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Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 11:35am
A new approach to leadership development gives companies innovative solutions to problems as well as a pipeline to potential employees.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 11:35am
Stepping into the unknown, whether it's a new country or a new business requires a keen sense of risk management.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 5:10pm

Not everyone ignores women’s innovations. One trade group in the toy industry recognizes that women know what kids — and their parents — want. To encourage innovation, Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment (WIT) provides what entrepreneurs need: access to decision-makers and mentors to help them overcome obstacles.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 11:35am
To make the next growth spurt happen, you may need to rethink the way you hire.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 11:35am

When diverse perspectives are applied to financing, doors open for entrepreneurs. Last week, I wrote The Next Business Revolution: Diversity and how it fuels innovation and enhances employee engagement. This week, I look at how the diverse makeup of one company has created finance options for innovations that might otherwise never get to market … and why more companies are going to follow their lead.

Entrepreneurial women have been limited in their ability to bring their innovations to market because they are only able to raise about 50% of the capital that men raise

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 5:10pm
To keep growing, businesses have to latch on to major societal shifts. The shift has started. Are you ready?
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 11:35am

Want a great return on your investment? Invest in women! I’ve written about:

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 11:35am
Women know what women need and that goes for ways to navigate the pitfalls of entrepreneurship.
Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 2:54pm

Cities play a unique and critical role as the breeding grounds for entrepreneurs who start and grow innovative scalable companies that drive economic growth and create jobs, according to research by Richard FloridaJane Jacobs and Paul Romer. The density of interactions among people, the diversity of people — women, minorities, LGBTQ and immigrants — as well as the tolerance — for new ideas, breaking established norms, ambiguity, pivots and even failure — stimulates and encourages breakthrough ideas.

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 12:32pm
Don’t lose yourself and your health on the way to business success. It’s tough but here’s how to do it.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 12:31am
Men, step up and do your part. Write the stories, take the pledges, get out of the frat house. Women need your help and you need their businesses.
Monday, July 3, 2017 - 4:40pm
If one door to business success closes, keep knocking on others.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 11:40am
The importance of high-potential startups cannot be overstated. These companies market innovative technologies, products and business models. They also create jobs and help the economy grow.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 5:20pm

With Father’s Day on Sunday, it seems an opportune time to once again thank the men who support female founders

We all have fathers and, as it turns out, there’s a connection between being the father of a teenage daughter and being a VC willing to hire a female investing partner. This diversity, in turn, improves the financial performance of funds, according to reseach by Harvard University professor Paul Gompers and Ph.D. candidate Sophie Wang.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 5:20pm

Seeking outside financing isn’t the only way to take your business to the next level. Depending on your business model, franchising may be the solution. Genevieve Custer Weeks started Tutu School nine years ago in San Francisco. She taught ballet to kids 8 months to 8 years old — a niche that was overlooked by most dance activities classes.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 5:20pm

Nina Vaca started Pinnacle Group 21 years ago. She has grown it from a small IT company into a global workforce-solutions powerhouse. In 2015, Pinnacle was ranked the #1 American Express and Women Presidents’ Organization Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Company. Revenue exceeded $1 billion dollars. Pinnacle was ranked #2 in 2016 and 2017.

The rise to the top is never a straight line. There are moments when you are not sure if that big, bold step you are taking will be the right one. For Nina, there were several such moments.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 5:20pm
What you don’t know can hurt you. Check out all your options when looking for funding.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 11:40am

Some say entrepreneurship is a lonely journey. Others know that those who are successful consult advisorsmentors and sponsors, professionals and peers

Whether you are asking for help during the busiest time of day or in the dead of night, you want someone who is always there for you. You want someone who will never complain if you ask a lot of questions and won’t judge you if your questions seem silly to him or her. That new pal for entrepreneurs is Alice.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 5:10pm

In honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday, I’m revisiting a favorite topic — paid leave — and its importance to women entrepreneurs. (It’s important to everyone, too, but I write about female entrepreneurship.)

The jobless rate is at a 10-year low as hiring grows reports The New York Times. Competition for talent will toughen. So, to the one million plus women-owned firms, which employ more than eight million people, you’re going to have to compete to attract and retain top talent.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 11:40am
Women, and black women in particular, have an uphill battle for funding no matter how innovative and successful they are.
I write about the success factors of women entrepreneurs. I am president of Ventureneer, a digital media and market research company that helps corporations reach small businesses through thought leadership. My book, Forget the Glass Ceiling: Build Your Business Without One, provides women entrepreneurs practical advice for overcoming the barrier they face. I was named a 2012 and 2013 Small Business Influencer for my articles about the success factors of women entrepreneurs