Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Challenges and Rewards to Being a Female Entrepreneur

At a recent panel discussion, three female entrepreneurs shared their stories of how they started their businesses, the challenges they faced and the rewards it provided them.  The article below highlights some of their advice.  For example:
“You need a good business plan,” she said. “Any of you who are looking to put a business together, I strongly suggest to you to put that business plan together and research it.”
The entrepreneurs featured are:
  1. Robin Phipps of Kearney, Green Thumb Design and Scholarship Coaching for Youth
  2. Lisa Johnson of McCool Junction, Kerry’s Restaurant and Catering
  3. Ashlee Schneider of Grand Island, Snap Fitness
Read more.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Sharing Best Lessons Learned in Entrepreneurship

Women entrepreneurs share their best lessons learned from their experiences being entrepreneurs.  Here's one tip.
She [Bernadette Reid, from Halifax who runs Sankofa Marketing and Sales] says her best advice for women starting out is to ask for help. Why reinvent the wheel when you can learn from other’s mistakes? She also says women in business shouldn’t be afraid to make mistakes: if something isn’t working, try something else.
Read more here.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Natalie Kaddas Shows Us How to Take a Business Global

Photo courtesy: Kaddas Enterprises; Natalie Kaddas, CEO, Kaddas Enterprises with President Obama
For those of you who run businesses where you aspire to take it global, you might want to look at an upcoming WEGGinar™ that takes place tomorrow, 4/5.  The presenter, business owner Natalie Kaddas (pictured), talks about what she has done to bring global success to her company.

The webinar is no charge thanks to Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global (WEGG) sponsors (UPS, BAL and IBM) and if you don't have the time to listen to the recording tomorrow, you can always listen to it later.  I'll be on the call handling the Q&A.  Hope you can join us and feel free to ask questions!  We'll deliver answers.

Register here:

On a different yet inspiring note, check out 10 Pioneering Women Artists History Forgot

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Meet the Tea Lady

Jennifer Gerdes began selling tea and handcrafted candles and other artisan goods when she started her own business, J. Cottage Industries, four years ago.  Now she has a knack for it and has become known as 'the tea lady'.  She recently opened a formal tea party at the State Farmers Market in The Market Tea Room and Country Store which opened there March 25.
"It's a space that is really all about honoring what's made right here in South Carolina," [Dupre] Percival [owner and operator of Dupre Catering and Events] said. "It's really about hospitality and Jennifer's tea room is the icing on the cake. It's a place for people to sit, talk and just enjoy being together."
Read more here.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

You are Never Too Young to Start a Business

Eight-year old Oklahoma entrepreneur Londyn Bond took a trip to a jewelry store, which sparked an idea, and spurred her to start her own business making bracelets.

Londyn's Moments, as it is called, are a range of bracelets that sell from 10 to 15 dollars a piece. Half of the profits goes toward supplies for new products and the other half goes into savings
She makes each bracelet within a few minutes and then sells them to people all over and at different trade shows.
It goes to show you that you are never too young to start a business.  Read more here.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Good Girl Business Owner

The title of this post is a joke and it goes like this.  From a woman business owner:

“When I had the fan motor in my walk-in freezer [at her business] replaced, I bought an extra one since the guy had trouble figuring out the underlying problem. When I told him there was another fan motor he said, ‘Good girl,’” Ross says.

That's a man acting condescending toward a woman business owner.  So my advice to you today?  When a repairman treats you that way, tell him to take a hike.  Then call the company, report the encountering and say, "Your good little repair person is never coming back here and I will never use your service again."

Read some other far more charming and enlightening small business stories here.