May 2012

Board Service Enhances Leadership Skills of Business Owners

Let’s face it: When you’re the head of a small business, you want to develop your leadership skills and, if you are like most entrepreneurs, contribute to your community. What if you could do good and beef up your leadership skills at the same time? As a business owner, you have more than money to contribute. Being on the board of a nonprofit is great way to give back. It is also a great way to improve your leadership skills.

How Can Nonprofits Get the Money and Skill to Scale?

Change is needed in the way we address social and environmental needs. Resources, most especially money, are tighter while the need is increasing, according to a recent survey conducted by the Nonprofit Finance Fund.

Where Can Women-led Tech Companies Find the Connections They Need?

What do Robin Chase of Zipcar, Gail Goodman of Constant Contact ,and Linda Hall Keller of MinuteClinic have in common? They’re all women-led companies that have gone through Springboard programs.

Consumer Demand Shapes Corporate Social Responsibility

Consumers have the power to change the world. If they demand corporate responsibility from those who provide goods and services, corporations will become more socially responsible.

Geri Stengel of Ventureneer and Maisha Walker of Message Medium on FoxNews Live

Geri Stengel of Ventureneer and Maisha Walker of Message Medium appeared on FoxNews Live on Friday, May 18, discussing their survey collaboration, Ditch Digital Dabbling: How Small Business + Nonprofits Can Master Online Marketing.

The Ditch Digital Dabbling report analyzes the data from the survey recently fielded by Ventureneer & Message Medium. 

Powerful information for every need

  • Download the free excutive summary to see how online marketing can save failing businesses, create opportunities, and find talent for both small businesses and nonprofits.
  • For a deeper dive, the full report gets you access to the “members only” online marketing case studies. It shows you how to choose the social media that are most effective for your goals and target market, and how to make your investment pay off. It also explains in plain English the best uses for each online marketing platform.
  • The extended corporate report outlines suggestions for corporate engagement with small businesses and nonprofits. This report gives you a new approach for reaching this large market, an approach that will help small businesses and nonprofits grow while building your brand and the loyalty of your customers in these sectors.

Fastest Growing Companies Nurture Good Talent

Perhaps it’s women’s natural instinct to nurture or maybe high-impact entrepreneurs know that you can’t sustain rapid growth without employees who deliver excellent products and customer service. It’s both, according to Marsha Firestone, President of the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), which compiled a list of the 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/led Companies in North America sponsored by American Express OPEN, it’s both.

High-Growth Women Entrepreneurs Nurture Talented Teams

Perhaps it’s women’s natural instinct to nurture or maybe high-impact entrepreneurs know that you can’t sustain rapid growth without employees who deliver excellent products and customer service. It’s both, according to Marsha Firestone, President of the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), which compiled a list of the 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/led Companies in North America sponsored by American Express OPEN.

Read all of High-Growth Women Entrepreneurs Nurture Talented Teams on Forbes.

How Nonprofits Get Added Value From Entering a Business Plan Competition

Charles Clement thinks he’s found an affordable and scalable way to inspire more people to work on solving the world’s social problems.

Lowering Barriers for Women Entrepreneurs Seeking Equity Investment

Gender matters. It impacts the type of businesses entrepreneurs start, their aspirations for growing the business, and how they the fund it.

How Can We Increase Venture Capital Investments in Women-led Businesses?

Gender matters. It impacts the type of businesses entrepreneurs start, their aspirations for growing the business, and how they the fund it.

Read all of How Can We Increase Venture Capital Investments in Women-led Businesses? on Forbes.

Getting Answers: LinkedIn for Nonprofits

LinkedIn groups are an interesting way of taking the pulse of a specific community on a topic and collecting feedback on challenges you face. It’s also a way of becoming a thought-leader, by answering the questions of others. Yet, it is not one of the top five reasons nonprofits use social media.

Can Your Nonprofit Use $25,000 to Ramp Up Its Mobile Presence?

As the results of Ditch Digital Dabbling: How Small Businesses + Nonprofits Can Master Online Marketing demonstrate, nonprofits need to take a deeper dive into online media. Well, an opportunity is knocking at your door.

Women Entrepreneurs Not Being All They Can Be

Women entrepreneurs, take note: As a group, you are dragging your feet when it comes to using and building your confidence in online marketing. It’s a good bet that your foot-dragging is a drag on your revenue as well.

Read all of Women Entrepreneurs Not Being All They Can Be on Forbes.

What Everybody Needs to Know About Online Marketing

What you don’t know can hurt you, especially if what you don’t know leaves your business back in the 20th century while your customers are well on their way into the 21st.

In that case, you are losing opportunities to grow, to reduce costs, and to build customer loyalty.