Thursday, November 10, 2011

María Eugenia Márquez >

María Eugenia Márquez, Owner & Founder, Chee-Argentina

What do you need to be an entrepreneur?
First of all, huge love for life. Then, a combination of courage to make decisions, firmness to know your target and overcome difficulties, and the core item: PASSION everywhere.

What did inspire you to start your business?
The huge love for my country and knowing it deeply. I traveled since I was very young throughout the vast Argentine land and was able to appreciate its rich and diversified culture. I understood that it is a nation with notorious contributions to the world and with highly distinctive characteristics that make it a quite controversial region. That tempted me to reveal the authentic Argentine culture. Also, I was inspired by the desire to be the exclusive owner of my future.

How did you finance it?
With my own funds, and then I needed financial assistance. And I was lucid enough to postulate to the BAE 2011 program and be awarded with a grant.

Being Hispanic… Does it have any influence on your business?
Absolutely, because of the kind of service my company offers. We offer cultural activities, and my biggest drive is to spread our culture through our Latin zeal to get together as a family.

In the face of adversity, how do you decide to keep going?
I just think it will neither be the first nor the last adverse situation to face, that what matters is learning to go on. Each adverse situation I overcome is a step closer to success. We can learn from every mistake.

What is the biggest challenge your business has faced?
Accurately communicating our proposal to a demanding and sophisticated market. Choosing a creative and innovative team to implement the idea.

If you could change one thing about your business, what would it be?
I wouldn’t change anything at all. I would only try to avoid the love for my company from becoming my only life style

What was your childhood ambition?
To excel myself day by day and stand out for living according to my desires.

Tell us about three entrepreneurs that you admire?
Henry Ford
Thomas Edison
La Madre Teresa de Calcuta

For business meetings: breakfast, lunch, or dinner?
Coffee is just enough.

What sacrifices on your personal life did you have to make in order to become a business success?
Using all my financial resources, setting certain pleasures aside

What is your favorite quote?
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Is it difficult to be unconventional?
For me, it is difficult to be conventional.

Biggest mistake made?
Wasting time being around people not suitable for my company. Time is money

Do you consider yourself an innovator? Why?
I think of myself as an innovator because I always try to transform things.

About Chee-Argentina
Chee Argentina organizes events enabling close contact with the Argentine culture. It aims at everyone interested in participating, actively, in events related to local culture.
The company purpose is to provide access to a deep knowledge of Argentine culture, as well as the possibility to experience Argentine customs and understand the national identity.
Inbound and cultural event tour operator satisfying the need to disclose the true native culture.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This looks like a great idea!!! Keep going!

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