Geri Stengel's blog

Flexibility Is Profitable Business Strategy

Women frequently start their own companies in order to give themselves the flexibility to balance work and family. Giving your employees the same flexibility can save your business money, spur growth, and make your employees happier.

How to Keep that Community Character You Love: Support Small Businesses

When you think of your favorite store or restaurant, chances are it’s a local independent, small business. It has charm and character that contribute to the distinctive character of your community. Its customer service is excellent and personal: They know you.

Invest in Yourself and Funding Will Follow

Women entrepreneurs have a tough time getting the financing they need to break through the $1 million revenue mark. I’ve talked to a number of women who have rocketed through and far beyond that limit. They have some basic principles of entrepreneurship in common.

How to Make LinkedIn Board Connect Work for Your Nonprofit

With nearly two million nonprofit board seats open, good board members are hard to find. Most nonprofits know that looking for board members can be time-consuming and frustrating. I’ve been there, on the hunt for people who have the expertise and passion to make a positive contribution to the nonprofit I care about.

Barriers to Financing Women Entrepreneurs Face

What’s that old expression? “It takes money to make money?” Well, women may not be making as much money as men because they are not getting as much, according to Women-Owned Businesses in the 21st Century, a report by the US Department of Commerce, which found that women are more likely to self-finance and less likely to have outside investors.

Is It Time for Your Nonprofit to Consider Scaling?

Many corporations are obsessed with scale. It brings efficiencies and effectiveness that small- to mid-sized businesses can’t provide. Only a few social ventures -- such as Habitat for Humanity, Teach for America, and Mothers Against Drunk Drivers -- have scaled. But scaling is becoming a mantra for some of those concerned about solving the world’s problems in a resource-constrained environment.

Don’t Be in Such a Hurry! Slow Growth May Mean Long-term, Sustainable Returns

Jana Francis and Rett Clevenger launched in April of 2008, well before the rise of Big Boy daily deal sites, like Groupon and Livingsocial. Compared to, Groupon and other’s product offerings are “a mile wide and inch deep,” said Francis.

How Doing Good Grows Your Business

Social and environmental problems are growing at a faster rate than philanthropic dollars can keep pace. What’s the world to do? I’ve recently written about a couple of ways people and organizations can do more good -- impact investing, crowd funding and scaling effective and efficient nonprofits.

American-Born Entrepreneurs Not Making the List of Top Women Power Brokers

What is it about the U.S. that breeds male entrepreneurs with global power, but not females? I asked myself this last year when the Forbes list of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women came out. Unfortunately, I’m still asking the same question this year.

What Crowdfunding Can Do for Nonprofits and Donors

A lot of good is being done around the world and lots of people want to support those good works. But it’s hard to expose grassroots organizations to potential donors around the world and it’s hard for donors to learn about projects that excite their interest.

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