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  • Interview with Kristina Kossi | WomenandBiz.com
    the music gets a lot of publicity Balancing work and family Kristina and Alex focused on being able to make their own choices and they have realized this goal They have a good relationship help each other and make business decisions together Besides their family has always been supportive Kristina s work experience was not in running bars However growing up in New York City and going to bars and nightclubs helped her to start and envision a formula of success with Alex When asked about the change from a 9 5 full time job to a demanding schedule of working nights Kristina replied It was like freedom As a kid she remembers that her mother would go out in the middle of the night to Carnegie Hall and take Kristina along highlighting that they have always been night people In the early days as in the majority of small business start ups Kristina and Alex would do everything from sweeping the floor to bartending and watching the door Kristina loved being a bartender but when she got pregnant it became too much and by then they had started hiring more people Kristina has two sons ages 6 and 8 and when her first child was born she took care of the bar s daytime activities As she missed being a part of the business while it operated at night she would bartend on Mondays but it was very tiring After the second child was born Kristina did not bartend and today she and her brother split nights at the Zinc Bar to make sure the place is running smoothly Although she works late she is home when her children come from school and can spend quality time with them before going to work Woman owned bar and music club As a woman running a bar and music club in the beginning Kristina had to work hard to prove her point that she is a co owner of a bar and music club She would not back down until the employees understood that she was also the boss This is sometimes also a challenge with customers She s had male customers who were drunk and did not respond well to a woman asking him to take it easy on the drinks and mentioning that he is being a problem Kristina now delegates this responsibility to her doorman which seems to lessen any negative reactions On the positive side the Zinc Bar has a touch and sense of style from a female perspective balanced with her brother ideas to make it a perfect combination that we cannot find in man only owned bars and nightclubs Kristina and Alex s goal for the Zinc as a bar to have a beautiful place with personal touches led them to include one of a kind original hand picked art and a sensual fabric on parts of the ceiling and doorways Their goal for the Zinc as a music club was for people to enjoy

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  • Elisa Balabram | WomenandBiz.com | Page 3
    Posted in Women in Business Interview with Nina Kaufman by Elisa Balabram Posted on February 1 2010 by Elisa Balabram Dear Nina You have been one of our expert guest writers for the last several years and our readers have received great advice from you Thank you for your contribution We would like to learn more about you and your business this time EB Could you tell us about your background and your decision to start your own business Nina Kaufman EB What were the biggest challenges you faced as you started growing your business How did you overcome them NK I wish I could say it was a well thought out plan complete with market research long experience in my field and a full blown written business plan Well it wasn t I had been practicing law for about four years when I recognized four important truths about my experience working for other law firms 1 I was not seeing women become partners of these firms which made me concerned about my career advancement prospects 2 the attorneys were not being taught within the firm to develop specialized skills rather they were hired from other firms because they already had those skills for example trial advocacy skills and 3 I was not encouraged to learn about networking and to develop my own client base The fourth truth was that I was really unhappy in these job situations Deep down I believed that the issue for me was not the legal profession itself but that I had not yet found the place where I could feel fulfilled practicing law Read more Comments Off on Interview with Nina Kaufman by Elisa Balabram Posted in Women in Business Interview with Natalie MacNeil founder of She Takes on The World by Elisa Balabram Posted on December 20 2009 by Elisa Balabram EB Could you tell us your background prior to starting your business NM Prior to starting my current business I ran a small customer service auditing business I would audit customer service provided by businesses ranging from independent stores to large multinational corporations I evaluated the overall customer experience and provided reports to companies I enjoyed it for awhile and learned a lot you can never learn too much about providing excellent customer service But I outgrew it and knew it wasn t something I wanted to do long term That s when I got into media Natalie MacNeil Education wise my degree is in Business and Political Science I love politics and international cultures I ve had the opportunity to visit more than 50 countries and I love the experiences you have while traveling EB What inspired you to start your award winning blog She Takes on the World NM I started She Takes on the World as more of a personal blog while I was still traveling a lot It was a way to keep in touch and share my experiences As I shifted my priorities to focus on building

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  • Women in Business | WomenandBiz.com | Page 3
    encouraged to learn about networking and to develop my own client base The fourth truth was that I was really unhappy in these job situations Deep down I believed that the issue for me was not the legal profession itself but that I had not yet found the place where I could feel fulfilled practicing law Read more Comments Off on Interview with Nina Kaufman by Elisa Balabram Posted in Women in Business Interview with Natalie MacNeil founder of She Takes on The World by Elisa Balabram Posted on December 20 2009 by Elisa Balabram EB Could you tell us your background prior to starting your business NM Prior to starting my current business I ran a small customer service auditing business I would audit customer service provided by businesses ranging from independent stores to large multinational corporations I evaluated the overall customer experience and provided reports to companies I enjoyed it for awhile and learned a lot you can never learn too much about providing excellent customer service But I outgrew it and knew it wasn t something I wanted to do long term That s when I got into media Natalie MacNeil Education wise my degree is in Business and Political Science I love politics and international cultures I ve had the opportunity to visit more than 50 countries and I love the experiences you have while traveling EB What inspired you to start your award winning blog She Takes on the World NM I started She Takes on the World as more of a personal blog while I was still traveling a lot It was a way to keep in touch and share my experiences As I shifted my priorities to focus on building my business the blog naturally shifted to more of a business and entrepreneurship blog Read more Comments Off on Interview with Natalie MacNeil founder of She Takes on The World by Elisa Balabram Posted in Women in Business Interview with Leslie Linevsky founder of Catalogs com Posted on November 19 2009 by Elisa Balabram Could you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background prior to starting your business I graduated from Indiana University with a BA in Marketing then earned my Masters of Business Administration at University of Miami with a specialization in International Business I ve always enjoyed sales and marketing and I have a passion for travel I also love to entertain and consider myself a pseudo gourmet chef Leslie Linevsky How did you come up with the idea to start Catalogs com I got my start in Internet retailing in 1994 when e commerce was in its infancy Together with my husband we launched Neckties com an upscale mail order print catalog and website selling artistically designed men s neckties From that experience I learned the power of filling a specific retail niche for online shoppers The web offers the perfect place to shop efficiently and conveniently for specific products in a way that is nearly impossible

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  • Elisa Balabram | WomenandBiz.com | Page 4
    Elisa Balabram Posted on November 25 2008 by Elisa Balabram Elizabeth Lesser co founder of The Omega Institute and author of The Seeker s Guide Making Your Life a Spiritual Adventure and Broken Open How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow I first heard about the Omega Institute by reading Elizabeth Lesser s first book The Seeker s Guide which was recommended by the instructors of the yearlong Spiritual Depth Course I took at One Spirit Learning Alliance Elizabeth Lesser Elizabeth Lesser was a midwife and birth educator before starting the Omega Institute with her two co founders Pir Vilayat Khan and her then husband Stephan Rechtschaffen Elizabeth recalls being interested in having a spiritual life since a young age and by the time she was fifteen she was reading books on philosophy and spirituality When spiritual teachers started to come to the United States from India Elizabeth found mentors and kept learning Pir Vilayat Khan had the idea of starting a university to teach how to discover one s purpose in life and how to develop oneself psychologically and spirituality Stephan and Elizabeth were responsible for building the Omega Institute Although they had no business experience her ex husband is a medical doctor and she has a degree in education they self taught all strategies needed to make the business a success Read more Comments Off on Interview with Elizabeth Lesser co founder of The Omega Institute by Elisa Balabram Posted in Women in Business Interview with Wendy Kaufman founder of Balancing Life s Issues Posted on November 25 2008 by Elisa Balabram Wendy Kaufman Founder and President of Balancing Life s Issues Inc What was your education and professional experience Were they helpful in starting your business Wendy Kaufman I earned a Bachelor s Degree in Education from Syracuse University and a Master s Degree in Industrial Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania Following graduation I worked in human resources career placement and held various positions at universities Then for several years I worked as an independent consultant before forming my own company Balancing Life s Issues Inc Combining my education life and work experience I found my clients responded to my down to earth direct and honest approach and insights related to work life balance issues When did you establish your business I incorporated BLI in 2001 How did you spot the opportunity How did it surface I was doing well as an independent consultant and my schedule was overflowing I actually had to turn down opportunities this was a key moment for me It was then that I decided to start building my business by hiring other speakers who shared my same passion and approach Read more Comments Off on Interview with Wendy Kaufman founder of Balancing Life s Issues Posted in Women in Business Interview with Jane Pollak Posted on October 13 2008 by Elisa Balabram Could you tell us about your education and professional experience Jane Pollak I hold a BA in Studio Art

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  • Women in Business | WomenandBiz.com | Page 4
    and she has a degree in education they self taught all strategies needed to make the business a success Read more Comments Off on Interview with Elizabeth Lesser co founder of The Omega Institute by Elisa Balabram Posted in Women in Business Interview with Wendy Kaufman founder of Balancing Life s Issues Posted on November 25 2008 by Elisa Balabram Wendy Kaufman Founder and President of Balancing Life s Issues Inc What was your education and professional experience Were they helpful in starting your business Wendy Kaufman I earned a Bachelor s Degree in Education from Syracuse University and a Master s Degree in Industrial Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania Following graduation I worked in human resources career placement and held various positions at universities Then for several years I worked as an independent consultant before forming my own company Balancing Life s Issues Inc Combining my education life and work experience I found my clients responded to my down to earth direct and honest approach and insights related to work life balance issues When did you establish your business I incorporated BLI in 2001 How did you spot the opportunity How did it surface I was doing well as an independent consultant and my schedule was overflowing I actually had to turn down opportunities this was a key moment for me It was then that I decided to start building my business by hiring other speakers who shared my same passion and approach Read more Comments Off on Interview with Wendy Kaufman founder of Balancing Life s Issues Posted in Women in Business Interview with Jane Pollak Posted on October 13 2008 by Elisa Balabram Could you tell us about your education and professional experience Jane Pollak I hold a BA in Studio Art and Theatre Arts from Mount Holyoke College I hold an MA in Art Education from Columbia University Teachers College I am a Certified Professional Co Active Coach Coaches Training Institute When did you start your business I hung up my first artwork in July 1970 It marked the beginning of getting paid for my talent I officially got into business took out a sales and use license in 1980 I incorporated as an S Corp in 1991 How did you spot the opportunity How did it surface It wasn t like that I heard about the Pink Tent Festival 1973 and entered my work I exhibited in several craft shows in CT over my first 10 years in business I didn t think of myself as a business simply a free lance artist making money selling my work Big mistake in self perception but a great learning experience Read more Comments Off on Interview with Jane Pollak Posted in Women in Business Interview with Kristina Kossi Posted on September 17 2008 by Elisa Balabram When we first interviewed you back in 2003 for WomenandBiz com s first issue Zinc Bar was about to celebrate its 10 th year anniversary and you had just opened

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  • Elisa Balabram | WomenandBiz.com | Page 5
    model and the founder of Crown and Glory Enterprises a company that offers wigs and counseling services and she established her business in 2000 Prior to owning her business Amy Gibson had been a soap opera actress for 20 years She started acting since a young age and at the age of 13 and a half while starring on a soap opera she learned through the show s hairstylist that she had a bald spot in the back of her hair She couldn t believe it at first but soon learned that she had a hair loss disease known as Alopecia Areata During our interview she mentioned that this immune disorder affects 5 million people each year and there is no age or gender limit The scientific research has come a long way and although they know more about it now there is still no cure Read more Comments Off on Interview with Amy Gibson Posted in Women in Business Interview with Debbie Mumm founder and CEO of Debbie Mumm Inc Posted on December 21 2007 by Elisa Balabram Please tell us about your education and professional experience My education was a combination of liberal arts and many art courses over about 4 years I did end up with an associate degree in Visual Communication Technology I did an assortment of freelance art jobs and Craft shows along the way as well Debbie Mumm How were they helpful I believe that everything you do every experience you have every person you meet contributes to preparing you for the next thing Nothing is wasted even if it doesn t feel like specific training What inspired you to start Debbie Mumm Inc I was always a kind of artsy person who felt out of place in the 9 5 workplace I worked for many years at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle and realized that type of work environment did not suit me I really wanted creativity to be a part of my life My main inspiration was to enjoy my work and the desire to express myself as a creative person Read more Comments Off on Interview with Debbie Mumm founder and CEO of Debbie Mumm Inc Posted in Women in Business Interview with Lena L West Posted on December 21 2007 by Elisa Balabram Lena L West has been a guest writer for WomenandBiz com since 2004 For a long time we only knew each other through email but soon started running into each other in New York City Lena L West Founder and CEO of xynoMedia Technology is an incredibly dynamic entrepreneur and I have been following her success and business progress since we ve met Lena is a great example of an entrepreneur who recognizes the changes in the marketplace She adapts them into her business targets different niches and creates new projects to keep up with today s competitive landscape and evolving technology platform Lena West During our interview Lena shared that she has been an entrepreneur since

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  • Women in Business | WomenandBiz.com | Page 5
    doesn t feel like specific training What inspired you to start Debbie Mumm Inc I was always a kind of artsy person who felt out of place in the 9 5 workplace I worked for many years at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle and realized that type of work environment did not suit me I really wanted creativity to be a part of my life My main inspiration was to enjoy my work and the desire to express myself as a creative person Read more Comments Off on Interview with Debbie Mumm founder and CEO of Debbie Mumm Inc Posted in Women in Business Interview with Lena L West Posted on December 21 2007 by Elisa Balabram Lena L West has been a guest writer for WomenandBiz com since 2004 For a long time we only knew each other through email but soon started running into each other in New York City Lena L West Founder and CEO of xynoMedia Technology is an incredibly dynamic entrepreneur and I have been following her success and business progress since we ve met Lena is a great example of an entrepreneur who recognizes the changes in the marketplace She adapts them into her business targets different niches and creates new projects to keep up with today s competitive landscape and evolving technology platform Lena West During our interview Lena shared that she has been an entrepreneur since she can remember Although she had a couple of full time jobs she soon got involved with offering computer technical support by phone Then she got a consulting agency to represent her and worked as a consultant with several big projects However she soon realized that the best thing to do was to establish her own business Lena will celebrate xynoMedia Technology s 10th anniversary this year Lena says that one of the main reasons she decided to start her own business was for the freedom it could provide Very family oriented Lena wanted to be sure she could be available for her family without having to worry about taking sick days vacation days etc Read more Comments Off on Interview with Lena L West Posted in Women in Business Interview with Laurel Tielis author of The Girls Guide to Getting on Top Positioning your Business through Media Placements Posted on December 21 2007 by Elisa Balabram Laurel Tielis Background I grew up went to college got married in my senior year and never gave any serious thought to working I always loved writing though and even managed to be named editor in chief of my sixth grade yearbook so I was lucky to back into a career in Laurel Tielis journalism I was vacationing on Harbour Island in the Bahamas and wrote a travel diary that I sent off to a few publications with a note saying I loved it here and think your readers will as well The story led the travel section of the Chicago Sun Times gave me a wonderful credential as

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  • Elisa Balabram | WomenandBiz.com | Page 6
    an exchange student That one year of course was not enough to gain a strong fundamental understanding of the culture so after graduating from university I went back to Japan on my own to live and work for an additional six years What was your professional experience In my years after university in Japan I taught in language schools but always tried to move more into the business area I taught in several companies banks electronics firms and pharmaceutical firms in the areas of business communications and negotiations and then started doing freelance consulting work with small Japanese firms in the area of Import Export often times searching out new products and negotiating contracts for them because many didn t speak any English When I returned to New York I worked in a Japanese trading company and then moved into the technology arena I worked as a Project Manager for the largest online job site in their Online Marketing and Advertising division and then moved into the technology consulting field as a Business Analyst in a firm that created customized software solutions for the Pharmaceutical industry As a business analyst I was in charge of the gathering and documenting requirements for the systems creating detailed design documents communicating the requirements and design to programmers and software engineers to build and then perform integration testing to ensure that the software fulfilled all requirements I became a document specialist as these documents had to meet regulated standards Read more Comments Off on Interview with Yvonne Burton Posted in Women in Business Interview with Leslie J Yerman Posted on December 21 2007 by Elisa Balabram Leslie Yerman The first interview of the year is with the self employed communications consultant and writer Leslie J Yerman Her vast experience working in public private and nonprofit sectors as well as her life experience have helped Leslie to build her business and a solid clientele base and have given her the confidence she needs to follow her dreams combining her skills with her passion Leslie J Yerman has worked in a wide variety of positions and sectors She worked as press assistant on Capitol Hill and for the government in Washington D C writing press materials testimonies and speeches Then she moved on to work with nonprofit organizations in a variety of communications capacities She also was vice president of a D C special events firm that did museum art show openings for corporate underwriters as well as other events and benefits She was a communication consultant in Washington before returning to New York where she was a senior executive in her family s graphic arts business until her father closed it 1991 She also started a nonprofit organization in New Jersey to provide education and training to school dropouts of ages ranging from 18 to 24 Read more Comments Off on Interview with Leslie J Yerman Posted in Women in Business Interview with Carolyn Gable New Age Transportation Distribution Warehousing Inc Posted on December 20

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