According to the latest census numbers (2008), women make $0.77 to every man's dollar (1) and the average revenues of majority women-owned businesses were still only 27% of the average of majority men-owned businesses (2). My hope for Sparking Cinderalla is to foster a community of support for female entrepreneurs as well as provide a little juicy insight into who these women are in their everyday lives. After all, as Mama Gena says, "Women are the greatest untapped natural resource in the world."

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Gabriela Salamanca: No Limit Events, LLC

Name: Gabriela Salamanca
Job Description: Co-founder of No Limit Events, LLC
Company info:, 800-670-3671 

We’re a luxury wedding/special event planning and coordinating firm based out of North Jersey owned and operated by a husband and wife team.  Our motto really sums up how we work: “No limit. Just high standards.” We were founded in January 2010, although formally in the works for two years prior to our official founding date.

1. What made you decide to start your company? 
Being in the legal and corporate environment for so many years and my husband dealing with the ups and downs of his construction industry, we desperately sought change.  I had done several parties and corporate events throughout my career and only after an over-the-top 50th birthday party in 2008 was it that we decided the time was right to start putting together the pieces of our own event planning business.  Being in the services industry, we both had a solid understanding of true customer service and wanted to bring those high standards to our luxury event planning business.

2. Where do you see your business in 5 years? 
In 5 years, we hope to be well established within Bergen County as a business.  By this time we will have a brick and mortar office and, should plans runs smoothly, possibly one in Manhattan too.  We also plan to get more involved in more philanthropic activities and support local communities as best as we can.

3. Who was your inspiration? 
My inspiration came from our mentors, Natalie Bradley and Marley Majer.  Both successful, female entrepreneurs have gone through such struggles and seen the ups and downs of their business and personal lives affected.  Each woman respectively an East and West coast powerhouse in this industry and women to look up to.  Many of the struggles they went through, I went through and continue to go through.  However knowing the success at the end of the tunnel continues to make each day a loving and learning process.

4. What turns you on? 
Crossing things off my “to do” lists. Seriously! It’s a euphoric feeling to know that I don’t have to continue to think about that item anymore and that I can move on to the next task and continue towards my goals. 

5. What advice do you have for tomorrow’s female entrepreneurs? 
It’s a long, up-hill battle (one I’m still climbing), but you need to be confident, headstrong and love yourself to make it to the top.  Also, structure your time so that you can make time for YOU.  Even 1 hour at the gym or at the nail salon to get a manicure can make all the difference when it comes to stress.   

6. Tell us a sexy secret ;-) 
I love art and collecting paintings.  We’re members at the Museum of Modern Art and try to get there as often as we can.  We love various forms of art, but some of our favorite artists that come to mind first are Tarkay, Kincaid, Marcus and of course Dali and Picasso.

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