Geri Stengel's blog

Dell Innovates Again by Making Entrepreneurship Its Cause

Michael Dell is a huge champion of entrepreneurship. He should know: his entrepreneurship made him billions so he is also an example of what economists and academia are saying about economic recovery: entrepreneurship is  the way economies around the globe will rebound. Entrepreneurs create jobs, innovate products, processes and services, and promote cross-border trade. All of which boost economies.

How A Crowdfunding Site Helps Women Support Women

Plum Alley started as a way to connect women consumers with women who make  goods and provide services. It is a marketplace for a curated selection of goods, such as accessories and home goods, made by women. But Deborah Jackson, Plum Alley’s founder, has just added a couple of new twists: crowdfunding and access to experts.

5 Tips For Attracting Angel Funders To Your Business

Erica Bell and Katie Finnegan had both worked together at J. Crew. Years later, they ended up at A.T. Kearney, a management consulting firm. They commiserated about how they longed for the good ole days when they got an employee discount on clothing. They tried daily deal sites, but were overwhelmed with offers and few, if any, were relevant to them. The light bulb went off when they realized that other women wanted easy access to deals, too. Bell and Finnegan started Hukkster to fill that need.

A Killer Financing Tool Most Entrepreneurs Overlook

If you want your company to grow faster, chances are you’ll need outside funding. Women entrepreneurs are less likely to seek outside funding and, as a result, their businesses don’t grow as big as others, according to Women-Owned Businesses in the 21st Century, a report by the US Department of Commerce.

Looking for Funding to Scale Your Business? Location Counts

When Annabelle Diamantino, co-founder and CEO of Video Recruit, was considering where to locate her company, a top priority was finding a city in which the cost of doing business and living was affordable. Another factor was access to a plentiful supply of high-quality, inexpensive talent.

How Women Entrepreneurs Can Make Investors Sit Up And Listen

Do your knees knock, palms sweat or voice quiver when you’re pitching for money? Some degree of nervousness is a good thing. It keeps you on your toes. But, nervousness can expose a confidence gap that will stand in the way of you getting the money your company needs to start or scale.

Here are nine ways to shore up your confidence so you get the money.

How A Business Plan Competition Encourages Women Entrepreneurship

Having role models is the basis for educating, motivating and inspiring more women to become entrepreneurs. Now a business plan competition is offering women the opportunity to become role models.

Nonprofit Expert, Audrey Winkler, Named Director of Nonprofit Sector Resource Institute, at Seton Hall University

I’m delighted that my good friend, Audrey Winkler, has been selected as the new Director of the Nonprofit Sector Resource Institute, a branch of Seton Hall University’s Center for Public Service. The mission of the Nonprofit Sector Resource Institute is to build the capacity of the nonprofit sector in New Jersey and nationally by utilizing the resources of the Seton Hall community, working in collaboration with top experts in the field, other nonprofits, corporations, foundations and NGOs.

How To Raise Angel Financing When You’re Pregnant Or A New Mother

Being pregnant or a new mother may be a tough time to raise money for your entrepreneurial venture, but Diana Lovett, Co-Founder Cissé Trading Company proves that with the right attitude and by targeting the right angels, it can be done.

Cissé (pronounced “see-say”) is a new line of gourmet baking and hot cocoa mixes. It buys organic cocoa from small-production cocoa growers in the Dominican Republic at a fair price. You can find its products at more than 400 retail locations, including many Whole Foods, Fairway, Kings, and other supermarkets. Cissé’s hot cocoa was chosen by Epicurious for its gift guide and won “Best New Product” at the Specialty Coffee Association show. I’ve tasted their cake and it’s scrumptious.

4 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Grow Their Businesses

Entrepreneurs have a lot in common. Having had time to reflect over the holiday weekend, I thought I’d share what the most successful women entrepreneurs I’ve interviewed have in common.



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