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How Sonia Gangar Started And Grew Her Wedding And Events Planning Company, Chic Events By Sonia

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Weddings are always a wonderful and memorable event in anyone’s life. Not only do the bride and groom get to experience this momentous day, but their guests can also share in the magic of being able to celebrate love and a lifelong commitment. 

This is why Sonia Gangar started Chic Events by Sonia, a Toronto-based wedding and events planning company, with satellite bases in major cities globally like New York, Miami, and Chicago.

As the owner and creative director of Chic Events by Sonia, she uses her extensive background in fashion, event production, and marketing to create unique designs and experiences to give their clients a memorable experience. 

“As a little girl I was always in complete awe while attending weddings, everything was just so magical. From the moment the couple did their grand entrance, stunning designer outfits, cake cutting to their first dance as the couple gaze into each others eyes embarking a new journey together,” Sonia said. 

Her business started as a passion part-time project then grew to what it is today, as they do approximately 50 to 70 weddings a year globally. 

Specializing In South Asian Weddings 

One of the many characteristics that define Sonia is her sophistication. She’s the kind of woman who balances elegance with ease, who looks put together and yet never over-styled. 

Yet despite her love for all things luxurious, Sonia’s connection to her Indian roots remains strong as ever. And it just doesn’t reflect on her alone. It can also be seen in how she does business. 

Chic Events by Sonia specializes in South Asian luxury weddings.  

“As magical a wedding  day can be, there are so many moving pieces to a South Asian wedding, all the traditions, festivities, and religious components that need to be taken into consideration. We focus on the logistics, details and believe anything is possible! Our dedication is to our clients. We ease the stress that couples may feel during the planning process,” she said. 

Sonia also makes sure that she and her team deliver creativity, and expertly manage the process of securing your venue, referring reputable vendors, organizing the logistics to bring their clients’ vision to life.

Expanding Her Company

Presently, Chic Events by Sonia does around 50 to 70 weddings a year and has been in business for five years now, making their total number of events successfully completed just over 200. 

“We have satellite bases in New York City. We do weddings throughout the USA in cities like Seattle, Los Angeles, Miami and Chicago,” she said. 

But being a business-minded person, Sonia has a lot more planned for her company. And one of them is to launch in new areas like Europe and Asia for the coming year. 

She began by expanding their roots in the Caribbean. 

“We are so excited, we are launching wedding  planning services in the Caribbean this month, our team has been thorough in market research, securing travel partners, and have been officially certified,” Sonia shared. 

For more information, visit www.chiceventsbysonia.ca

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How Lori Fudens Deals With Burnout And Continue Her Goal Of Training Others

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A person’s appearance is an important part of their life as it helps provide them with confidence to get through life. And one way that people maintain their looks is by going to stylists who are well-equipped to get the job done efficiently. 

But before a stylist can work their magic on people, they first have to learn the basics of the trade to be able to produce good results. Fortunately, those in the Florida area have a good source of knowledge to guide them in the industry. 

Lori Fudens, is more than just a stylist, trainer, and salon owner. She is also an educator who facilitates classes to empower stylists who want to excel to higher potential and earn better by doing one on one education or group  salon classes on color, business, social media, and money. 

“I saw a need to help other stylists learn especially  when they didn’t have a mentor or training system near them,” she said. 

How She Copes 

Being a trainer and educator, Lori isn’t exempt from experiencing burnout especially if she spends a lot of time on her feet, or teaching others on days off. Yet, she has three ways to deal with it that others can take inspiration from. 

The first is to stop but not quit. 

“Take a deep breath. I spend time outside and breathe and take some self-care time! We can’t serve others from an empty cup right?” she said. 

Next, Lori shifts her attention to helping someone achieve a goal for them. 

“Anything, it doesn’t matter what it is. But, helping others is a way  to reverse whatever is happening from any burnout,” she offered. 

Lastly, she keeps a clear perspective on why she started, thus urging her to traverse the path that she has taken even further. 

Why She Trains Others

According to Lori, she started as a hairstylist because she loves making people look and feel great about themselves. But her innate love for teaching others inspired her to start training others to be great hairstylists. 

“I saw so many new stylists that were graduating beauty school and didn’t have the tools, or knowledge needed for the skill and self-confidence to build a good hair career. So when I was teaching salons as a brand educator I saw a bigger need and a huge gap of learning  in our industry,” she said. 

Eventually, Lori’s goal is to be able to help more hairstylists  outside her own geographical area.

For Lori, it was important for her to get out to more people and offer the knowledge and tools that she possesses. 

“I believe if you have a great thing, a product or service, and you truly give to others who need it and you help people selflessly and give way more than expected, it comes back,” she said. 

For more information, visit www.lorifudens.com.

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See How Entrepreneur Justin Jay Saunders Kept His Businesses Afloat Amidst The Pandemic Crises

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Justin Jay Saunders

Undoubtedly, the adverse effects of the Covid-19 pandemic were felt in all areas of business, including the lead generation industry. A lot of business, brands, and agency owners saw a diminishing return on their investments, and many were scared about how to survive the harsh economic realities. 

During this period, Justin Jay Saunders was creative with his business plans. He dynamically applied his skills, resulting in his businesses staying afloat and growing, despite others experiencing the opposites.

I look at everything as a new opportunity to do something great. So while a lot of people were complaining about the effects of Covid and how it is affecting the world, I made sure to do the opposite. I looked at how to adopt new things. 

In the lead industry, I noticed that there is an increase in demand than it had before. So if business owners are looking to and being forced to getting client online,” Saunders said.

Birthing a new system

This new mode of doing business means that the lead generation industry is changing and growing compared to the previous years. Especially with the outbreak of the pandemic, businesses will have to operate online majorly. This was effectively utilized by Justin Saunders, as he owns and runs four online businesses. In addition, his online presence has given him the leverage to work with over 400 online businesses, and this has shown a proven recipe for growth.

When Justin was speaking about the transition to online platforms, he reinforced the importance of taking advantage of it because many people are now online. As a result, it is easier to make the business operate compared to times in the past. He said:

I see the lead generation industry skyrocketing in the next couple of years because everyone is online right now. Everyone is, except you are not a real person. Fortunately, businesses are starting to understand that now. Back in 2018 when I first started, it was a different ball game. You had to sell the idea of getting customers online, now it is more of selling the system rather than the idea.”

For the smooth running of his businesses, Justin Saunders has put specific measures in place before Covid to ensure that the harsh economic realities do not affect them. According to him, his businesses will still work after covid because of the solid foundation that has been built in the businesses. In addition, the team has worked on improving clients’ results, and this will ensure that they keep trusting our services. 

Clients’ results are everything in the digital space, and there is always room for improvement with it,” Justin says. 

In addition to this, a lot of people are putting up their businesses online and creating an online presence. Justin Saunders adapted these types of measures into his business blueprints.  

People are getting into the online space of coaching, consulting, E-Commerce and so on. This shows that simply providing services online is making more demands for lead generation now more than before. I believe this will continue to have more positive effects on the industry,” Justin says.

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Hendrix Music Group: Built From A Survivor, This Mogul Sees Success In His Future

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Vision, foundation, passion and drive are just a few of the many key components required to build and manage a successful record label. From humble beginnings, to now flourishing a promising name for itself, Hendrix Music Group is rapidly on its way to becoming the recording label industry’s next big highlight! Headed by CEO, Jimmy Hendrix, HMG is one of the few recording companies that takes pride in bringing the best out of one’s artistry. Hailing from East Oakland California, Hendrix has years of experience, fresh marketing strategies, and representing first-rate artists to take their music to the next level. Inspired by hip-hop media mogul Russell Simmons and west-coast rapper Too Short, Hendrix knew from an early age that he wanted to make his mark in the music industry. 


At age 20, Hendrix became a survivor of gun violence and now uses a wheelchair, but he did not let the circumstances hold him back from following his dreams. After discovering his own zeal behind the scenes working with artists, producers and managers over the years, it became clear that his own motivation, optimism and eye for undiscovered potential would lead him to launch HMG. Hendrix takes an honest and straightforward approach to successfully managing small and large acts which include artists such as Kimbo Takeoff and Kooley Sanchez. Hendrix has developed the skills of networking, building influence, and providing proper outlet promotion for the artists HMG represents, but now realizes it’s time to leverage himself and tell his own unique story.  


Dedication to talent, entrepreneurial pride, and overcoming obstacles are only a piece of the perspective when it comes to the mission of Hendrix Music Group. In recent years, the HMG team started to make their presence known in the music business between the Atlanta Metro area and the Bay area, while planning to expand to different cities and markets nationwide. Hendrix is determined to make HMG a household name that’s a force to be reckoned with by staying true to his focused business mindset, and natural born hustling spirit. Hendrix has no choice but to leave a legacy, which is one of his many dreams that must be fulfilled. 


In 2021, HMG artist Kimbo Takeoff released his highly anticipated project titled Galen Way Baby which includes standout tracks such as “Pop My Shit” and “Fly N***a” with OG Bandz. Just this week Kimbo Takeoff also released his long-awaited video for his single “Cream” filmed on Galen Way and now streaming on YouTube. Kooley Sanchez, another one of HMG’s prized artists released his project Land Surfing that features undeniable hits such as “Wartown Soldier” and “Pouring Drank in Oakland”. The Newest Member of HMG is JayDaNavyy, Rapper/TikTok creator. Look out for him this summer. Hendrix Music Group aims to strengthen each of it’s artist’s releases and get them ready for global success.

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