Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Future of Small Business Is Female

Women are making it happen, building businesses, fostering collaboration and mastering the world of social media.  We're good.  We're best at what we do.

Discover what women who started small businesses with BIG ambition are doing these days.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Inspiring You to Succeed

To commemorate Women's Entrepreneurship Day (11/19), here are 30 quotes from successful and powerful women entrepreneurs that will inspire and motivate you.

Pat yourselves on the back too for all your great work.

Read more:  30 Motivational Quotes from Women Entrepreneurs That Will Inspire you to Succeed

Saturday, November 12, 2016


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Below are a few organizations that work to fight for the rights of our most vulnerable populations, and ways you can volunteer or donate to make sure they are able to work harder than ever. Another one not mentioned on the list that I am involved in is Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global.

A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Useful Leadership Lessons

We started this blog, Escape From Corporate America, because so many women are fed up with Corporate America.  Yet, many women decide to stay in Corporate America by choice because whatever the setbacks in their careers, these challenges often provide useful leadership lessons that help propel their ascent and success.  That's the case with a new book by Joann S. Lublin.

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Joann S. Lublin, author of the new book, Earning It:  Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World, shares many real-life and compelling stories about workplace experiences and moving up advice from more than 50 corporate female leaders.  Some of the inspirational leaders featured in the book include Mary Dillon, CEO of Ultra, Virginia Rometty, CEO of IBM, and Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, to name just a few.

Whether you are an entrepreneur or corporate executive and you want to know what to do or what not  to do when you confront the challenges of the workplace, this book offers great practical advice in every chapter that will help you navigate the business world.  You can be smart about good choices and you can be candid about mistakes -- but the point is you must willing to put yourself out there, be courageous, take chances, and earn what you deserve.    

And for my men readers, please read this book.  We need you to help us succeed in business and in the executive suite.  Your mothers, wives, daughters, nieces and granddaughters will applaud you for your effort and support.  I will too.

To learn more about Earning It, and to order a copy, visit:

Photo courtesy:  Laurel Delaney

Sunday, October 30, 2016

To Grow, Find Good Mentors

Three out of 10 small businesses are owned by women nationally.  About two percent of them have broken the $1 million mark in revenues.  Why is it so hard to break into the million-dollar plus revenue range?  Many think it is because women lack good outside advisors.
But the people problems run far deeper than not having outside experts. About six in 10 of the [Kaufman Foundation] survey respondents said they lacked a strong support structure within their businesses.
Learn more:  Female business owners say they need mentors, marketing help

Note:  A good peer-to-peer advisory group is the Women Presidents' Organization.  (Disclosure:  I manage the Chicago market for WPO.)

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Never Be Afraid to Start Your Own Business

Artist Sylvia Sinel (pictured) said her craft is experiencing a revival.  Sinel moved from Sweden three years ago and said she "found her medium" in New Zealand.  In it, she wasn't afraid to start her own business.  After joining the Waikato Society of Potters, she started with ceramics.

Read more to learn what happened next:  From working with money to working with clay

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Take It Global Gals!

If you are in or around Chicago on Friday, October 21st, join us for the world's best little Global Small Business Forum held at 70 West Madison Street from 7:30 a.m. -- 4:30 p.m.  My company, Global TradeSource, Ltd. (GSBB Media, LLC) is hosting it.  You'll hear from entrepreneurs and business owners -- men and women alike -- talking about how they expanded their businesses internationally.

Our sponsors this year are:  CEI, MB Financial, TradeUp and Nixon Peabody.  Without them, this program would not be possible.

To learn more and to register, visit:  There's a fee involved but the good news is that you receive breakfast, lunch, all program content, and a copy of my latest Exporting book endorsed by Good to Great and Beyond Entrepreneurship best-selling author Jim Collins.  Students get a substantial discount.  Oh, and we are also auctioning off two really neat prizes:  an iPad mini and a Mio global health watch!  Eli's Cheesecake will be serving up something sweet and memorable for each attendee.

I hope to see you there! 

Illustration credit:  @2016 GSBB Media LLC, 2nd Annual Global Small Business Forum 2016.  All rights reserved.