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Meet Josephine Villaseñor of Long Beach Balloons & More

Today we’d like to introduce you to Josephine Villaseñor.

Josephine, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I got into the Party Supply and Party Equipment Rentals business when I was 15 years old and ever since then, been in it for 21 years and doing balloon creations. I have built up my client list, my vendor list and my reputation as being honest, paying attention to detail and excellent customer service and I provide the best party equipment and party supplies to my clients. I was in a partnership with another business, it was going great until the environment became hostile, negative, abusive and constantly lying. I did not want to be associated with that place anymore and my health was getting worse, so I resigned. I am so thankful that I did and very humble with the support, the love and the help that I am receiving from opening up my own business. People know me by my good heart, my soul, my spirit, my good nature, my helpfulness and how I connect with everyone. That is what I want my business to be. I’m a 1st Nation child from 4 different tribes, Hispanic, Latina, Irish, Mexican-Indian, Polynesian, Australian, Filipino mixed Bi-Sexual American. I come from a big family of 20 brothers and sisters including me (I’m the 15th).

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Well in starting your business there is no abundance of hill and mountains to climb if you do not know what you are doing. I’m very lucky to have small business owners as family and friends that helped me with some obstacles. I really didn’t know the process or where to go to get a permit or license or even register my business. It was scary but having people with the knowledge of how to, I was ok. It’s a learning process and I have to admit that I loved and hated it.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Long Beach Balloons & More – what should we know?
Long Beach Balloons & More is a local Long Beach mobile home based business. My business is mobile, it goes with me wherever I go and I love it. I can be in Ontario and conduct business or in San Diego and still take business calls. Well my business specializes in Balloon Creations, Balloon Arches, Balloon Columns, Tents/Canopies, Tables, Chairs, Linens, Jumpers/Bounce Houses/Inflatables, Climbing Rock Wall, Obstacle Courses, Candy, Piñatas, Hand painted Piñata Bats, Candy/Dessert/Snack Bar Buffet, Catering, Party Setups, Event Planning, Snow Cones Machine, Popcorn Machine, Cotton Candy Machine, Cocktail Tables, DJ Services, Wedding’s, Quinceanera’s, Baby Shower’s, Birthday’s, we do it all here. I’m proud of my company for the fact we are truly involved with our community. I’m a Board Member to Long Beach CERT- Community Emergency Response Team, Board Member on Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance, member to Midtown Neighborhood Association, Wrigley Community Watch Leader, Midtown Community Watch, American Red Cross Volunteer, just to name a few that I am a part of and help. What sets new apart from other businesses in my field is that I care about my clients and my community. People can count on me to be there for them. I have helped people that are homeless, animals that are homeless, giving back to your community shows what type of person you are and I will continue to help.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Being open, honest and community oriented.

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