Latinas in Business Roundtable

I was honored to be the first speaker for the relaunch of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GAHCC) ‘s Latinas In Business Roundtable series.  The series was resurrected for women in business to help and support one another.   I was happy to present and facilitate the lively discussion from the amazing group of ladies that attended on the topic of strategies to increase the impact of the first impression your business makes.

If you would like to attend a future meeting from this series.  Contact the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to receive reminders of these and other events.  The GAHCC is a tremendous business resource for entrepreneurs, professionals, or corporations of any size in the Greater Austin area.  The Chamber has members representing corporations, small businesses, nonprofits, and governmental agencies. GAHCC’s primary goal is to continue the advancement and progression of a strong and stable economic culture for Hispanic businesses.  The Chamber strives to reach these goals by developing business, management skills, and bridging access to financial capital while maintaining our cultural values and integrity.

South Austin Business Association helps grow business building knowledge

Looking to network in south Austin? Or looking for different resources in the area?  South Austin Business Association (SABA) is committed to delivering an informed, educational, and visual service based on a real understanding of the issues that affect both it’s small business owner members and the local community with a genuine enthusiasm for what the group does. SABA offers educational seminars and speakers to help grow business building knowledge. The regular meetings are attended by over 50 guests and members that range in different industries including: accountants, insurance, attorneys, home improvement, printing services, and much more.

Monica Peña, founder of MUNDU Media, LLC, spoke to the group at their June 8th meeting on Quick Tips to Improve to Getting You LinkedIn for Successful Results! Thank-you SABA Vice President & Programs Chair, LeAnn Pashina of Creatively Communicate for the invitation to share information with the group.


SABA Meeting

Economic Growth Business Incubator Workshops

Looking to start a business? Looking to grow your existing business? Economic Growth Business Incubator (EGBI) can get you started on the path to success. EGBI’s vision is to offer entrepreneurs in the Greater Austin area world-class business training and incubation resources that bring products and services to market in under served areas of our community in a way that is culturally relevant and delivers proven results. The organization has a unique approach to entrepreneurial incubation – all-inclusive training, pre-launch education, post-launch support, Spanish support, and office space.

EGBI’s Emerging Enterprises Training Program is now available in two 4-week modules: Marketing, Sales & Customer Relations and Business Financials, Accounting & Taxes. Entrepreneurs register for both or for the one that better fits their needs.  Topics are taught by local subject matter experts who have years of experience dealing with start-up businesses.

Monica Peña, founder of MUNDU Media, LLC had the pleasure of teaching the “Websites and Social Media” workshop to emerging small businesses.

Economic Growth Business Incubator

Economic Growth Business Incubator

Small Businesses in Central Texas on Locally Austin is a tool for discovering the many locally owned, small businesses that make Austin unique. Small businesses in the Austin and surrounding areas can list themselves at no cost on the site so that viewers are able get the local experience and support small business through Locally Austin.

Created by the City of Austin, this web site has four main features:

Browse Directory– to find out more about the small businesses, their products, and services in the area.

Coupons & Promotions– local businesses have the opportunity to list special company pricing or deals.

Small Business Resources–  business resources are listed in this area; which range from local chambers to trade associations.

Tools for Business Owners – this section has the two sections that companies need to add and edit business information.

Locally Austin has improved their website and mobile app. The new design helps residents and visitors find listed businesses easier and faster. As they relaunch Locally Austin to the community, these are special tips the Small Business Program has provided by for businesses using the site:

  • Keep your listings current and fresh with accurate contact information.
  • The new site and app are more visual. Updating the profile picture is recommended for your business. Optimal profile image dimensions are 137 X 150 pixels.
  • Revisit your profile description and spruce it up. Focus on what your business offers, but give it personality to show users the character of your business.
  • Don’t forget about the coupons and promotions section where you can post any coupons or specific promotions aimed at Locally Austin users.
  • Double check the keywords and categories your business is tagged with and make sure they are still relevant. This helps users find you when they are searching for a specific type of good or service within the app or website.

Locally AustinSmall Business Saturday is coming up on November 28th! Support local small business on this day and everyday by shopping local and using

Share on social media by using #LocallyAustin #SmallBizSat #SmallBiz

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MUNDU Media in Ujima Magazine

Ujima Magazine was founded in 2008. The magazine highlights the “everyday hero” in the African American Community in Austin, Texas and surrounding areas. Ujima Magazine’s digital publication tells diverse stories that educates readers and shares resources to encourage positive growth in the community.


Special thank-you to founder/publisher of Ujima Magazine, Damita Miller-Shanklin for interviewing Monica Peña, founder of MUNDU Media, for an article on “Building Your Business Through Networking“. Both ladies met networking which has flourished to a relationship of collaboration whenever possible and great respect for each others accomplishments. The information in the latest issue of Ujima Magazine included MUNDU Media services, vision for North Austin Influencers™ , and benefits of networking.

These are a few tips shared that will assist in networking success:

• Networking will not result in immediate progress, but if consistently working towards goals the positive results will show.
• Follow up is key.  Figure out what valuable information you can offer people you meet.
• Being prepared and practice will build confidence.
• Be aware. Especially if new to networking, spend some time as an observer.
• Don’t wait for the perfect situation to get started.

To read the complete article discussed in this blog and view inspiring stories in Austin and surrounding areas, read here.

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IBM MobileFirst Studio in Austin, TX

By:  Monica Peña ( @MUNDUMedia )

During this year’s SXSW Interactive , I had the opportunity to visit IBM for a sneak peak at their MobileFirst Studio in Austin, TX which provides clients direct access to teams of IBM mobile experts. Clients can work side-by-side with IBM mobile professionals in the 3,000 square foot interactive, experience-based learning environment and view over 15 working mobility solutions for a wide variety of infrastructure innovations across applications and industries. MobileFirst Studio in Austin will be open to the public on April 9, 2015.

Some of the innovation in mobile solutions highlights that I was shown during the tour were:

  • IBM MobileFirst Collaboration Services which allows professionals to get the job done wherever you are, with integrated voice, video, and application support on your mobile device.
  • IBM MobileFirst Infrastructure Analytics Services which allows better understanding of app usage, performance, quality and more by monitoring infrastructure in real time.
  • IBM Mobile Client Care Services – Analytics monitors, analyzes and optimizes client care systems in real time from mobile device.
  • Mobile Cloud Enablement on SoftLayerbuilds, configures and deploys virtual servers from any mobile device.
  • IBM MobileFirst Application Platform Services rapidly creates agile dev, test or production environments using patterns, and then scales and monitors those environments based on business needs.

The IBM Austin MobileFirst Studio is located at 11501 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78758 in Building 903, the front center building on the campus.

IBM MobileFirst Studio



3rd Annual Evening for Austin Leading Ladies

SOS Leadership and The Concordia University Texas Office of Admissions will host the 3rd Annual Evening for Austin Leading Ladies is for women leaders who are committed to Leading a Gr8 Life on March 18th. Dr. Patsy Sulak and Darlene Templeton will be the dynamic speakers of this event followed by the Award to Kate Voth Award.

Dr. Patsy Sulak is the author of the book Should I Fire My Doctor which details the self-induced nature of common health problems today and how we can greatly improve all aspects of our lives by Living WELL Aware.

She is a nationally recognized practicing physician, researcher, speaker, and medical school professor at Baylor Scott & White Health and Texas A&M College of Medicine. She graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine and was named the 2006 Distinguished Alumnus. In addition to her busy clinical practice, teaching, and research, she presents throughout the country to businesses, organizations, schools, and healthcare institutions on numerous health issues with a focus on disease prevention.

Darlene Templeton is here to help you turn your vision into goals, your goals into actions, and your actions into outstanding results. She achieves this by engaging, inspiring and empowering her clients to achieve excellence in all areas of their lives, both personal and professional.

Darlene’s unique combination of extensive corporate experience, her own personal career journey, and her successful coaching and speaking business have given her the ability to work with individuals, small businesses and Fortune 100 companies to help them define their goals and put an action plan in place to achieve the results they desire!

About The Kate Voth Award

In 2013 at the 1st Annual Evening for Austin Leading Ladies, SOS Leadership presented the Leading Lady of Inspiration Award to Kate Voth. Kate was an incredible leader, a woman of optimism, strength, and courage. She was a leader in every sense of the word, and she inspired every person who met her. Kate died at age 27 after a valient battle with cancer. The Leading Lady of Inspiration Award is now the Kate Voth Award, and we are looking forward to announcing the second winner of this award at the 3rd Annual Evening for Austin Leading Ladies.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at their ticket link:

North Austin Influencers™ is a proud Ambassador organization for this event.

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Influencers’ Speed Networking

How do you build genuine relationships that will lead to long-term friendships, personal growth, and even sales for your company? Find out about individuals beyond the 60 second elevator speech with  impromptu interaction at the North Austin Influencers’ first Speed Networking at Cafe Express on North Lamar.

Our M.C. will guide us through 5-6 rounds of networking rotation and connection building with focused questions on relating to the person at your table. Quickly and efficiently meet a large number of business professionals and community influencers for future collaboration.

7:00 AM Arrive and get settled with refreshments.

7:30 AM Will start promptly with announcement and MC introduction.

7:35 AM Networking rotations with focused questions on each round to start the conversations.

8:45 AM Closing announcements and door prizes.

Cost: $10 prepaid before March 19th at and $15 at the door.  

About our M.C.:

Crystal Flores-Crouch, MBA is the Sr. Marketing and Recruiting Manager – Latino Market for New York Life. She received The Gathering of Eagles award in 2014 for excellence in recruiting and manpower. She has an extensive background in both cultural marketing and social media.

Crystal is a University of Texas – Pan American alumni. She grew up in the Rio Grande Valley and continues her commitment to the Latino market by sitting on 3 professional boards, and a member of 31 different Latino focused associations throughout the Austin community. Outside of work she enjoys crossfit, swimming, biking, and running. She is married to the love of her life Stephen and they enjoy ministering to youth in their church, play on a co-ed indoor soccer team and traveling as much as they can.

Speed Networking

MUNDU Media en Expo Mujer TX

Expo Mujer TX (Tx Woman Expo) will debut in Austin on February 22nd at the Austin Marriott South with a day full of surprises. There will be cooking workshops, personal enrichment seminars, fashion shows, beauty products, and everything else a woman would like more information about.  MUNDU Media, LLC will be on hand talking about why an online strategy is necessary.

Find us at Expo Mujer and view the list of dynamic speakers here.

En Español

Expo Mujer TX debuta en Austin este 22 de Febrero en el Autin Marriot Sur con un dia lleno sorpresas. Alli encontrarás talleres de cocina, conferencias de superación personal y profesional, desfile de modas, productos de belleza y todo lo que a una mujer le gustaría saber. MUNDU Media LLC estará disponible para hablar de la necesidad de tener una estrategia de marketing online. 

Busca MUNDU Media en Expo Mujer y consulta la lista de conferencistas aquí.

Expo Mujer

Actions for your W.A.N.T. Results!

Want to get your online presence to the next level, but haven’t found time to work on your to-do list?  Attended web marketing workshops, but can’t get inspiration to accomplish the steps on your notes? You are not alone! It is very common for marketing initiatives to get lost in the shuffle, after business owners go back to their busy office.

Find motivation by:  Working on Accountability with Non-negotiable Time so your actions will rise above the excuses by joining W.A.N.T. regularly. 

  • Attendees will see consistent progress by taking the time to work in each session on their web projects ranging from establishing newsletters, content creation, social media platforms, research, and other projects.
  • Initiate your online marketing by implementing what you already know you need to do to succeed with encouragement, guidance, and a resource to ask questions from a professional in a focused environment.
  • Increase creativity by being surrounded by professionals that are looking to acquire a more accountable mindset.

Turn intent to action to achieve your WANT results! Email for session times and questions.