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  • Writer's pictureMelissa Ortiz

National Women's Small Business Month

Celebrating our valuable relationship with small women-owned businesses and female leaders empowering women in their own ways.

One of the lessons learned from the pandemic is to make every moment count, PrimeGuide Partners will count National Women's Small Business Month as 'one for the books.' It is very near and dear to our hearts as we continue to advocate for women and small businesses.

This month, we would like to recognize all of the Female Entrepreneurs and Female Leaders who entrusted us with their Brands in the past year and a half. It has been a rollercoaster and despite the circumstances, we have all made the decision to help each other to move forward. Working together allowed PrimeGuide the opportunity to grow, innovate, and continue to express the best version of ourselves through social media and digital marketing. Each entrepreneur and leader deserves the recognition highlighted below and we would like to welcome you to learn more about their businesses by clicking on the links to their media accounts.

We would be remiss to not express our sincerest appreciation to the women who stood by us through the most difficult time of our entrepreneurial lives. Your friendship, time, and, leadership kept us strong, and for that, we are very humbled and grateful. You too deserve the recognition this month.

Many, many thanks to our family and friends who supported us - you know who you are! We will forever love you and think of you all the time. Love and light to the souls we've lost.

Early this year, one of our PrimeGuide Partners moved on to a different state and we have been privileged to work with an intelligent Creative Female Director, Tyffanie "Dawn" Domingo who took on responsibilities head-on.

Dawn is also an Entrepreneur, Marketer and Fashion Designer. Her creativity, innovative spirit, intellect, and marketing strategies contributed to PrimeGuide's success and strength. Dawn you have been the light of our days, thank you for your hard work!

While we have more people to thank, we will make sure that all are properly recognized in the coming holidays.

Yuliana Kim-Grant, an amazing Certified Yoga Instructor, Yoga Therapist, Writer, Novelist, and now Host and Producer of a new podcast entitled Phoenix Tales. God must have sent you! Your book, Yoga practice, and interview skills are impeccable.

Thank you for empowering us every day! You are an inspiration to so many women. The world needs more of you.

Click here to see the website that we made for Yuliana and we hope you start listening to her podcast which is about everyday women who took on incredible challenges in their lives. Each episode is about a half-hour and there's a new empowering episode every Thursday.

Dania Duke, Area General Manager at Davidson Hospitality Group. Dania manages Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter and Solamar San Diego. Current Chair of the Gaslamp Quarter Association, Member of the Board Of Directors of the San Diego County Restaurant Association, President of the San Diego County Lodging Association, and recipient of multiple leadership awards in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry such as the 2020 California Hotel & Lodging Association's "Outstanding General Manager of the Year."

Dania has given us the opportunity to build PrimeGuide in its first year. She believes in us and she has a huge heart. We are very honored and grateful for her continued support. She has a wonderful team and beautiful hotels in San Diego. If you are looking to take time off, take advantage of Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter's Holiday Travel Package. This package includes:

  • Deluxe Accommodations for One King or Two Doubles

  • Upgrade based on availability

  • Welcome drink for 2 (House cocktail, Beer or Wine)

  • Waived Urban Destination Fee ($25)

  • 50% Discount off Parking

Jackie Garcia, Owner and Jewelry Designer at Studio1040 and Gems by Studio1040. Melissa and Jackie are very good friends and neighbors in Manila. Both completed a Journalism Degree at one of the oldest and largest Catholic universities in the Philippines, the University of Santo Tomas.

Studio1040 specializes in custom Rose Gold and Peach Sapphire Rings. All diamonds are natural, carefully handpicked and ethically sourced - 100% conflict-free. Studio 1040 only buys from Kimberley-certified diamond suppliers and all diamonds are of premium quality, untreated, ranging from F-H color, VS2-SI clarity.

We love curating social media content for Studio1040 and we will be publishing her new website soon! Click here to enjoy 15-30% OFF and complimentary shipping.

Patricia Ruiz, Owner & Master Pilates Instructor at Moving Strength. Patricia's studios are located on the Upper Eastside and Upper Westside of Manhattan and expanding her business to Brooklyn. She works extremely hard and has a beautiful Pilates Body. Anyone who needs to get in shape or recover from an injury must book an appointment with her.

Moving Strength offers Private and Group Pilates, Barre, Bootcamp, Yoga, TRX Suspension Classes, and more! Classes are available online and in any of the studios. We curate content for her Instagram account.

Lateefah Nichols, Melissa's former colleague at Hyatt Hotels, good friend, and new Entrepreneur of Luxe Bar & Lounge in Yonkers New York. Lateefah envisions bringing the 'Soho vibe' to her own backyard. She says, "downtown and the waterfront in Yonkers is going through a redevelopment and they want to be a part of it." We designed her logo, business cards, and website. We recently built her social media accounts. Send Lateefah your best wishes on this dream come true and follow her new business account on Instagram.

Andrea Grace, Owner, and Creative Designer at Gemographist. Andrea offers unique, collectible fine jewelry and hosts exclusive events and private appointments to showcase her designs.

We are currently working with Andrea on publishing a new website through Shopify. We redesigned her logo and assisted in a photo shoot. Andrea is available on Instagram, simply send a request to see her beautiful collection.

Carmela D. Lerner, Registered Nurse Executive and CEO & Founder of Teal Botanicals. Carmela says " Teal Botanicals is based in and its a Clean Beauty and Lifestyle company committed to delivering simple, safe skincare that is not tested on animals while keeping in mind the future of our planet by using eco-friendly glass reusable packaging."

They recently launched an aluminum-free and baking-soda-free deodorant. There are gift sets and kits for holiday and everyday gifting that range between $39 - $69. Enjoy 20% off if you sign-up for her newsletters. Melissa loves her facial oil and exfoliating mask products and appreciates Carmela's friendship.

Amanda Decker-Bode. Founder at ANDEA, US Military Veteran who served in the Air National Guard, taking part in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Amanda is a Certified Trauma-Sensitive Yoga and Fitness Instructor, Certified Life Coach

& Psychedelic Integration Coach.

Andea offers therapy, Entheogen Assisted-Coaching, and the traditional use of Master-Plants. Her team guides you along the path to self-discovery so you can achieve long-awaited changes in your life. Visit Amanda's fun Instagram account.

Claudia Miclaus, an experienced personal branding strategist for top executives, entrepreneurs, and politicians. Melissa attended her Personal Branding Incubator in the Summer and her own brand is a work in progress. Melissa recommends Claudia to all business owners and leaders who need a stronger, well-defined reputation.

Claudia will be hosting another incubator in January and her new vodcast is available on Instagram now.

Claudia started a career attaining a joint degree in Public Law and Economics, and a dual MBA in Sustainable Development and Business Communication; lived in eight countries. She worked in management and became an executive at a top US fintech startup.

Claudia returned to Chamonix to launch her personal branding agency. Next to working 1:1 with her clients, she is leading the Personal Branding Incubator, a signature online program designed to help individuals find their unique promise of value.

She is fluent in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Romanian, and progressing in German. She is also an avid adventure traveler, summited Kilimanjaro; a backcountry snowboarder and outdoors enthusiast.

Happy National Women's Small Business month to all 10 women who are committed to the community and women in their own businesses. We are very honored to work with you and your team. We value our relationship and are thankful for your support and leadership. We are inspired and empowered by you and we wish you all the best in all of your endeavors. Continue breaking the glass ceiling as the global, modern, and beautiful woman that you are. We are looking forward to the day to have a real toast to our successes.

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