Category Archives: Small Business

Holiday Survival Tips from Simple Habit’s Founder

A Stanford B school dropout, Yunha Kim is on her second startup—and like most things that meet a real need, it’s genius. Called Simple Habit, the app is a “Spotify” for meditation, meaning it’s a platform for different experts to share their bite-size meditations and audio therapy sessions. Kim had her Eureka moment after turning to meditation apps to cope with the stress of running her first company. “I got … [ more ]

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Beauty Truth-Teller Paula Begoun on Being an Entrepreneur, Hiring and Handling Stress

By Bryan Barron, for Paula’s Choice Skincare   Work for Paula Begoun, founder of Paula’s Choice Skincare and Beautypedia.com, and you will laugh a lot. You’ll also become used to her straight-shooting ways. “I’m blatantly honest to a fault,” she says.  Indeed, her truth-telling is her commodity and specialty. Combined with a passion for beauty products, it has resulted in 21 bestselling books on beauty and regular appearances on CNN, “The Today … [ more ]

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Amanda Southworth Calls Out Bystanders

Sixteen-year-old app developer and activist Amanda Southworth took the stage at the 2018 Pennsylvania Conference for Women and captivated the room with a deeply personal story forged in the pain of her childhood anxiety and depression. With the backdrop of a national mental health crisis that affects 1 in 5 kids between the ages of 3 and 17, Southworth delivered this message: Suffering can be invisible, but it is not … [ more ]

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Qurate Retail Group: A Champion for Female Entrepreneurship and Empowerment

This past year has been an exciting time for the newly formed Qurate Retail Group. Bringing together seven world-class brands to deliver an unparalleled shopping experience is quite the milestone. As the third largest ecommerce player in North America, we have truly created a unique space in retail, media and social. Qurate Retail Group, which includes QVC, HSN, zulily, Ballard Designs, Frontgate, Garnet Hill and Grandin Road, is a champion … [ more ]

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This Entrepreneur Was Sued for Hosting Events for Women

Claire Wasserman, founder of Ladies Get Paid, a career development platform, is committed to closing the wage and leadership gap. If anyone is about equity and inclusion, it is Claire. So imagine her disbelief when she was informed last October that she was being sued for sex discrimination. “At that point, we were hosting events in 18 cities, including San Diego,” Wasserman says. “The idea was to provide a safe … [ more ]

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Kara Swisher on Taking Risks and Having No Regrets

If there’s one thing you notice right off the bat about Kara Swisher, it’s that the executive editor of Recode does not mince words. It could be because she doesn’t have time to run circles around her meaning, but the more she speaks her mind, the more you realize that the tech journalist is simply a straight shooter. Yet Swisher is as insightful as she is direct, and the combo … [ more ]

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Small Businesses, Big Dreams

By Katherine Herbst, Buyer, Household and Garden, QVC Over the past three decades, QVC has launched and fostered the growth of many successful brands, which also happen to be founded by women, including bareMinerals, Spanx, IT Cosmetics and Lori Greiner. As a buyer at QVC, I am always looking for that next brand or product that will surprise and delight our customers. At last year’s Pennsylvania Conference for Women, I … [ more ]

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Pitch Perfect: Tips from a CFW Attendee Who Presented Her Travel Bag to QVC Last Year—and Was Selected!

Last fall, Sherrill Mosee was scrolling through her email when an announcement from the Pennsylvania Conference for Women caught her eye: Attendees would be able to pitch their products to a panel from QVC. Mosee, who had been selling her organizational tote bags in local boutiques and on her website for about a year, was beyond excited. This opportunity could be the solution to her biggest challenge since launching MinkeeBlue—getting … [ more ]

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Junk Gypsy Jolie Sikes’ Advice for Entrepreneurial Free Spirits

What do you do when you realize that the corporate life just isn’t your jam? When you’re Jolie Sikes or her big sister Amie, co-founders with their mom of Junk Gypsy, you hit the road, hightailing it out of Houston and Austin, respectively—and keep driving for 15 years. Of course, they weren’t aimlessly roaming Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. They were scouring flea markets and roadsides for discarded treasures that they … [ more ]

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Business Truisms You Shouldn’t Believe

A lot of what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur is the same today as it was 30 years ago—grit, vision, initiative, willingness to take risks. But how we start and run a business is very different. “We used to do market research, write a business plan, seek money and resources, build the product—and then execute the plan and hope we were right,” says Mark Coopersmith, senior fellow of … [ more ]

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