Saturday, April 20, 2019

After You Work for a Genius, Can You Go Off On Your Own?

Marilyn Van Alstyne (pictured) left working for P. Diddy and started her own business, EMVE Management.  Here's how her thinking went.
“After realizing that I worked alongside Puff for 20 years, I started to think to myself, if I worked for a genius and he has built all of this, what can I build on my own?” After long days of self-reflection, Van Alstyne did what millions of people yearn to find the courage to do: She quit her job.
Keep in mind that Marilyn started working for P. Diddy as an intern and felt she had landed her dream internship.
While still in high school, Van Alstyne traveled 1.5 hours each way to the Combs Office in Manhattan. Back then Uber did not exist, and taxi cabs didn’t come to her neighborhood, so she did what needed to be done.  While only being compensated with two tokens and $5 a day, Van Alstyne dedicated her life to being one of the most reliable and respected women at Combs Enterprises.
She did it all:  answered phones, reconciled accounts, everything to grow a business.  After 4 years, she became an employee. The rest is history.  Did she have doubts before she left?  You bet.
“For a while, I’d ask myself, what if I do not make it? Now that there is no Bad Boy or Puff to lean on, can I do this on my own?” pondered Van Alstyne. 
Read more to learn what happened with Marilyn and how she shares her top 3 money lessons.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Is Being Called a Female Entrepreneur a Label?

Being an entrepreneur is hard -- male or female.

Business owner Susan Guillory (pictured) says:
People like to create two categories for business owners: entrepreneurs and female entrepreneurs. I have never understood why the two have to be separated. 
What about you?  Do you think there is or should be a distinction between male and female entrepreneurs?  Do you find that being called a female entrepreneur is a label?

To brush up, read an old EFCA blog post (9/14/07), "Are Male and Female Entrepreneurs Really That Different?"

Read on to learn additional thoughts from Guillory on this topic, including, how to come up with your own unique style.

Saturday, April 06, 2019

Becoming Billionaires

The infographic featured in the article below shows how far women can reach with hard work and perseverance. Highlighting their accomplishments is especially important so it can inspire young girls to go after anything they put their minds to.

Read more about women becoming billionaires.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

The Truth About Women in International Trade

There are more than 163 million women entrepreneurs worldwide yet many of them are not global.  Why is that?  That is a question I asked myself many years ago and it troubled me so long that I decided to do something about it.

First, I started exporting products on my own and then, I launched wegg®.  That's when I discovered the real power and strength of taking a business global -- and  learned that women can do it just as easily as men.

Learn more about women in international trade and the birth of wegg®.

Photo courtesy:  CoWomen on Unsplash

Saturday, March 23, 2019

The Journey for Women Entrepreneurs Is Challenging

The journey for women entrepreneurs is challenging and requires strength, grit and perseverance.  If it were easy, all women would be starting businesses.  The SBA knows this and wants to put the wind behind the sails of all women who aspire to take an idea and launch a business.  They work at leveling the playing field for women.

SBA says that knowing the right people can make a world of a difference.
We want to do everything we can to connect women entrepreneurs with the right people so they can spend less time trying to get a seat at the table and more time growing their business.
Learn more about the journey for women entrepreneurs.

Photo courtesy:  Andrew Nael on Unsplash

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Smile and Have Fun on St. Patrick's Day

©2019 Laurel J. Delaney.  All rights reserved.
As an entrepreneur and business owner, don't take yourself too seriously.  Remember to smile and have fun, especially on St. Patrick's Day.

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Women-Owned Businesses Are the Growth Engine for the U.S. Economy

Happy day-after International Women's Day!  I hope you celebrated the successes of women entrepreneurs all over the world.

Women-owned businesses continue to be a growth engine for the U.S. economy.  The number of women-owned businesses that applied for funding in 2018 increased by 13 percent, according to an annual study of women-owned companies by Biz2Credit, a leading online credit marketplace for small companies.
But it revealed that loans for women entrepreneurs where nearly one third less than for their male counterparts.
The study also revealed that the average loan amount for women-owned companies was $48,341 last year. The most common type of funding was working capital for business expansion.

Learn more how the lending gap narrows for women business owners, but it's still 31% less than for men.

Photo by Suhyeon Choi on Unsplash.