Every now and again I like to assemble the most interesting resources I’ve encountered for small business owners and women in business in general. I’m working on making this a weekly feature – if you have resources to share, you can tweet them with the hashtag #wgbiz, or post them to our Facebook page.
This isn’t a platform for pure self-promotion. Feel free to share your own resource if it’s specifically for or by Women in Business, but keep it short and to the point. We’ll promote the most useful, community-minded submissions in upcoming feature articles, with an ever-so-slight bias towards highlighting community members.
Here are this week’s top resources.
Women In Business Resource #1 – Loosecubes
In one of my favorite Facebook groups, Women Who Tech, Leah Kopperman (@kopperwoman) was kind enough to share an invite to a resource she saw on the Entrepreneur website called Loosecubes. It connects entrepreneurs to “happy and productive workspaces”.
The video below features the founder, a woman named Campbell McKeller. (It’s currently invite-only. I have three – reply to this post if you’d like one.)
Women In Business Resource #2
Local ladies – The Power Conference will be back in Bethesda, Maryland on August 30th. Women Grow Business community Marissa Levin (@InfoExperts) is one of their featured speakers.
So we’ve got to represent and cheer her on! Let me know in the comments if you’re going, and I’ll organize a way for us to meet for lunch or afterwards.
Women In Business Resource #3 – Open Forum’s Infographic Series from American Express OPEN’s study on The State of Women-Owned Businesses
Since July, Open Forum has been celebrating the fact that women entrepreneurs are #PoweringTomorrow in their infographic series. Many of the infographics are based on statistics found in American Express OPEN’s study The State of Women-Owned Businesses.
You can find the latest infographics on Open Forum’s site.
By illustrating how collectively, women-owned businesses are changing the landscape of the business world for the better – generating $1.3 trillion in revenues annually, up more than 58 percent over the past 15 years; this campaign helps paint a picture of the landscape of women in business to fuel a conversation.
Women In Business Resource #4 – Sarah Robinson Talks Loyal Communities
Quick reminder – our monthly Women Grow Business Twitter chat for Women in Business is coming up on Monday the 13th. at noon Eastern. All are welcome of course, though we do slant our discussion to a female audience at times. This time around, Sarah Robinson will be talking about How to Start a Fiercely Loyal community (that page has calendar links if you need a nudge the day of the chat.)
Watch the video below for an extra tip.
Women In Business Resource #5 – Stevie Awards Calls for Entries from Women
The Stevie Awards for Women in Business is now accepting entries. “All female entrepreneurs, executives, and the organizations they run, worldwide, are eligible to be nominated”, according to an article in Virtual Strategy.
You can find the entry kit at the Stevie Awards site.
Women In Business Resource #6: A Crowd Funding Site geared towards Women
Crowdfunding, in layperson’s terms, is the act of organizing the receipt of funding drive from an assembled crowd of like-minded people, rather than from more traditional sources such as financial institutions or one’s piggy bank.
Lately there has been a rise in the conversation surrounding crowd-funding, due to the increasing availability of software to facilitate the activity online.
Today’s resource, Crowdfunding Live was introduced to me just this morning by community member Dr. Letitia Wright.
But more about her in a minute. Here’s more about Crowdfunding Live from their site:
“It was late 2011 when CrowdFunding LIVE was founded. After working together toward the first live event (March 31, 2012), Aggie Kobrin, Deb Augur and Debe Fennell, decided to take the next logical step and start a full fledged crowdfunding site to help “idea people” (especially women) get the funding they need to take their best ideas LIVE!”
What makes it a bit different than your Kickstarter-copycat is that they’re looking to help you have a successful crowdfunding campaign.
And if you need a little bit more help? Well, read on.
Women In Business Resource #7: Crowd Funding Expertise Letitia Wright Offering Free Consultations
Community member Dr. Letitia Wright (@DrWright1), who is one of the leading crowd-funding experts for small business owners.
By that I mean she advises little outfits like the SBA in California, and helps people who don’t quite get how to go from their posting on a site like Kickstarter to a successful campaign. For the rest of the day, you can test out her expertise by calling her office for a free consultation.
Really, free. I had one with her just to see if she was planning on subjecting me to a boring sales pitch (which would be completely out of line with what I know of her. But I couldn’t offer first-hand knowledge if I didn’t check, right). She was very helpful and not salesy at all. (Which of course makes me want to hire her when I have the money, but that’s just me.)
You can read Dr. Wright at 909 235 9744 today, until close of business (5 pm California time, 8 pm in New York).
Here’s a quick video of the kind of advice you’ll be in for:
More Women In Business Resources Next Time
That’s all we have for today. Hopefully I’ll be back here with more next week. I’m thinking we could go with a different theme each week – communities, Twitter lists, Google+ pages, offline organizations. If you have ideas, let me know in the comments section.
Have a great weekend!