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  • Interview with Valarie King-Baley, founder of OnShore Technology Group, Inc. | WomenandBiz.com
    Chairman s award for 2 consecutive years for outstanding performance I was then recruited by QUMAS LTD of Cork Ireland as Chief Marketing Officer QUMAS markets and resells an Enterprise Compliance Management system While at QUMAS the company received Frost Sullivan s Market Leadership Award and the Irish Software Association s Market Innovation nomination QUMAS revenues accelerated during my tenure from 2MM to over 10MM in just 3 1 2 years OnShore Technology Group Inc When did you start OnShore Technology Group After leaving QUMAS in 2004 I formed OnShore Technology Group in Chicago How did you spot the opportunity I became increasingly concerned about the offshoring of American engineering and I T jobs and wanted to do something about it The idea for OnShore Technology Group came from reading Lou Dobbs book The Outsourcing of America and watching his insightful program He made excellent points as to how the middle class was being devastated by policies in Washington As I listened to Lou it occurred to me that I had the power to do something to affect change I started OnShore Technology Group I began to see a new paradigm shift in the industry and thought through rightsourcing I could provide services that are impractical to offshore outsource How did any outside advisors make a difference in your company The concept and execution of OnShore Technology Group was developed exclusively by me However Harris Bank of Chicago has been a trusted advisor and has made a significant difference to our business I credit Harris Bank for believing in me and my vision for a better America Many banks advertise that they are the bank of small business Harris really put their money where their mouth is My small business banker Vachon Harper Young took an immediate interest in the business and provided not only the financial resources I needed to get started but expert advice and council I needed to succeed Without Harris Bank it would have been impossible for me to achieve what I have thus far Harris has made all the difference in the world and I am on a mission to recommend this bank to any small disadvantaged business who needs a bank that will listen and support them Harris Bank is a trusted advisor of the company to this day In addition to Harris Bank I received help from my attorney and expert accounting support from our CPA Tell us about your business its mission and the services your offer OnShore Technology Group was established in February 2004 as a multi divisional organization whose mission was to help keep technology jobs on America s shores through the delivery of mission critical technology engineering and marketing services We deliver expert services for companies in all industries and all sizes small medium and large enterprises We also deliver services to government agencies and have certification in Illinois and Wisconsin We offer the following services Marketing Website development Outsourced Sales Organization Lead Generation Programs Public Relations Outsourced Interim

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  • Interview with Janet Hanson, 85 Broads | WomenandBiz.com
    Lehman Brothers as a Managing Director and Senior Adviser to its President while still running MCM and 85 Broads promoting her book networking and taking care of her family Janet believes that she has been able to manage it all after deciding to move out of the suburbs of New York City into the country Although the commute is long and sometimes stressful Janet says that once she is home she gets to breathe and really enjoy some quality time with her family Janet s secret to success is simple be passionate about change Nobody starts a business because everybody else is doing the same thing but because there is something about your dream and your idea that can make a difference Janet says Ask yourself where you want to be in 10 or 20 years and it s probably not to be rich but to create and really build something unique Janet also recommends having a smart team working with you During our interview Janet credited her staff several times for the success of 85 Broads and said she invests in her employees talent and future goals In the next few years Janet plans to produce an edgy movie based on the book and expand the 85 Broads network to countries where networking opportunities are not available Her vision is that this generation of women will be different they will have role models know how to reach them and young women of today will want to become role models as well The most important reward Janet considers she has from being an entrepreneur is freedom Entrepreneurship is hard work and takes a lot of dedication and determination but Janet says she would not trade it for anything More Than 85 Broads Women Making Career Choices Taking Risks and Defining Success ON THEIR OWN TERMS reflects the diversity of the 85 Broads network Janet really wants to encourage college students to create the habit of networking and establishing relationships that will be crucial in their careers She also would like to end the stereotype that successful women can only come from rich families attend affluent schools and live in certain neighborhoods In the book you will find stories of women from all over the world such as from Asia South America the United States and Europe These women s experiences are incredible life lessons that need to be shared with other women If you need one reason to read this book it is to be inspired and encouraged by these women s personal stories and their triumph over adversity Many of the women profiled are successful business owners work for non profit organizations or have established their own non profits built schools contributed to foundations and have professional careers that make a difference in the world Every story is an amazing example of humbleness courage warmth and inspiration So before you even start reading this book be thankful for who you are what you have and believe that whatever it

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  • Interview with Marcia Rocha, artist and founder of Funny Sculptures | WomenandBiz.com
    Christmas sales which was only two months ahead Marcia used her business saviness and negotiated a payment plan with her suppliers With the holiday season over and her debts paid Marcia sold the store Marcia went into a deep depression for almost a year But while traveling with a friend to the beach she ran into an old friend who was also an artist When Marcia told him she wanted to work with movies and movie sets he told her that the organization he was working for had a huge movie project and they were hiring interns Marcia got the job and started working the next day Through her talents and skills Marcia was soon promoted to art assistant and she continued to shine After that project was over the company hired her full time to work on smaller projects developing scenarios for television commercials Marcia has always been able to trust her intuition in such a way that the right opportunities would emerge When she was thinking about working in special effects she met the right person in the same company and started working with him as a prop model maker Two years later in search for new opportunities Marcia decided to move to Toronto Canada With no prospects or contacts Marcia packed her bags and moved Within a week she had a job and a place to live While living in Canada Marcia met her husband and moved back to Brazil where she worked for the same company A few years later they returned to Canada this time to Montreal where Marcia soon got a job working with the largest special effects company there Marcia s husband is a musician and he wanted to move to New York They moved to the United States and she kept going back and forth to Canada but she got sick with a chronic disease and they moved back to Brazil once again Marcia and her husband returned to New York in 1999 Soon after Marcia realized she wanted to work for herself To help improve her health Marcia started creating artwork and custom jewelry and earrings establishing Funny Sculptures A friend offered her a booth space at a Brazilian Street Fair in New York City where she sold her earrings Marcia then started participating in street fairs sharing the costs with another artist By not only taking action and running her business but also by communicating her needs with others and asking questions Marcia was learning valuable business skills and the arts and crafts business trade Marcia learned which products were bestsellers and also the best fairs to attend Following her intuition and her colleagues advice she started attending arts and crafts fairs In 2000 Marcia participated in the Grand Central Christmas Fair The business kept growing but in 2004 her disease worsened and she could not attend the Grand Central Christmas Fair In 2005 she did several fairs throughout the year and the Bryant Park Fair during the Christmas season

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  • Interview with Lorin D. Beller, founder of Big Fish Nation | WomenandBiz.com
    with many employees She started thinking of a Big Fish way to combine her degrees in Biology and Psychology a masters in Health Administration and her coaching certification with her successful entrepreneurial and corporate careers and she came up with a program to lead other entrepreneurs to success Big Fish Nation has been assisting entrepreneurs in becoming Big Fish like Lorin Beller since January 2004 Lorin mentioned the tendency we all have to be driven by the day to day events in our lives by the phone and daily distractions when we should be driven by our bigger vision Big Fish Nation a yearlong program for businesses and corporate teams with phone coaching sessions in groups of up to 12 people assists entrepreneurs to create and stay focused on their vision Participants write their 10 year vision plan during the first six months of the program and throughout the following six months they receive the support needed to take action and move towards their goals and success In addition each participant receives invaluable national media exposure In order to grow her business Lorin counts on many strategic partners and the program keeps evolving as she learns from her clients as well She understands the importance of reaching out to people she admires and Lorin suggests that you too should contact people you look up to in your industry and ask for assistance In her book From Entrepreneur to Big Fish 7 Principles to Wild Success she shares that after reading The Road Less Traveled when she was 16 Lorin wrote a thank you letter to the author M Scott Peck and he sent her an encouraging response That is powerful In the future Lorin Beller plans to offer Big Fish graduates annual retreats to exotic places so that they can

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  • December | 2007 | WomenandBiz.com | Page 2
    Jude Gorgopa create the resourceful blend called Clout Et Cetera This Jude Gorgopa interview shows us the importance of being versatile of trying new things and being able to thrive when faced with life s adversities Jude is from Vancouver and she recalls that in her early years in New York she had many ups and downs dealing on her own with major setbacks and controversy She inspires us with this message Looking back I can see that a tremendous faith tenacity and optimism carried me through the really rough spots and still does to this day It s truly amazing and even inspiring what we are capable of when faced with adversity in our lives And what we come to value because of it Jude Gorgopa is the founder and president of Clout Et Cetera Inc Read more Comments Off on Interview with Jude Gorgopa Posted in Women in Business Interview with Laura Allen Posted on December 20 2007 by Elisa Balabram Laura Allen If you have been dreaming about starting your own business and being your own boss but have no idea what you should be doing one solution is to keep your eyes open Laura Allen shares with us how her partner and her came up with the idea to start 15SecondPitch and how the business has grown in the last couple of years Laura Allen got her bachelor s degree at Eugene Lang College and her masters in Media Studies from The New School In 1993 she took computer classes and it made all the difference in her career as it brought to light her interest in technology In September 2001 Laura started freelancing as a marketer and a consultant On Valentine s Day February 14th 2002 Laura and James Jim Convery founded 15SecondPitch Laura and Jim were at a technology networking event in Los Angeles California when they first came up with the 15SecondPitch idea They realized how hard it was for IT professionals to communicate what they did for a living to a non technical person and thought of an easier way to do it According to Laura the main idea of having a 15 second pitch is being able to lock the other person in since the very beginning so that he or she wants to learn more Laura and Jim are a couple and co founders of 15SecondPitch They live and work together but they have distinct roles Jim is responsible for the technology part of the business while Laura markets it They share the same vision for the company which helps them stay focused Read more Comments Off on Interview with Laura Allen Posted in Women in Business Interview with Marian Banker Posted on December 20 2007 by Elisa Balabram Marian Banker President of Prime Strategies is an admirable example of someone who drew from her previous professional Marian Banker experience to create a successful entrepreneurial formula which she continues to modify and evolve Her background includes being an executive in

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  • Elisa Balabram | WomenandBiz.com | Page 2
    great to connect with you Could you share with WomenandBiz com s readers your background prior to becoming a Shaman Sound Healer and Soul s Path Coach Amethyst Wyldfyre Great to connect with you too Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to share and be of service So here is the story Up until about 8 years ago I was a Real Estate Developer and Common Interest Community Manager In my final years of that 18 year career I developed a multi use community of 51 single family homes 56 apartments and an office building called Crosswoods Path maybe a little hint from the Universe that I d be moving into helping others with navigating their own Path Perhaps In my final year of that project I was also the National Chairwoman for my trade association CAI the Community Associations Institute and I traveled all over the nation speaking to local chapters and leaders in the field as well as representing the voice of the 1 in 8 homeowners across the country at that time who lived in common interest communities on Capitol Hill in Washington DC I was a consultant to several Fortune 500 real estate development companies including Pulte Home Corporation and K Hovnanian to the United States Agency for International Development U S AID the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the World Bank Read more Comments Off on Interview with Amethyst Wyldfyre by Elisa Balabram Posted in Women in Business Interview with Helen Kim Money Relationship Mentor Posted on November 8 2010 by Elisa Balabram Dear Helen Could you share with Womenandbiz com s readers about your background prior to becoming a Money Relationship Mentor Helen Kim From the age of nine until I began this work I was in the performing arts I was a performing cellist worked and consulted for Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and was also an agent at one of the largest performing arts agencies where I put my own artists on the international stages The rigorous discipline required to be a performer and the knowledge that a great performance is part practice part inspiration and part innovation taught me some basic lessons about life and business What inspired you to become a Money Relationship Mentor My financial awakening came when I realized I had made the same amount of money for 10 years straight Once I stopped making up excuses and dealt with the grief that came with facing that reality I decided to seek ways to understand why I had created that situation in my life Fast forward based on my own experience and my insatiable appetite to understand what drives us to do what we do I now strive to help raise consciousness through the portal of money Read more Comments Off on Interview with Helen Kim Money Relationship Mentor Posted in Women in Business Entrepreneur Lisa Panarello Posted on September 2 2010 by Elisa Balabram Dear Lisa We ve known each other for many years and

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  • Women in Business | WomenandBiz.com | Page 2
    years I retired as the Managing Partner of the Office of the CEO Read more Comments Off on Interview with Susan Bulkeley Butler by Elisa Balabram Posted in Women in Business Interview with Amethyst Wyldfyre by Elisa Balabram Posted on November 15 2010 by Elisa Balabram Dear Amethyst It is great to connect with you Could you share with WomenandBiz com s readers your background prior to becoming a Shaman Sound Healer and Soul s Path Coach Amethyst Wyldfyre Great to connect with you too Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to share and be of service So here is the story Up until about 8 years ago I was a Real Estate Developer and Common Interest Community Manager In my final years of that 18 year career I developed a multi use community of 51 single family homes 56 apartments and an office building called Crosswoods Path maybe a little hint from the Universe that I d be moving into helping others with navigating their own Path Perhaps In my final year of that project I was also the National Chairwoman for my trade association CAI the Community Associations Institute and I traveled all over the nation speaking to local chapters and leaders in the field as well as representing the voice of the 1 in 8 homeowners across the country at that time who lived in common interest communities on Capitol Hill in Washington DC I was a consultant to several Fortune 500 real estate development companies including Pulte Home Corporation and K Hovnanian to the United States Agency for International Development U S AID the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the World Bank Read more Comments Off on Interview with Amethyst Wyldfyre by Elisa Balabram Posted in Women in Business Interview with Helen Kim Money Relationship Mentor Posted on November 8 2010 by Elisa Balabram Dear Helen Could you share with Womenandbiz com s readers about your background prior to becoming a Money Relationship Mentor Helen Kim From the age of nine until I began this work I was in the performing arts I was a performing cellist worked and consulted for Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and was also an agent at one of the largest performing arts agencies where I put my own artists on the international stages The rigorous discipline required to be a performer and the knowledge that a great performance is part practice part inspiration and part innovation taught me some basic lessons about life and business What inspired you to become a Money Relationship Mentor My financial awakening came when I realized I had made the same amount of money for 10 years straight Once I stopped making up excuses and dealt with the grief that came with facing that reality I decided to seek ways to understand why I had created that situation in my life Fast forward based on my own experience and my insatiable appetite to understand what drives us to do what we do I

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  • Interview with Andrea Nierenberg | WomenandBiz.com
    in St Louis with a degree in Business and Psychology Before starting The Nierenberg Group over twelve years ago Andrea was publisher and sales director of Target Marketing Magazine taught Dale Carnegie courses and worked in the direct marketing industry She was always involved with public speaking and she has traveled all over the United States and to 22 countries around the world speaking and consulting Andrea sold advertising and was able to develop her sales and presentation skills while working at the magazine Her clients began suggesting that she should start her own business and teach others about the things she did best build relationships teach public speaking and formulate networking strategies Andrea Nierenberg took her clients advice and her business continues to grow She tailors her seminars to fit the companies she works with and The Nierenberg Group focuses on customized training workshops and keynote addresses When I asked if she had any mentors Andrea mentioned a group of 5 to 6 people she keeps in touch with and also business owners and clients whom she feels comfortable asking questions Even though Andrea has a team of consultants with whom she has created strategic alliances the business is Andrea Nierenberg and she works a lot The most difficult gap she faces is growing the practice to more of a business She employs one assistant her controller and Tom Cieselka based in Chicago who is her publicist However Andrea does all the follow ups herself gives the trainings workshops and still has time to write at least 3 personal handwritten notes every day With all of this she is still balanced and takes several vacations and she is a believer that you have to take care of yourself first go to spas enjoy life and relax otherwise the body

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