing an online grocery service in San Jose, Calif., and San Francisco about two years ago.

Wal-Mart says the closed beta test is open to customers in the Denver area by invitation only on a first come, first served basis. To request an invite, customers can visit walmart.com/togo.

Participating customers can receive tens of thousands of grocery items, including fresh produce, meat and seafood. Walmart To Go trucks equipped with refrigerated storages compartments deliver orders. Customers select two-hour delivery slots, with same-day delivery available if placed by 8 a.m. local time. Wal-Mart says typical delivery charges range from $5 to $10 per order.

Since last year, Wal-Mart has been also offering a Walmart To Go service that provides same-day home delivery of general merchandise in five cities, including Denver.

Wal-Mart stock was up more than 1% in morning trading in the stock market Wednesday, near 75.40.

Amazon expanded an AmazonFresh test grocery delivery program it had in Seattle to Los Angeles in June. EBay offers eBay Now, a merchandise-focused same-day shipping service that delivers items from local stores in select cities, including New York. And Google is testing its Google Shopping Express service in San Francisco and nearby cities.

The Hispanic Demographic

e numbers simply can’t be ignored. Hispanics in 2013 will reach 55 million – not including Puerto Rico. Between 2013 and 2018 an average of 1,483,609 Hispanic per year will be added to the U.S. population. By 2018 (in five short years), about 19% of the U.S. population will be of Hispanic origin (62.5 million people) accounting for nearly 60% of growth during that period. The wave has already hit and there is nothing, absolutely nothing, that can stop it. By 2050, Hispanic could be as high as 30% of the U.S. population. The University of Virginia released the first national population projections, using the latest Census data in July of 2013 and came up with these numbers 67.7 Million Hispanics in 2020 – 86.6 Million in 2030 – 106.2 Million in 2040.

All facets of our society such as culture, religion, the economy, health, education and politics are being impacted and will continue to be for decades. I don’t really like saying it but we are now being targeted, wooed and strategized over by some of the smartest forward-thinking people in the country because they understand the numbers and how they are growing. We already have $1 trillion in spending power (that is a lot of zeros – $1,000,000,000,000!) and played a pivotal role in the 2012 Presidential Election. Close your eyes and imagine the future as these number only grow.

Will you be ready? Is your organization ready? It would behoove every organization, business and government entity as well as those employed or elected by them to stay informed about this growing, diverse and vibrant group of people. In fact, I say that it is IMPERATIVE TO STAY INFORMED about this dynamic and diverse shift that is sweeping the nation right now and a big part of the future.

Watch this informative video on reaching the Hispanic Demographic.


It would be a serious error for anyone to underestimate the Hispanic presence in the world of entrepreneurs. With over two million Hispanic-owned companies currently in the United States, with more being added every month, it is obvious that the Hispanic community is seeing itself represented more and more frequently in the business community.


One way that Hispanic-owned businesses are making their presence known is by entering the venture capital arena. When a venture capitalist helps a minority-owned business, there is a tremendous amount of goodwill built up. This goodwill is often translated into business and networking opportunities that benefit both parties involved.


Venture capitalists often find themselves actively seeking out new investment opportunities that are designed to benefit the Hispanic community. More than ever, investors are looking to build a strong base in the Hispanic and Latin America communities. For example, according to the Latin American Venture Capitalist Association, venture capital and private equity funding more than doubled from 2009 to 2010. This is a trend that has not been seen anywhere else in the venture capital community. This means that Hispanic start ups currently find themselves in the middle of one of the most start up-friendly economic periods in recent memory.
One reason that more and more Hispanic venture capitalists are emerging onto the scene is because of the tremendous growth opportunity available. The United Nations commissioned a study on the number of “poor” citizens in the Latin American population. In 2002, 44 percent of the population was considered poor. In 2010, that number dropped to 32 percent. In other words, in a period of eight years, the Latin American middle class grew by 70 million people!


Entrepreneurs who are looking for someone to fund their start ups are finding themselves being met with a warm reception by Hispanic venture capitalists. Having been standing on the sidelines in the past, Hispanic venture capitalists now understand the benefits of taking chances on new businesses, both Hispanic-owned and otherwise.


Resources for Hispanic Venture Capital

Hispanic Venture Capital Resources

Hispanic Startup owners are always on the lookout for great resources to help them grow, but they don’t  always have time to research, read, and sort the wheat from the chaff. So we’ve done it for you.

Here are Hispanic Venture Capital Resources   covering everything from naming your new business to creating content for your marketing strategy, to increasing sales. For more more hands on consulting and assistance contact ACF Ventures.

Gary Backaus, chief creative officer, and Justin Dobbs, associate creative director at Memphis-based ad agency archer>malmo gave a presentation on Monday at SXSW with five simple rules for naming your startup:  Read more: http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/226071#ixzz2hH5rb1Hx

The Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA) is the foremost organization of Hispanic public relations practitioners in the United States. We have recently announced the formation of HPRA National along with current chapters inLos Angeles and New York, expanding to other major cities across the country. HPRA continues to be a resource for communications professionals and those seeking expertise in the Hispanic market in the United States.



Harvard Business Review

If you are interested in the present and future of the US you can’t ignore this vital and vibrant group.  Tomás Custer  produces this expert independent news service about the diverse Hispanic/Latino World. Since 2005,  HispanicTips is trusted, authentic and relevant.




A great discussion on the Top 25 Small Business Challenges.  http://www.entrepreneur.com/microsites/solutions/assets/entrepreneur-solutions-playbook-fedex.pdf