Geri Stengel's blog

How Small Business Grow as Their Leaders Do

Alexandra Ferguson started her business on a whim: making decorative throw pillows with bold typography out of eco-friendly materials that are produced locally and sold online.

What Women Entrepreneurs Need Before They Join the Crowd

Recently I wrote about a new funding source for entrepreneurs: crowdfunding. Right now, small businesses can raise money from the online crowd in exchange for a give-away, such as a product or service. Sometime in 2013 the rules and guidelines for the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act should be approved, which will allow companies to give equity to crowdfunding investors in the U.S.

4 Ways to Build Your Small Business

Even in a slow economy, opportunities emerge that, if you use them well, can rocket your business to success.

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How Savvy Small Businesses Use Crowdfunding

Women-owned businesses start life with significantly less capital than those owned by men. How can a business grow if it starts life undernourished? Yet, if you’re a woman business owner, your business will start with less and raise less as it grows. If you settle for that situation, you’ll likely end up with less to show for your trouble, a smaller, less successful business than if a man had come up with the same idea and energy, according to a key Department of Commerce survey of women-owned companies across the U.S.

Keep Customer Service in the U.S. If You Want Your Business to Thrive

Competition is fierce; to distinguish itself, a small business needs to stand out from the crowd. Customer service is the way to do that.

Women, Take a Lesson from Girls Scouts: Start Your Social Media Engines

How do you create more businesses owned by women, especially businesses with revenues in excess of $1 million dollars?

Business Plan Competitions Have 4 Ingredients for Successful Social Enterprise

What do investors know that donors don’t? They know that the right team is critical to growing a thriving organization.

Technology-based Business Offers New Solutions to Healthcare Problems

No Jewish mother could want more for her daughter than to be fixed up with a doctor. Even better, the meetup led to marriage of sorts. Cheryl Swirnow, a Human Resource and insurance specialist, and Jay Parkinson, MD, MPH, became business partners.

Is Your Nonprofit Protected from Risks?

“What was the board thinking?” When a nonprofit runs off course, this is question that most people ask. And so it was with the panelists described instances of fraud and malfeasance. The answer, apparently, is that the boards in question weren’t thinking, a lapse that can leave them open to prosecution.



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