Sunday, April 29, 2012

Kick It Up a Notch: Open a Retail Store

Janice Winterboer, owner of Twigs, kicks it up a notch.  She got out of the retail sector for awhile, but continued to operate her interior design business out of her home.
“I decided to bring it up a notch and opened the store at 6 E. Third Ave. Then we outgrew that space and moved to Broad Street, the former Roman Rose Antique store,” Winterboer said. “We do floral design as well.”
Read the entire article here.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Young and the Restless Female Entrepreneurs brings you stories about innovative startups and their enthusiastic founders.

For example, instead of featuring an article here, we'll provide you with a forum thread:

What does it take to be a truly successful female entrepreneur?

These passionate young female entrepreneurs are bypassing Corporate America altogether!  See what others have to say here.

Here's one comment:
I think it takes hard work and determination, and a little help from veterans in the business field along the way.
Illustration credit here.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Finding a Balance Between Work and Home: Start an Online Business

Everyone who has kids and worked up until that point has these thoughts: how to have a career but at the same time, be available for your kids.

Keri Zingle worked as an engineer for high-tech firms in Ottawa and Vancouver.  Here's her quick backstory:
After having two children, she struggled to find a balance between work and home. She decided to become a stay-at-home mom and began her own online business, Craft Caravan. The subscription service is $10 each month for a new craft project shipped to your home. Suitable for children aged two to eight, Zingle tests the crafts on her brood before approving them for retail sales.
She offers advice for other stay-at-home moms thinking about starting their own business and explains why engineering and crafting share a lot of similarities.

Read the entire article here.

Illustration credit:  Craft Caravan

Monday, April 09, 2012

Working For Yourself

Frustrated with the lack of play areas where she could take her three children, Shyanne Lamb started Kenosha-based PlaynasiumPlaynasium is ...
An indoor play area, the space offers everything from playground equipment, to bounce houses, to playhouses, to Lego blocks, to puzzles and coloring for kids from 0 to 5.
Fast-forward four months. In addition to the kids playing, Ms. Lamb has hosted events including a vendor fair, birthday parties, a magician and an Easter egg hunt.

Learn more about Lamb's initiative and what else is going on in Wisconsin when it comes to women business ownership - read:

Women-owned firms growing in Wisconsin

Monday, April 02, 2012

Business Ownership Requires: Guts, Backbone and a Can-Do Spirit

That's what Marci Marceau practices -- guts, backbone and a can-do spirit -- to achieve success with her business, Luz's Mexican Food.

According to a recent report by American Express OPEN:
The number of women-owned businesses across the United States increased 54 percent over the past 15 years. That was a rate one a half times the average for all other businesses.
Marceau also attributes her Mom as a role model for encouraging her to go into business for herself.

Read her story here.

Photo credit:  DaMory Diapers -- also featured in the article.