About Domeyko, Sergio

An Entrepreneur with a supportive personality that loves assisting new businesses and ideas all the way through to their success. Wide range of experience from a foreign owned small business to mobile strategy, social media strategy & management to business financing.

#CreoEnTi Featured Entrepreneur Evelyn Brito

 

What inspired you to come up with this idea? What problem are you trying to solve?

A lot has changed in the Latino community from the old to the new generations. I’ve also noticed that these changes are causing health issues due to lack of affordable produce. The Bodega Makeover Project’s idea came to me when I visited a corner store back in 2013 to buy vegetables for my daughter. My options the n were stored boxed produce that was rotten. I remember feeling so fed up with the limited choices of fresh produce in the Latino community; yet I couldn’t find anything to change the situation. The most frustrating thing about it was the fact that it was the third bodega I had visited that day. Instead of remaining frustrated, I decided to reach out to the bodega owners to hear their side of the story and provide me some enlightenment. Their explanation was the same as what I had been hearing ever since my childhood from family members who had worked in bodegas: many of these bodegas lack of financial resources.

 

What’s your business model and how do you plan to monetize?

Keep It Simple Productions (KISP) connects sponsors with qualified bodegas to participate in the Bodega Makeover Project. We play the liaison role because we are in a better positioned to advocate for Latino communities seeking healthier food choices for themselves and loved ones.

 

How are you different from your competition?

KISP is based in Massachusetts, and currently we’re the only production company that focuses in bringing fresh produce into communities that heavily rely on bodegas.

 

Where do you see your business in one (to three) year(s)?

People of color are misrepresented in the entertainment industry. KISP would like to use its platform for these communities to highlight their stories through documentaries, web series, featured films, etc.

 

Who are your socios (business partners, co-founders, etc.)?

Under the Bodega Makeover Project we partnered with Alex Cuevas who’s the co-executive producer. In Lynn, Massachusetts, the mayor, city councils and local organizations, all are exclusively supportive of KISP and the Bodega Makeover Project.

 

Have you received any investments?

KISP has received in-kind and financial support for the bodega makeover project

 

What is your biggest challenge?

The challenge for any creator/entrepreneur is being able to delegate. With time I’m learning to delegate tasks and organize my schedule better in order to be more effective.

 

What advice would you provide to other emerging Latino tech entrepreneurs?

The Latino community needs more entrepreneurs and I strongly encourage and welcome it. We often think because we have a great idea things will automatically workout. That’s not the case. Being an entrepreneur requires a lot of hard work, sacrifices and dedications. Hence I would like the Latino tech entrepreneurs not to let failures stop them from reaching their dreams. Contrary they should accept, welcome and learn from them. When self- doubt arises, invest that energy on your objectives and the end results instead of nurturing the negative feelings.

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Laura Fernández – SVL Collegiate Cultura Ambassador

 

Laura Fernández is currently completing her third year at San Francisco State with a major in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts and a minor in Criminal Justice. She was born and raised in El Salvador until she was 10 years old. Her experience as a first-generation immigrant and all the recent events occurring in the country led her to choose a career in media that allows her to help the Latino community stay informed about the events that are affecting them, events that benefit them and to provide a way in which they can share their stories with the world. Her ultimate goal is to help them take action and stay engaged in conversations and decisions that affect their communities through documentaries, stories, and other media content.
Laura has volunteered as a photographer for the Resist documentary premier, a story about two undocumented students at SF State, and with Silicon Valley Latino as a media sponsor to BeVisible’s “BeWokeSF” event. She was inspired by Cultura Ambassador, Andrea Guendelman’s vision, signature event and how she created a platform inviting key leaders to dialogue and share insights to under-represented groups about diversity, inclusion, and career success.
She is eager to expand her knowledge and expertise in media, thus she is currently looking for job or internship opportunities for this summer and her last year at SF State. In the future, she looks forward to continuing to learn and serve her Latino community by providing a service in which they can share their stories.
Laura keep up the great work!  We look forward to keeping an eye on you and collaborating with you more in the future!  #CreoEnTi

California Clover Music Festival

 

When Ron Rios set out to create a musical event for The Silicon Valley, diversity and inclusiveness were two of the main goals sought after to develop stronger community.  Communications Director and co-founder of the festival, Veronica Garcia worked long and hard hours to see this manifest in the streets of downtown San Jose.  As the young festival has begun to pick up heavy momentum, the two goals of diversity and inclusiveness were met at many turns, along the way to Festival Day, Saint Patrick’s Day, 2018 for The California Clover Music Festival.

The Music:

The festival’s lineup grew significantly in one year to include eighteen acts.  Although last year’s lineup had a multi-Grammy winner in George Pajon of Cairo Knife Fight, this year’s lineup was more heavily represented in sheer numbers.  Bands and acts appearing ranged from the co-headliners NKRIOT, and Chicago, The Tribute, to the funky groove of The L.A. Project.  Original acts included Esha K, who has just released new music, The South County Band, The Open Road, War of Icaza, Ivan LeDarth, Jahny Wallz, Byrds of A Feather, and Lee Tafari.  The excellent cover bands appearing were No Vendetta, LenCat, Vista Point, The Rose Peddlers, and solo artists were: Catherine John (various traditional stringed instruments), and David E. Rios (trumpet).

The Food:

The food can be summed up in one word: delicious!  Whether it was the great divers menu at Gordon Biersch, the Mexican food from Chacho’s, or the many vendors at The San Pedro Square Market, all types of food and drink were available.  From the looks of the crowd, not a soul went without on that day. The spirits were flowing and the food moving out of all those kitchens and onto tables all day and night.  With such a large selection to choose from, it may have been difficult to choose which incredible culinary choice to pick.

The People:

Speaking of choices to pick, there was not another crowd anywhere that the festival would choose over all the great people that showed up to the SPSM and SFS Zones.  The diversity found in the crowd was mirrored in the choice of venues by this year’s staff.  All involved in the organization had a good, long day.  At the end of the day, there were so many smiles to go around, that everyone was in tune with the good time unfolding.  The people ate, danced, enjoyed drinks and mingled.  It was a great sight to see.

The Party:

Highlights of the party were found throughout the downtown area, and under the roofs of several venues.  The Deluxe on San Fernando Street was moving all day long, with their specialty cocktails in the room that looks like it was built in New York.  The dancing was almost nonstop from noon to 9:30 PM, when NKRIOT, from Boyle Heights in Southern California finished their set.  Visitors from as far as Fresno enjoyed the set and were treated to a live filming of an interview with the artist.  Next door, Los San Patricio’s Cantina hosted solo acts that kept Festival Headquarters in the groove all day long.  On the same street, reggae was heard emanating from the stylish Gordon Biersch Restaurant.  Sasha Debriere and all the wonderful staff there accommodated the strongest grooves, sounding like they were fresh from Jamaica.  Finally, at The San Pedro Square Garage Bar, the staff served up libations for the more than enthusiastic festivalgoers.  This went on all day, from the first set by original artist Esha K., and on throughout all of Saint Patrick’s Day.

The Inclusiveness:

Along the way to completing another big, green party in downtown San Jose, much input was received.  One of the recurring themes mentioned was inclusiveness.  From the surface, a Saint Patrick’s Day event hosted in a a West Coast City, in the center of a Spanish surnamed region, hosted by a multi-culturally diverse group seemed off-base to some.  However, with every passing smile, song, dance, and conversation, the spirit of inclusiveness won out over exclusivity.  Individuals from locally represented cultures mixed with others from foreign countries, who happened upon the festival while on break from nearby conferences. The reach of the good will emanating from the festival’s two zones provided a warm welcome.  The welcome was solid and inviting and created a sense of community that lasted all through the day and night.

 

As the California Clover Music Festival’s staff closed down the evening with the final band, The L.A. Project, everyone in attendance moved to the rhythm of the music, and the friendly community shared on this good day.  People are already asking about #calicloverfestSJ 2019, and with good reason; it’s the best green party in San Jose!

 

 

3rd Annual Latino Education Summit

Greetings Cultura Ambassadors and friends,

We would like to invite you to attend The 3rd Annual Latino Education Summit: Silicon Valley scheduled for this Saturday, April 21st at Santa Clara University.

Featured speakers and presenters include Dr. Byron Clift Breland, SJCC President, Keith Aytch, Interim President at EVC, Roland Montemayor, VP of Academic and Student Affairs at SJCC, Felix W. Ortiz, CEO of Viridis Learning,  Dr. Fabio Gonzalez, District Academic Senate President, Jesus Covarrubias, Academic Senate President, and our very own Cultura Ambassador and Education Champion Jorge Escobar, VP of Administrative Services of San Jose City College.

The summit’s focus is on Language, Culture, and Identity in the Education of LatinX Students

Register via the link below:

Register

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

 

Inspire Higher Panel at SJCC Milpitas Extension

 

This past week we delivered another successful Inspire Higher Panel presentation at the San Jose City College Milpitas Extension. With over 100 students in attendance, it was standing room only.

Silicon Valley Latino’s Inspire Higher Initiative engages numerous successful and inspiring Latino professionals. We ask them to share their journeys primarily through “The Inspire Higher Tour” – a high touch/high impact panel of diverse Latino professionals that visit schools with predominantly Latino students. Our end goal is to inspire Latino youth throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and expose them to exciting and rewarding careers in STEAM.
Through the Inspire Higher Program, we Inspire, Impact and Ignite our youth to aspire beyond the dreams they’ve previously had. Through this special program, we have sparked the interest and dreams of hundreds of youth over the last few years and we continue to build on this program through key strategic public/private partnerships.

Today we were delighted to feature another four exceptional Latinos:

Jose Benitez Cong – Co-founder & CEO @ Plause

Sonia Munoz – VP of Marketing @ Bill.com

Maritza Vallejo – HR Manager @ STG Partners, LLC

Rich Garcia – Sr. Software Developer @ Bill.com

They all shared their life’s journeys in a very open, honest, authentic and inspiring manner. We want to thank San Jose City College Milpitas Extension, once again for sponsoring and presenting another exceptional panel.

Special thanks to MUSD Superintendent Jordan and her team for collaborating with us in making today’s Inspire Higher program a truly impactful event for our youth!

Enjoy the video and photos from this very successful event!

 

Inspire Higher Panel at SJCC Milpitas Extension

If you are interested in bringing our Inspire Higher program to your school please reach us at info@svlatino.com

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Welcome Daniela Alcaraz!

 

We want to welcome Daniela Alcaraz to our team as our new intern.  If you get a chance to meet her giver her a warm welcome.

Daniela Alcaraz was born in Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico, but has lived in Fremont California for most of her life. She is a recent graduate of Fremont’s Washington High School and is currently studying at Ohlone College. Her goal is to transfer to UC Berkeley where she wants to major in Psychology.

Daniela is the middle child of three siblings and one of the first in her family to pursue higher education. She enjoys life and where she is and what she is doing, she especially enjoys the vibrancy about her culture and being a 21st Century Latina.

Daniela is passionate about helping others and making a difference in people’s lives. She’s also excited about her new role as a Silicon Valley Latino Intern and is ready to roll-up her sleeves and contribute to the work the Silicon Valley Latino team leads.

BeVisible’s Bay Area Holibay Meet Up!

 

BeVisible Brings Together Bay Area Latinx Professionals for a Holiday Meet Up!

 

BeVisible brought the Holiday Latinxmagic spirit to the Bay Area with their first San Francisco meetup on December 13th.  Over 60 Latinx professionals and friends gathered at Alma Cocina in San Francisco for drinks, socializing, and community building with the purpose to propel LatinX in the workplace.

The evening started out with mingling and introductions. Guest enjoyed delicious appetizers and sangria from Alma Cocina, a new Latin American/Peruvian cuisine restaurant in San Francisco. All around, Latinx professionals across the innovation sector, students, and trailblazers shared their passions and career interests. Members came together to link up to promote and uplift each other by growing their network to connect with new job opportunities and recruiters seeking mission-driven Latinx professionals of the BeVisible community.

“It was inspiring to witness the community we have built all these years and to see Latinx uniting and gaining increasing access to the networks that feed the innovation economy” is how BeVisible’s CEO and co-founder of the platform that connects Latinx to inspiring peers and job opportunities with forward-thinking organizations.

Special guest and BeVisible San Francisco Member, Marcela Davison Aviles, shared her experience working as the lead cultural consultant on the film of the season, Coco.

Marcela emphasized the importance of telling authentic stories by and from the comunidad and harnessing the power of the Latinx community.

Throughout the evening members were excited to share their career journeys, interests, and future goals.

“BeVisible provided a space for us to come together and build community as Latinxs on a personal and professional level. There was a buzz of excitement in the air, one you feel when you truly feel at home”  states Karen Lazcano, BeVisible’s Ambassador

 

About BeVisible

BeVisible is on a mission to connect Latinx to opportunity to propel their careers powered by the strength of community to build and thrive together.  BeVisible launched  BeVisible’s Job portal and partnered up with organizations doing remarkable work that are looking for great LatinX talent to power their company mission. Get connected by joining the community of LatinX changemakers on www.bevisible.soy

Images taken by: Josh Masenko Sanchez http://joshmasenko.com/

Enjoy the event video below!

 

 

Luis Noriega Tovar – SVL Cultura Ambassador

 

Luis G. Noriega Tovar is passionate about giving back to his community and being part of a movement that brings about positive change to the world. Growing up undocumented, Luis felt the pressures of being restrained from unleashing his true potential. However, after achieving a 4.0 GPA in community college, transferring to UCLA and eventually graduating with an Economics, Honors degree, he realized that the true limitations were just in his mind.

He also realized that hard work, confidence, and faith will take you a long way; especially after becoming a leader in his teams at Oracle where he did tech Sales & Marketing.  Now, Luis spends his days helping people make massive changes to improve their quality of life through his Life Coaching and Marketing Consulting business. He finally found his true calling after helping several people make massive breakthroughs in their lives & being told that he had an amazing gift of wisdom and deep understanding.

Along with Silicon Valley Latino, Luis truly believes in inspiring young Latin@s and underrepresented communities because there was always people in his life that helped him get to where he’s at today. Now it’s time to give back, now it’s time for positive and long lasting change.

Ivan Reyes – SVL Cultura Ambassador

 

We are delighted to feature Ivan Reyes as another one of our featured panelists tomorrow evening at our first open to the public Inspire Higher panel presentation.

Diana Albarrán Chicas – SVL Cultura Ambassador