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Meet Belen Barriga

Today we’d like to introduce you to Belen Barriga.

Hi Belen, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My name is Belen, and if you are from Ecuador then your aunt, your sister, your cousin, your middle name, your brother’s girlfriend, and your illegitimate grandfather’s mistress twice removed is also named “Belen.” What can I say, maybe there is something in the air in that part of the world, after all, it is right smack in the middle of the planet. Anyway, because of that, I rather you call me “Belu,” just for originality’s sake. Speaking of originality, I started a blog more than 6 years ago when blogs were not popular.

I am a free spirit who needs constant mental stimulation. I love life and I love to travel and experience all the beauty that this world has to offer. I get bored quickly! If a weekend goes by where I am not in motion, planning something, or living life to the fullest then it was just another weekend. I did not like working out at first, it was just not my thing. But once I got the bug I couldn’t imagine a whole week going by without going to the gym at least three times.

I have a degree in communications, and a background in radio and television, including as the Washington, DC correspondent for Telesur, an international South American network. As a local radio show producer and personality, I gained popularity in the world of media in the DC Metro region, and have now transferred all of my knowledge to the social media market to help businesses, artists, and organizations elevate their content to a professional level.

Besides my blog, I have a marketing agency, TEAMBELU LLC. I founded this agency a few years ago and we used to focus on entertainment only. Concerts, local events, parties, and all that fun stuff. During the pandemic, I decided to help local businesses promote their services using all platforms and that is how we are growing locally and internationally.

TeamBelu is located in Germantown, MD, and has a location in El Salvador. We created everything your business needs.

Alright, 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?
It has been a fun road, not smooth at all. As a Latina that moved to the US at the age of 20, things were not easy at all. The language (I still have a strong accent) the culture and the fact that I moved by myself made things hard but totally worthwhile.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a people person, my thing is to network, listen and learn from others. I enjoy going to events to meet new people. Part of my job is to understand the needs of the client and to help them improve their business using social media platforms. I love to connect with people as well. It is important for me to be myself and be real. If there is something that I and my team can not offer we will recommend you go to the right place.

Alright so before we go can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
Collaborations are super important to me and my team. Creating strong relationships and connections will help the agency grow.

I do collaborations with other bloggers, local brands, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and more. Not everything is business and money, we love to support other businesses by featuring them or joining them by visiting their locations and services.

If I go to a local restaurant with friends, for sure I will recommend it to other people and/or share it on my social media. Most connections start like that, inviting the community to visit and support local businesses.

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