October is National Women in Business Month

October is National Women in Business Month

October is national women in business month. There are 8.6 million women business owners in the US, but sadly we lag behind men in business in terms of revenue and hiring. The vast majority of women business owners make less than $100,000 in gross revenue. New research from American Express reports that the three main things that hold us back are confidence, competency, and connections. I would go further to say that another key factor that hinders many women in business is the fact that many of … [Read more...]

How to Become a Successful Woman in Business

Every week as SmallBizLady, I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. The show takes place every Wednesday on Twitter from 8-9pm ET. This is excerpted from my recent interview with Ingrid Vanderveldt (@ontheroadwithiv). Ingrid is an entrepreneur, investor and media personality, and currently serves as Dell’s first Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR). As Dell’s EIR, she oversees the program that provides access for Dell’s 10M small business customers and her resources … [Read more...]

How to Run a Successful Small Business With Your Kids

How to Run a Successful Small Business With Your Kids

Linda Collinson is no stranger to entrepreneurial success. In the '80s, she developed a natural skincare line, LaCrista Natural Skincare, from her kitchen table. Her small operation grew quickly, and by the '90s her products were being sold in Wal-Mart, Whole Foods, Giant Foods and in other stores across the country and internationally in China. When she started, her only staff was her son, daughter and husband. After nearly 15 years in business, Linda sold the company for a seven-figure deal … [Read more...]