Archive for the ‘Aspiring Entrepreneur’ Category
Before I decide what’s for dinner I turn to my handy Groupon, Half Off Depot and Living Social Apps. The ”Deal Site” craze has taken over and has forced us to rethink the idea of paying full price for restaurants and yoga classes.
Just as you search for the best dining deals you now have the opportunity to search for daily deals for your small business. Here are a few deal sites that I have recently found. Happy Shopping!
1. GroupPrice Recently named Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 100 BrilliantCompanies of 2011. GroupPrice offers B2B deals focused on software and services to help small businesses
2. Rapidbuyr Another great deal site focusing on B2B services offering up to 80% discounts for you to enjoy.
3. Bizy Started in Chicago in March 2011, Bizy offers 50% off business services to assist with the cost of business operations.
Here are a few more to check out:
Where can you go and see over 800 African America women networking, learning and celebrating their accomplishments?
Where can you attend sessions on leadership and entrepreneurship from Vera Moore, Beverly Johnson and Amsale Aberra? This can only happen at the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit.
I am still on a high from the 7th Annual Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit. I have been trying to figure out how to bottle up my experience in a few words and decided to give you a list of my highlights from the conference. I promise this is an event you do not want to miss next year. See you soon.
1. Being Empowered
I have been too many different conferences but I tell you being at the Black Enterprise Women of Power Conference I feel so empowered and motivated to work even harder for my mission. There is nothing like seeing so many women of color from different backgrounds in one place.
2. Leadership Sessions
The breakout sessions were GREAT. I learned from Anita Hill on her struggle to bring Sexual Harassment awareness to all, Valorie Burton that lead the session on “9 Habits that Make You Happier, Healthier & Resilient” and from my favorite Sundra Ryce of SLR Contracting in the session on Risk Takes & Rule Breakers. I have so many notes and highlights that I learned from these sessions.
Innovation, Mentorship and Coaching . . . more and more resources are available to help grow your business idea. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation will launch its very first public service announcement during the Super Bowl this weekend. The commercial displays how one idea can grow into a successful business.
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is referred to as the “World’s Largest Foundation Devoted to Entrepreneurship”. The foundation focuses on programs to advance entrepreneurship and improve the education of our youth. Their founder, Ewing Kauffman was one of the first pioneers in devoting his time and efforts to support entrepreneurship. Today the Kauffman Foundation is the most sought after organization for entrepreneurship expertise.
So while you join the other 111 million people to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday, then you too can be inspired to launch your business ideas. Check out their new website Willitbeyou.com for resources to launch your business today.
Take a sneak peak at the commercial that will air on Sunday.
Guest Post by Nabukenya Muwonge
The holiday season is over and the festive mood has died down. The holiday season was not a time for being serious, it was party time with the family! But that does not mean that somewhere in the back of your mind, your business, and its near future is no longer important. I’d like to ask you a simple but important question – have you sat down to start your strategic planning for 2012?
Perhaps you have not had the time because you were so busy and carried away with the hustle and bustle of the festive season. Or perhaps instead you are new to the world of self employment and are not sure where to start. That’s where I come in, with some simple steps to help you begin this exciting creative process. Read More
If you haven’t heard Stiletto Woman Magazine is hosting it’s 3rd Annual Stiletto Woman in Business Award Celebration in Atlanta, March 17, 2012.
This celebration is a one day immersion of inspiration and strategy for women in business.
Mom Entrepreneur of the Year
Website of the Year
Service-Based Business of the Year
Entrepreneur of the Year- Consulting Business Services.
I had the pleasure of meeting Karlena Wallace, CEO of Stiletto Woman Media, at the Stiletto Woman in Business Pre Launch Party in September. She was full of energy and passion and was an inspiration for myself and female entrepreneurs everywhere.
If you are a Stiletto Woman in Business then you do not want to miss this event. Register today and meet women that are dedicated to living their dreams and passions through entrepreneurship. See you there!
Our January Boss Lady of the Month is Brandi Starr of Cassius Blue Consulting.
Meet the Boss Lady
What is Cassius Blue Consulting?
Cassius Blue offers marketing consulting services that bring added impact and insight to your current marketing and turning ‘the undecided’ into customers. Through detailed analysis, we can dissect your current marketing, so you know what you’re doing well … and what you could be doing better.
I’m inspired by the single mother able to provide for her children through her business, the strong independent single woman with her sights set on being a award winning enterprise, the business owner that wants to break free from the corporate world to do what they love. I’ve owned several other businesses in the past, and no matter what business I was in I ended up helping small business owners to be effective in marketing and growing their business. I have a passion for helping people, a natural ability to connect in meaningful ways so I finally decided to turn what I had already been doing into a thriving business. Read More
Atlanta Diaper Relief, a 501(c3), non-profit organization dedicated to distributing diapers to poor families in need in Douglas, Cobb and Fulton counties.
We are a diaper bank and through our diaper drives we collect diapers to low-income families in need with help from our partner agencies.
We will also ensure that families living in poverty have an adequate supply of diapers for their infants and toddlers; and raise community awareness that “basic human needs” include diapers and that these needs are not being met for children living in poverty.
I am proud of this mission and know that I can move mountains and eventually help thousands of families who really need us. Our motto is “We relieve babies, starting from the bottom.”
Since May, we have collected over 15,000 diapers through various diaper drives and donations. And on Wednesday August 31st, on behalf of Ronnie and Lamar Tyler and Pampers, we were awarded a one year supply of diapers for the diaper bank. This was a major accomplishment for us. Read More
Every month we will honor a Boss Lady of the Month. Our Boss Lady of December is Helena Paschal of Correlations LLC & Helena’s Planners.
Meet The Boss Lady
What is Correlations LLC & Helena’s Planners:
My umbrella business, Correlations which stands for communication and relationships trains small business owners on essential soft skills such as marketing, public relations, public speaking and event planning.
My business actually started in my mother’s kitchen right after I graduated from college. I wanted to teach but I knew I wanted to do it on my own terms.
From Correlations, my new venture Helena’s Planners has emergedfrom a national 2 Day Event Planning Certificate Course I teach. Students wanted more training and more resources related to event planning and they literally wanted to see me in action so I decided to launch Helena’s Planners Summer 2011. Read More
With the grind of everyday living it is easy to move from day to day without truly appreciating your accomplishments. Life situations happen to us both good and bad but in all that we go through we need to be thankful for the lessons to be learned. I decided to create a list of things I was thankful for to remind myself just how blessed I really am. Read More