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  • June | 2010 | WomenandBiz.com
    my Aunt s corner store I also had a lemonade stand I come from a family of business owners In addition to holding down full time careers my parents and several of my aunts uncles and cousins all have businesses Did you have a start up business plan of any kind Please tell us about it No I jumped right in without any idea of what I was in for I made a ton of mistakes with regard to marketing and the biggest mistake is I didn t document my process and my financials were a mess Read more Comments Off on Interview with Tayelor Kennedy Posted in Women in Business Interview with Deborah Bailey by Elisa Balabram Posted on June 8 2010 by Elisa Balabram Dear Deborah You have provided great tips as a guest writer of Womenandbiz com and now you just published your first book congratulations Deborah Bailey Could you share with us your experience prior to becoming an entrepreneur I spent over twenty years in the corporate world at companies such as JC Penney Avon AT T Lucent and Johnson and Johnson I ve changed careers a few times When I started out I worked in the garment district in NYC and then worked as a copywriter I changed careers and became a computer programmer and business analyst I ve always been willing to make career changes when I wanted to try something new How did you spot the opportunity to start your business I d been planning to start a business for years In fact I wanted to start a business after high school graduation Unfortunately at that time being an entrepreneur was not the norm Instead I was encouraged to either become a doctor lawyer or get a good job and a pension Read

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  • March | 2010 | WomenandBiz.com
    your own business Lauron Sonnier After a short while though I became very restless like I think most entrepreneurs are I had tapped out where I was so I headed to the big city of Houston Texas with high aspirations I found very quickly that the world of television worked very differently there I instead took a position as Marketing Director of a book manufacturing company I was really naïve and didn t even ask what their marketing budget was It was a small but mighty business owned by two brothers who started the company in their early twenties They became like family to me and I got a terrific opportunity to learn about the inner workings of a business I also learned how to make marketing magic happen without a lot of money It was a terrific opportunity that paved the way for me to go out on my own In fact after four years there I became restless again When I went to quit the job the owners asked me what I really wanted to do I told them I eventually wanted to go into business for myself They came back the next day and said If you re serious we ll help you After I picked myself off the floor we started a company together and that was my official foray into entrepreneurship They were true angels and for me it was true baptism by fire You never know when or how your dreams are going to come to fruition A few years later I bought them out and I ve been solo ever since Marketing is all I ve ever done in one form or another and I have been very fortunate to have numerous pportunities early in life and career to give me a foundation

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  • February | 2010 | WomenandBiz.com
    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 Recent Posts Elisa

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  • December | 2009 | WomenandBiz.com
    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 Recent Posts Elisa Balabram interviews Chief Style Coach Catherine Storing Interview with Journalist Allison Haunss by Elisa Balabram

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  • November | 2009 | WomenandBiz.com
    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 in bricks and mortar stores By bringing together a comprehensive collection of catalogs all on one site we realized we could offer a level of options and convenience not previously available to shoppers That realization was the spark for Catalogs com Recognizing the untapped potential of aggregating and indexing a wide array of catalogs that shoppers might not know about or have access to we developed a way for Internet shoppers to select and receive catalogs of their choice all in one place Read more Comments Off on Interview with Leslie Linevsky founder of Catalogs com Posted in Women in Business Interview with Sharon Rowe founder of Ecobags com Posted on November 12 2009 by Elisa Balabram Could you tell us about your background prior to starting ECOBAGS com Sharon Rowe I was a professional actress in NYC balancing an acting career with various other positions 1 Worked at CBS 60 Minutes as Administrative Assistant 2 Senior Account Executive sales with MicroVideo Inc a start up company that I worked at and helped to build into a multi million dollar business How did you spot the opportunity to start ECOBAGS com I don t know that I spotted the opportunity as much as I started living the opportunity It all started because I didn t want to accept single use bags which led me to find filet cotton string bags like the ones I saw all over Europe I bought some for my own use and began bringing them with me for shopping Everyone wanted to know where I got them

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  • September | 2009 | WomenandBiz.com
    this link http bit ly vYYdU You can learn more about the book and about my writing and get updates on upcoming book signings and my virtual book tour by visiting my blog and book s site at http www askotherstrustyourself com Comments Off on Ask Others Trust Yourself The Entrepreneurial Woman s Key to Success by Elisa Balabram Posted in Women in Business Recent Posts Elisa Balabram interviews Chief

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  • August | 2009 | WomenandBiz.com
    unique social work opportunity with a start up online matchmaking company in NYC I then went on to do matchmaking marketing and recruiting for well known companies In between my employment with these organizations I began finding my own freelance clients for Relationship Coaching I found these people through Craigslist com Lambent Services and soon from the referrals of satisfied clients The profound understanding of human nature that I acquired from my education is a tremendous asset to my coaching practice My post modern solution focused training as a therapist has provided an excellent foundation for helping clients in a coaching context I have learned a lot about relationships from doing couples counseling and through my first hand experience interviewing singles for matchmaking companies Years of recording feedback on the dating experience of men and women have provided me with valuable lessons on the impact of gender on relationships A combination of such experience coupled with my own worldview has shaped my practice as a Relationship Coach Read more Comments Off on Interview with Rachel Russo Relationship Coach Posted in Women in Business Recent Posts Elisa Balabram interviews Chief Style Coach Catherine Storing Interview with Journalist Allison Haunss by Elisa

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  • June | 2009 | WomenandBiz.com
    a mounted policewoman in Florida and was a pretty serious musher with my own sled dog team in Alaska When I stopped racing competitively I started a guided tour business People would visit Alaska to learn how to mush dogs and I would act as their guide In 1996 I wanted to bring in more business so I went to Wal Mart bought a computer and taught myself how to use it Word spread that I knew how to design websites and the customers started pouring in But they wanted their websites seen by more people so I methodically went about figuring out how to make that happen The result was Oneupweb a search marketing company A few years ago the company moved to Traverse City and just last year we moved into our new 23 000 square foot global headquarters on Grand Traverse Bay Read more Comments Off on Interview with Lisa Wehr Founder of Oneupweb Posted in Women in Business Recent Posts Elisa Balabram interviews Chief Style Coach Catherine Storing Interview with Journalist Allison Haunss by Elisa Balabram Interview with Composer and Musician Tbird Luv Interview with Leticia Robles R B Construction Interview with Lizzie Swan and Marlowe

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