In Kyrgyzstan, we need to expand women’s access to economic resources

In the words of Gulnara Baimambetova, a 57-year-old Kyrgyz woman who has spent more than 36 years advocating for the social and economic rights of rural women through the Women Entrepreneurs Support Association (WESA), which is a grantee of UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality. ...more

What Are Your 150% Business Moments?

Yesterday as I listened to Dr. Francis Battisiti speak at a conference for women entrepreneurs, he asked the audience to think about their 150% business moments. What is a 150% business moment? The moments when you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are doing exactly what you are suppose to be doing with your life....more

Have A Dream? Here's How To Get Your Project Funded (and Fund Others!)

Just last year, more than 8.3 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. generated nearly $1.3 trillion in revenue and employed nearly 7.7 million people, according to American Express Open. I see the need in the marketplace for an integrated approach to capital raising, product creation and company sales. Having money to build your prototype and securing orders before production minimizes the risk to both entrepreneurs and investors. ...more
Wonderful.  I think this is the best blog I have read yet.  So inspiring in so many ways!more

Chocolate Truffles + a Tired 5-year-old = A Million Dollar Idea

It Was One of THOSE Mornings... My heart belongs to my angel 5yo daughter. She is the best thing that's ever come into our life. As much as I love her, I am, alas,  imperfect and patience is not my strongest suit. There are times, any of us who have been around children understand, that patience is a necessity - not just a nicety. ...more

Read about this week's new members at the Women Owned Business Club

These are the Women Owned Business Club's new weekly members. Come and see what we do for them every day for a one time fee of $45. We are dedicated to helping our members get their word out. www.womenownedbusinessclub.com Celine Egan, TCY Coaching & TrainingChandra Williams, Owner, A.C.E Your WaistKarin Caro, President of Blu Chip MarketingLacey Drust, The Shoe Bar LLCLaurie Marshall, Founder of TradeMarks The SpotLena Agacanyan,  Team Beach Body Coach Get Healthy w/Lena ...more

Business Growth for Women Entrepreneurs: What’s holding you back?

Have you ever found yourself struggling to grow your business and reach the goals you’ve set? You’ve tried everything you can think of including business networking, social networking, creating relationships, attending talks and seminars to name a few – yet, no matter what you do, you just can’t seem to reach your goals? It can become very frustrating – can’t it?...more

Surprising Statistics About Women Entrepreneurs That Are Hard To Hear

 Scott Shane's book, "The Illusion of Entrepreneurship" appeared in my life again recently. I purchased the book many months ago and never got a chance to read through it entirely. I somehow missed chapter 8, "Why Don't Women Start More Companies?" ...more

How Roxanne Coady Quit her Job and Created the Bookstore of Her Dreams

"Do your parents own a laundry or a grocery store?" I got that a lot from non-Asian kids, growing up in the Bronx. If I was feeling sensitive about the stereotype I'd retort "I'm Chinese. We own restaurants. Koreans own grocery stores. Don't you know anything?"  Actually, we weren't business-owning Chinese immigrants at all. We were scholarship-seeking Chinese immigrants, hoping for job security, health benefits, and a clear ladder to climb til retirement....more
What a great story. I'm definitely inspired! Thank you.more

5 mistakes to avoid when pricing your services

[Editor's note: Fall season is here, which means many of us crafties will be making items or teaching workshops for seasonal events. Before you write up those price stickers, read over this informative article on the topic! - Kathy]Whether you’re just starting up your business or you’re launching a program, one of the greatest challenges that you may be struggling with is deciding what to charge. If you are – don’t worry. Many service-based businesses struggle with this, even I did when I first started out in business – some 15 years ago!...more
Great topic and post. My strategy is to always price yourself above or below your competition ...more