Geri Stengel's blog

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.

4 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Grow Their Businesses

Entrepreneurs have a lot in common. I thought I’d share what the most successful women entrepreneurs I’ve interviewed have in common.

How Becoming A Thought Leader Can Build Your Business

Thought-leadership creates credibility, visibility, and brand loyalty. It’s a powerful tool in helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

I recently reconnected with Denise Brosseau whose new book will be coming out in January 2014. It’s called Ready to be a Thought Leader? How to Increase Your Influence, Impact, and Success. As a cofounder of Springboard’s first venture capital conference for women entrepreneurs and founder of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, she has seen how thought leadership has paved the way for her own success and that of others.

8 Strategies for Funding Disruptive New Enterprises

The wholesale industry has been slow to adopt technology, making it ripe for an entrepreneur with an understanding of the market and an idea for bringing it online. Enter Mona Bijoor. She has experience as a corporate strategist and buyer at fashion companies, such as Ann Taylor, Chanel, Destination Maternity, A Pea in the Pod (previously known as Mimi Maternity), and Elie Tahari. She has an MBA from Wharton, and parents who were entrepreneurs -- as they say entrepreneurship is in her genes.

4 Tips for Getting the Right Advisors for Your Business

Entrepreneurs don’t have to go it alone. They can put together an advisory board for their business made up of people who can provide insight into marketplace trends, gauge future trends, make introductions to customers, facilitate funding, and suggest alliances.

4 Tips for Turning Your Passion Into a Growing Business

After 9 years of co-running a successful company, Shecky's, known for its Girls Night Out events that combine cocktails, shopping and networking. Claudia Chan wanted more purpose in her life.

Labor Day Holiday

Vistas will be taking a break for the Labor Day holiday and will not publish the week of August 26. We'll be back on September 2. Enjoy



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