Geri Stengel

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March 2012

The Hard-numbers Case for a Flexible Workplace

Giving your employees flexible hours cuts costs, spurs growth and lifts morale. The numbers prove it.

How to Succeed in Business: 5 Lessons from Successful Women

When you start digging, you find out all sorts of interesting things, both good and bad. I’ve been researching the success factors that unite highly successful women entrepreneurs. Along the way, I’ve learned about ways in which small businesses can help themselves move up the ladder of success, how focusing on work/life fit can help a company grow and, yes, the factors that help women entrepreneurs succeed as well as pitfalls to beware of.

Redesign Business for a Robust Economic Future

We need more women in leadership roles This isn't a call for a feminist revolt; it's a call for a healthy, growing economy and leadership by women is needed to accomplish that.

Read all of Redesign Business for a Robust Economic Future on Huffington Post.

Networking and Learning: It’s How Businesses Grow

Just a reminder -- well, maybe I’m nagging a bit; I have been saying it for a long time -- it’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help. Too often entrepreneurs -- especially women -- think they have to do it all. But that’s not true, according to the very successful women I’ve been interviewing.

6 Lessons the Girl Scouts Can Teach Entrepreneurs

When you sign up for a box of Thin Mints or Samoas, do you realize that you just helped an entrepreneur-in-training? And that she and the 100-year-old Girl Scout organization may have some ideas that could help your business?

How Changing Corporate Culture Is Good for Business and Employees

Moms aren’t the only ones asking for more flexibility in the workplace these days. Men, Gen Y, and Baby Boomers are making the same demand. But what works for one doesn’t work all and what works for the business matters, too.

Read all of How Changing Corporate Culture Is Good for Business and Employees on Forbes.

Want to Grow Your Business? Team

Maybe you don’t think your business is the right kind or big enough to grow through government contracting. Think again.

Why Girl Scouts Become Entrepreneurs

Some 80 percent of women entrepreneurs were girl scouts once. Maybe that's not just a coincidence.

How Sweet It Is! Learning to Grow Your Business

Yes, I’m a nag but I’m also right. Continuing education for entrepreneurs is a good investment of public funds and a must-do for entrepreneurs. If you don’t believe me, meet Amy Deguilio, founder of Sugar Flower Cake Shop.

Where to Get Free Help For Your Business

Corporations, states and Uncle Sam offer loads of free help to women-owned businesses. Grab it and pull yourself up to the next level of growth.

4 Keys to Successful Nonprofit Mergers

Your board and leadership have accepted that your nonprofit isn’t sustainable and can’t continue alone. You’ve decided to do it: Your clients will be better served if your nonprofit merges with another organization. That is, by the way, the only reason for a nonprofit to do anything: continue, expand or improve services to clients.

Women’s Ways Can Nourish Business Growth

I’m as concerned as the next person about the failure of women-led businesses to thrive. As the Kauffman Foundation has found, women-owned businesses are an untapped economic resource. So it’s a pleasure to find a book that does two things: helps women entrepreneurs and points out that women don’t need to become more manly in order to succeed.

Want Women Leaders? Start with Girls

There’s a shortage of women leaders. One organization thinks it has the formula for fixing that.

Girl Scouts: They already have an impressive track record. More than two thirds of U.S. Congress women and an incredible 80% of women business owners were Girl Scouts.

Read all of Want Women Leaders? Start with Girls on Forbes.


What If Your Nonprofit Can’t Weather the Financial Storm?

Wave after wave of financial bad news has hit the nonprofit sector. In 2008, major donors cut back but foundation grants were still coming in, until 2009, when funders cut back. Then in 2010-2011, government contacts went on the chopping block … and they’re still there.

3 Easy Ways to Find Work-Life Balance

Trying to keep up with a hectic work schedule and a growing family? Note to female entrepreneurs: Here's how to start on a path to balance.

“Outside the Box” Marketing Reaps Big Rewards on a Small Budget

I’m sure you are all aware that the cost of advertising is just plain…well…outrageous. Placing ads in magazines, newspapers, and on the radio can cut deep into a business owner’s pocketbook. So what are small- to medium-sized businesses supposed to do? You sure can’t compete against the advertising budgets of the big guns! And if you try to say, “Why bother advertising or marketing at all?” you risk going completely unnoticed, which could put you out of business.

Women: 5 Ways to Supersize Your Business

Women are starting businesses at a record rate, but the number that break a million in revenues is flat. What's up with that?