Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Founding Moms Conference October 6, 2014 #Chicago

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Are you looking to get down to business?  The Founding Moms will be hosting a conference on October 6th, at Chicago's famed Lincoln Hall!

The Founding Moms are a "collective of offline meetups and online resources for mom entrepreneurs in 43 cities around the world."
The Found Moms was most recently raved about in Forbes and CNNMoney!

The Founding Moms Conference will feature speakers, engaging workshops, and even spending the day with a live concert.  The event will also be livestreamed!

Get your tickets here!

About us :: The Founding Moms is a collective of offline meetups and online resources where mom entrepreneurs exchange, connect and learn from one another. Incredible women living right in your backyard meet up to swap start-up stories, interact with renowned business experts, and build personal and professional connections within the ever-growing network of mom-owned businesses. They’re currently in 43 cities (9 countries!) around the world with 8,000+ members. In 2013, Forbes named them one of the Top 10 Websites for Women Entrepreneurs and in 2014, its founder Jill Salzman was called a “mommy mogul” by CNNMoney.

About Jill :: She’s a serial entrepreneur. A mom of 2. An published author. A “do-it evangelist.” An avid tweeter. Co-host of the renowned podcast, Breaking Down Your Business. Star of the new video series Tip Top Tips for Entrepreneurs. And best friends with Stephen Colbert, even if he does not know it yet.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

5 Tips to Know Before Starting A Fashion Line

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Creating your own fashion line from scratch is anything but easy or cheap. Whether or not you went to school for fashion design, there are still many aspects of cultivating a concept into reality that can only be learned first hand,” states Jennifer Philbrook, Co-Founder of Stitch Method.  “While my education has provided me with extensive insight, it was learning from my mistakes that helped me launch my own successful line.” 

Stitch Method is Chicago’s premier Apparel Manufacturing & Brand Development Accelerator. Philbrook has worked on the product development of 20+ lines, and offers advice on 5 main concepts she wishes she had known before starting her own line: 
1) Develop a Business Plan
A detailed business plan will become your foundation, best friend and roadmap throughout this process. This is an essential starting point when turning an idea into something tangible. Start to outline various aspects of your process; target market, competition, ideal store to carry your product, etc. As you start to divvy up the plan, hone in on the specifics before beginning your own line, ask yourself; who is your target customer, what is your sales and marketing strategy and what are the main goals and objectives.
2) Product Development is a Timely Process
Product development is undoubtedly a tedious process, and involves a great deal of trial and error. It is imperative to test the fit, the fabrics and the final garments on your target market and consumer. Development stages vary depending on the specifics of the product. Never rush through this stage or skip steps, every minute aspect plays a part in getting to the next phase.
3) Coincide Sales Strategy with the Fashion Calendar
Now that you have outlined your plan, it is time to coordinate your sales strategy with the proper fashion season. When selling wholesale to boutiques, it is imperative that your merchandise is ready to sell during the correct buying season. The same applies for directly selling to customers. With the production process being such a timely step, it is best to determine when you will need to have production ready to ship to stores or customers. By now, you have established your due date and goal and will work backwards through the development stages. This allows you enough time to make sure your line will be ready for the appropriate season.
4) Always Plan a Season Ahead
Thinking ahead as a fashion designer is vital. Because the development process is so time consuming, planning for the upcoming season is of the utmost importance. This foresight allows you to stay ahead of the game and ensures that your product line never falls behind the times. While trends inevitably will change, the structure that has been set in place will allow for simpler adaptation with each passing season.
5) Producing a Line is Costly
Initial overhead costs will be high right out of the gate. These will become less of a factor as your line evolves. Therefore, staying optimistic even while not seeing an initial return on investment is as difficult as it is crucial. As you begin to form relationships with manufacturers and understand your own business model better, you will be able to execute your next line with much more ease and proficiency.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

6 Traits of a Successful Entrepreneur


NEW YORK, NY, July 1, 2014 -- Entities as diverse as the U.S. Department of Commerce and Forbes magazine have made efforts to quantify what qualities make successful entrepreneurs, especially serial entrepreneurs, different from everyone else.

While there is no single answer to this question, certain traits pop up again and again when studying this class of person.

Jenny Q. Ta, successful entrepreneur, author and CEO of Sqeeqee.com, the first-of-its-kind social networthing™ site, outlines the six most common traits found in entrepreneurs and encourages aspiring  Read these six items and see if you can find yourself in them. If not, ask yourself how you can change your thinking and behavior to achieve your own entrepreneurial goals.

1) Confidence

Belief in oneself is a universal characteristic of serial entrepreneurs. You must believe in yourself, and believe in your vision. This does not mean you can never have a moment of doubt, but it does mean that your doubts cannot be allowed to overwhelm your core belief in what you are trying to do. If it gets to the point where you're having brief moments of belief instead of brief moments of doubt, it may be time to go back to the drawing board.

2) Self-motivation

Sitting around believing in yourself won't get much done. You must be motivated to work toward the realization of your vision. Furthermore, your motivation should come from within. Other people cannot push you to greatness. If you need constant kick-starting, your chances of success are greatly reduced.

3) Tenacity

Successful entrepreneurs do not lay down in the face of adversity. If the first real challenge you face takes the wind out of your sails, how can you hope to overcome the numerous and difficult obstacles that almost always pave the way to success? An honest evaluation of your ability to triumph over adversity and to follow through when staring at hardship is necessary before you embark on your entrepreneurial journey.

4) Understanding of your own limitations

This may seem like the opposite of #1, but it is not. While you need confidence to succeed, you also need to be able to view your own abilities objectively. A good entrepreneur is a good leader, and a good leader knows when to listen to others. If you stubbornly refuse to consider other viewpoints, or you insist on doing things yourself that would be better done by people with a more suitable skill set, you are steering your enterprise toward failure.

5) A healthy disrespect for the rules

Any time you hear a sentence starting with "Everybody knows," what you're really hearing is an opportunity. People with an entrepreneurial bent know that rules and common knowledge exist to be defied. Illicit risk-taking behavior is a common trait among entrepreneurs, and that translates into the ability to defy conventions that stand in your way. This isn't to say that entrepreneurs are natural felons, but it does mean that entrepreneurs are willing to cross lines that some people are not.

6) Willingness to fail

Successful entrepreneurs fail, then they go back to square one and try again. Rarely is a huge leap taken without huge risk. An entrepreneur has to be able to objectively weigh risk and reward, and take the risk when it makes sense. A budding entrepreneur who is not willing to risk it all when the rewards are great enough is unlikely to ever reap those rewards.

About Jenny Q. Ta:

Jenny Q. Ta is the founder and CEO of Sqeeqee, the first-of-its-kind social networthing™ site.  Launched in 2014, the site gives individuals, businesses, celebrities, politicians, and non-profit organizations the ability to monetize their profiles in unprecedented ways.

Ms. Ta is a seasoned entrepreneur with two successful ventures to her credit.  She was the Founder and CEO of Titan Securities, a full service investment firm that was acquired in 2005.  Prior to founding Titan Securities she was the driving force behind Vantage Investments, a full-service broker-dealer start-up she founded in 1999 at the age of 27 and grew to a quarter of a billion dollars in assets. 

Overall, she has more than 20 years of experience as a senior executive in sales, marketing and finance. 


Jenny is an author whose book, Wall Street Cinderella, will launch in 2014 detailing her escape from Vietnam during the war and her path to success from welfare to Wall Street.   As a self-made millionaire by the time she was 27, the book will serve as a roadmap for women looking at a business career.

She earned a Master of Business Administration degree in Financial Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from California State University, Fresno.

6 Takeaways for Stay-at-Home CEOs

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Veteran Entrepreneur Shares Tips for Balancing Business and Family

Being young and inexperienced can be intimidating for stay-at-home entrepreneurs, but it doesn’t mean you’re making mistakes, says veteran businesswoman Renae Christine.

Fresh out of college at 23, she thought she’d done something wrong when the wholesaler for her stationery company assigned her a personal representative.

“In reality I was doing so much business with them that they wanted to ensure my satisfaction,” says Christine, a serial entrepreneur who has created dozens of successful home-based businesses for herself and others. She shares practical how-to advice in her new book, “Home Business Startup Bible,” (http://richmombusiness.com/). 

She was the busy mother of a 2-year-old and she’d just returned home – to the mess left in the wake of last-minute packing -- when the rep showed up, she says. 

“I was mortified when he walked into my home/business and he was shocked, but the experience marked my first success as an official business,” she says. “It was actually the beginning of a great relationship.”


Though it turned out well, Christine says her first years in business would have been much happier if she hadn’t had to deal with her own painful feelings of self-doubt, embarrassment, guilt, etc.
“The good news is – no stay-at-home entrepreneur needs to feel that way,” she says.
She offers these tips for maintaining professionalism in business without sacrificing – or feeling guilty about -- family.
•  Don’t apologize for your kids. We need to stop apologizing for our kids’ squawks and energy while we’re on the phone or in meetings. Kids are kids and to them, Mommy is Mommy and their home is their home 24/7. If anything, we can all learn from our children and lighten up during business chats.
•  Don’t pick up the phone when you’re not ready. I used to think I had to say yes to everyone, including the telephone whenever it rang. Don’t answer the phone if you’re not ready to speak; if it’s important, the caller will leave a message. Consider an online chat system for your website; I use a free one via craftysyntax.com.
•  Add a disclosure message to your call-answering service. My disclosure indicates the quickest way to reach me, which is chat or email. Email is quickly becoming everyone’s preferred method of communication anyway, and this way, we all have a digital trail that will help us stay organized.
•  Say no and don’t apologize for it. You can say no to lots of things, like PTA meetings and extra bake sales for your kids’ school. When you say yes to those things, you are saying no to your business. You have to think of your new business as if you are your own boss. Would you ask your boss for a day off so you can sell cupcakes? Probably not.
•  Pick a neutral location. If you need to have business meetings in person, I suggest choosing a neutral place like a coffee shop. Don’t allow them to come to your home and, if you can avoid it, don’t go to their office. If you’re negotiating, this can give them a home-field advantage.
•  Just say it. I continue to attend trade shows. When I tell companies that I work from home, they might give me an indifferent attitude and hastily move on to chat up a brick-and-mortar owner. I simply take my business elsewhere; I know the value of my business, and so will another vendor.
About Renae Christine
Renae Christine is the owner of by Renae Christine, a company that has launched several successful businesses and has helped launch dozens more for others. A journalist, she’s known for her popular YouTube videos (search Rich Mom Business channel), which use humor and pragmatism to advise others who want to launch home-based businesses. She recently published “Home Business Startup Bible,” (www.richmombusiness.com), a comprehensive how-to guide. Christine is also the founder of the Rich Mom Business University and has come into popular demand as a speaker.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Blog Meets Brand Launches Social Influencer Campaign Management Platform

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This innovative marketing service helps businesses grow their sales and brand by bringing bloggers and advertisers together with a new and easy-to use digital tool.

New York, N.Y,  June 13, 2014/ -- A new platform, BlogMeetsBrand.com, debuts today which allows marketers to build custom social campaigns that channel the value of bloggers and other social drivers. In fact, Blog Meets Brand is the first social management tool to feature a self-serve campaign planning module that gives marketers, PR Firms, Ad Agencies and small businesses a clear and structured approach for creating and developing influencer marketing programs.

Today bloggers represent one of the fastest growing distribution channels of information and are often the reason consumers discover innovative brands and new-to-market products. Blog Meets Brand allows marketers to access those influencers and create custom messages in a variety of formats from text to video and share them across multiple social channels. Blog Meets Brand harnesses the power of influential bloggers with simple, easy to use steps that spreads the word about brands, products and events for both B2C and B2B marketers

"We’ve taken years of experience building blogger campaigns for brands and boiled it down to a few simple steps” said Sherri Langburt, co-founder and CEO of Blog Meets Brand. "Now brands can activate blogger campaigns in-house and agencies can extend these social services to their clients or leverage Blog Meets Brand internally to satisfy the ongoing demand for native content placements.”

Blog Meets Brand boasts a network of thousands of pre-qualified bloggers and relies on a proprietary rating system that selects bloggers based on an exclusive formula, setting a new and more holistic standard for success. The system eliminates the ongoing obstacles for advertisers of identifying, recruiting and assigning blogging talent to a project. Blog Meets Brand also handles payment negotiations and processing to bloggers which reduces operational costs and overhead.


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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Stella & Dot June Stylist Signup Special

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Why can't work be fun and fabulous? Well it can! You can get free accessories, trips to amazing destinations and join a warm community of inspiring women, all when you become a Stella & Dot Stylist. They have fabulous accessories for you to share by having trunk shows – online or in-home! You have the potential of earning extra spending money or a six figure income, it’s up to you! And to make this deal even better, now through the end of June, when you sign up to be a Stella & Dot Stylist, you will get an additional $100 ($450 total) in free accessories! All you have to do is sell, they take care of everything else. For additional details and to sign up, visit: www.stelladot.com/stylist.

What is a Stylist?

Thanks for asking! A Stella & Dot Stylist is a fantastic work at home opportunity for today's motivated Fashionista, empowering women to live bold and beautiful lives! A Stella & Dot Stylist will share fabulous accessories and offer the ultimate personal styling experience to customers at Trunk Shows, online or on-the-go. As an independent Stylist, you make your schedule! You can work as much or as little as you like, making it the perfect opportunity for stay-at-home moms or for someone who is just looking to make a little extra cash on the side.

Michigan Work from Home Moms! Recruit Direct Sales Team Members

Do you have a business in Direct Sales and live in Michigan? Are you looking to recruit members for your team?  There are many moms out there desiring to make money from home and may not know they possess a hidden talent in sales. This is where you come in.....

As a stay at home mom who tried her hand at direct sales, I discovered it was just not my niche.  With my blogging skills, etc., I had an idea to help moms get their direct sales business noticed instead. 

If you would like to spread the word about your work from home opportunity, contact me at Lindsey@michiganhomemommyworks.com.  I would love to spread the word about your direct sales business through featured biz posts, advertising, etc. and for an inexpensive fee of $25 per feature biz post and only $10 a month for sidebar advertising.  I also do social networking on your behalf.  Whatever option you choose, my goal is to help you as I know it's hard to get a work-from-home business off of the ground.  Working together is helpful in achieving goals.

I look forward to working with you!

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