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October 2013

How To Raise Angel Financing When You’re Pregnant Or A New Mother

Being pregnant or a new mother may be a tough time to raise money for your entrepreneurial venture, but Diana Lovett, Co-Founder Cissé Trading Company proves that with the right attitude and by targeting the right angels, it can be done.

Cissé (pronounced “see-say”) is a new line of gourmet baking and hot cocoa mixes. It buys organic cocoa from small-production cocoa growers in the Dominican Republic at a fair price. You can find its products at more than 400 retail locations, including many Whole Foods, Fairway, Kings, and other supermarkets. Cissé’s hot cocoa was chosen by Epicurious for its gift guide and won “Best New Product” at the Specialty Coffee Association show. I’ve tasted their cake and it’s scrumptious.

Women Entrepreneurs Leap Higher With Springboard’s Help

I’ve known  Kay Koplovitz, chair, and Amy Millman, president, of Springboard Enterprises nearly  since the organization started in 2000. While I’ve seen them morph their business model, they have always stayed true to their original vision, which is to accelerate women entrepreneurs’ access to equity markets. When they launched, women-led companies received less than 2% of the billions of dollars invested by venture capitalists.

Gender and Investing: Where are all the women?

By Bonnie Foley-Wong

In my first post, I shared my story about starting an investment company, from scratch, and I described my concept of Integrated Investing, an impactful approach to investing which starts with integrating information from analysis, emotion, intuition, and body into our investment decisions. Integrated Investing is for both men and women, but women have stepped forward as early adopters, so I’m often asked about gender and investing. 

4 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Grow Their Businesses

Entrepreneurs have a lot in common. Having had time to reflect over the holiday weekend, I thought I’d share what the most successful women entrepreneurs I’ve interviewed have in common.

How A Crowdfunding Site Helps Women Support Women

Plum Alley started as a way to connect women consumers with women who make  goods and provide services. It is a marketplace for a curated selection of goods, such as accessories and home goods, made by women. But Deborah Jackson, Plum Alley’s founder, has just added a couple of new twists: crowdfunding and access to experts.

Content Is Oxygen to Gary Vaynerchuck

By Mardy Sitzer

I had the honor of attending a chat with Gary Vaynerchuck (@garyvee) today, hosted by UBS and LinkedIn. It was literally Gary in a seat with a mic and over 150 of us with questions. At first I thought “oh no this is going to go nowhere real fast” but I have to say – Gary was brilliant and the audience was top notch in asking great questions. 

4 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Grow Their Businesses

Entrepreneurs have a lot in common. I thought I’d share what the most successful women entrepreneurs I’ve interviewed have in common.

A Look At The Role Of A Nonprofit Board

By Michael Davidson

In leading board workshops I have found it helpful to ask participants to look at the question of why we have boards by comparing not for profit boards with the boards of for-profit corporations.

If the for-profit board exists to provide oversight and strategic advice to protect the interests of the shareholders, who are the stakeholders whose interest the not for profit board should be protecting?

How Becoming A Thought Leader Can Build Your Business

Thought-leadership creates credibility, visibility, and brand loyalty. It’s a powerful tool in helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

I recently reconnected with Denise Brosseau whose new book will be coming out in January 2014. It’s called Ready to be a Thought Leader? How to Increase Your Influence, Impact, and Success. As a cofounder of Springboard’s first venture capital conference for women entrepreneurs and founder of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, she has seen how thought leadership has paved the way for her own success and that of others.

New services are expanding the network's value for growing companies

By Maria Semple

By now, you've been told over and over that your business needs to have a presence on social media. But whether you're a seasoned social media marketer or just a dabbler, you know the effort it takes to set up a social media channel and then monitor and maintain it.

8 Strategies for Funding Disruptive New Enterprises

The wholesale industry has been slow to adopt technology, making it ripe for an entrepreneur with an understanding of the market and an idea for bringing it online. Enter Mona Bijoor. She has experience as a corporate strategist and buyer at fashion companies, such as Ann Taylor, Chanel, Destination Maternity, A Pea in the Pod (previously known as Mimi Maternity), and Elie Tahari. She has an MBA from Wharton, and parents who were entrepreneurs -- as they say entrepreneurship is in her genes.