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Hidden Gems: Meet Elaine Ventura Filpo of M.I.A COLOURGIRL

Today we’d like to introduce you to Elaine Ventura Filpo.

Hi Elaine, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
First of all, thank you so much for showing interest in me and for giving me the opportunity to share my story.

My name is Elaine and I am of Dominican descent, based in a small town in Texas called Eagle Pass. I am a Latina momma of four small humans and two big fur babies, tackling parenthood with my college sweetheart.

I started my nail polish business when I was forced to leave my job due to the 2020 pandemic. Something that started off as just a fun hobby turned out to be another source of income.

I had no intentions of making this a “job thing” but further along the way, I started to become passionate about it.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Oh, the struggle is real! To me, when it comes to figuring out this whole entrepreneurship thing, you kinda have to be prepared mentally for the ship to sink at any given time.

Especially in the beauty industry because there are so many nail polish companies that sometimes I lose sight of my purpose.

But I do as much research as I can and study them so that my team and I can figure out their strategies or flaws, and that way we can improve and beat them or become better.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about M.I.A COLOUR GIRL?
M.I.A COLOURGIRL is my baby! As I mentioned before, I started the brand during the pandemic just playing around with colors since the salons were all closed for quarantine.

My hands needed some TLC so I decided to become my own nail tech. In the process, I ended up creating some fun colors with my kids. After some positive feedback from my insta followers, I created a website, and MIA CG was born!

Although this is something that I do out of passion, the main purpose and the real reason behind the brand is to help charity organizations. I came up with a call of action project called Colors For A Cause where proceeds from each order made are donated to an organization; specifically women and children to help with shelter needs and other resources.

Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
I feel like self-improvement plays a big role in how you handle and manage any kind of business so it makes sense that having the right mentor or surrounding yourself with like-minded people will help you reach your potential goal.

Ideally, if you want to become a millionaire, network with millionaires – and if you want to be mediocre then go sit with the mediocre.

One of my favorite quotes goes: “You are the average of the people you hang with, choose your tribe wisely”.

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