We had the good fortune of connecting with Louize Fiore and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Louize, what do you attribute your success to?
I sincerely owe the success of my brand to the community around me. When I first started Aequibelli Law and The Bellimori Foundation, I knew I was going to have many obstacles as new businesses do. Starting two endeavors at the same time can be extremely nerve-wracking. To add to it all, I decided to start my brand during the pandemic with little to no funding. I knew I had the never-ending support of my family; my husband has stood next to me throughout this adventure and my mother always ensures my work ethic never falters.

When beginning your entrepreneur adventure, you must be confident in yourself and your own abilities. You must create your own opportunities and never lose sight that you will succeed. But have the real, honest knowledge that you do not know everything and you will need to create and depend on your network for assistance.

With that in mind, I knew I had many professional questions that I alone could not answer. What is the best method of structuring the entities? What are the different types of non-profits and which is best for my non-profit mission? Sure, I know business law but what about tax law? How should I brand the businesses? How should I market when I’m in the height of a pandemic with mandatory stay-home policies? How do I network when there is no in-person networking during COVID-19? How to maximize social media when I’m just starting? How to ensure my for-profit clients have the outside resources for their cases? How to access top field experts in assisting my non-profit foundation’s mission?

I knew I needed help. I wouldn’t have all the answers, resources, and know-how. So, I relied heavily on fellow entrepreneurs and they immediately surrounded me with support. Without the support of other entrepreneurs and experts within their own fields, I would not have the success I am fortunate enough to experience today, especially in such a short amount of time. The biggest reason behind Aequibelli Law and The Bellimori Foundation being successes lies in the simple knowledge that, although I was and remain confident in my own expertise, I needed help, support, and guidance.

It has been said that it takes a village to raise a child. Because I believe that your brand and business(es) are your own children, I believe you will need your own village. I was immensely fortunate to have created my village in the very beginning of launching my brand. These amazing professionals believed in me enough to stand next to me even when we all knew my endeavors were tall orders from inception. They have all assisted me and continue to be my support as my brand grows. I know that as Aequibelli Law and The Bellimori Foundation expands, my village will expand as well. My goal is to pay forward the respect and support I have continued to receive by being a member of a new entrepreneur’s village.

What should our readers know about your business?
Aequibelli Law is a for-profit law firm that specializes in Immigration, Real Estate, Business Law and Civil Litigation. We are a boutique firm that focuses on clients’ legal outcomes while never forgetting that they are individuals with their own life stories, goals, and aspirations. Aequibelli Law strives to ensure that legal outcomes provide life-impacting opportunities. We want our immigrant clients to know they can build professional and personal lives in the United States; real estate and business clients to feel secure and confident in their new acquisitions; and civil litigants to receive judicial justice that helps them move forward.

The Bellimori Foundation is an operating foundation that seeks to assist marginalized communities within the South Florida area by providing basic support ranging from assistance with legal services, mental health services, and education. We believe that assisting immigrants and low-income individuals/families in obtaining the right resources is key to their success. Our goal is to hold various, free educational seminars with top professionals in their fields in order to properly provide this community with the important tools and support. Access to knowledge about legal services, housing, education, and mental health providers can provide the equal footing necessary to propel these members of our society forward into sustainable opportunities.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
In a week trip, it’s definitely worth it to take a day and visit South Beach and its white sands. Just off the main tourist strip are all sorts of great bars, restaurants, and live music venues for those that want to go off the beaten path. I would definitely suggest, for someone into architecture, to check out the newly renovated Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood. Its design and floor plan, in my opinion, rivals some of the premier Las Vegas’ hotels.

There are also tons of museums to check out. Some of my favorites are the nature and science museums like the beautiful Frost Museum in downtown Miami to art and architectural ones like the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in West Palm Beach.

I would also highly encourage any art and food enthusiast to check out the refurbished Wynwood area in North Miami for street art and great restaurants. There are so many options that a week may not be enough!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I received unimaginable support from Alex Hache with Hache & Co Accountants & Consultants in structuring the best business models for both my for-profit law firm and my non-profit, operating foundation. I received so much knowledge that only comes from decades in the business of branding new endeavors from Tatiana Malinine with Molt Branding in creating, designing, and marketing my brand. My legal mentors, such as Inna Shapovalov with Citizenship & Visa Experts, an Immigration Law Firm, were steadfast in supporting me and guiding me through the business of running a law firm.

Aequibelli Law was immediately surrounded by the best in all different professional areas that were outside my expertise. I immediately had support for my corporate clients seeking payroll assistance from Javier Fernandez with ADP; had guidance in everything real estate from Sophie Meaulle with Sophie Meaulle, P.A.; had the best mental health experts like Marni Winters with CWCSF and Dr. Jennifer Ackrish in psychology for my clients suffering from trauma directly related to their asylum claims. The Bellimori Foundation was fortunate to receive a flock of support from my local community in providing venue for our seminars; technology support for the presentations; and guest speakers ranging from legal services to housing experts.

Website: www.aequibellilaw.com www.thebellimorifoundation.com

Instagram: @aequibelli @thebellimori

Linkedin: Aequibelli Law The Bellimori Foundation

Facebook: @aequibellilaw @thebellimori

Image Credits
The Aequibelli Law & The Bellimori Foundation pictures are by Tatiana Malinine with Molt Branding. All other pictures are of me with my family and/or events.

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