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YEW Goes International!

Monica Smiley, Publisher & CEO of Enterprising Women and President and Founder of the Enterprising Women Foundation is delighted to announce that the Young Enterprising Women Mentoring Program is now officially an international event with the inclusion of a young Canadian entrepreneur.

Nafisa Ahmed, a high school senior from Jarvis Collegiate in Toronto, Canada was the winning recipient and will be traveling to Fort Lauderdale for the Enterprising Women Awards event joining scholarship recipients from San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Raleigh and Ann Arbor this year.

The Enterprising Women Foundation Mentoring Program provides high school girls with an opportunity to meet and connect with outstanding women entrepreneurs & leaders in STEM-based fields and other industries. This event recognizes their leadership potential, inspire them to dream big and focus on the next steps to realize their potential.

COMPAREX Canada, the corporate sponsor is delighted to be sponsoring Nafisa this year. Dedicated to a gender and diverse workforce, COMPAREX Canada GM Jason Mackay says, “Diversity is our strength. Many voices and experiences have been proven to foster richer innovation, relationships and communication.” He adds, “We know Nafisa will enjoy and be inspired by the Young Enterprising Women event and wish her all the best for her future.”

The 15th Annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration & Conference y takes place April 2 – 4th at the Ritz Carlton in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

2017 The Year of Empowerment - Principles for February-Financial Diligence

Book: “Girl, Get Your Money Straight!” by Glinda Bridgforth
Website: www.thefourcups.com

Every year in celebration of the new beginnings, it is Southern tradition to prepare a special meal to usher in a prosperous new year.  So we pull out Aunt Bea’s secret recipe for what we think will help us gain financial prosperity.  It is legend that this special meal of black-eyed peas and cabbage greens provides good luck to help us see more clearly into the future; and an abundance and overflow of money that will find its way into our lives.  But, what about the right recipe for financial success?  How do we grow this abundance and overflow of money into sustainable wealth?

Simply, we must be good stewards, and be very diligent with the money that we are honored to receive in our lifetime.  It’s not about how much you make, but what you do with it.  If we can’t show diligence in how we manage the $100 we have today, what makes us think we will be able to maintain more blessings and riches tomorrow?

The 2015 US Census determined that the US median household income is $55,775.  Now, close your eyes and just take a second.  Think about how much you make in a year, now multiply that by 4, now multiply that by 10.  That’s a very nice 7 figure income!!! Oh, how exciting it is for the revelation that we are already millionaires!  This exercise shows us that we all have the potential to have a million dollars that runs through our hands in our lifetime. Instead of being concerned on how to obtain our million, we should readjust our focus to being diligent stewards of the riches bestowed upon us in order to reap our full harvest.

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Right Message, Right Situation

A sales message designed for one situation will not necessarily work well in another. For example, you may have perfected your 30-second elevator speech (or “30-second commercial,” as it’s often called). This works great if you are actually in an elevator and have someone’s complete attention. But it will get you those glazed looks if you try to work 30 seconds of monologue into a conversation in the buffet line at a networking event. Live, spur-of-the-moment dialogue requires a completely different approach (think of it as “conversation ping-pong”), even if you include some of the same words and phrases. Sellers who have perfected their 30-second commercials often don’t have dialogue prepared for the times they need it. Likewise, the message that works with a decision maker will likely not work with the assistant. The message that works on the first meeting will likely not work on the 3rd.

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2017 – The Year of Empowerment How to Master Your Goals

Life is all about a healthy balance, the positive force to balance the negative, an equal give and take. In our lifetimes on this earth, we are only given a finite amount of energy in a finite amount of time, and how we use this energy is up to us. In the words of Dr. Maya Angelou, it is our duty to “if we get-give, and if we learn-teach”, and if I may be bold to add - if we imagine-create. We can only do so much in a given period of time-a day, a week, a month. So the questions become-how do we move the needle? How do we make it all happen? And most importantly-How do we avoid FOMO-the fear of missing out?! In this article, you will be provided with a sure-fire way to achieve your goals, and see your dreams and aspirations unfold right before your eyes.

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Let’s Raise a Glass to the Power Latinas of 2016

Dear Hermanas,

I think we can all agree that 2016 was like a giant bowl of sancocho—it had a little bit of everything. But we can also proudly say that it was a year when so many inspiring Latinas had a groundbreaking year that opened the door for so many of us. We must always remember that when one of us wins, we all win. Their success paves the way for us all to follow in their footsteps. So let’s say bravo to these incredible Latinas who did not let fear stop them from speaking up and taking action, and let’s toast to their continued success in 2017. Their example helps all of us to move ADELANTE!

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WBDC 30th Anniversary Celebration a True Gem For Women’s Business Development Center

Traditionally, pearls are considered the gemstone for 30th anniversaries, and at WBDCelebrate on November 15 at Chicago’s Wintrust Great Banking Hall, the pearls flowed. Nearly 500 guests broke out their pearls for the 30th anniversary evening reception in honor of the Women’s Business Development Center. Successful business owners smilingly exchanged pearls of wisdom with each other in a festive atmosphere decorated with floral and pearl centerpieces. Even the lanyards for the nametags were pearl-like.

Guests got their groove on to the sounds of funky music, highlighted by a special performance from The Black Ensemble Theater that paid tribute to the history and future of women’s business ownership. Awards were presented to Michelle Vondrasek, president of Von Technologies, Innovative Business Award; Caren Schweitzer, president, WBE of the Year Award; Pamela Jones, president, Charboy’s, Vetrepreneur of the Year Award; and Kara Yokley, president of KMY Consulting, Deborah Sawyer Rising Star Award. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle received the Government Supporter Award.

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2017- The Year of Empowerment

Enterprising Women readers, this is your year, the year to focus on YOU! Your dreams, your goals, your aspirations! Every year for the past few years, I have noticed a central theme to manifest itself in my life throughout that year. This same theme manifested itself in the lives of many women in my circle as well. For 2017 it will be the year of YOU—the year of empowerment!

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San Diego Business Journal Honors Jazzercise, Inc.

San Diego, CA – December 8, 2016. Carlsbad, CA-based Jazzercise Inc., has been recognized for their international success and local influence by the San Diego Business Journal, the county’s premier business publication. Last month, the dance fitness brand earned the #3 slot for Women-Owned Businesses and was tapped for the SD 500, a list of top influential business leaders in San Diego County. Leading the operation is CEO and Founder, Judi Sheppard Missett, who founded the company in 1969.

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Rut Resolution: 8 Great Ways to Foil Small Business Stagnation to Accelerate Growth

A U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report revealed nearly half of all small businesses fail within the first four years of their existence. While there are many proven causes, including owner incompetence, inexperience, fraud and neglect, one killer culprit often flies under the radar: stagnation. Indeed, losing momentum—with respect to revenues, market share and other mission critical indicators—is one sure fire sign that an entrepreneurial endeavor is in grave trouble. The good news is that a stagnated organization can take a number of proactive tactical measures—many fairly easily instituted—to turn the tide, spur change and, in doing so, kick the growth engine back into gear.

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Bee Generous this Holiday Season

While beekeeping is often thought of as a hobby in the United States, in many countries around the world, beekeeping is an important livelihood that can provide income to a family in need and place them on the path toward sustained economic success.

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Jazzercise, Inc. CEO and Founder Wins ‘Women Who Mean Business Award’ for Second Time

San Diego, CA – November, 23, 2016. The team at Jazzercise, Inc. is honored to announce that CEO and Founder, Judi Sheppard Missett has won the San Diego Business Journal’s ‘Women Who Mean Business’ Award on November 9th, 2016. This will be Sheppard Missett’s second time winning the award.

Per the San Diego Business Journal, “This is the city’s biggest and most anticipated reception and awards program of the year honoring the region’s most successful, dynamic women.” The SDBJ committee selected 220 finalists, and 20 were honored the award. Said Sheppard Missett, “I am always humbled by these things. It never happens alone and I am grateful to all at Jazzercise who do such a good job!”

CloudNOW Survey: Half of Women Working in Tech Industry Say Upper Management Is a ‘Boys’ Club’

New survey data from CloudNOW reveals that women working in tech still face a significant amount of sexism in the workplace. CloudNOW, the executive consortium for the leading women in cloud and converging technologies, today released the results of its Women in Tech survey. The survey, conducted by global consultancy Kantar TNS, discovered that women in tech are generally satisfied with their careers but are subject to a significant amount of sexism and gender discrimination.

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Outlook of Women Small Business Owners American Express 2016 Holiday Growth Pulse

Women Business Owner Highlights. Noteworthy women business owner highlights are as follows:

  • 100% feel confident that they can access the funding they need to grow their business during the holidays
  • 87% feel this year’s holiday sales will be the same or stronger than last year (vs. 90% of men and 88% overall)
  • Seventy-seven percent plan to grow their businesses (vs. 72% of men and 74% of businesses overall)
  • The biggest challenge they face as they prepare for growth is acquiring new customers (22%)
  • Over two-thirds (68%) will give a holiday party for staff (vs. 70% of men)
  • They will spend an average of $2,160 on their holiday party vs. $3,650 spent by men
  • 48% feel they need to be more aggressive in sales and promotions to stand out in the holiday season (vs. 44% of men)
  • 47% expect their business to be making gains in the next quarter , 37% say maintaining the status quo and 9% say expanding in leaps and bounds
  • They plan to spend an average of $3,300 on gifts for clients and customers (vs. an average of $10,400 that men plan to spend)
  • 44% say employee productivity will be a greater concern at their company during the holidays
  • They measure success for the holiday season by adding new customers and reaching a certain sales goal (each 45%); men measure success by adding new customers (46%)
  • 36% think their company’s potential for growth in 2017 is contingent on a successful 2016 holiday season
  • 14% plan to hire additional staff for the holiday season (vs. 18% of men)
  • The holiday season is typically responsible for 21% of their company’s yearly sales (vs. 20% for men)


Holiday Outlook

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Employee Motivation and the Holiday Season

Ah, the Holiday season. A time to be nice to your fellow humans, a time to reflect on the accomplishments of the past year, and to look forward to the excitement that the New Year brings. Or, from a more Scrooge-like perspective, a time when team members slack off, the company throws expensive parties where certain people drink too much and do things everyone wants to forget, team members gather to exchange awkward Secret Santa gifts that no one wants, and very little productive activity takes place.

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It’s NOT over! There’s still time to ignite business this year!

Executive decision makers have until year end to make things happen before their reviews. Not only do they need to complete initiatives on their list to get their bonuses and great scores, but also, those looking for promotions must showcase themselves to management. Further, many decision makers have to use their yearly budgets before they lose their yearly budgets. What does this mean for business leaders and salespeople? Opportunity!! Below are ideas we’ve found successful in capturing opportunities while helping corporate decision makers achieve their goals.

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100 Black Men of Los Angeles with the Women Presidents' Organization to Honor Outstanfding Wome leading Succesfull Businesses and Nonprofits

Los Angeles, CA (October 28, 2016) -- 100 Black Men of Los Angeles, Inc., in partnership with the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), announce the honorees of the 2016 Women of Color Achievement Awards. A total of 17 women will be recognized for outstanding professional achievement and exemplary community service. Sponsored by UPS, Microsoft Corporation, The Coca-Cola Company and SDI International, the event will take place on Friday, November 4th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, CA.

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Recruiting and Retaining Women in Tech: Three Phases of Challenges

SAN FRANCISCO – Technical recruiter Speak With A Geek (SWAG) is using its voice in the industry to raise awareness about the unique challenges faced by women in technology. The Bay Area agency hopes to educate and provide a deeper analysis into the topic of a lack of female representation in technology.

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Deepen Your Relationship with Centers of Influence

Networking, whether it is in person, via Linked In or in another manner, can have a lasting effect on future referrals. This is your opportunity to deepen the relationship with Centers of Influence. If done properly and with sincerity, you can have a referral source forever; if done poorly, they may never help you again. I recently attended an event and witnessed a conversation between a Center of Influence, Mark, and a Business Owner, Tom, that went poorly. Tom had previously requested a Linked In introduction via Mark, to a prospect named Susan. Mark took time out of his busy day, located Susan, a first connection on Linked In, wrote the introductory note speaking highly of Tom and noting how responding would be in Susan’s best interests. He felt good to have made the connection.

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20 Professional Discussions Millennials Should Have With Their Mentors (Part 1)

Written with A. Crosser
What is the culture of your organization?
What’s more important to you corporate values, mission or vision?
If you could start your company all over again, what would you have done differently?

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ASU engineering students who designed a mobile dental clinic for humanitarian outreach in nicaragua were honored during tempe sister cities “making a world of difference” gala

The nearly all female team of engineering students, who call themselves Engineering Smiles, raised enough money to design and build the 24-foot trailer frame, which will be delivered to ASU in January  The students are continuing their fundraising through www.engineeringsmiles.org so they can furnish the unit.

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Be A Mentor

Enterprising Women is a partner in the new Million Women Mentors (MWM) initiative.

The initiative supports the engagement of one million science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) mentors — women and men — to increase the interest and confidence of young women to pursue and succeed in STEM degrees and careers.

Read the full news release.

 

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