Carlos Valderrama, Founder of Valderrama Partners, LLC, has been an entrepreneur since he launched his first business at the age of 16. Now, his company is dedicated to helping other entrepreneurs succeed.
"We provide business assistance services to entrepreneurs and business owners," he said. "Originally, we began just providing tax services to the general public, but it evolved toward the large need of business owners. We decided to expand our services away from just personal tax to providing financial resources like accounting and payroll to sales and corporate tax. We also consult on how to start a business, addressing the corporate formalities all the way to comprehensive operations assistance."
Now Valderrama Partners is expanding into service for international investors looking to launch businesses in Florida. But whether assisting entrepreneurs to relocate to Florida or helping entrepreneurs already here, Valderrama Partners maintains its focus on being a one-stop-shop for entrepreneurs.
"Our competition focuses on two things - taxes and accounting," Valderrama explained. "All they know are taxes and accounting. Even accountants don't know the different types of corporate forms and have limited knowledge on actual functioning of businesses. They know numbers but not marketing, distribution or business planning. We provide the one-stop-shop to help them create websites, and do the marketing and licensing from concept all the way to the shelf."
Valderrama's advice to aspiring entrepreneurs is that preparation and passion are required. "You’ve got to be well prepared," he said. "Learn as much as you can about the market and competitors. Then the bottom line is deep inside, you need to believe and be passionate about what you want to do. If you're following the mighty dollar, that's not going to cut it because you have to be passionate that you're making a difference in whatever you're doing."