The Northern New Mexico Women’s Networking Group was started by Angelina Romero, who, after relocating to Taos seven years ago, saw the need for an organization like this one.
Originally published in Taos News
“It has been my dream to create a group of heart-centered women entrepreneurs who understand the importance of supporting each other in our respective businesses,” she said. “I tried back in 2009 via MeetUp.com and didn’t have success. This time around has been different. After I teamed up with Kristen Rivera of Flourishing Fitness, we set up a Facebook group, Northern New Mexico Women’s Network Group, and invited local women to join.”
Currently the Facebook group has over forty members who get together twice a month at a local business.
Every time they give a “Featured Member” the opportunity to do a presentation about her business, what she has to offer and what she needs from the group members to further her business growth.
“We have had as many as twelve women entrepreneurs at our ‘get togethers’ and look forward to growing in an organic fashion,” Romero said. “We welcome new members. We have no membership fee or conditions, except that you come with a positive attitude and are interested in sharing ideas and encouraging your sisters in business.”
Food and fitness
On Sunday February 28th the group had a meeting at Casa De Valdez. Kristen Rivera, founder of Flourishing Fitness, was the featured speaker.
“I want to help people,” she told the other members. “My goal is to work with those who are ready to make changes in their lives through good nutrition and proper exercise. Right now I connect people with a number of fitness programs and help them get started, and I am also available for consultation. I appreciate referrals too! I plan to become a certified life trainer so I can train my clients in gyms as well.”
What the entrepreneurs said
While there was a festive, friendly atmosphere at the meeting, it was also professional and organized.
Here are some things that these enterprising women are saying about their businesses and themselves.
Andrea Suazo from State Farm Insurance:
“I have been with the same company for about eight years. I find my job very exciting and I am glad to have made a career out of it.”
Monica Tafoya owns Smoke and Mirrors Salon. She is also a co-owner of 575 Sports and Company with her boyfriend:
“In the salon, my specialty is hair—extensions, colors, perms…you name it. I also do waxing. And I love make-up. I can teach women what colors and products to use and how to apply them.”
Carla Kelley makes beautiful handmade rosaries:
“I enjoy making them; this is a beautiful and spiritual task. You can order the rosaries directly from my Facebook page or I can personalize them.”
Melissa Bryan is a medium and a writer:
“I offer psychic readings. By the way, there is a lot of energy here, very good energy.”
Jeanne Collins of Young Living Essential Oils:
“I help my clients address emotional issues and understand how they relate to the physical aspects of their lives.”
Janie Corinne and Valeri Litke are both Nerium International representatives.
“We sell great products, like face creams and Nerium EHT age-defying supplement tablets,” Litke said.
“This is relationship market so we don’t compete with each other,” Corinne said. “The culture of the company is beautiful, all about happiness and collaboration. Our motto is ‘make people better.’ And we do!”
The group’s leader: “I love helping people become their own bosses”
Angelina Romero was born in Sinaloa, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States with her mother when she was very young. She and her husband, Alex Romero, moved from Phoenix to Taos in 2009.
She worked as a Real Estate agent in the East Valley of Phoenix and also spent the last twenty-three years as an entrepreneur, trying her hand at a variety of ventures, from health and nutrition to clothing, paper crafting and scrapbooking.
“I even taught some of the local women here how to make beautiful greeting cards,” she said. “My favorite part about the direct sales industry and my work as a consultant are the friendships I have developed over the years. I enjoy helping women, and men, explore the possibilities of becoming independent and their own bosses.”
Besides encouraging others to become entrepreneurs and leading the group, Romero also has had her own business, Angelina’s Accessories, for the past seven years. The company offers affordable fashion accessories via in-home parties, online parties, Facebook parties, basket parties, and one-on-one shopping.
Everything she sells is just five dollars, and she even carries one-dollar fashion accessories for the “Little Bling Queen” in the family.
“While this isn’t fine jewelry, it is fun jewelry and we have something for everyone,” Romero said. “If you want to make a change or would like to supplement your family’s income, give me a call and let’s see if I can help you start your own business.”
Romero shows her team how to start making a profit within their first thirty to sixty days in business.
“I want them to see that they too can be as successful as they want,” she said. “I understand that success means something different to each person so my focus is first to identify their definition of success and then help them get there. Some want more time with their children and family, some want to live in a better home, some just want to be able to put food on the table and have their bills paid. I understand all of this and that is why I am able to help. I have been there!”