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Join the Sausalito-Viña del Mar Sister Cities Council for a networking mixer at Wellingtons Wine Bar to meet and greet our special guests from Viña del Mar, Chile!

Seven Women, Seven Days, Seven Dreams Reception  
Friday, April 19th
5:30 to 8:00 pm

 Wellingtons Wine Bar
300 Turney Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

Seven Women~
Sausalito sisters (host families) graciously open their homes to welcome Viña del Mar's seven sisters: Patricia Alcaíno, Edith Arce, Carolina Arroyo, Genoveva Badilla, Alejandra Berrios, Orieto Biso, and Rudith Escobar.

Seven Days~
In March a Sausalito-Viña del Mar Sister Cities delegation visited the Agep-V women's organization in Viña del Mar. Working from Viña with the fabulous team back home in Sausalito, the Sister Cities Council pulled together an extraordinary program for the women's seven day visit to California.

Seven Dreams~
The itinerary for their seven day visit is the stuff that dreams are made of!

What Chilean woman doesn't dream of meeting Chile's celeb par excellence author Isabel Allende?

Ms. Allende has agreed to welcome our guests to her Sausalito "House of the Spirits," her studio/office that the novelist shares with her husband, attorney William C. Gordon.

And this is only the beginning!

The program continues with a day trip to Sonoma Valley wineries
Marimar Estate Vineyards & Winery and Cline Cellars, stopping for lunch at Viansa Winery, a visit to Heath Ceramics in Sausalito, a visit to Cavallo Point, a day in Petaluma, a session with Amicus Therapeutics' CEO John F. Crowley, a meeting with Cowgirl Creamery owners Sue Conley and Peggy Smith, a meeting with VP of marketing for Mineral Fusion, Tim Schaeffer, and a presentation on Money Management by Flynn McDonald at Sister Cities Council member Roxanne Sheridan's historic mansion, The Pines.

Scheduled as well is a visit to Willow Creek Academy to say hello to the pen pals that correspond between Willow Creek and Colegio Sagrada Familia in Reñaca. 

Yours truly has organized a day long program of small business seminars, in Spanish, in collaboration with the Renaissance Center Marin.

This seminar is made possible by the generous support of Sharon Miller, CEO of Renaissance Entrepreneurial Center, and her staff, specifically Marin Center's Fermín Álvarez, as well as with the valuable support of Mark Quinn, District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

I am very grateful to the hard working team that has made this seminar possible, working on every detail for months!

 Participating organizations include:

Laurie O'Hara, Working Solutions
Daniela Salas, Mission Asset Funds
Hannah Kelly-Bell, SBA
Gabriela Sapp, SBDC

Also, Renaissance Center Marin will host a round table session with local Latin American and Chilean entrepreneurs, including La Cocina client Gisell Osorio, Sabores del Sur, and Lorena Acuña, LA Travel & Tours, among others...

I would also personally like to thank Mary Kelly, Renaissance Entrepreneurial Center Marketing Coordinator and Assistant to the CEO, Luis Vizcardo, Renaissance Center Mid-Peninsula, Renaissance Center Marin's Lucero De Leon, and Renaisance client Organix Café & Juice Bar.

Sausalito restaurants have been most generous in meeting our budget needs to give a Bay Area culinary flair to this dream come true: The Spinnaker,  Copita Tequileria y Comida, Viansa Winery, F3 Fast Food Français, Angelino Restaurant, Saylor's Restaurant and Bar, Organix Café & Juice Bar , Wellingtons Wine Bar, Poggio Trattoria, and the Sausalito Yacht Club.

So jazz it up and join us at Wellingtons Wine Bar on Friday, April 19th.

¡Nos vemos!

Paula Tejeda
Chile Lindo



Cheryl Popp, PoppInc. Marketing & Media Relations, traveled with the sister city delegation to Viña del Mar and wrote the following article, published on March 27, ... to read article click here.

Asociación Gremial de Empresarias y Profesionales
Quinta Región

Association of Women Entrepreneurs for the
Fifth Region -- Viña del Mar, Valparaíso 

The Association of Women Entrepreneurs, AGEP-V, came about after six women entrepreneurs in Viña del Mar decided to grow and prosper under their Association's mission statement.   


The group's main objective is to give each other support while generating business opportunities, such as reaching out to new markets to commercialize their products and to offer their services. AGEP-V members exchange information while giving each other encouragement.


AGEP-V was founded on September 1, 2000.



Carolina Arroyo 
Carolina is President of the Association of Women Entrepreneurs AGEP-V. She has a law degree from the University of Valparaíso. She has taught Labor Law, Tax Law and Commercial Law. She owns an arts and crafts store specializing in "country" decorative items. She has won multiple awards including "Best Professor" at the Law School for five consecutive years. She has also participated in many Arts and Crafts Fairs as well as in Art and Painting exhibits.

Valparaíso 3 Art
Alejandra Berríos 
Alejandra Berrio
Alejandra studied graphic design at the University of Valparaíso and has a Masters in Communication and Education Technology. She has her own company since 1999, "Diseño Integrado." She advises small and medium size businesses on image design and corporate communications. She participated in an education project on e-Learning at the Federico Santa María University, where she designed virtual imagery and where she became interested in online learning. She now develops and designs learning resources for online courses.

 Diseño Integrado
Genoveva Badilla 
Genoveva has a degree in hotel management, and is also a fisheries engineer. Along with a long list of management courses she worked at the Ministry of Economics for the Fisheries Department. She originally owned a store that retailed electronic products and computers. Her latest venture is a tourism company named "Enjoy & Travel".

Enjoy & Travel
Rudith Escobar 
Rudith Escobar
Rudith owns a beauty Spa in Reñaca where she offers massages, pedicures, manicures, thermal mud therapeutics, make up application and where she retails thermal mud products plus other beauty products. Years back, she lived in Spain where she started a Chilean food eatery. She went on to enroll in beauty and computer courses. She is now the Association's treasurer.

Spa Natureza
Patricia Alcaíno 
Patricia Alcaino
Patricia speaks German and a bit of English. She lived in Germany for 15 years returning to Chile in 1991. She then incorporated into the family business called "Tejidos Ana Pereira," a knitwear company and retail store. Later she partnered with another knitwear company called "Tejidos Ricetto." She applied for seed capital to start her own business in 1997 and opened a B&B called "Hostal Destino Bellavista." She is a founding member of AGEP-V.

Hostal Destino Bellavista
Orieta Biso
Orieta biso
Orieta started her business of commercial embroidery in 1997 when she bought her first embroidery machine. She produced T- shirts, sweatshirts, and other clothing items. She has since acquired seed capital on two occasions to invest in equipment. She has also taken business courses in administration, marketing, and personal growth. Besides that, she is the proprietor of a Bed & Breakfast.

Brodery Bordados
Edith Arce
Edith Arce
Edith and her husband own a bakery which has been in operation for 30 years. For the past five years she has owned a  ̈Hostal ̈ (which is more along the lines of a B&B vs what we call hostels) called "Plenovalpo," which is slang for "in the heart of Valparaíso." She has won numerous awards as an entrepreneur and is dedicated to promoting women in business. She has been awarded seed capital a number of times from government grants to help launch her company.


Hope to see you at Wellingtons Wine Bar on Friday, April 19th!

Paula Tejeda
CL Emp  
Chile Lindo
2944 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 621-6108
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