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.

Northwest Austin Business Connections

Northwest Austin Business Connections (NWABC) has been around since 1986.  Through weekly meetings, Northwest Austin Business Connections provides attendees the opportunity to support each other in mutually advancing their businesses by providing a forum for relationship building, networking, self-introduction, educational and professional development. The group of professionals ranging from Feng Shui expert, dog trainer, web designer, and more meet each week on Wednesdays from 11:30 am to 1 pm at Mangia Pizza, in Gracy Woods Shopping Center. Everyone is encouraged to come early to network.

The cost is $13.00 for members and $16.00 for non-members. Lunch includes price of room, lunch, your drink, tip, and tax. Another perk is that they are a dessert first group… Desserts are provided by various members each week. Remember to have dessert first! Membership is $30.00 for 6 months and applications are always available at meetings.

Special thank-you to the group for having founder of MUNDU Media, LLC, Monica Peña, speak on Quick Tips for Getting You LinkedIn for Successful Results! 

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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.


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LinkedIn Profinder for Users in Search of Freelancers

LinkedIn ProFinder is a new professional services marketplace that LinkedIn is piloting in select geographic areas across the U.S. that helps professionals find the best freelance or independent professionals in their local area.

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The program has already started testing the product with freelance professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area, and now they are testing it with a select few in  Austin, Texas area. It is also designed to help freelance and independent marketers in the Austin, Texas Area find new clients

For user to request a service, they must select the type of service they are looking for and click Get free proposals on those pages:

The goal is to get the person requesting services up to five responses from highly qualified, local professionals within 48 hours of your request submission.

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Leverage Your Team to Grow Your Brand’s Online Visibility

Businesses and organizations wanting to attract their ideal audience by increasing their online visibility should leverage their team’s social media network. Group’s benefit by team member’s taking content ownership with better customer service, higher conversion rates, increased inbound web traffic, and reduced marketing cost.

Tips on creating the team’s online synergy:

  • Create a specific time each week that all involved are encouraged to like, comment, and share posts on different social media channels.
  • Have one person send out an email asking for participation with specific social media tasks and information to share on the platforms they feel the most comfortable using.  Follow up with a reminder email later in the day as a reminder to take the actions.
  • Give participants credit for being active with online shout outs. Re-post their activity to increase their social media reach and make them more popular. Create extra incentives when possible to encourage involvement.

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MUNDU Media and Ellevate Austin Chapter

Networking is one of the most powerful tools for professional women, and Ellevate Austin Chapter offers a global community of smart, savvy women with an eye to success. When members join, they become part of this vibrant network and can connect with, learn from and invest in amazing women worldwide. Ellevate connects the women in Austin. Through  chapter events, the organization strives to help members “ellevate” their careers. Members are groundbreakers, thought leaders, CEOs, entrepreneurs, board members, and visionaries. They are alumnae and students of some of the world’s leading academic institutions. Some are at the top of their fields, and others are on their way. With 34,000 members in 130 countries, the Ellevate community is large and growing by the day.

On February 24th, attendees of the next Ellevate Austin Chapter event have the opportunity to learn from Social Media expert, Monica Peña with MUNDU Media, LLC, on how to create a brand via social media, whether getting started as a professional or an entrepreneur trying to get to the next level. Explore the avenues to consider to create the image of how professionals and entrepreneurs are gaining traction using social media. Learn the do’s and don’ts in this high-tech world we live in and how important creating an effective brand is to success.  Monica Peña is a proud Board Member as Marketing Director of Ellevate Austin Chapter. For more information on this event and/or to register, click here.




Westlake Chamber of Commerce Community Luncheon and More

The Westlake Chamber of Commerce was established in 1995 and strives to provide its members with services and programs that can help build members business and client-base, take advantage of networking opportunities with professional peers, and develop a strong presence in the community. The chamber sponsors several events each month including the Monthly Luncheon, a Business Builder Breakfast, A Business Builder Lunch and a Networking Happy Hour. Monica Peña, founder of MUNDU Media, was asked to share online marketing information as a panelist for the chamber at their September luncheon held at the Austin Country Club with fellow experts Alex Murphy with Golden Arm Media and Shayda Toyabi with WP Engine . Thank-you Westlake Chamber of Commerce for the opportunity for MUNDU Media to be a part of the event and for being a valuable resource in the community!

With the chamber’s mission to help its members grow their businesses, frequent opportunities for community involvement, networking, education, social interaction and philanthropy are provided. The Chamber hosts special events including a few that are coming up soon: The Westlake Golf Classic, Boat Tours on Lake Austin, and Transportation Forum.

Visit  Westlake Chamber of Commerce website to learn more:


SCORE offers Small Business Workshops at Round Rock Public Library

The Round Rock Public Library and the SCORE Austin chapter is resuming Biz.ability business workshops for small business owners (or those who are interested in starting their own business) this fall. SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. SCORE’s Austin chapter celebrated its fiftieth anniversary of service last year. Registration is required.

Join Monica Peña, an award-winning expert in online marketing and founder of MUNDU Media, LLC on October 16, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. for “Building a Positive Online Reputation.” More than 90% of consumers say their buying decisions are influenced by online reviews search. Businesses using social media platforms as an outreach of their offline presence are seeing a growing return on investment. Learn how to control your reputation on the web while creating a presence that will attract new and repeat business.  Register here .

Biz.ability business workshops will be from 12:30  to 3:30 p.m. at the Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock, Texas and will include other topics and speakers:

September 25, 2015 – HR101:  You are the HR Department (Hiring & Retaining the Right Workers) Running a small business requires you to wear a lot of hats.  This program prepares you to effectively deal with the “human” element and navigate the myriad of compliance issues when you hire, fire, and retain employees. Best practices, practical checklists and helpful “free” resources are provided by a seasoned local HR professional.

October 2, 2015 – HR101:  Managing and Maximizing Employee Performance in your Small Business When you are busy running your business how can you make sure your employees are aligned with your goals and focused on the right activities?  This workshop focuses on how to establish performance expectations as well as a structure to motivate, reward and address day-to-day performance.  A seasoned local HR professional presents practical solutions, HR checklists and hands-on exercises.

October 9, 2015 – Patent Law for Small Businesses:  A workshop addressing patent essentials for small and growing businesses and providing practical advice for how to protect your business’ intellectual property.  The workshop will be presented by William Hulsey of Hulsey Hunt Parks PC.

October 23, 2015 – Digital Marketing Overview: Digital vs. Offline Marketing Principles: What’s Different, What’s the Same. There are core principles that are true in both offline and online marketing efforts. This workshop addresses  how to Craft Your Core Message for all of your Digital Marketing; use  Keywords in all Digital Marketing (yes, they still matter); and How to Focus on the Right Tools (and keep from blowing all your time on the WRONG ones).  Presented by Kyle Bailey of Front Burner Marketing.

October 30, 2015 – Your Website as a Marketing Tool: Many believe that Facebook has replaced the website as the principle marketing tool for small business owners, but this is a huge error. We’ll cover 5555 ways you can, and should, use your website as a marketing tool. Cover how to use your website to get that out into the world: SEO, Keyword Focus, Social Media. Presented by Kyle Bailey of  Front Burner Marketing.

November 6, 2015 – Public Relations for Small Business:   In this workshop you’ll learn exactly what PR is, why you need it, the elements that PR is comprised of, how to get started with PR for your business and most importantly how to have fun and make your PR plan work for you! Presented by Jeannine Wheeler, Vice President at Agenda LLC, Public Relations and Communications.

November 13, 2015 – Ask the Small Business Owner: Join us for an interactive panel discussion with local small business owners who share their tips for success.  This unique opportunity will allow you to interact and hear first hand from entrepreneurs, like yourself, who reveal the “musts” and the “don’ts for starting a business.

To register or get more details for these workshops, click here .

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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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¿Busca recursos para expander tu negocio?

El programa Emprende le ofrece la oportunidad de prepararse para recibir un préstamo. PeopleFund crea oportunidades económicas y estabilidad financiera para ayudar a gente de escasos recursos, proporcionando financiamiento, educación y herramientas para construer negocios e instituciones prósperas. El programa Emprende le ofrece la oportunidad de prepararse para recibir un préstamo el 18 y 25 de abril y 2 de mayo 9:00am – 1:00pm en sus oficinas en PeopleFund, 2921 E. 17th St Austin TX 78702.

Durante las primeras cuatro horas, aprenderá sobre los fundamentos de administración financiera, y será guiado al realizar su propio presupuesto personal y libro de contabilidad. Durante las últimas cuatro horas, los participantes aprenderán sobre las Cinco C’s de crédito y la manera correcta de presentar una solicitud de préstamo comercial.  ¡Regístrate hoy!

PeopleFund es una organización sin fines de lucro enfocada en el desarrollo y bien de la comunidad. A través de micro-préstamos y programas educativos para pequeños negocios tenemos como objetivo mejorar las vidas de las personas más vulnerables de nuestra sociedad. Desde nuestro establecimiento en 1994, el esfuerzo de PeopleFund ha contribuido al crecimiento de miles de negocios, a la creación de nuevos empleos, y al beneficio de nuestra sociedad.