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    Tere Montes

    Meet Tere Montes

    I’m #TereMontes and 10 years ago, when I was 47 years, I decided to start an online business while I took care of my mom. I affectionately call her Doña Carmiña. That’s how I became the first Certified Puerto Rican Virtual Assistant. Currently I am a Social Media Coach and provide coaching and consulting services about the Social Media benefits to professionals, individuals, and company groups.

    On September 24, 2018, I started using Poshmark to generate an additional income.

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    In October, National Women’s Small Business Month highlights the benefits and industry women bring to communities when they own a small business. With over 11 million (and growing!) women owning small businesses in the United States, there’s plenty of opportunities to get involved.

    Benefits of Women-Owned Small Businesses

    Throughout the month, organizations, businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs share resources and advice that support women-owned businesses. Like any small business, the benefits to a community are enormous. Locally owned small businesses bring revenue to communities. Small companies are more likely to support local organizations, schools and projects. They also provide a tremendous number of jobs, keeping local economies going and growing.

    When you include women in the small business factor, you increase business diversity. Did you know that 50 percent of women small business owners are women of color? Supporting women in small businesses also inspires young women in powerful ways. When they see other women succeeding, they’re motivated to succeed, too! In 2012, 44 percent of women small business owners also had children under the age of 18 in their household. That means, by supporting women-owned businesses, you’re also supporting families.

    Businesses owned by women come in all varieties, too. They pursue business in STEM fields, creative and consumer domains, and service-oriented professions. There’s really no limit to the opportunities available.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WomensSmallBusinessMonth

    Whether you own a small business or are considering starting one, there are several ways to participate all month long.

    Attend or host an event

    Whether it’s a seminar, webinar, interview or workshop, these events promote healthy small businesses. They provide a wealth of information all business owners need to know. These events also offer resources specific to women-owned enterprises.

    Be a mentor to other women

    If you’ve already overcome the stumbling blocks of ownership, you’re one of the most valuable resources available to beginning business owners. Your experiences not only help pave the way for others, but your insight brings clarity and confidence to others.

    Sharpen your skills

    Any business person knows that it’s vital to keep learning and discovering. Whether it’s a new technology, legislation, or financial news, the business world is always changing. It demands we stay focused and aware of the changing business world. Improving our skills also provides us with more opportunities. Whether driving business into new areas or changing direction, growing our tools help us create a brighter future for our businesses.

    Join an organization

    Numerous organizations around the country support small businesses. By networking with other like-minded women, you’re not only able to learn about growing your business but you can also share your experiences and be a voice for others. Some organizations you may find helpful include the National Association of Women Business Owners, your local Chamber of Commerce, and the American Business Women’s Association. If local organizations are lacking in your area, help start one. Bring a chapter to your community and let the leadership begin!

    Discover other resources

    For example, the U.S. Small Business Administration includes an Office of Women’s Business Ownership that serves not only as a guide, but advocates for women business owners, too.

    Support a Woman-Owned Small Business

    Explore your community and shop at women-owned small businesses. You can even explore the small-businesses who Celebrate Every Day! For example:

    One of the most significant ways you can celebrate is by share information on social media, including this article. Use #WomensSmallBusinessMonth to post on social media.


    Since 2012, the Small Business Administration has be been supporting National Women’s Small Business Month by promoting events, webinars and giving a voice to women business owners. Each year, the organization hosts a variety of events recognizing women in small businesses.



    National Technology Day on January 6th recognizes how technology changes the world and looks to the future of technology. Each year, from the wheel to smartphones, the day honors technological achievements that impact our daily lives.


    Imagine the world without technology. In our daily lives, we can’t take a step without coming into contact with a form of it. Yet, the world is abuzz with technology!

    Outside of the healthcare sector, tech jobs are among the strongest and fastest-growing divisions. And let’s face it, technology is at the center of most jobs these days. Some of the may places we encounter technology include:

    • Agriculture
    • Healthcare
    • Education
    • Entertainment
    • Foodservice
    • Security

    We use technology to keep us organized, connected, healthy, and safe. Technology improves productivity and gives us insights into how the world works.


    One area of the tech world that continues to advance and affect our lives is apps (short for applications). With the advent of smartphones, apps are way more than just games or photo editing. So if you haven’t made any resolutions yet, resolve to check out these trending apps:

    • AXEL – Files move or stream from one device straight to another. No stops along the way and no uploading. It removes the middlemen.
    • Circle of 6 – When talking about personal safety, this is a tool you might consider having. It is designed to quickly and discreetly get help in dangerous situations. Pre-written messages are sent to designated recipients by simply tapping twice, GPS location included.
    • Zombies, Run! – Exercise as a game. And zombies. It’s a zombie exercise game. If nothing else motivates you, maybe this will.

    Another area where technology thrives is in the area of communications. We use various tools to communicate with people, and we use these tools a lot! Consider all the ways we convey a message in today’s world.

    • Telephone – Since the first “hello” traveled across a wire, telephones have kept us connected. Wires? Who needs wires today?
    • Email –  Email is still relevant today. Beyond the spam, businesses rely on email to communicate with their employees and patrons. In addition, emails keep us connected to loved ones who don’t quite love the latest technologies.
    • Video – Video meetings have revolutionized how we stay connected. We keep in touch with family, attend school, speak to our doctors, and conduct business, all from a distance.
    • Text – Whether it’s a quick, short message, or a long conversation, text messages easily keep us connected.
    • Letter – Yes. People still write letters. Whether typed or written with old-fashioned technology like pen and paper, the letter still gets a message across.
    • Website – This technology produces a variety of messages. It’s a vehicle for ideas, news, and business.
    • Social media – Many different applications offer social media platforms to create, share and connect.


      Explore the ways technology impacts your life. Every day, it continues to change the way we live and drive us further into the world of the future. Ways to celebrate include:

      • Exploring technologies of the past. Which ones would you bring back if you could?
      • Share your favorite technologies.
      • Discuss how technology improves your life.
      • Test out new technology.
      • Share your ideas for new technology.

      Use #TechnologyDay on social media. Talk to someone about your technology ideas or find a way to bring your vision forward.


      AXEL, a technology-based company, headquartered out of Las Vegas, founded National Technology Day. The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared National Technology Day in 2016.

      Media Contacts

      AXEL:  Dmitry Kogosov | 702.948.9770

      Technology FAQ

      Q. How long has technology been around?
      A. Technology is older than the harnessing of fire. Anything that advances productivity is technology, including tools, medicines, techniques, and more.

      Q. Is technology for everyone?
      A. Yes. With so many different kinds of technology, everyone uses, accesses, and even relies upon technology. Even those who live “off the grid” access technology of some sort. While some of the technology may be thousands of years old, those tools have become a survival necessity. 

      Q. What technological age are we in?
      A. The digital age began in the 1980s and continues today. 

      January 6th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


      In the first public demonstration of the telegraph, Samuel Morse transmits an encoded message to a waiting receiver at the Speedwell Ironworks in Morristown, New Jersey. The message read, “A patient waiter is no loser.” However, it would be five more years before Congress includes funding in the budget to lay the first telegraph line from Washington, D.C. to Baltimore.


      The educator, advocate, and activist, Dr. Maria Montessori opens Casa Dei Bambini (Children’s House) in Rome, Italy. Her first school and daycare center for working-class children focused on student-led education. Her methods soon spread, opening Montessori schools around the world.


      The Pacific Clipper completes the first commercial around the world flight. Owned and operated by Pan American, the plane and its crew faced an unexpected obstacle on its return flight from Aukland, New Zealand to San Francisco, United States when on December 7, 1941, Japanese bombers attacked Pearl Harbor. Captain Robert Ford and his crew’s return were not only delayed, but their return route would take them around the world in the opposite direction in an unplanned circumnavigation of the world.

      January 6th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

      Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier – 1799

      Along with his brother Joseph-Michel, Jacques-Etienne launched the first hot-air balloon into the sky in 1783.

      John Hanks Alexander – 1864 

      John Alexander Hanks was best-known as the 1st African American officer to hold a regular command position and the 2nd to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

      Carl Sandburg – 1878

      The Pulitzer Prize-winning author is one of America’s best-loved poets of the 20th century.

      John DeLorean – 1925

      The American engineer rose up through the ranks of General Motors. Then in 1975, he founded the DeLorean Motor Company. By 1982, the company filed for bankruptcy.

      Fred Turner – 1933

      The founder of McDonald’s Hamburger University began his career with the franchise making burgers. Before that, Turner served his country in the U.S. Army.

      Doris Troy – 1937

      The R&B singer-songwriter is best known for her hit song “Just One Look.”

      Nancy Lopez – 1957

      Early in her career, Nancy Lopez dominated the links. She turned professional at the age of 21 in 1977. In 1978, she became the only woman to win LPGA Rookie of the Year, Player of the Year, and the Vare Trophy in the same season. She won 48 LPGA Tour events during her career, though she never won the U.S. Open.

      Howie Long – 1960

      The defensive end played 13 seasons in the National Football League with the Raiders. He followed his athletic career as an analyst and actor.

      Eddie Redmayne – 1982

      The critically and popularly successful actor earned an Academy Award for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.