Monday, October 30, 2006

I feel the earth move, under my feet ...

A woman activist begging to be discovered!

And as she puts it ... "I'm a work in progress."

Separately and from the book "Women Who Changed The World"

Chapter 2
Mary Magdalene

Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached through the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of as a memorial of her. ~ Mark 14, 9

Friday, October 27, 2006

Women Who Changed The World

A couple of months ago I was making my usual weekly visit to Barnes & Noble and Border's bookstores to see what's new and different both on the periodical stands and bookshelves.

As I was heading out of the store, I stumbled across "Women Who Changed The World" and flipped through it quickly. Typically I don't buy books like this because there's just no need. I hang out with a lot of fascinating women (and men too!) but for some reason, WWCTW caught my eye. Plus the price was right -- U.S. $7.00 instead of what looked like a $25-30 priced book. How could I pass it up? I didn't it.

I bought the book, took it home and within an evening, finished it off. I thought it was so inspiring that I was going to journey back to the store and buy additional copies for my Mom, my sister, my nieces and my bestfriend but after I came to my senses, I just left it that I would enjoy it for what I learned (I'll let you read it to find out for yourself) and would share insights if the opportunity came up.

However, what I have decided to do here is ... over the next fifty blog entries, I will feature a quote from the book. There are so many good ones in it that I don't want to miss any. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did.

Here's a look at the book if you are interested. I noticed there are some good deals online as well. See what you think.

Women Who Changed The World: Fifty Inspirational Women Who Shaped History.

Chapter 1

"Had Cleopatra's nose been shorter, the whole face of the earth would have been different." ~ Blaise Pascal

Monday, October 23, 2006

Better the Lives of Women Across the Globe

Nest is a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the lives of women in developing countries. Its mission is to support WOMEN artists and artisans in the developing world by helping them create sustainable entrepreneurial businesses.

Nest will do this by providing micro-credit loans to be used for the purchase of the supplies and materials necessary to begin and/or maintain art or craft-based businesses.

When you buy from Nest, you have not only have purchased a unique and beautiful item for yourself or your home, you have participated in a proven effort to better the lives of women all across the globe.

In the spirit of entrepreneurship, go there now.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Corporate America: Don't Even Go There

You are never too young to become an entrepreneur. Read the inspiring story of a teen fulfilling her version of the American dream.

Tech-savvy teen is CEO of $200k podcasting website.

Visit website here: Switchpod

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Leaving Jet-Set Lifestyle To Found Company

A great example of leaving corporate America to found an inspiring company. And since I know John, admire his work and my best friend served on his Chicago fund-raising committee, I felt it important to feature his work.

Back in the mid-1990s, John Wood was living large. As Microsoft's director of business development in China and director of marketing for the Asia-Pacific region, he was Bill Gate's point man in Asia. He traveled the world, was shuttled to meetings in chauffeured cars and wheeled, dealed and dined at four-star restaurants.

These days, Wood's meetings are held in developing countries over cups of tea with heads of villages. He left his jet-set lifestyle in 1999 to found Room to Read, a nonprofit that builds schools and libraries in developing nations.

Read more here: New Wealth, New Priorities

Monday, October 09, 2006

Get it done. Entrepreneurship starts today.

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Each guide provides:

• An overview of the task.
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Read the news of the launch here: Launches to Help Small Businesses Tackle Their Most Important Business Tasks

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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Home-Based Businesses On The Rise, Especially Women's

Half of U.S. businesses are home-based and almost two-thirds are self-financed, according to a pair of new Census Bureau reports.

Nearly 2.5 million firms were interviewed for the two reports, which were released Wednesday as part of the bureau's ongoing 2002 Survey of Business Owners.

Home-based businesses collectively generated a remarkable amount of economic activity, especially for women and minorities, Louis Kincannon, the Census Bureau's director, said in a statement.

Read more here >> Most Small Businesses Start Without Outside Capital

Sunday, October 01, 2006

It's Easier To Run Your Own Business Than Climb Corporate America

That's what this article states and I agree. This week I attended the Women's Business Development Center conference in Chicago and had the pleasure of sitting in on Oprah's very amazing and inspiring keynote luncheon talk.

But after so much success in business, do women, including Oprah, still need special encouragement?

Find out what people think here: Women's Conference Still Relevant, Attendees Say.