Saturday, October 30, 2010

More Tools for Your Entrepreneurship Toolbox

From business tools to expert insights, find simple ways to manage your cash flow and streamline everyday operations.  It's all brought to you by Yahoo! Small Business and sponsored by OPEN from American Express.

Go here to get your Business Solution tool.

Note:  The interview featuring Richard Branson cracks me up because I never hear the interviewer, Seth Godin, say one word or ask one question!  Branson discusses -- all in one long breath -- how there is no difference between an artist and an entrepreneur (totally agree).  

Pictured:  Diane Von Furstenberg who is featured on the Business Solution site.

Photo credit here.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A World Where Women Are the Dominant Force

Lots of good things cooking over at Intuit on the topic we are so passionate about:  women.  When you have time, be sure to check out the following:
  1. Read the press release:  Intuit Empowers the 'She-conomy' at The Women's Conference 2010 
  2. Visit She-conomy for tips on starting and running your own business.
  3. Join the conversation at Intuit's Women's Resource Center
  4. Review the latest research report:  The Intuit 2020 Report
Bottom line:  You matter ladies! 

Illustration credit:  Intuit Small Business Blog

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Ms. Burch Supports Women Entrepreneurs

We wrote about Tory Burch September 28, 2009 and her great sense of entrepreneurial style here.  Now she's launched the Tory Burch Foundation with the goal of economically empowering women.
With Accion USA, our microlending partner, we provide women with the financial support they need to start and grow businesses through microfinance. The average loan is $8,000 and creates or saves 2.4 jobs.
Read all about it here.

Illustration credit here.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Glass Ceiling Not An Obstacle?

According to "Glass ceiling not the obstacle it was" by Joyce Lobeck, provided you operate with resourcefulness, perseverance and downright stubbornness, there is less of a barrier in the workplace.  She goes on further to state:
Over the last several years, the number of women business owners in the U.S. has increased significantly, doubling from 5 million to 10 million between 1992 and 2006, she said.

“Without a doubt, women have been very courageous and entrepreneurial in charting their own destiny,” Davis said.
The question is:  If there is less of a barrier in Corporate America for women, why are so many turning to business ownership?

Read the article here.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Climb Your Way to the Top

Laura Schwartz (pictured) has written a nifty little book, "Eat, Drink and Succeed."

Laura Schwartz was 19 when she arrived at the White House in January of 1993.  With no political connections, she landed a volunteer position answering phones in the press office.  But that was just the beginning.  She climbed her way up the ranks of the Clinton Administration, as the Midwest Press Secretary, Director of Television and ultimately, Director of Events, where she produced the President's event on the world stage.
And that's just the tip of the iceberg.  She's now running her own business:  White House Strategies.

If you wish to kick up your business and your life a notch, this is a must-read book.  Congrats to Laura on her achievements.  We are very proud of her.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Wake Up, World! Change Your Attitude About Women Entrepreneurs

As it applies to Bangladesh or anywhere in the world for that matter:
Social attitude towards the operation of women entrepreneurs needs to be changed. Sometimes rigid social norms, values and attitude act as a barrier to rural women entrepreneurship development. 
Read more here.

Related resource:

Building Women in Business:
A Situation Analysis of Women Entrepreneurs in Bangladesh

Photo credit here.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Learn to Be a Calculated Risk Taker

Women business owners need additional support and it's essential for the economy to give them that support. Why?

Quick snippet before we get to the meat of the post:
According to the report entitled "Women Owned Businesses in the 21st Century," put together by the Department of Commerce, while women own about 30 percent of privately-held businesses, they account for only 11 percent of sales and 13 percent of employment, but the numbers of women striking out on their own are increasing and could well be the key to turning our country's economy around if women can get the kind of financial support that men-owned businesses typically have.
Learn more here.

Photo (pictured, Valerie Jarrett) credit here.   Visit Council on Women and Girls | The White House as mentioned in article.

Friday, October 01, 2010

5 Ways to Increase Your Web Traffic

Hello ladies! Here are five (5) SEO tips that will help you increase your Web traffic:

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Posted by: the Official Escape From Corporate America Blog