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Incentivizing Small Businesses To Go Formal In Slums Makes Retirement Possible

There are approximately R$80 million that circulate in the small business economy within Brazilian slums, known as favelas. More than twelve million slum inhabitants are responsible for this recently studied niche of the economy according to research by Data Popular used by Sebrae – a Brazilian support service for micro companies and small companies. Flávio Maluf, tells us about the initiative in the Favela Legal project.


The Favela Legal project proposes stimulating entrepreneurship in the two largest slums of São Paulo – Paraisópolis and Heliópolis – because of the high number of small companies that are in the slums. You can find pharmacies, grocery stores, and all kinds of stores in the slums. Slums are considered cities that have an informal economy.


The informality of the economy is an important point to be looked at. One of the main objectives of the Favela Legal project is to include small store and company owners in the social security system, and register their years worked so they can retire. Flávio Maluf states that the initiative is important to increase state income by formalizing the companies through the MEI program which is directed to formalizing the individual micro-entrepreneur.


One of the measures of the Favela Legal project is to enable businesspeople living in the slums through the MEI qualification programs. The intention of this project is to provide them with solutions from Sebrae – such as SEI programs that teach people to sell, control their money and plan things.


Flavio Maluf points out that Brazilian President Michel Temer likes the ideas of this project very much and he feels this project should be stimulated since all great entrepreneurs started with a small company.


The Favela Legal is a test project in São Paulo and should be taken to other parts of the country. Projects like this and other business reports are often studied and promoted Flávio Maluf. As the president of Eucatex companies, holding a degree in Mechanical Engineering from FAAP in São Paulo, Brazil and having studied Business Administration at New York University, Flávio Maluf frequently promotes political and business synergy news.


How Adam Goldenberg has become a leader in the E-Commerce Sector

Adam Goldenberg is a leading businessperson in the United States. He is recognized for the e-commerce business empire that has established with his business partner who is known as Don Ressler. Goldenberg formed his first company when he was 15 years old, and he has grown his entrepreneurship career over the years. He is currently the owner of renowned fashion companies such as TechStyle and Fabletics. Adam Goldenberg and Ressler have worked together to establish some of the leading businesses in the e-commerce sector. The two entrepreneurs have excellent skills in advertising and developing businesses that can be highly profitable.

Goldenberg had owned his personal businesses before he started working with Don Ressler. Running his businesses enabled him to acquire a wealth of experience that has allowed him to be successful in the corporate world. Adam founded a top company that was known as Gamers Alliance. He strived to make the company successful even though he was still in high school. After a while, Goldenberg diverted his business to Intermix Media, which appointed him as its vice president of Strategic Planning. His position made him quit high school to focus on ensuring that the company was successful. When Adam was 20, the firm hired him to be its COO. The appointment made him the youngest top administrator in a publicly traded corporation. Don Ressler and Adam Goldenberg started working together at Intermix Media when they were both serving the firm.

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Adam and Don resigned from Intermix Media is 2005 and decided to establish Brand Ideas, which they managed together. The company is currently known as Intelligent Beauty, and its primary business is to conduct brand incubation for emerging enterprises. Intelligent Beauty was prosperous, and it generated millions of dollars within its first year. The two businessmen used the company founding e-commerce businesses such as SENSA and DERMSTORE.

The businesses that Don and Adam founded have been a success due to the entrepreneurship and digital marketing experience that they have acquired. The knowledge of the entrepreneurs has assisted them in deciding on the most profitable emerging businesses on They managed to grow the JustFab, and the firm had more than 6 million loyal clients after its first two years. The company managed to secure funding that was worth about $250 million from different investment companies. Adam and Don changed the name of their business to TechStyle. It currently runs various subsidiaries, and they include FabKids, ShoeDazzle, and Fabletics.

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Flavio Maluf Of Eucatex Discusses Which Professionals Are In Demand

Flavio Maluf is a Brazilian businessman who leads one of the major companies in Brazil called Eucatex. This is a manufacturing and logging company that specializes in wood and chemical products. Eucatex grows and harvests trees mostly sourced from the rapid growing eucalyptus tree. It also manufactures wood products such baseboards, panels and partitions and chemical products such as varnishes and paints. The firm is also a leader in developing wood harvesting and growing techniques.


As a leader of a major company, Flavio Maluf is well aware of the trends of the future as the success of his business depends on it greatly. He recently discussed some of the most in demand professional careers for startups in Brazil on the Estadao publication of Brazil. Here is what Maluf laid out there on what kind of professions startups will require this year and into the future.


According to Flavio Maluf, startups are one of the fastest growing segments of the Brazilian economy right now. There are now over 4,200 startups in the country. Many of them fall into the category of online commerce, healthcare, software as a service, entertainment and education.


One of the most in demand professions for startups in Brazil will be that of a mobile phone application programmer. The popularity of smart phones cannot be underestimated and is only increasing by the day. More and more companies including startups are having a presence on mobile phones through applications. With this in mind, mobile phone app programmers will be required to create new applications and update existing ones.


All new startups will have to invest in customer service. Once a business or product is up and running, there will inevitably be a need for customer service staff to answer questions or help customers out with a problem. So as startups grow, expect there to be a demand for customer service representatives as well.


Online marketing is another segment where startups will have to invest in heavily. Experts in the realm of digital marketing will be required for startups to penetrate the online market. With the internet becoming more widely available and people increasingly flocking to e-commerce, opportunities for online marketing professionals should be plentiful.

Adam Milstein: Behind the Business

Adam Milstein is an accomplished real estate investor, community leader, and philanthropist. However, his background is fascinating and tells the story of a man who is relentlessly optimistic, gifted with an entrepreneurial spirit, and Adam is always looking for opportunities where it may seem that there are none.

Milstein is a native of Israel and served in the IDF during the Yom Kippur War. Three years after he gradutaed from the Technion in 1978 he came to the United States to pursue his higher education. He received his MBA from USC and immediately began working in Commercial Real Estate in Southern California in 1983.

However, he didn’t start out working for other companies. When recruiters came to the USC campus, his conversations with them showed that they didn’t seem to appreciate his unique life experience, his skill set, or what he had to offer. He was routinely offered pay that was below what he should have been earning even as a recent MBA graduate. So, instead of getting upset or settling, he decided to simply set out on his own and create his own business.

After working in Commercial Real Estate for awhile, he turned his attention to real estate investing and eventually created Hager Pacific Properties, a real estate investment firm of which he is a Managing Partner.

His business success is notable, but his contributions to the community are just as impressive. He is the National Chairman of the Israeli-American Council, a philanthropic organization that he co-founded. He works with the organization to help drive their national expansion efforts. In addition, he also sits on the board of many other philanthropic organizations that focus on Israeli-American relations, Israeli nationals, and the Jewish community.

Adam  Milstein’s approach to life is similar to his approach to business, a somewhat non-traditional path that often flies in the face of the status quo. For instance, he says he never makes specific goals because they’re too restrictive. He just does the best he can every day, and so far it has worked for him. Perhaps that optimism, flexibility, and positivity is something everyone could use to help improve their life and business.

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An Inspiring Businessman, Jeffry Schneider

Jeffry Schneider was born in Manhattan but is currently living in Austin, Texas. He has created himself an astounding business career in the financial services. Jeffry graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, from where over the years of Jeffry’s employment he has worked for several promising and well-known financial firms. As well, he’s gained a variety of different and very well useful skills from working with many different diverse companies. One of those skills is his wide understanding in the alternative investments space as well as creating unique bonds between his clients and coworkers.

Before starting his current job, he worked for the Paradigm Global Advisors. He started this job in 2002, during his time there he happened to develop a very valuable ability. Which was the ability to analyze managers? After gaining such extremely useful knowledge, he had decided he had had enough of working for other people. He felt as if he could own his own business, and that is exactly what he did. Jeffry Schneider, being the cunning and resourceful person that he is, used the trusting friendships he had gained over the years of working in the financial field. In doing so, he got a head start. His knowledge of the alternative investment space was one of the key factors that his business partners loved and got him to where he is today. Jeffry is a very respected man in this day and age. He has certainly built himself a wonderful legacy, and this is only the beginning.

Currently, he is the financial founder of the Ascendant Capital LLC. The Ascendant Capital is a unique investment firm that focuses on sourcing private equity, hedge funds and the most popular and leading real estates. The most growth he’s seen in his company has been over the past five years. When his company had started, he only had two employees, and now he has over thirty, and that is because of his company’s open-mindedness. Ascendant has a very wide spectrum of talent in the marketing industry as well as education and operational services. Jeffry provides an innovative approach to the financial structuring. Ascendant Capital works with a number of different networks including family offices, private banks, broker-dealers and several registered investment advisors. Jeffry has been known for his help in raising close to one billion dollars for his current company. Jeffry has also helped the company grow. He is a very resourceful individual who is keen on showing his respects to the financial business. He is not only a very smart and talented person but a kind, caring and compassionate one as well. This trait has helped his company grow exponentially. Jeffry is definitely a money-minded man, but he doesn’t let that get in the way of him giving back to the world. He is a firm believer in helping one’s fellow man and has been known for donating large sums to charities such Wonders and Worries; God Loves We Deliver and the Cherokee Home for Children.

Aside from all the business that goes on in Jeffry’s life, he has always found the time to do the things he loves, such as cooking healthy meals and staying in shape by running. He has always had a passion for running marathons. It’s not hard to tell that Jeffry’s dedication and hard work pays off in the end. This is exactly how he likes to get it, meaning to actually earn it for himself. Jeffry is and adventurer. He loves traveling and has been across South America, Asia, and Europe. Many people may not know this, but Jeffry is an ambitious individual who will achieve many great things in his life.

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InnovaCare Health Conquers Demanding Health Care Requirements with Rick Shinto

The complexity and difficulties of managing a health care company are compounded by a kaleidoscope of shifting conditions in the healthcare field as a whole. InnovaCare Health has overcome these difficult conditions with strong leadership and well-thought-out procedures that keep mistakes at a minimum.

Good leadership is a big key to the success of the company with President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Richard “Rick” Shinto at the helm. Dr. Shinto has over 20 years of experience in the field of managed care. His previous position was as President and Chief Executive Officer of Aveta, Inc., and before that as Chief Medical Officer of NAMM, California.

Dr. Shinto is an accomplished author and is considered to be an expert in managed care concepts and clinical operations.

Penelope Kokkinides is Chief Administrative Officer for InnovaCare Health, and she is the former Chief Operations Officer of the company. The strength of Penelope Kokkinides is her grasp of the complexity of Medicare Advantage and Medicaid programs and clinical programs. Her expertise in organizational structuring to effect efficiency and optimal productive systems is remarkable.

InnovaCare Health is a leading managed care provider in the United States. By using two primary care delivery systems, comprised of Medicare Advantage and Medicaid programs, and Provider Networks. Building sustainable systems that are backed up by well-trained, and competent personnel makes the difference. Coupled with a comprehensive quality assurance system, InnovaCare Health has created a suburb healthcare delivery system.

Read more: Penelope Kokkinides – CAO of InnovaCare

The utilization of the latest technological systems and the high level of expertise of employees has been a major factor in the company being able to monitor and have up-to-date information on all fronts. It is vital that any managed care company have statistics and data that can make the latest data available.

InnovaCare Health holds staunchly to its corporate mission statement of putting the customer first, and the resolve to deliver quality care at all times. The relationships between the providers and the patients are at an all-time high, and this is vital, as patients understand in detail the status of their care.

The valued experience of the leadership of the company has not only help to chart the progress of the company but holds great promise for the future. InnovaCare Health is the largest Advanced Medicare, Medicaid and Preferred Provider company in Puerto Rico, with 233,000 active members. There are over 7,500 providers, making the relationship and extremely reliable partnership.

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Don Ressler Uses Fashion As a Medium For Self Esteem Improvement

Don Ressler believes that all people have the right to feel good about themselves. However, in most cases, people are not going to feel good unless they like the way they look. This doesn’t necessarily mean for women to dress in formal wear. One thing that can be said for people is that they have different tastes. Therefore, women are also going to have different styles on Don Ressler and the other founders of JustFab understand this. For this reason, they use the analytical tools in order to find out what people like. Then they take the time to provide these types of products for people.

JustFab is run under TechStyle. TechStyle has been established with the purpose of bringing a great influence to the fashion industry. Given Adam Goldenberg’s attention to what is selling and the ideas of Don Ressler, it was certain that TechStyle was going to be a major success. One thing that contributed to the success of the company was the experience of both founders in the fashion and beauty industry. Other companies that Don Ressler has founded were Intermix and Intelligent Beauty. These companies offered different forms of fashion for women.

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While the other fashion companies that Don Ressler was a part of sold clothing and make up, it was when he has started JustFab and the divisions that he has decided that he wanted to take a different approach to fashion. He has come to understand that beauty comes in diversity. He has also come to understand that not everyone is going to look good in the same type of style. He has decided that his company is supposed to be all inclusive. This means that the company is going to sell all styles for all body types and sizes.

Adam Goldenberg and Don Ressler have decided to establish the TechStyle headquarters at ElSegundo CA because of the opportunity that is available for growth. One thing that is very important when it comes to business is that there is a lot of room and opportunity for growth. Don Ressler understands the importance of progress, which is why he makes sure that he is constantly looking for ways to move forward.


Susan McGalla: Pittsburgh’s most powerful businesswoman

Susan McGalla is a prominent business leader from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. McGalla previously served as president of American Eagle Outfitters and is now the Director of Strategic Planning and Growth for the Pittsburgh Steelers. From 1986 to 1994, she worked for the Joseph Horne Company.

McGalla joined American Eagle Outfitters in 1994 and held multiple low level roles until she was appointed as the clothing outfitter’s president. During her time at American Eagle, she grew their profits from $340 million to over $3 billion.

While serving as the Steeler’s Director of Strategic Planning and Growth, McGalla launched a long list of new Steeler clothing featuring clothing lines including Tommy Bahama, Nike Golf and Victoria Secret. She was also responsible for revamping the Steelers website, making it easy for fans to shop online for their team gear.

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McGalla has advised hundreds of clients on branding, marketing, talent management and operational efficiency. McGalla serves as a trustee for the University of Pittsburgh and also sits on the council for the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. McGalla has become a leader in the business world by acknowledging that people must work to get what they want and that they must work hard to reach their full potential.

“We want to make it easy, quick on any device you want to shop,” says McGalla. Many people in the business world see McGalla as an excellent role model who is willing to help other women in various industries network with each other. Her experience provides her with leadership skills and experience in the financial and government sectors on She offers women three strategies and tactics to achieve their desired success.

First, women must be educated at the college level to succeed in a male-dominated workplace. Second, women must build a network of supporters and influencers. Third, she advises her fellow businesswomen to ignore the glass ceiling and instead focus on work ethic on Bloomberg. McGalla tells her supporters that her family taught her to have confidence when she presents herself and her ideas. McGalla got her tough shell from her father who was a football coach in Ohio.

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Exploring Panama with Adrián José Velasquez Figueroa’s guide

Panama is a republic which is best known for the construction of the Canal. The canal allowed accessibility of the country to many locations and made it become a part of the global economy. The position has remained a major contribution to its financial economy. One prominent businessperson in the Panama community is Adrian Jose Velasquez Figueroa, he has made an impact to the general Panama community since he has worked under several companies. Figueroa explains to people that Panama is the best destination for a whole group and family. People can come here on a vacation and have a good time.

Figueroa notes that one of the must-places to visit in Panama is Boquette. It is along the western part of Panama. The region goes beyond Costa Rica, it has been called on several occasions The Valley of Flowers. The region offers a true bouguet experience that is very pleasant. Whether going through a cloud covered forest, submerging in the hot springs or through White River in Chiriquí, the region offers plenty of things to do.

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According to Figueroa, Santa Catalina is just the place to enjoy quiet fishing and a quiet time at the coast. He notes on Twitter that the region offers a true Pacific country. The preserved nature and remoteness of the land is very attractive to travelers. Santa Catalina is additionally one of the prime places in the world for surfing. It is filled with beautiful beaches and an easy access to Coiba Marine Park.

Adrián José Velasquez Figueroa is a travel enthusiast. He believes that everyone should make the best of different aspects of Panama. The country has experience changes in the past. Despite these changes, Figueroa believes that every person should spend time enjoying the wonder in the Panama Canal. A simple drive to the Canal from the city center is an experience every visitor should have.

Figueroa is a notable entrepreneur in Panama. His native home is in Venezuela. He moved to Panama where he works and lives. Panama is filled with prominent business people, Figueroa is just one of them. He has a massive presence within the Panama landscape. As a businessperson, he has an objective to assist businesses that want to grow stronger and expand. The region is also becoming better in terms of its economic factors. Figueroa frequently gives up to date information at about Panama and tour locations. He further gives advice about business and his achievements.

Adrián José Velasquez Figueroa, Respected Panamanian Executive with a Creative Streak

Adrián José Velasquez Figueroa is a prominent business figure in Panama and an entrepreneur. He is best known for the community involvement that goes along with his entrepreneurial endeavors. He enjoys mentoring young people interested in going into similar fields. He also encourages leadership and education in young people in order to improve their economic conditions for the better. So many people have grown up with challenges in Panama. He understands the scenarios all too well. He strives to make life better for the people who are part of the communities he grew up in and loves.

Throughout his career, he’s held several executive positions. Figueroa’s currently serving in multiple executive roles including Treasurer, President and Director of 5 different Panamanian companies. If this wasn’t enough, Adrián José Velasquez Figueroa is also committed to his passion for photography. He loves the medium and the dramatic and beautiful way that pictures can tell a story, inspire a feeling or bring back a memory. Adrián José Velasquez Figueroa enjoys sharing tips and tricks for other photography buffs whenever he can.

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There’s no doubt that smartphones are becoming more common. Their price point is affordable to almost everyone and when you have a smartphone, that means you also have a camera.

Because of his love for cameras, Adrián José Velasquez Figueroa also enjoys sharing tips about taking pictures with your smartphone.

His main tip is to understand that approaching smartphone pictures is similar to approaching picture taking with other devices; it’s important to plan out your picture first in a way. You have to have a good eye for composition and what will make an attractive picture on before you take it. Most people grab their smartphone and maybe a selfie stick and start clicking. However, it’s a good idea to evaluate the scene and backdrop of any picture you take. This includes considering lighting, photographic depth, background elements like furniture and wall colors etc.

Once you’ve got an idea for a great photo, then it’s time to get cracking, not before. We have our smartphones on us all the time. It’s tempting to just grab your phone and take a quick photo. However, these photos tend to come out badly. This is a shame because almost all smartphones now have the capability to take really clear and sharp photographs, (even some of the budget smartphones you find at your local grocery stores and cheap department stores).

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