Saturday, May 27, 2017

Is There a Secret to Becoming an Entrepreneur?

Two women entrepreneurs share their stories and secrets to becoming successful business owners. One believes customer service is the key and the other recommends that they have good advisers, a good attorney, good insurance, and  a “trusted network.”

One also highlighted this (and I so agree):
Being an entrepreneur, you have a spirit of you’re never really quite settled,” she said. “When everything is too easy, you’re not quite happy. You’re always kind of looking around like something is missing what should I be doing, is this really what I should be doing, at least that’s how I felt.”
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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Bias Impacts Whether Women Entrepreneurs Get Funding

Swedish researchers observing government venture capitalists over a year found that they described female and male investors quite differently, and not in a good way.
They suggested that bias, and the way those biases were phrased, may have impacted whether women got funding.
According to the Harvard Business Review article, "We Recorded VCs' Conversations and Analyzed How Differently They Talk About Female Entrepreneurs," male entrepreneurs received positive language (.e.g, bold!) about their "potential."  The women, on the other hand, tended to get a different set of comments (e.g., cautious and nervous) with emphasis on their looks.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Deals in Heels

Tennis star and entrepreneur Venus Williams is set to star in her own TV/entertainment series called Deals in Heels.  She will sit alongside a panel of other female magnates, as a mentor to five talented, up-and-coming female entrepreneurs who will pitch their business/investment ideas.
At a time where gender and pay equality are still major issues in both developing and developed countries, with the gender gap even larger for women of colour and black women, we are really looking forward to a TV show produced by women, starring women and supporting women-run businesses.
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Sunday, May 07, 2017

When Small Business Owners Dream, Everyone Wins

Recently, the United States Small Business Administration honored Monica Starks, president and C. Denise Griffith, CEO, of Detroit-based GS Group, LLC with the SBA Michigan Women Owned Small Business of the Year award as part of the SBA’s National Small Business Week.

Here's what the Small Business Administration said:
“When small business owners follow their dreams, everyone benefits. They create jobs and drive our economy, and as the world transforms, small business owners are our problem solvers. Faced with social, technological and economic changes, they see opportunities to build."
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Saturday, April 29, 2017

How to Complete Self-Certification In Less Than an Hour

Business owner Kiki Ramsey wanted to become certified as a Woman-Owned Small Business because she felt it would help her chances of getting even more federal business. However, she thought she had to pay a third-party company to provide the certification.

She was in for a pleasant surprise when she found out otherwise.  She could go two different routes:
  1. Self-Certification
  2. Third-party Certification 
The self-certification process is the path Kiki took with the benefit for her and many other female business owners interested in the federal marketplace is that it is free and relatively simple.

You can start the process by viewing this webinar.

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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
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