Sunday, December 23, 2012

Wishing You Peace and Joy This Holiday Season

©Laurel Delaney 2012, "The Driehaus Museum, Chicago"
Photo courtesy:  ©Laurel Delaney 2012, "The Driehaus Museum, Chicago."

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Women Entrepreneurs Are Alive, Well and Thriving

Over at Small Business Trends, Sramana Mitra (pictured) provides three examples of interesting women entrepreneurs operating in diverse industries -- from educational technology to online music.

As she points out:
These entrepreneurs prove the adage that a good idea coupled with persistence and focus on quality pays off in the end.

Gender is irrelevant.
 Read:  Women Entrepreneurs:  Alive and Well, Thank You Very Much!

Learn more about Sramana here.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

When You Leap to Entrepreneurship, Here's Your Safety Net

When you start a business, it's a leap of faith.  You have no idea whether you will make a success out of your idea or not.  But you can minimize risks by talking with others, getting appropriate help and making strong connections.
It's also a good idea before you let go to get some skills, and practice -- with a safety net. That's the idea that spurred Joanne Wilson and me three years ago to start the ITP Women Entrepreneurs Festival. We wanted to celebrate the women who were flying through the air (generally not with the greatest of ease) and to inspire other women and give them the skills and safety net to make the leap themselves. We designed this gathering to be different from other conferences targeting women. We wanted it to be a place of conversation, where participants and speakers had conversations and developed relationships. We saw the conversations between the most skilled, the most daring and the women on the verge as the strongest fiber with which to build a safety net.
 Read the entire article here where the author likens entrepreneurship to a trapeze artist (that's the "letting go" part).

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Women Entrepreneurs Can Be Shockingly Fast!

Photo courtesy:  Current Motor
Did you know?

•  Dell has many investment arms including Dell Ventures and the Dell Innovators Credit Fund.  They also have Women Powering Business and DWEN.

One business owner, Lauren Flanagan of Current Motor, came in through the DWEN network and is now on Dell's Entrepreneur in Residence Advisory Board. Further, she received $250,000 in technology for her business through the Dell Innovator’s Credit Fund, allowing her to get her scooters (as shown) to market six months faster.

Quote from Ingrid, The Rider on a Current Motor scooter:
Defying her own low expectations, she found our Super Scooter to be "shockingly fast, to be honest."  The ride comfortable, handling responsive, and overall decidedly NOT boring. Her suggestion:  "You HAVE to try it!"
Rumor has it that women entrepreneurs, provided they ride a Super Scooter, can be shockingly fast!

Back to Dell, are you up on all the resources they have to offer to help grow your business?  Visit to the links referenced above.

Related article:  Dell's Women's Entrepreneur Network Heads to Turkey?