Thursday, March 31, 2011

Wonderful Women Entrepreneurs: Women in my Network

March is Women's History Month. Because of this, I'm highlighting wonderful women entrepreneurs. This week, I'm focusing on the fabulous entrepreneurs in my network:

Cameka Smith: Founder of The BOSS Network and CEO (Chief Eventeur Officer) of City Global Events, Cameka's vision is to inpsire women to build a legacy by creating opportunities to network, develop and build their brands. Both of her companies focus on female branding and bring opportunities for women to grow holistically.

Dani Nir-McGrath: Mompreneur Dani helps moms, entrepreneurs, real estate agents, business owners, health professionals and college students work from home. She also mentors and coaches individuals who see the value in being their own boss, creating their own schedules and have a desire for financial freedom.

LaKesha Womack: Business consultant and owner of Womack Consulting Group, LaKesha has over 10 years of management, training and consulting experience in a variety of industries. She also hosts a Blog Talk Radio Show, is a professional speaker, blogger and self-published author of two books.

LaShanda Henry: Creator of several websites, LaShanda is a work-at-home mom, web coach and social media expert. She is the founder of Black Businesswomen Online, and she also provides business tips to black women entrepreneurs through her blog, Sista Sense.

Tamyka Washington: As a work-at-home mom and web entrepreneur, Tamyka is a direct sales business owner and founder/owner of TheCEOMamma Network Community. Through her coaching and consulting services, she teaches women how to build a profitable business online by utilizing social media and network marketing.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Motivational Mondays- 3.28.11

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake-- you can't learn anything from being perfect."

- Adam Osborne

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Putting Myself Out There...

A couple of weeks ago, LaShanda Henry of Sista Sense and Black Business Women Online did a huge Facebook giveaway. One of the things she gave away (and that I won) was her Sistas Who Sell 7 Day Challenge. I did the challenge and also watched more of her videos, and they have been benefited me tremendously.

Anyhoo, in one of her videos, "Don't be a lazy entrepreneur," she talks about putting yourself and your business out there. You know, talking about your services and products and just letting people know you're out there. LaShanda also mentioned that you shouldn't assume that people have seen or know about your products and/or services. I am so guilty of this one. Before viewing the video, I assumed that if someone "likes" my Facebook page, follows me on Twitter or is a friend of mine on any site, they know what I do because they checked out my profile and have seen things I posted. Not so... As I'm learning, you have to consistently let people know what you do and how what you do can benefit them.

Up until recently, the main things I would post about on Facebook and Twitter were new blog posts; I really didn't mention the actual business too much. Why? Because I didn't want to be that entrepreneur. You know, the one who gets on your nerves because all he or she talks/posts about is "Me, me, me" and when you see his or her name pop up, you kind of roll your eyes and think, Here we go again...

But, I have come to realize that I have to find a happy medium where I market and promote myself, provide fab content and promote other entrepreneurs, too. And while I think I'm getting better at it, I think I could do better when it comes to putting myself out there. Just like many of you, I'm a work-in-progress, but I'm getting there!

So, what tips do you have for putting yourself and your business out there? What works for you? I'd love your feedback, so please leave a comment : )

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Wonderful Women Entrepreneurs: Cynthia Good

March is Women's History Month. Because of this, I'm highlighting wonderful women entrepreneurs.

This week, it's all about Cynthia Good.

Before she became an entrepreneur, Cynthia Good was as a journalist, working at TV stations across the nation, anchoring and reporting the evening news. While she was anchoring for WAGA-TV in Atlanta, the station became the top Fox affiliate in America. After this, Good created her own TV show, Good for Parents and began syndicating TV news stories on issues that women and families deal with.
Good, who is also an author, won the Author of the Year award from the Georgia Writers Association in 2001 for her book, Vaccinating Your Child and has written six books in all. She also launched Atlanta Woman Magazine in 2002.

In 2005, Good launched PINK as a website, event series and national women's business magazine. It shares stories of remarkable individuals, provides expert advice, cutting edge data and rising trends to help women gain more financial independence, more equity and more opportunity in the workplace. According to Good, it's "a movemement acknowledging all that women are today and will be tomorrow, each deserving the chance to realize her fullest human potential; to have a beautiful career and a beautiful life." PINK has won several awards including 11 GAMA awards and three Folio Awards.
PINK shut down its print magazine in 2009, but that didn't stop Good or PINK's mission. She redirected resources into its digital and event properties. Now, the online publication is known as Little Pink Book and has been called the "No. 1 online resource for America's working women." There is also a daily e-Note that provides career and life-enhancing tools, tactics and strategies to help women find greater success at work and more joy in life. Little Pink Book was named as a "Top 100 Women's Website 2010" as well as a Yahoo! "Top 10 Women's Business Sites.
Additionally, PINK has donated more than $700,000 to nonprofit organizations that support women and girls and reaches women in the U.S. and 126 other countries to assist them in achieving a beautiful career and a beautiful life. Good also mentors young women through her company's internship program.

Good describes herself as a "famillionaire"; she and her husband live in Atlanta with their two sons, their two miniature horses, their giant cat and their lovebirds.

"[Success] has more to do with who you are than what you do, more to do with your values and sense of self worth than your paycheck. It also has to do with asking for and getting what you want-- out of your work, your relationships and your life."
- Cynthia Good

Monday, March 21, 2011

Motivational Mondays- 3.21.11

Motivational quotes to inspire you!
"What a pity that so many people rather believe their doubts and doubt their beliefs...Why don't we just decide to have no doubts, and believe our beliefs! Fear and worry is just the misuse of the creative powers we originally got to dream."
- Jannie Putter

Friday, March 18, 2011

Spring Clean Your Business

Spring is right around the corner! While you're organizing and cleaning your home, why not do the same for your business? Here are a few quick tips:

  • File and organize the papers cluttering your office.
  • Create a process to manage your online reputation (for instance, using Google Alerts).
  • Review the progress you've made so far on your 2011 goals.
  • Assess your RSS feeds, and unsubscribe to any you haven't read in over a month.
  • Ask your customers for testimonials to place on your website.
  • Update your portfolio to showcase your latest and best work.
  • Write/update, and practice your elevator speech.
For more tips, check out 34 Ways to Spring Clean Your Business. And feel free to share your tips with a comment! : )

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Wonderful Women Entrepreneurs: Vera Wang

March is Women's History Month. Because of this, I'm highlighting wonderful women entrepreneurs.

This week, it's all about Vera Wang.

The daughter of affluent Chinese immigrants, Vera Wang was born June 27, 1949 in New York City. She attended Chaplin School, the School of American Ballet and Sarah Lawrence College. Wang studied abroad briefly in Paris during her sophomore year but returned to the U.S. to complete her art history degree.

She graduated in 1971 and started working for Vogue magazine. In just a year, Wang was promoted to senior fashion editor, a title she held for 15 years. After she left Vogue in 1987, she worked as a design director for accessories at Ralph Lauren.

Wang married her longtime boyfriend but wasn't too happy with the slim selection of existing bridal wear. So, she decided to do something about it: She sketched her own design and commissioned a dressmaker to tailor an extravagant gown that cost $10,000. The next year, Wang opened her own bridal boutique with some financial backing from her father. The Vera Wang Bridal House originally offered couture gowns by designers such as Carolina Herrera and Christian Dior. Wang developed her fashion design skills over the next few years and ultimately launched her signature collection of streamlined and sophisticated bridal wear.

After designing a hand-beaded ensemble for figure skater Nancy Kerrigan during the 1994 Olympics, Wang received international attention. Since then, she has created an equally popular line of elegant evening wear and Vera Wang Made to Order, a collection of couture designs that are exclusively available at her Manhattan boutique. Her bridal and evening apparel can be found at over 55 upscale retailers, including Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.

Wang's fashions are often worn by many high-profile celebs like Charlize Theron, Meg Ryan and Halle Berry. In 2001, she launched her first fragrance and published a wedding guide. Her business has grown to include several more fragrances, bedding, shoes, eyewear, a bridal gown collection at David's Bridal and much more.

Her awards include the 1993 Chinese American Planning Council's Honoree of the Year Award and Womenswear Designer of the Year by Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in 2005. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

"It's a remarkable exercise to sit and look at your own work over the years."
-Vera Wang

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Motivational Mondays- 3.14.11

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"You must remain focused on your journey to greatness."
- Les Brown

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Wonderful Women Entrepreneurs: Lisa Price

March is Women's History Month. Because of this, I'm highlighting wonderful women entrepreneurs.

This week, it's all about Lisa Price.

Lisa Price, beauty products entrepreneur, was born on May 18, 1962. When she was a child, her grandmother made soap at their Brooklyn brownstone, and the smell stuck with her.

She began making lotions and creams based on natural materials in her kitchen in 1990. She didn't do it to make money, just to have fun and feel good. At the time, Price was also working at The Cosby Show. When the show ended, she provided going-away gift baskets for the cast members. Phylicia Rashad loved her fragrance and suggested that Price go into business.

Encouraged by her loved ones, Price created Carol's Daughter in her home in 1993; the business was named for her mother, Carol Price. She added mail-order, website and walk-in customers in 1999, and Price moved her business moved from the parlor floor of her brownstone to a formal store in Brooklyn's upscale Fort Greene area. The company skyrocketed in 2002 after Price received a call from a producer on Oprah. Carol's Daughter stores can now be found all across the U.S., and the brand also has celebrity spokeswomen: Mary J. Blige and Jada Pinkett Smith. Celebs who have endorsed her products include Brad Pitt, Star Jones and Halle Berry. Additionally, Price sells her products on the Home Shopping Network and can be found in Dillards, Macy's and Sephora.

Price also gives back to the community, donating money, products and services to nonprofit organization. Additionally she encourages others to become entrepreneurs through speaking engagements.

"I'm not special. I was not born with a lot of money. I'm just an average woman who listened to the universe when it told me to believe in myself. I hope that others will learn my story and find the beauty in themselves. It is inherent in all of us."
- Lisa Price

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Motivational Mondays- 3.7.11

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"You only have to believe that you can succeed, that you can be whatever your heart desires, be willing to work for it, and you can have it."
- Oprah Winfrey

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Wonderful Women Entrepreneurs: Mary Kay Ash

March is Women's History Month. Because of this, I'm highlighting wonderful women entrepreneurs.

This week, it's all about Mary Kay Ash.

A pioneer for women in business, Mary Kay Ash was born Mary Kathlyn Wagner on May 12, 1918 in Hot Wells, Texas.

The "you can do it" spirit was instilled in Ash at an early age. Because her mother worked 14- hour days to support Ash and her ailing father, she had to take on several responsibilities when she was a child. Whenever she had to deal with new tasks, Ash would call her mom for help, and her mom would encourage her by saying, "You can do it, Mary Kay. You can do it."

Ash became a salesperson for Stanley Home Products in 1939, hosting parties to encourage people to purchase household goods. She was so good at making sales that another company, World Gifts, hired her in 1952. However, she quit after seeing yet another man she'd trained get promoted above her and make a much higher salary than hers.

After her less than favorable work experiences, Ash decided to create a business when she was 45-years-old with a starting investment of $5,000 in 1963. She bought the formulas for skin lotions from the family of a tanner who made the products while working on hides. Ash and her son opened a small store in Dallas, Texas, and she had nine salespeople working for her.

In its first year, the company turned a profit and sold nearly $1 million in products by the end of the second year. The basic idea was very similar to the products Ash sold earlier in her career; her cosmetics were sold through home parties and other events. However, she desired to make her business different by implementing incentive programs and not having sales territories for representatives. Ash believed in the golden rule: Treat others as you want to be treated, and she operated by the motto: God first, family second and career third.

Ash's marketing skills and people savvy helped make Mary Kay Cosmetics very lucrative. In 1968, the company went public but was bought back by Ash and her family in 1985 when the stock price took a hit. The business remained successful and now, annual sales exceed $2.2 billion, according to the Mary Kay Cosmetics website. Additionally, the company has more than 1.6 million salespeople worldwide.

Admired for her strategies and the results they achieved, Ash wrote several books about her experiences including Mary Kay: The Success Story of America's Most Dynamic Business Woman and Mary Kay on People Management. In 1996, she established the Mary Kay Charitable Foundation which supports cancer research and efforts to end domestic violence, and in 2000, she was named the most outstanding woman in business in the 20th century by Lifetime Television. Ash died on November 22, 2001 in Dallas.

"Don't limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve."
- Mary Kay Ash

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

March 2011 Goals!

I know I haven't been sharing my monthly goals, but I'm going to start now : ) So, my business goals for March are:
  • Easily and successfully earn the income I want.
  • Obtain two more sponsors on For Colored Gurls.
  • Finish the first round of edits for my book and get the other material/interviews needed for it.
  • Consistently and successfully make Mocha Writer and FCG the brands I want them to be.
  • Gain 40 more "likers" on FCG's Facebook page and 18 more "likers" on MW's Facebook page.
  • Increase the traffic to FCG and gain 10 more email subscribers.
  • Continue to do fabulous work for my clients and gain three more.
  • Stay focused on the present moment.
  • Be FREE from procrastination and do what needs to be done when it needs to be done by staying focused on my goals.
Do you have any goals you want to share? Feel free to leave a comment! : )

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