Thursday, February 23, 2006

No excuses, just results: Prosper

Interesting new site modeled off eBay but for people-to-people lending:


Now, startup capital is a breeze provided you have friends!

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Another woman takes the plunge ... that is, to entrepreneurship


For 16 years, Kimberly Harden worked a 9-to-5 job that gave her little satisfaction.

But she also ran a wedding -- and event-planning business on the side for 11 of those years -- work she found fulfilling and exciting. In 2004, she took the leap of leaving behind the administrative job and making her business a full-time career.

"I understood that my passion is what I'm doing now," said Harden, 39, who owns Majestic Day LLC. "And I'm satisfied."

For reasons as varied as flexible schedules, work-family balance and job and financial security, more women like Harden are diving into owning and operating their own businesses.

Read the article here: Women Inc. Thriving in Region

Monday, February 13, 2006

Selling Our Souls ...

... During Black History Month

Interesting ... "It’s about transcending the social ills that oppress our people every day and coming up with solutions to combat them." I hear you! Let's have some action to accompany the agenda.

Read the article here: Selling Our Souls During Black History Month.

Monday, February 06, 2006

A "Man" Leaves a Big Company to Go Solo!

[Laurel here ... For all the men who email me and say, "Hey, women aren't the only ones who want freedom, flexibility, recognition, more money and greater opportunities. Wakeup! Men want all these things too!"]

As a vice president and corporate counsel for a New Jersey-based defense contractor, Jonathan T. Mann seemed to have a good legal gig. He earned well over $200,000 annually, more than enough for his family to live on comfortably in a suburban community four miles from his office.

But all wasn't well. Mr. Mann had intended to stay for a while with Parsippany-based DRS Technologies Inc. when he joined it in 2002. But a good portion of his job consisted of work that he thought wasn't appropriate for his level of seniority, such as negotiating nondisclosure agreements, he says. While Mr. Mann loved the law, in this role, "the joy went out of it," he says.

Find out what he did here: "Leaving a Big Company To Go Solo."