5 Hispanic Owned Youth Businesses in JC

Seeing the youth take on the world in so many different ways is truly empowering. We have the world in our hands, and our hobbies can be sculpted into talent, resulting in a business forming and evolving. In light of Hispanic Heritage Month which is celebrated from September 15-October15, we put together a list of 5 Hispanic Owned Youth Start Ups, by our city's very own. Show some love!


For Your Next TGIF Treat, Meet Yanirys: @YSFlavors

High school you attended: Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School

College you are/will be attending: University of Central Florida

How old when you started your business: 21 years old

Tell us a little more about what you do: YSFlavors specializes in cocktails, empanadas, and bottle customization for events at an affordable price. My top-selling items are 32oz buckets (perfect for a night out), but I also offer other variations such as jungle juice pouches or blood bags in the Halloween spirit. I make jello shots, infused candy, have drinks with all liquors, and am even preparing a coquito drink for the holidays. I recently began bedazzling liquor bottles for events. We also cater!

Why did you start this business: I've always enjoyed mixing drinks and received good feedback on them, so the idea of starting a business on it was nothing new to me, just very out of my comfort zone. I also wanted an outlet for my creativity. I have a lot of fun ideas and my business allows me to creatively express myself, as seen in my recent 13 Nights of Halloween event and customized bottles. What really pushed me to finally launch YSFlavors how suitable it is for my hectic schedule with 6 college courses.

Any advice for others thinking of starting a business? In the words of Nike: Just do it. Don't be afraid of all of the what-ifs because you'll never really know up until you do it. I started 3 months after I had everything prepared just out of fear and I regret it. If anyone needs any help at all in terms of logos, marketing, finding products, etc I'd love to help.

Feel free to email me at y.soto@ufl.edu

For Your Next Photoshoot, Meet Joshua: @Cruz_Visuals_

High school you attended: Lincoln High School

How old when you started your business: 20 years old

Tell us a little more about what you do: I'm a NJ/NYC based photographer, I love to go to NYC and shoot anything that catches my eye.

Why did you start this business: I started this business to meet new people and inspire others through the art of photography and capturing moments

Any advice for others thinking of starting a business? My best advice is never to let anyone tell you what you can or cannot do in life. Nothing hits you harder than life but it doesn’t matter how hard you hit it matters about how hard you can get hit and keep pushing forward

For your next event, Meet Ryan Roman

High school you attended: Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School

How old when you started your business: I was 15 years old when I started writing but I didn’t do stand-up officially until I was 16.

College you are/will be attending: NYIT

Tell us a little more about what you do: I am an independent filmmaker/writer. I am currently in the process of filming the second season of my web series “Grown Ass Kid”. I have been doing stand-up comedy consistently for almost 4 years as of 2020. I’ve performed at comedy clubs, family reunions, bars, rooftops, backyards, comedy festivals, hair festivals, fundraisers, pretty much any place that wants me.

Why did you start this business: A teacher, Ms. Dwyer, helped me realize that I had a knack for writing and that my writing voice was funny. I wanted to be able to use it in order to get over my social anxieties, whether that be presenting in class or just talking to people on the day-to-day. Screenwriting is something I picked up after stand-up, more so when I joined the VPA program at Snyder. I’ve always gravitated towards good storytelling in movies, television, video games, etc, and have consistently tried to create my own spin-offs of my favorite shows without realizing. There weren’t a lot of stories being told by people that come from areas like mine, or people that look like me or my friends, so I wanted to change that.

Any advice for others thinking of starting a business?

1. Do it. Anybody that knows, knows that the last thing people thought I’d ever do was get up in front of people and speak. I used to tremble before getting on stage. No matter how unready you think you are you just have to start. The sooner the better.

2. Don’t worry about anybody else. Not everybody’s journey is yours so you can’t get caught up trying to catch up to others. Things happen randomly and as they’re supposed to. I learned that my goals were never particularly geared towards stand-up but I let myself get caught up in the rat race and lost sight of what I always really wanted to do.

3. Let inspiration come to you. Not everything gotta be a grind. It’s not basketball. You’re going to burn yourself out. The people you look up to are also procrastinators, they also get writer’s block, it’s normal.

4. Consume lots of art. Live a full life.

For Your Beauty Needs, Meet Ashly: BlinksByAshhh

High school you attended: William L. Dickinson High School

How old when you started your business: 18 years old

Tell us a little more about what you do: I’m a 19-year-old entrepreneur with the ambition to reach my main goal, owning my own store. BlinksByAshhh fulfills our customers' beauty needs and boosts their self-esteem with our products. We will soon be rebranding and bringing you beautiful ladies even more products for you to love.

Why did you start this business: Being surrounded by family businesses everywhere is what even gave me the idea, to begin with. One night I remember scrolling through Instagram and thinking to myself, I want to leave my mark, it’s my turn now. Without thinking twice, I proceeded on making my own logo and gathering up inventory so I can begin my journey. That same night, I created an Instagram page for what is now known as BlinksByAshhh.

Any advice for others thinking of starting a business? If you have a vision, don’t think twice and just go for it! You’d be surprised with the results of just taking that one leap of faith. Also, don’t get discouraged if your business isn’t doing as well, every business had its good and bad days. It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.

For Your Next Lash Appointment Meet Alondra: @Alondraa.Lashedx

High school you attended: James J. Ferris High School

College you are/will be attending: NJCU

How old when you started your business: 18 years old

Tell us a little more about what you do: I maintain myself by working a lot. School is now online so I stay consistent to keep my lash business growing.

Why did you start this business: I loved the dramatic look of certain lashes and different looks that lashes can create. I started with putting on Kiss brand lashes and then to mink lashes.

Any advice for others thinking of starting a business? My advice is to have patience, know who you can cater to, customer service is #1 for business. Practice always helps.