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Women Entrepreneurs

The Emerging Gender Gap Favoring Women

April 15, 2013 by Steve King

Men still out earn women on average. But the gap has significantly closed over the last 2 decades and we are forecasting earnings parity between the sexes will occur within the next decade. We also believe women's earnings growth will outperform men past that point and by the 2030 time frame women, on average, will substantially out-earn men.[read more]

A Business Model That Will Blow Your Mind

February 20, 2013 by Becky McCray

My intention is to inspire you to take a long hard look at your business and imagine and brainstorm how you could reinvent your business model so that you are able to make an even bigger impact.[read more]

Why Women Entrepreneurs Should Go with the Crowd

February 7, 2013 by Geri Stengel

Women-owned firms start and grow businesses with substantially less outside financing, according to a Department of Commerce survey of women-owned companies across the U.S. Well, a new funding source may not only grow the overall amount of money available to small businesses, but it may grow the slice that women entrepreneurs get.[read more]

How Savvy Small Businesses Use Crowdfunding

December 20, 2012 by Geri Stengel

Women-owned businesses start life with significantly less capital than those owned by men. How can a business grow if it starts life undernourished? The good news is there’s an alternative to loans, and angel and venture capital financing: crowdfunding.[read more]

We Did It Ourselves: Highlights from Power Boost Live 2012

October 20, 2012 by Pamela Slim

I had a hunch a year ago, when I imagined a conference that was less “let me come and sit in awe of your many accomplishments, oh great famous person” and more “let me sit by your side, awesome peer, and learn from you. And by learning from you, be reminded that I have everything I need to grow my business, and that I have as much to teach as I have to learn.” So I put on an event called Power Boost Live 2012, which was held from October 12-13, 2012.[read more]

Cities, Venture for America and the Downtown Project

June 13, 2012 by Albert Wenger

It was the perfect fit that last night’s speaker was Tony Hsieh, the founder of Zappos, who has recently moved the company’s headquarters to downtown Vegas. This is part of a project he initiated to revitalize that area of the city.[read more]

'Eat, Pray, Love:' Creativity and Making a Difference

April 16, 2012 by Kneale Mann

Elizabeth Gilbert is a gifted writer who gained worldwide notoriety after toiling with her passion for two decades. Three years ago, she reflected on the success of her book "Eat Pray Love" during her TEDTalk and how she felt about whether it would return. Her perspective may surprise you.[read more]

Basic Biz Secrets for Women Entrepreneurs: Listen Online

March 1, 2012 by Nina Kaufman

Alicia Marie Fruin interviews Nina Kaufman on partnerships, accountability, choosing a business form, and more.[read more]

Marie Forleo's Videos for Women Entrepreneurs

December 16, 2011 by Carissa Wodehouse

I really enjoy Marie Forleo's spunky videos, funny rap language included. She takes Q&As and answers them every Tuesday, covering issues like how to start outsourcing yourself and what to do when no one understands your quirky business venture.[read more]

Finally, a Business Thinkers List with Female Representation

November 17, 2011 by jmcaddell

Three and a half years ago, I read an article in the Wall Street Journal that discussed a “new breed of business guru” and included a ranking, compiled by the Journal, of the top 20 business thinkers.[read more]

10 Reasons Why Women Make Better Entrepreneurs

October 21, 2011 by Adelaide Lancaster

I've heard one too many female entrepreneurs preface a challenge they've had with the statement "maybe it's just because I'm a woman but I find it hard to"...(you can fill in the blank): ask for what I want; settle for something less than perfect; not to try to do it all myself. These statements make me cringe. I'm not a fan of sweeping gender generalizations and I'm certainly not keen on women attributing their challenges (challenges that many people experience by the way) to the fact that they are female. Women entrepreneurs get enough flak for not being more like men without us jumping on the bandwagon ourselves.[read more]

Are Women Business Owners Treated as a Second Class? How to Claim the Title Entrepreneur

October 20, 2011 by Adelaide Lancaster

As an expert on women entrepreneurs, I'm often asked questions such as: Why do female entrepreneurs have a problem of scale? Why do they continually start and run businesses that are low-profit, low growth, small enterprise, and low-tech? How can they be encouraged to build larger, higher-tech, more noticeable businesses? In short, I am being asked: "How can we get female entrepreneurs to start those blockbuster businesses that are so often started by men?"[read more]

For Entrepreneurs, Your Network Holds the Answer

October 11, 2011 by Adelaide Lancaster

For beginning or experienced entrepreneurs, your peers have the answer to your questions, can shorten your learning curve, and can save you from learning the hard way. Why are so many new entrepreneurs hesitant to utilize their contacts?[read more]

3 Reasons to Lose the Term 'Lifestyle Business'

September 29, 2011 by Adelaide Lancaster

A few weeks ago we had a meeting with a lovely gentleman from Astia, a terrific organization that helps women entrepreneurs gain access to capital. During our conversation he made the distinction between high-growth businesses and "lifestyle" businesses. I visibly winced and sharply responded that I really hated that term. When he asked why I told him that I understood his point, high-growth businesses are very different from regular small businesses, but I didn't agree with the language.[read more]

The Business of Social Business

September 27, 2011 by Kate Carruthers

Continuing our Tuesdays and Thursdays with pieces from women entrepreneurs and writers: Social business is the new trend following on from Enterprise 2.0 – but underlying it is an essential conflict between two different styles of doing business. The conflict is between businesses optimized for efficiency and those optimized for the creation of value.[read more]

5 Surprising Shared Traits Of Successful Entrepreneurs

September 22, 2011 by Adelaide Lancaster

There is no such thing as a "typical" entrepreneur. We come in all shapes, sizes and flavors. Still, myths abound, and most of us walk around with a specific caricature of what an entrepreneur is like in our minds. Most often that image includes someone who is bold, daring, comfortable with risks and a consummate schmoozer.[read more]

To Be a Happy Entrepreneur, Build a Business That Meets Your Needs

September 20, 2011 by Adelaide Lancaster

You don't have to be a business expert to know that something has to change for these folks if their effort is going to be worth the trouble. Working 17 hours a day for less than minimum wage doesn't sound like anyone's idea of a good gig, much less a dream job. But the topic begs a bigger question. Given all the hype, "is entrepreneurship all it's cracked up to be?" The answer is yes -- but only if you build a business that meets your needs.[read more]

Where Is Your Mojo? One Entrepreneur Gets Hers Back

September 5, 2011 by Carissa Wodehouse

Over on Sustainable Business Forum, a look at the jobs and managers that wore one entrepreneur down, and how she pulled herself back up.[read more]

Now Then: A Mid-Life Battle Cry

September 3, 2011 by Pamela Slim

Every August 28 morning, for the last 45 years, my mother tells me the story of my birth. It was a hot San Anselmo day, and my mom’s water broke as she was hanging laundry in the backyard. Our neighbors waved from the curb as my dad sped her to Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco.[read more]

What I Have Learned from 15 Years in Business

August 17, 2011 by Pamela Slim

Fifteen years ago yesterday, on August 16, 1996, I rolled over slowly in bed. My head was throbbing. I could hardly breathe. I felt weak. It was my first day as a self-employed person. I was in the middle of a wicked bout of pneumonia, and at that point, all I knew was that I no longer could keep up the grueling pace of full-time...[read more]