5 Female Entrepreneurs Who Are Taking Over the Business World


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by Sarah Jacobs


The business world had been a once male-dominated scene, but since females started to become part of the workforce, that factor significantly changed the industry's dynamics.

Females from all over the world now take an active part in both emerging and highly influential businesses and proved once and for all that running a successful empire is not dependent on the leader's gender.

However, most of these femme entrepreneurs are not exactly household names yet compared to their male counterparts such as Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg. But even then, they wield a certain influence and power that is worth watching out for.



1. Amy Chang
Amy Chang is now the CEO and founder of a digital assistant company called Accompany. It is a service that helps busy professionals look for prospect markets, develop professional relationships, integrate news and industry trends through analytics and personalized data.

Before that however, Chang was part of the board of directors of Cisco, and also worked for Google as an executive in Google Analytics for seven years. She is also a consultant for Hubspot, Datorama and ClearSlide.


2. Amanda Signorelli
As the CEO of Techweek, Amanda Signorelli works hard to develop and bring forward more women in the tech and startup industry. Techweek is an annual conference for tech entrepreneurs based in Chicago, it is held to celebrate and support the city's local tech industry. It also organizes conferences outside Chicago such as in Washington, D.C., Toronto and New York City.


3. Julia Taylor Cheek
Health-based tech are already starting to become a thing, and Julia Taylor Cheek is leading the way to bring that convenience to more and more people. Cheek is the CEO of EverlyWell, a startup healthcare service based in Austin, Texas, that allows people to order and conduct lab tests from the comfort of their own home. The results are then posted online in simple and concise language, so the patient can understand even without seeking a doctor's assistance.


4. Whitney Wolfe
Online dating apps are usually designed with the male user in mind, but Whitney Wolfe introduces her own with a twist. As CEO of Bumble, Wolfe created the dating app with women in mind and because of that, it has a different dynamic - males should wait for females to make their first move. Wolfe also co-founded the famous dating app, Tinder.


5. Kimberli Cheung Wright
Many people, especially millennials love to travel, and Kimberli Cheung Wright is offering a better and more convenient way to plan these travels with the use of Trepic. Users of Trepic can easily plan trips just by browsing through images. Through analytics, the app can also suggest destinations that are preselected based on the user's preferences.


Although admittedly, the number of women that are leading a business, especially in the tech industry, is not as high as the number of men who already found great success in it. However, it does not also mean that the industry has no potential for more female leaders and influencers who can tap a niche market and strike gold.


About the Author

Sarah Jacobs is an experienced writer who loves creating articles that can benefit others. She has worked as a freelance writer in the past making informative articles and fascinating stories.

She has extensive knowledge in a variety of fields such as technology, business, finance, marketing, personal development, and more.

Find out more about her company here: http://www.lea-p.com/
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The One Risk Women Entrepreneurs Should Never Make

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Today women own 38 percent of all small businesses! Compare that to a mere five percent 50 years ago.

We've met the demands of starting businesses and meeting challenges head on. But don't push business insurance to the back burner, assuming that it's something only large corporations need to worry about.

What is D&O Insurance?


When you're just starting your business, you have to make difficult decisions every day. And when you are making a difficult decision about what is in the best interest of your company, you can't have concerns about a potential lawsuit in the back of your mind. That is why you can't afford to overlook D&O insurance.

Directors and officers (D&O) insurance will protect the directors and officers of your company in the event that one of them is personally sued. D&O insurance also offers protection to your company by providing reimbursement for any lawsuits brought against company executives.

Some insurers will even expand D&O policies to protect individual serving in other capacities such as lawyers and advisory boards.

Why Do I Need D&O Insurance?


Many startups get D&O insurance because it is usually a requirement to secure VC funding. It is often a standard term of the agreement but there's a good reason why VC's require D&O insurance.

The potential for D&O liability is higher with startups for several reasons. Startups often have to act fast which means that directors often have to make decisions quickly without evaluating all the risks involved.    

Startups can often go through multiple directors in the beginning before solidifying their core team of executives. And while your investors may require D&O insurance for their own protection, it will protect your company as well so it is a win for everyone involved.

Another reason to get D&O insurance is to make it easier for your company to bring on new talent. Your odds of recruiting an industry leader or board member are much higher if that person knows they can make crucial decisions without the threat of a lawsuit.

If none of those reasons move you, consider this: the average loss for companies that were hit with a D&O lawsuit in 2013 was $697,902.

What Does D&O Insurance Cover?


Coverage will vary depending on your policy but it will always protect the personal assets of company executives and board members. D&O insurance is broken down into three different "sides".

  • Side A covers direct losses of directors and officers. These direct losses occur when the company cannot legally indemnify a director or officer.
  • Side B reimburses the company for losses when the company does have to indemnify directors and officers.
  • Side C provides coverage when claims are brought against the company itself. This is usually limited to security claims.

Getting Started With D&O Insurance


Here are a few things you should consider when shopping around for a policy:

  • Do you need any additional coverage? Most companies start out with $1M for D&O coverage.
  • Does the policy cover a range of claims?
  • Should you purchase extended coverage?

Many businesses realize that they need D&O insurance once it's too late. Don't wait until you are facing a lawsuit to look into business insurance. By talking to an insurance agent you can find out where your company may be vulnerable and what types of policies could be helpful.

As with any type of insurance, the best thing you can do is work with someone who is familiar with startups. They can look at your company's situation and make sure you get the coverage you need without over-insuring your business.

Recommended resources: For more information on business insurance, feel free to browse through Embroker's comprehensive insurance guides.
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"How Your Book Can Create Multiple Income Streams for Your Business" with Kerry Heaps on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

entrepreneur Kerry Heaps
Show #424

Topic: "How Your Book Can Create Multiple Income Streams for Your Business"

Thinking about writing a book for your business? Now is the time because it's never been easier.

In this conversation, Kerry Heaps joins me to bust a few myths about book publishing and book marketing, and show you how to use your business book to grow your business.

Kerry Heaps is the Founder and Publisher of Strictly Marketing Magazine.  She is also the host of Strictly Marketing Talk Radio. The magazine has recently spun off an online community for women (and men too) looking to gain more media exposure, Pitch like a B*tch Media.  She owns Knockout Marketing, a Business-to-Business telemarketing and lead generation firm.  Her passion is to help other Entrepreneurs with their marketing efforts to continue their dream of running a successful business.

Her story starts in the spring of 2005, working in the corporate world as a recruiter she spent a lot of time at networking functions and participating in putting them together for other organizations. "It's a lot of work putting together events and I thought to myself if I am going to do this, I should do it for myself. I was working part time to save money to start my image consulting firm so I figured this would be a great way to add in some revenue while the business gets up and running."

She left her corporate job in the fall and started getting business owners together at a local book store café. "I still remember my first Monday after I left my job, I got up that morning and thought, what have I done??? Although there's been a lot of bumps in the road I don't regret my decision one bit. My passion is helping others succeed in their marketing efforts, I know how scary it can be to start a business and no one should feel alone on their journey." The company currently specializes in marketing, with the Magazine, talk radio program and online community for Women in Marketing.

Kerry has an extensive background in Sales, Networking, Recruiting, and Training. She is a former Model who specialized in Trade Show and Print work. She is also an experienced judge on the beauty pageant circuit.  Kerry is also a contributing columnist for www.sbmarketingtools.com, www.entrepreneursenvogue.com and she also writes occasionally for www.sheownsit.com and www.womensprospects.com.  Kerry has interviewed celebrities such as Co-Host of Shark Tank, Barbara Corcoran, Authors Larry Winget, Jeffrey Hayzlett, Former Miss West Virginia and QVC Talk Show host, Kim Parrish and many more successful business entrepreneurs.

Websites:

Pitch Like a Bitch Media: www.pitchlikeabitchmedia.com

Strictly Marketing Magazine & Talk Radio:  http://www.strictlymarketingmagazine.com

Appointment Setting by Knockout Marketing website:
http://www.appointmentsettingbyknockoutmarketing.com
 

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How She Does It: Nicole Cicak, Founder of On Lane Avenue

Nicole Cicak
On Lane Avenue was established in 2015 in Columbus, Ohio by Nicole Cicak. It all started out of her first home on bustling Lane Avenue. Since it's inception, the brand has grown into an illustration, design and paper studio.

Nicole now lives in the Chicago suburbs, but she will never forget her first house and where it all began.

Deb Bailey: So happy to have you here today, Nicole. How did you get started as an entrepreneur?

Nicole Cicak: Great to be here, Deb. Before starting my business, I was working a corporate 9-5 graphic design job. I’d always dreamed of going out on my own, so I started picking up client work in the evenings. It was tough to work around the clock, but I needed to know I could find clients. Finally, the timing felt right to quit my job, so I did. It was so scary, but it was the best decision I ever made. I’m so much happier now. I have to give my husband Ryan a lot of credit for this. He was so supportive of my crazy dream. He had a steady job to support the financial risks I took in the beginning.


Deb: It's great that you were able to follow your dream. Are there any “lessons learned” that you’d like to share?

Nicole: Wow there are so many! The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to do what you love. Society tells us that it’s normal to be unhappy in an uninspiring job. I don’t think it’s okay to spend 90% of your life doing something that makes you unhappy. I believe that by doing what you love, you’ll be more successful long term. I’m the perfect example of this. If you want something bad enough, you’ll be successful at it. Also, when you’re happy, you will see much more success in other areas of your life.


Another lesson I’ve learned is that you can’t do it all. You need to make huge sacrifices to get what you want. In order to grow a successful business, I don’t see my friends as much as I’d like. I can’t spend three hours at the gym daily, or an entire day watching TV. I don’t judge other people who do these things, because we all have different goals and priorities. I’ve also reinvested money in things that will save me time – like getting groceries delivered, and having landscapers. I view my time as my most precious asset.


Nicole Cicak design


Deb: All of that is so true. So, who are your ideal clients?

It sounds cheesy, but my ideal clients just nice, genuine people. I can take on any project, but it’s rare to find people who are positive and excited about the work. It’s so much easier to get things done when you do. Positive energy is contagious, and it’s necessary in fostering great design.


Deb. Not cheesy at all! Positive energy is always desired. What successes and challenges have you had in your business?

Nicole: My biggest success has been launching my own business. I’m making a much higher income than I did at my corporate job and, more importantly, I’m much happier. I’m growing my team, and I’ve worked on projects I could only have dreamed of working on a few years ago.

My biggest challenge is always balance. I have a full plate of graphic design projects that I typically work on 9-5. I have a team I manage during that time as well. I illustrate in the mornings, evenings, and on the weekends. I still have so many new endeavors I want to take on, but I’m also desperately trying to lead a balanced lifestyle and not get burnt out. My family is always the priority and I never want them to feel otherwise.


Nicole Cicak design


Deb. Balance is really important, but it is a challenge for entrepreneurs. What inspires you to do the work you do?

Nicole: To inspire others to follow their dreams. I’m motivated to succeed in my business, because I want other people to see that it’s possible. It takes guts to go for what you really want in life, and each person who does makes it that much easier for everyone else.


Deb: I really like that. You can inspire others by showing them how to go for their dreams. What’s your vision for your business going forward?

Nicole: My vision is very hazy, because it’s constantly evolving. I see myself establishing more of a brand around On Lane Avenue, and growing my team. I want to stay small, but I still feel like there’s room for growth at this point. I want to grow the illustration side of my business more, and hopefully merge that into some of the graphic design work I do. I see myself creating things like illustrated logos and patterns for brands. I’d also love to get some of my art prints into retail shops, but I’ve only just started to explore that venue.


Deb: What advice would you give to women entrepreneurs who are just starting out?

Nicole: My advice would be that your business will constantly be evolving and changing. It’s easy to get frustrated when things aren’t exactly how you envisioned in the beginning. Maybe you don’t have ideal clients, or you can’t seem to get your brand right. This is just the first iteration of your business.

You will get closer and closer to what you want every year. Just  try to enjoy the journey, and say yes to opportunities that feel right. You may be surprised where you end up! I started out wanting to be a freelance designer, and now I’ve ended up with a design and illustration studio. I’ve rebranded my business many times. I never had this vision in the beginning, but it’s better than anything I could have ever imagined.


Nicole Cicak


Deb: That's great advice because it certainly is a journey. I know you love what you do, what is your favorite activity to relax and unwind?

Nicole: To sit on my front porch swing with my husband and my dog. It’s impossible to be stressed out while sitting on a porch swing! Bonus relaxation points for bringing a glass of wine out with me.


Deb: So true! A porch swing and a glass of wine sounds great. :) Now that you've had these experiences, what would you tell your younger self?

Nicole: It’s all about the journey. At times, you may feel like you’re going down the wrong path, but everything is just getting you closer to what you want. You’re always right where you’re supposed to be.


Deb: What do you think are the top 3 traits an entrepreneur must have?

Nicole: Creativity, Accountability, and Integrity


Deb: Thank you for joining me today, Nicole. This has been a wonderful conversation. Before you go, please share website and social media URLs.

Nicole: I enjoyed it, Deb. Here are my links:

Website: www.onlaneave.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/onlaneave/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/onlaneave/


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5 Ways to Reduce the Struggle

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by Chris Atley

About the internal struggle…nothing is good or bad, it’s all about the judgement we put on it. So we can worry and be trapped by fear, or step into trust and faith instead and operate from that place.

The problem is that many of us have old patterns around work and success that we have adopted from our families, cultures and societies.

Most of it is limited and fear-based. That you have to work hard for your money. That you deserve to take a vacation only if you’ve worked hard. Money doesn’t grow on trees. You’re lazy if you haven’t worked hard. There are a whole slew of them with the kicker being – you’re loved based on how much you achieve!!! Akkk!!!!

What are we left with? Guilt, anger, resentment, envy, burn out, overwhelm, stress, illness, unworthiness, to name a few. Realize that this is ALL internal, and happening because of the beliefs we have decided to take on. That have been passed down to us, that we have accepted to be true without even questioning them. Well, it’s time for a paradigm shift, because until you shift your beliefs, you will continue down the rabbit hole and will be far from peace and joy.

A client of mine just did this brilliantly! She was already hugely successful, and was still struggling internally with not wanting to get to the next level of her business the way she had done it thus far. We moved through a ton of old beliefs and programming, and amped up the self-care / self-love. Counter intuitive for most of us I know. I too still struggle with this one, but I promise working through these old beliefs is so worth it.

So what does it look like for this client – “miraculously” meeting new clients everywhere and then signing them on after just the first meeting. The so-called “time” she needs to work in her business has decreased because she has shifted her paradigm. Does this mean she doesn’t need to put in any time at all? Heck no! BUT the difference is she let go of the internal worry and struggle, focused more on taking care of herself, and the universe stepped right up beside her to validate her efforts. Making the whole process so much more easeful! Magic and I love it.


 Here are 5 ways for you to move through the struggle too :-)

1. Identify the beliefs you have around working. What have you been taught? Then look at who’s approval and love you are looking for by sticking with this old belief system.

2. Start taking care of yourself!!! I can’t stress how important self-care is!!!!! It goes WAY beyond getting a manicure or a massage…it’s about doing what you love and doing what gives you peace in your life. THIS sends out a powerful energy to the universe. That you’re worthy of more good to come into your life. That you’re worthy of more peace and love. You are then in the SAME vibration to receive more of just that!!!!

3. Shift from fear to love. Affirm the new empowered belief you want to have around working and success. What does the more peaceful way of doing things look like? If you knew you would be shown more and more people to help whenever you like, how does that cut down the worry of “how” you will create your bigger goals and vision? What would your thinking need to be to create that?

4. Stop comparing yourself to others.
A biggie I know! Tune into what works for you, and only you. When you can trust your internal guidance system, you will short cut your path to every single thing you’re wanting to create.

5. Embrace the heaviness. Too often in the personal development world, we want to jump over feeling the heavy and just flip to feeling positive. But if you resist it, it will persist and show-up some way. So tune into those heavier feelings and find the positive intention of why they’re showing-up. There’s always a positive reason and it’s part of your internal guidance system. Showing you what you need next that will help you resolve the heavy feeling and then feel good instead.

All of these steps are really just about letting go. Letting go on a deeper level so that you can create more internal peace instead.

Much love to you as you sort through this human journey xoxo


Written by Success Speaker & Coach Chris Atley, CEO of Chris Atley LLC ~ Decisions by Design. For complimentary success tips for business and life, please visit www.chrisatley.com.


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The FIDO Factor: How to Get a Leg Up at Work with Krissi Barr Founder of Barr Corporate Success on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

Author & Entrepreneur Krissi Barr
Show #435

Topic: The FIDO Factor: How to Get a Leg Up at Work 

Krissi Barr’s dynamic presence, instinctive strategic vision, and creative thinking produce effective, sustainable bottom-line results for her clients.

Krissi’s “Can Do” attitude generates confidence in her executive coaching clients and strategic consulting corporate clients. Throughout Krissi’s career she’s increased the profitability of nearly every organization with which she worked.

Krissi is the founder of Barr Corporate Success and author with her husband Dan Barr of, The Fido Factor: How To Get A Leg Up At Work is a dog-themed book that teaches the business leadership lessons we learn from man’s best friend. Authors Krissi and Dan Barr focus on a model of leadership that nearly everyone can relate to and lots of people consider a family member or their best friend - dogs.  http://krissibarr.com

THE FIDO FACTOR
emphasizes four qualities every leader needs to succeed and earn respect. The authors can discuss the techniques for developing the dog-inspired traits of:



The FIDO Factor book


* Faithful leaders are loyal, trustworthy, and caring. People, like canines, crave attention. A few positive words go a long way towards establishing an environment of mutual trust, building bonds, and fostering loyalty.  

* Inspirational leaders are motivational, encouraging, and enthusiastic.  They place a priority on the positive and reframe others’ negative “won’t work” comments into future-focused “why not?” and “can do” statements. They view adversity as temporary. A winning outlook boosts productivity, improves morale, and grows profits.

* Determined leaders are persistent, disciplined, and accountable. They mark their territory. When tasked with a project, they take ownership, then follow-up and follow-through. When it’s a team effort, they make sure every member knows what needs to get done and does his or her part. If something goes wrong, they take responsibility, apologize, and fix it—even if someone else messed up.

* Observant leaders are perceptive, aware, and curious. They identify their blind spots. Self-awareness helps us manage our emotions and understand how those feelings impact everyone around us. Asking for help in knowing what everyone else sees about you, you build open relationships and credibility, which will increase leadership effectiveness. 

Krissi Barr is founder and CEO of Barr Corporate Success (http://krissibarr.com/), consultants specializing in strategic planning, executive coaching, and behavioral assessments. Dan Barr is a senior sales and marketing executive at a leading property restoration company.


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How She Does It: Ann Davis of Venture with Impact

Entrepreneur Ann Davis
Many professionals have a global outlook and wish to be engaged in solving worldwide problems.  These professionals are torn between having a career that works towards the social good and one that provides financial security. 

Venture with Impact provides an opportunity for professionals to  live abroad for one or two months and acquire experience working with a local NGO or social business, while keeping their jobs in the United States.

Venture with Impact organizes accommodation, workspace, and pro-bono opportunities for a group of professionals that live in different countries for a minimum of one month.  In each location participants work remotely for their jobs in the United States or their home country in a workspace provided by Venture with Impact.  During their free time participants are matched to a project with a partner organization, which aligns with their professional skills, interests and work schedule.  Their work with the local organization allows them to form relationships and build professional experiences in the process.


Deb Bailey: Hello, Ann. Thanks for stopping by. How did you get started as an entrepreneur?

Ann Davis: There are many reasons I decided to start Venture with Impact, but without my experience undergoing my cancer diagnosis (anaplastic astrocytoma, a form of brain cancer) and treatment, I'm not sure that I would have had the confidence and gusto to take the risk! 

I discovered my tumor while on a run one day with friends in New Orleans, where I was living and working at the time.  I was teaching via the Teach For America program, and it was a fairly stressful time in my life.  While running, I felt an electric shock run up the side of my leg, like I had stuck my foot into a toaster.  Next thing I knew I was on the ground undergoing a gran mal seizure. 

During and after my treatment, I  began to ask myself many questions about my future.  These questions included:  What are my passions?  What is holding back from pursuing these passions and dreams?


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Deb: What inspires you to do the work you do?

Ann: The mission of our organization is to expose professionals to new cultures, ideas, and people so that they can become both more empathetic and global citizens. For Venture with Impact, Venturers will form a community with participants in the program, who they live and travel with, and they will also build a community made up of their non-profit organization and the locals that they volunteer with.  

The communities each of our participants form is incredibly different than their environment back home.  By bringing people out of their comfort zone and into new living and working environments allows for such positive change.  For me, it's incredibly rewarding to see the personal and professional growth that each of our participants undergoes over just a month or two.

For example in last month's Colombian program, we had a married couple that fell in love with Medellín, and by the end of the trip were set on adopting from the country.  Additionally, we had a lawyer, who after thoroughly studying international human rights law and teaching workshops to local NGO staff, has decided he would like to make international human rights a part of his future work.


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Deb: What's your vision for your business?

Ann: Although we a very new business, thus far we have run 6 months of programming, in both Trujillo, Peru and Medellin Colombia, with almost 40 participants.  In 2018, we are planning to expand to two additional locations - Thailand and Portugal.  Long term we plan to have multiple programs running simultaneously all around the world. 

To date we've had a great variety of professionals who have worked on a number of projects.  Professionals with backgrounds in business and marketing have helped local women's collectives to price and package their products; physical therapists have taught workshops and exchanged knowledge with local doctors, tech professionals have built websites for local partners, and many more.

Although all of our Venturers have had permission from their employers to work remotely and participate in a VWI program, in the future I would like for VWI to partner with companies.  My long term vision is that companies around the world will be encouraging and sponsoring their employees to participate in Venture with Impact programs and it becomes part of their organization's professional development program.



Deb: What advice would you give to women entrepreneurs who are just starting out?

Ann:
-    My business hasn't been successful so far because I have done it alone
-    I have received help from friends and family as well as people I did not know prior to starting, because they were interested in VWI
-    I am not afraid to ask for help, receive feedback and accept criticism - this is vital for success

I've heard that women entrepreneurs are often times more successful longer term because of the strong relationships they are able to develop. Relationships blossom and develop when you ask for help.

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Deb: What do you wish you could tell your younger self?

Ann: I would give myself the same advice that I tell myself today - at the end of your life you don't want to have regrets about the things that you didn't do. What stops me from doing the things that I want to do is fear, and fear of failure, but failure is part of living life to its fullest. 
We are so afraid of failure and what others think…but most people don't spend time thinking about what that you failed at. If you succeed, it's something that they notice.


Deb: Thanks for stopping by, Ann. Please share website and social media URLs.

Ann: I enjoyed it, Deb. Here are the links.

Website:  www.venturewithimpact.org
Instagram:  www.instagram.com/venturewithimpact
Facebook: www.facebook.com/venturewithimpact
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/venture_impact
LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/venturewithimpact

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Book Spotlight: Jody's Garden by Leah Oviedo


When I fist started working on this book, it was a coloring book with gardening quotes.

As time progressed, the idea to make it more meaningful grew. I wanted to encourage more people to find the healing power of gardening to help heal their grief.

 Even though grief is not an enjoyable feeling, it is as much a part of our journey as any other experience.

In my own grieving I used to push it away because it was so uncomfortable. As I spent more time gardening during when grieving, I felt a healing that wasn't present in other aspects of my life.

There is something about working in the dirt, growing plants and watching them die that brings the cycle of life into a softer perspective. There are also scientific studies that show working in soil activates serotonin in our brains and acts as a natural antidepressant. This explains why I can work in a garden for an hour and be physically tried but emotionally balanced.

Readers can download a free e-book version of my new book "Jody's Garden" on Amazon until September 27th.  https://www.amazon.com/Jodys-Garden-Leah-Oviedo-ebook/dp/B075FLW47B


Author Leah Oviedo is an artist, illustrator, writer and urban farmer. She is certified in mental health first aid and teaches self defense/empowerment classes for women and girls, including the LGBTQ community.

After working in various fields she realized that she could make a positive difference working in prevention and educating people on how to make positive life choices.

Individual empowerment and personal responsibility is a recurring theme in her work. When she's not working she loves to play in the rain, read and rejuvenate in nature. 

Visit Leah's site at: https://impoweryou.org/
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5 Tips for Stepping into Your Power

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by Chris Atley

What does it even mean to step into your power?

Well, my perspective on this is that means stepping into the best version of yourself. The kindest, most loving and happiest version.

My talk earlier this week was centered around this very topic, and I shared that most people have a hard time doing this because of the negative thoughts swirling around in their minds.

This is definitely a work in progress and won’t ever be perfect…

BUT even if we can have positive thoughts 51% of the time, we’re winning.

So, how can we do this?

Tip #1:

Identify any fear and lack based thinking. It’s sneaky and slips in fast. Notice the decisions you’re making for clues. If you stopped paying yourself first because of a lower income month, you have slipped into lack-based thinking. This then trickles down into everything you’re doing.

Identify the belief and shift it to a new and empowered belief instead. It’s not so much about not having the negative thoughts to begin with, it’s more about how fast you can shift your focus back to empowered thoughts instead. The ego will always be there trying to drag us backwards (unless you’re fully enlightened of course and then you wouldn’t need to be here at all!).

Tip #2:


Identify who you are giving your energy to. Who and what are you saying yes to? Is this taking you closer to your goals and what you want to have more of in your life, or further away? Identifying your values and priorities will help immensely. You’re giving away your power if you are giving away your time and energy to things that aren’t meaningful. This is where resentment is cultivated. Check-in on why you are saying eyes to begin with - if it’s about people pleasing and trying to fulfill a dysfunctional need - then your light will be dimmed.

Tip #3:

Let go of expectations of others. Note I said “expectations” not “unrealistic expectations”. Who gets to decide what is realistic and unrealistic anyway? That is just another set of rules we create to keep us separate and disappointed in others. We keep the drama alive. I realized the other day my expectations are a little too high for my kids. Sometimes I forget they are just kids and still have tons too learn. A great catch for sure. If we let go of how people “should” behave and act all together we will experience a whole lot less disappointment, and therefore a tail spin of negative thinking.

Tip #4:


Be confident with who you are on the inside. Easier said then done sometimes, I know. Self-care helps a ton with this. Taking the time to do what you love is a direct reflection of how you feel about yourself. It instils self-love and essentially confidence. Take some time to reflect and receive the divine guidance there for you as well. This will help strengthen your connection to Source and the universal energy available for all of us, and help you feel less isolated and more connected. This leads to having the strength to stay no to things and people that drain your energy and yes to what brings you joy instead.

Tip #5:


Strengthen your connection to the Universe. Not only does this help with confidence as mentioned above, this helps you to be inspired and a co-creator in the life you’re wanting. You will be shown how and when to shine your light. This doesn’t feel scary, it feels good. Because at the highest level, what you are really doing is extending love. Now it might look like doing this from a stage, or one-on-one with your neighbour. There is no size to it. Its about extending that energy to those around you, which in-turn creates a massive ripple effect of goodness.

Have fun and let’s lose the “seriousness” around it :-) As soon as we get too serious, we’ve slipped into the ego again. It doesn’t have to be so heavy.

Namaste friends xo


Written by Success Speaker & Coach Chris Atley, CEO of Chris Atley LLC ~ Decisions by Design. For complimentary success tips for business and life, please visit www.chrisatley.com.

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How She Does It: Christie & Taylor Cook of Avery Verse Luxury Handbags

Avery Verse is an Australian luxury handbag brand that produce designer, Italian vegetable tanned leather bags for the sophisticated woman. Proceeds from every sale are donated to charities as we seek to help transform the world through business.


Deb Bailey: Glad to have you here today, Christie. Who are the ideal clients for your brand?

Christie Cook: Great to be here, Deb. Ideal clients are the customers who want a timeless style, love the sustainable and charitable elements of our brand and tell others about us. Word of mouth is very valuable to a new brand so we appreciate positive feedback from purchasers.


Deb: Are there any “lessons learned” from the business that you’d like to share?

Christie: Oh so many but I’ll narrow it down to this; always plan to put much more money into advertising than you ever realised you needed. There’s so much competition in fashion and accessories, your advertising budget needs to go a long way.

I have also learned that every step of the way is slower than you will have planned for or anticipated. A lot happens at any given stage that will slow down production and much of this is out of your hands. For example; our manufacturer will take holidays, PR event dates get pushed back to later in the year, a designer may need more time to compete a task. These sorts of delays are common.


avery verse red handbag


Deb: What’s your vision for Avery Verse?

Christie: Our vision is to expand globally and we’re excited to be seeing our reach beyond Australia growing. The aim is to develop Avery Verse into a recognised and respected name in the area of sustainable accessories and high end fashion as a whole.

avery verse crossbody handbag


Deb: Based on your experiences, what do you think are the top 3 traits an entrepreneur must have?

Christie: Tenacity, Vision, Flexibility. All of these qualities are important but I think that tenacity is foremost during the start up stages.


avery verse tote bag


Deb: I totally agree. Knowing what you know now, what do you wish you could tell your younger self?

Christie:
Stop wasting time! Life moves much faster than you realise. If you really want to do something, start early...this way you have more time to improve and perfect what you love. This process becomes so much harder when you’re older and have more responsibilities, more financial pressure and less time.


avery verse subtle handbag


Deb: What inspires you to do the work you do?

Christie: My family and their future inspires me. Knowing that my success will set them up for the future motivates me. As for design and style inspiration, that typically comes from the past. My grandparent’s generation were so classy and elegant and that is what we aspire to at Avery Verse.



Deb: That's wonderful, Christie. Please share your links so that the readers can learn more about your products.

Christie: I enjoyed it, Deb. Here are the links.

Website: https://www.averyverse.com
Instagram: http://instagram.com/averyversebagcompany/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/averyverse
Twitter: http://twitter.com/averyverse
Polyvore: http://averyverse.polyvore.com

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How to Write a Persuasive Sales Page



How to Write a Persuasive Sales Page: A Beginner's Guide
How to Write a Persuasive Sales Page, courtesy of Henneke at Enchanting Marketing
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"Social Skills in the Digital Age" with Rosanne J. Thomas, Founder of Protocol Advisors, Inc on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

Roseanne Thomas President of Protocol Advisors, Inc
Show #430

Topic: "Social Skills in the Digital Age"


Rosanne J. Thomas is founder and president of Protocol Advisors, Inc., specialists in providing business etiquette training to professionals at respected organizations from Tiffany & Co. to Boeing. She also helps prepare students at top colleges and universities to achieve the highest degree of workplace success. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

In today's workforce, with people from five generations and all kinds of backgrounds and perspectives working together under intense pressure, avoiding saying or doing something that might annoy, offend, or alienate someone is like walking through a minefield. How can business leaders mitigate misunderstandings and foster teamwork? How can young professionals minimize interpersonal missteps? 

An expert on business etiquette sought out by leading organizations, Rosanne J. Thomas takes on these challenges. In EXCUSE ME: The Survival Guide to Modern Business Etiquette (AMACOM; August 17, 2017; $21.95 Hardcover), she presents a new playbook for workplace behavior that respects the individual, which in turn benefits the company.


Excuse Me: The Survival Guide to Modern Business Etiquette


Rather than protocols and rules, Thomas shares dozens of real-life scenarios, hundreds of practical tips, and valuable advice with a priority on good faith effort and a willingness to employ the all-powerful apology. "The practice of on-the-job etiquette does not require anyone to be perfect," she assures. "My goal for readers is that they develop confidence in themselves and in their interactions with others and feel empowered to bring their best, most authentic selves to the workplace each and every day." 

http://protocoladvisors.com/

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How She Does It: Krissi Barr, CEO of Barr Corporate Success

Female Entrepreneur Krissi Barr CEO of Barr Corporate Success
Krissi Barr is CEO of Barr Corporate Success, consultants specializing in strategic planning, executive coaching, and behavioral assessments, and the co-author of The Fido Factor: How to Get a Leg Up at Work.


Deb Bailey: Welcome to the Secrets of Success blog, Krissi. How did you get started as an entrepreneur?

Krissi Barr: Great to be here, Deborah. I started my consulting company 15 years ago and have never looked back. My husband (and co-author of our books) encouraged me to hang up my own shingle, and it was the best advice I've ever received.

I had worked for a start-up family business, large public company and several small to medium sized companies in a variety of industries. I had seen how well run companies operate and had spent a lot of time seeing how poorly run companies do things. I knew I could help people and organizations because I knew both what they were experiencing and how to turn things around.


Deb: Are there any "lessons learned" that you'd like to share?

Krissi: This question is at the core of why my husband and I have written two business books. We based the latest book, The Fido Factor: How to Get a Leg Up at Work, on dogs because it's different and relatable for most people. Leadership is so critical to success. With great leadership almost anything is possible. Without it, organizations can almost never succeed. The four canine-derived leadership takeaways in The Fido Factor are that leaders have to be faithful, inspirational, determined and observant.

  • Faithful leaders earn the trust of their team and their customers by doing the right things and living up to their word.
  • Inspirational leaders move people to do the meaningful and the extraordinary.
  • Determined leaders combine perseverance with a dose of fearlessness to keep moving toward goals.
  • Observant leaders are committed to taking in as much information as possible in order to make the best decisions.

 All good ideas. And all a lot harder to do then say.



Deb: Very true. So, who are your ideal clients?


Krissi: I've worked with clients that range from the Fortune 50, to a local heating & plumbing company, to a global sex toy distributor and everything in between. There are several distinct parts to my business: strategic planning & implementation, executive coaching, behavioral assessments, public speaking and leadership training. Over 90 percent of the companies I've worked with have exceeded their goals, so it looks like it's working pretty well.

My ideal client is one where leadership is aware of a problem or challenge and has the commitment to turn it around. Once there is alignment on the goal there's an extremely high likelihood of success. Behaviors precede results, so for implement to take hold I coach to change behaviors.


The FIDO Factor Business Book Cover

Deb: You've certainly had a lot of experiences with all types of organizations.  What inspires you to do the work you do?

Krissi: Many things inspire me, but the most important one is I genuinely care about people. This is especially true for my clients. I am interested in them and will do everything I can to help them succeed. This passion comes through in virtually every interaction I have, whether they're the receptionist at the front desk or the owner of the company.

I am a competitor, so I also love to win. And that means I want my clients to succeed because once they hire me, I'm on their team.

I had breast cancer a few years ago and I'm happy to report that I'm doing great. But it also taught me that there is more to life than work. I've chaired over 30 major charitable events that have helped thousands of people. I'm inspired by my incredible family, our dogs, by nature, and by a deep desire to learn.


Deb: I'm so glad to hear that you're doing great. And you certainly keep very busy! What is your favorite activity to relax and unwind?

Krissi: This is the hardest question so far! My motor runs very high, so I work too much. I have a bad habit of not taking enough "me" time. I'm working on this.

My favorite times are spent with my husband, son, and dogs. When our pack is together I'm happy. My husband and I take our dogs on a walk through the park every morning for exercise and we all love it. In addition I enjoy hiking, bike riding and playing golf.

I also have a love of gardening. Few things relax me more than planting and tending to my flowers. A few years ago I also learned how to play the harp. It's a very difficult instrument that I still haven't mastered. I love playing the harp outside surrounded by my flowers and dogs and family. Throw in a glass of chardonnay and I'd call that hard to beat!



About Krissi Barr


Krissi Barr is CEO of Barr Corporate Success, consultants specializing in strategic planning, executive coaching, and behavioral assessments, and the co-author of The Fido Factor: How to Get a Leg Up at Work.
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Why Business Women Should Invest in Real Estate

business woman looking out a window

by Mark Machaalani

For business women, real estate investments serve multiple attractive purposes: Ease of business expansion; ease of investment financing; tax deductions; subsidiary entrepreneurship; increased marketing; and potential for lucrative profit. Let's look at each.

Ease of Business Expansion


Many businesses start on a shoestring, often from the founder's home office. As they grow, they often move into a small warehouse or office space rented from others.

Business women who invest in real estate can avoid throwing away those monthly lease dollars, instead purchasing their own commercial property that uniquely serves their needs.

Ease of Investment Financing


Real estate loans are among the easiest and most affordable loan types to obtain. Currently, the average rate of a U.S. mortgage is approximately 4 percent, with some available at less than 3 percent. As example, entrepreneurs whose firms are going to occupy at least 51 percent of the commercial real estate, can easily qualify for a loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA,) once the company has been in business for three years and has established good credit. Several lenders and organizations offer low-rate financing specific to women-owned businesses that have been operating for a year or more.
Tax Deductions

A business woman who owns commercial rental property can actually avoid capital gains taxes on the cash flow derived from the rental. Mortgage interest deductions and depreciation enable this terrific perk for property ownership. What's important here is that she leverages her capital - that is, she borrows money for the purchase of the rental property.

Subsidiary Entrepreneurship


Think of this as hedging your entrepreneurial bets. Your fledgling business is probably the results of a dream - that is, your idea for a new concept, tool or service. Untested, it might leave you on shaky financial ground for several years. Real estate, on the other hand, is a tried and true form of entrepreneurship and, except during recession, is one of the more lucrative and secure forms of business ownership. A business owner who as well is an experienced commercial real estate investor has additional areas of expertise, and a second source of income during the hard startup times.
You might even consider flipping real estate as a side venture - that is, buy commercial property, make necessary improvements, and quickly sell at a profit.


Increased Marketing


Most industries and business products have specific and somewhat-limited audiences. Your feminist T-shirt business will primarily lure liberals and females. Your used bookstore is not likely to target millennials, who prefer to read from Kindle or other e-readers. Real estate, however, can be of interest to just about anyone. Renters might be retirees looking for their winter home, or small businesses needing office space. Additionally, rental properties have brick-and-mortar advertising and marketing space.

In luring prospective renters or buyers, you can as well market your business, whether it's in your e-mail signature sent to those inquiring about the real estate or rental property, as a widget on your real estate property blog or website, or even as a banner on the commercial building itself. You might even discount your business services or products to your renters, or affiliate with your renters' businesses.

Potential for Lucrative Profit

The profit from real estate investing is both ongoing and long-term:


  • The current median capitalization (cap) rate for commercial real estate is 6.2 percent. Defined as the rate of return on an investment property. The calculation is: net operating income divided by current market value. For business women who purchase commercial property with a 4-percent-interest loan, this represents an approximate 2 percent annual gain.
  • No matter the use you make of your commercial property - to house your business, or for rental income - that property will almost certainly appreciate. While those who work for others are paying into their 401(k) or pension, you are investing in your commercial property. That property or properties, upon sale, could provide a hefty nest egg for your retirement.

Business women who invest in real estate save money, earn money, add expertise to their business repertoire, and expand their firm's marketing potential. Real estate is one of the smartest investments a business woman can make.


About the Author: Mark Machaalani is a Solicitor Director & Co-founder of Unified Lawyers. Mark is an experienced litigator and commercial lawyer practising in the areas of commercial litigation, property law, debt recovery, building and construction, bankruptcy and insolvency, insurance law, asset protection, retail and commercial leasing, the sale or purchase of business and conveyancing. Read more about him here. https://www.unifiedlawyers.com.au/about/mark-machaalani/


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"Growing a Business in the Cluttered Online Market" with Kristin Marquet Founder of The Haute Rebel on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

 Show #431

Topic: How to Start and Grow a Business in Today's Online Cluttered Market

 Kristin Marquet is the Founder & Publisher of The Haute Rebel, a one-stop shop for women 30+ who are looking to live happier, healthier, and more stylish lives.

She is also the founder and creative director of Creative Development Agency(formerly award-winning firm, Marquet Media). As the founder and creative director, Kristin has forged successful partnerships with celebrity entrepreneur and founder Christina Crawford of Bubble Pop Beauty; prestige hair care brand Briogeo; French accessory designer Mona Roussette; and many more. She has also authored the bestselling book, Squash the competition and Dominate your marketplace: 55 easy Tips to Generate Big Publicity for your startup or small business.

As someone who is passionate about helping female entrepreneurs grow their businesses, she also launched the online community and resource, FemFounder.co.

Kristin holds a master's degree in marketing from New York University, and is also a contributor to HuffingtonPost.com, Entrepreneur.com, and NYDailyNews.com. She lives in Westchester, New York with her husband.


https://www.thehauterebel.com/



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Business owner Kristen Marquet of The Haute Rebel


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The Perfect Way to Celebrate Summer's End: Himalyan Salt Shot Glasses

Small business profile salt shot glass
Several years ago I was walking in the park with a friend. She was describing a holiday gift she'd recently bought for her mom. It was a plate made of sea salt.

 I'd never heard of something like that before, so I wasn't sure exactly what it was about. Her mother was going to use it with certain dishes she served. But sea salt? I didn't get it.

Then I had the chance to check out sea salt shot glasses. As it turns out, a family-run company named, Root7 sells a set of Himalayan Salt Shot Glasses that are perfect for those Tequila shots (and Margaritas too).

Small business profile Root 7 Salt Shot Glasses


I don't know about you, but I like the salt around the rim of the glass. But in this case, you get a slightly salty flavor with your shot.

Even better, they provide a Acacia Wood serving board for the glasses. So you can serve them to your guests and it looks great on your table (or wherever your party is).

Small Business Profile Salt Shot Glasses in a box


Just don't put them in the dishwasher! Try them out after using, and you're good to go. Store in a cool, dry place and you're ready to use them again.

So, now I get it! Ethically sourced and sustainable. The perfect barware for your next party and a perfect gift too (the holiday season will be here before you know it). I really enjoying using these, and so did my guests.

Disclaimer: I received a product for review, but my opinions are my own. This post does not contain affiliate links. For more information about sponsored posts, see the blog disclaimer statement


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Female-Led Companies that Have Bridged the Funding Gap

Thanks to increased awareness and activism surrounding gender inequality in tech in recent years, “women in tech” is no longer just a theoretical concept. There are plenty of admirable women starting their own businesses, managing companies and driving significant growth for brands such as Facebook and Youtube.

However, what still raises eyebrows is the fact that a significant portion of female-led companies aren’t getting funding; a recent study by 99designs revealed that of the 3,003 companies that secured Seed, Series A or Series B funding in 2016, only 479 (16%) had at least one female founder, and only 246 (8%) had a female CEO at the helm. These findings are supported by a recent study by Crunchbase, which reported that between 2010-2015, a mere 15% of seed dollars globally went to startups with at least one female founder on the board.

While the lack of funding attributed to female-founded companies points to systemic issues within the tech and VC ecosystem, it simultaneously gives all the more reason to celebrate the female-led companies that have managed to bridge the funding gap. With this in mind, 99designs took a closer look into who these trailblazing companies are, zeroing in on companies that raised at least one round of funding (Seed, Series A or Series B) in 2016.

Turns out, these companies are headquartered from New York all the way to San Francisco, and they cover a range of industries, from healthcare to eCommerce. 99designs created an infographic visualizing trends in location, industry and funding amounts; the infographic is available here alongside the full list of companies. 99designs also analyzed the logo trends amongst the top 50 most-funded companies to determine common visual threads and aesthetic themes amongst these trailblazing brands.

We look forward to seeing more and more women-led companies join the ranks of those who are bridging the funding gap.

Female-led companies that have bridged the funding gap [infographic]


About the Author: Pamela Webber, Chief Marketing Officer at 99designs

Pam Webber of 99Designs
Pamela Webber is Chief Marketing Officer at 99designs. She is passionate about using data to derive customer insights and to find “aha moments” that impact strategic direction. In addition to her background as a marketer, Pamela brings a host of first-hand experience as an ecommerce entrepreneur. 

Prior to joining 99designs, she founded weeDECOR, an ecommerce company selling custom wall decals for babies' and kids' rooms, and also worked as an executive marketing consultant for True&Co, a wildly successful ecommerce startup specializing in custom-fitted women’s lingerie.
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