Category Archives: Small Business

5 Smart Steps For Future Entrepreneurs

So you have a great idea for a business. What’s your next move? First, take an honest assessment of your personality. Claire Lee, head of early stage banking at Silicon Valley Bank, has noticed three traits in successful entrepreneurs. “Number one is adaptability: the ability to pivot, really be open to feedback and advice, knowing which to take and which to ignore,” Lee says. “Number two, and perhaps as important, … [ more ]

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9 Mantras to Help You Turn Your Idea into a Business

While starting a business, you’ll find yourself talking yourself into, and out of, a lot of choices. From idea to full-fledged enterprise, these mantras from real founders and executives will help you stay strong along the way. Pick and repeat the ones that speak to you the most. #1. Corner yourself with courage—and go. “You’ve got to somehow corner yourself, so that quitting is off the table,” says Jessica Honegger, … [ more ]

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How Every Woman Can Be “Self-Made”—with Nely Galán

Click Play below to listen in your browser. After emigrating from Cuba at the age of 4, Nely Galán became the first Latina president of entertainment for a major TV network, an Emmy award-winning producer, and New York Times best-selling author. In her words, she became “Self-Made,” and now she wants to teach every woman how to do it. Tune in to hear her story, the strategies that drove her … [ more ]

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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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