Saturday, June 29, 2013

Sometimes the Best Ideas Are the Most Basic

At 17, Kavita Shukla (pictured) got a patent for FreshPaper, a sheet of paper infused with a secret blend of organic spices that prohibits bacterial and fungal growth on fresh fruits and vegetables.  Then, she got a degree in economics from Harvard.  Next, she launched her company, Fenugreen (named for fenugreek, one of the plants in her patented concoction).

How did she get the idea for the FreshPaper?
Kavita was visiting her grandmother in India when she accidentally swallowed tap water while brushing her teeth. She panicked, but with a flurry of activity in the kitchen, her grandma produced a murky brown concoction of herbs and spices for Shukla to drink—and she never got sick. She was fascinated by her grandmother's wisdom and, when she returned home to the U.S., began experimenting with the effects of various spices by dipping strawberries into them to find out which prevented bacteria and fungus from growing. 
The rest is history - FreshPaper is now sold in stores across the U.S., as well as 35 other countries.

Read the entire article, including lessons from Kavita (one being our subject line for this post) - here.

Photo courtesy:  TEDx Manhattan

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Women Entrepreneurs Are the Future of Business

Sara Blakely, Founder, Spanx
Forget leaning in.  And when you are an entrepreneur, who cares about working in the corporate world?  It's the women entrepreneurs who can and will make bureaucracy a word of the past.

Read Fast Company's great article by Miles Kohrman ...

From refugee camps to the boardroom, Elizabeth Gore and Ingrid Vanderveldt on how women entrepreneurs are the future of business.

Can Women Entrepreneurs Make Bureaucracy a Word Of the Past?

"They're fundamentally seeing that entrepreneurs, women especially, are really the key to our global and sustainable future," Vanderveldt says.

Photo courtesy:  David Shankbone

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Bad Girl Entrepreneurs?

Is there such a thing as bad girl entrepreneurs?  There is Cincinnati-based nonprofit Bad Girls Ventures (BGV) -- that's close enough! -- and they recently graduated its first group of women entrepreneurs for 2013 with award loans to two local companies.
Project Blue Collar was the big winner, receiving a $25,000 loan (sponsored by Meshewa Farm Foundation) from Bad Girl Ventures, or BGV. The runner up was SuZu Designs, which got a loan for $10,000.
The two companies were among 35 woman-owned start-ups who were in the BGV program.

Congratulations to Project Blue Collar, SuZu Designs and all the other participants in the program!

There's more - so stop in here.

Photo courtesy:  Project Blue Collar ("buy a collar, save a dog!" -- as shown above)

Saturday, June 08, 2013

How to Turn Your Passion Into a Business

Meet Eleonora Carisi.  Model.  Contributor to the popular Italian fashion website  Founder of, which insiders now rate as one of the country's 50 most popular fashion blogs. Two years later, Carisi took over YouYou Store, a concept store in the center of the city (Turin, Italy) that sells a small selection of cutting-edge goods from up-and-coming local designers.

Find out how Carisi boldly turned her love of clothes into a full-time career here.

Meanwhile, here's the answer to one of many questions she was asked by during an interview:
What is your best piece of advice for young women hoping to start their own businesses?
Eleonora:  Is it really what you want to do? Ask your heart.
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Saturday, June 01, 2013

Chuckle of the Day: Why God is an Entrepreneur

Delightful post authored by Bob Marovich over at the Black Gospel Blog entitled, "Why God is an Entrepreneur."  Point of the story:
Thank GOD for thinking like an entrepreneur!
Have a good week!

Photo courtesy:  Tonynetone