Geri Stengel's blog

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 Steals.com in April of 2008, well before the rise of Big Boy daily deal sites, like Groupon and Livingsocial. Compared to Steals.com, 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.

End of summer break: Gone-fishin'

Please note that that Vistas will be taking a break for the Labor Day holiday and will not publish the weeks of August 27 and September 3. See you in September. Enjoy!

E-commerce Refines and Re-emphasizes Need for Customer Service

Of course you want your business to be all it can be, but are you really doing the footwork? Many women-owned businesses aren’t, as I discussed recently.

In a Crowded Niche, Personality and Values Matter

Let’s get down to brass tacks: It’s all well and good to say that brick-and-mortar stores need great customer service in order to compete in an e-commerce world but how do pull it off?

How Necessity Is the Mother of Creating a Business

In 1995, Julie Azuma, the mother of a newly diagnosed autistic daughter, went from store to store, trying to find the educational materials her daughter needed. Along the way, she’d joined a listserve -- remember those? -- for parents of autistic children so she knew that other parents were as frustrated as she was.



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