The Last Day

 The loud cheering that you heard today was yours truly as I left the office for the last time. I have been laid off from my job. It is both exhilarating and terrifying. Exhilarating, because I was working in a toxic environment where I was harassed, humiliated, mocked and on a good day, ignored. I was excluded from meetings and conference calls. I was given poor performance reviews because of my supposed lack of skills but denied any training or mentorship to improve my skills. Yes, I complained to HR....more

In Conversation with Nilou Ghazizadeh, Co-Founder of Golnar Inc. and Pixameter

 In Conversation With is a series of interviews with prominent women that inspire, motivate, and intrigue me. These interviews originally appeared on SharpHeels.Nilou Ghazizadeh, Co-Founder of Golnar Inc. and Pixameter...more

31 Days, 32 Revelations: Blossoming In Time

Image courtesy of PixabaySeries Introduction...more
patriciaappelquist Whoever said patience is a virtue was spot on. I think it's human nature to ...more

Tips for New Business Owners

This is a checklist for small business owners who don’t have a business degree. Other business professionals might fall out of their seat reading this because it might imply that starting a business is as simple as a checklist. This list merely skims the surface of a bottomless ocean. But let’s face it, thousands of people out there start businesses with no help, advice, guidance or business degree. So, here you go. As a small business owner, you need to have these marketing bases covered:...more

In Conversation With: Serial Entrepreneur,’s Amy Schrier

Amy is a serial entrepreneur who looks for opportunities to use visual innovation to form powerful media brands. She’s the Cofounder and CEO of, a digital and mobile platform about social action and travel, and previously she founded BLUE, an award-winning adventure sports and lifestyle content brand. An optimist who jumps at any chance to travel the world, Amy loves a challenge as well as surfing and yoga (just don’t invite her bowling). She lives by the motto: “Try everything in life once, and the fun things twice.” — Ziggy....more

“I bought a mattress and health insurance” – rural Rwandan farmer

Cross-posted from UN Women Through Farmer Field Schools, more than 350 farmers have learned about nutrition, modern agricultural techniques and business skills while creating cooperatives and pooling savings. ...more

How to Transition from Entrepreneur to Mompreneur

As any mom will tell you, having a kid changes everything. After they’re born, your priorities, goals, and visions do a complete about-face. And that can be tricky if you run a business. After all, being an entrepreneur is one of those all-engrossing careers. You barely have time to breathe, let alone run your kids to soccer practice. But as someone who is raising two boys and running a business, I assure you it is possible. You just have to know how to transition properly. ...more

National Lemonade Day

This year Charlie’s school participated in National Lemonade Day. The premise is that students learn about business and entrepreneurship by planning and running a lemonade stand. It was held school wide on Saturday during the Community Health Fair....more

Doing Whatever It Takes

I will never forget the words of Dr. John Maxwell during one of his presentations. He talked about what it takes to go after your dreams. He shared that after giving a speech one day a young man came up to him and said, "Dr. Maxwell, I want to do what you do. I want to get paid to speak in front of big groups of people."Dr. Maxwell smiled, looked at the bright eyed and clearly excited young man and said, "You want to do what I do, but are you willing to do everything I've done in order to get to do what I do?"...more