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Once an hourly employee at Hollister & Co, entrepreneur Emmanuel Almonor now owns one of the largest business networks in Orlando, Florida. From call centers to his own Omega Music Label, Emmanuel has built up a veritable empire of small businesses and online ventures. The serial entrepreneur turned producer now works with artists and producers including Tyla Yaweh, London On Da Track, Off the Wall OTW407, Young Gambino, Easy$Jav, and Ripper De La Hoya.
Almonor was not simply handed success, however. Born on May 22, 1992 into a hardworking Miami family, he learned quickly what it takes to overcome one’s situation. By age seventeen, Almonor was working a minimum wage job at Hollister and fixing electronics in his free time. “After a few years of fixing friends’ phones and X-Boxes, I kind of had a knack for it,” Almonor recounts. “I was approached by a manager of a local AT&T store that said he liked my personality and thought I’d be a good fit for sales. I got hired and by my second month was among the top ten salesmen in the company nationwide.”
By his third month, Almonor was promoted to store manager and began to look further out than a future in sales alone. He began saving up money to start his own business, keeping it close to the chest until he found a business worth investing in. He kept expenses low, saving up cash and biding his time until the right opportunity presented itself.
Almonor’s patience finally paid off at one late-night poker game: “One night while playing poker I met a guy that was blowing his money,” he remembers, “so I asked him, ‘What do you do for a living that you’re able to spend so much on cards?’ He told me that he owned a couple of call centers, running various programs in the area. I knew nothing about call centers, but exchanged information thinking I could team up to open my own.”
Fast forward one year and Almonor had saved up enough to open a call center of his own. Now a district manager at AT&T, he was taking a major risk striking out on his own, but Almonor had been preparing, picking up business and sales skills along the way. Despite a few initial ups and downs, the call centers soon took off, and Almonor was able to invest the earnings into other small businesses. Within a year, our young entrepreneur had bought up car washes, lawn care services, prepaid phone stores and even daycares, expanding his businesses’ reach across the Orlando area.
Having gained success with his call centers and later with a series of income-tax offices, Almonor looked to expand into something that had always been close to his heart: Orlando’s music scene:
“My main project now is getting Orlando to the next level in the music industry. Helping artists be successful from Orlando instead of moving to another city has become a real passion of mine.” Almonor’s Omega Music Label now works with artists and producers including A boogie wit da Hoodie, Migos, Tyla Yaweh, London On Da Track, Off the Wall OTW407, Young Gambino, JavTheRipper, and De La Hoya.
Past music, Almonor’s story of hustle and success has also sparked multiple speaking engagements, as he now looks to share his expertise with the next generation of entrepreneurs. Success doesn’t come easy, though, and Almonor would be the first to admit it. His drive and self-discipline took years to hone, and the time he spent learning business and people skills were just as important as the years he spent building the businesses themselves.
When asked what drove him to success, however, Almonor’s answer is heartfelt and movingly close to home. “My main motivation to success was being able to take care of my mom,” he explains. “Once I started making the income I needed to, I made sure I could help my mom retire and take care of everything she needed. She gave me her life raising me and I wanted to make sure that I could repay her the same.”
As he looks to expand his music label and partake in future business ventures, Almonor has a few words of wisdom for the generations under him: “The key to success is consistency,” he says. “Go hard for what you want and don’t be afraid to chase your dreams. If you sit around wondering, it will never happen. You got to go out and get it!” Words to live by, from one of Orlando’s truly homegrown entrepreneurs.