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Want Venture Capital? Here Are 10 Must-Haves

Think you want to raise venture capital? You’d better be prepared to deliver a pretty big return on investment to VCs. Before you waste your time and that of the VC by asking for a meeting, make sure your business can leap the bar set by VCs.

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.

4 Ways A Small Company Differentiated Itself From The Big Boys

While working at a nonprofit that provided HR, finance, and technology support to community-based programs, the light bulb went off for Susan Kreeger — other small nonprofits and for-profit businesses need similar services. Kreeger’s specialty was HR. She started her company, RealHR Solutions, in 2005. Jill Krumholz became a partner in 2010. Her expertise is talent acquisition and employee development.

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.

10 Ways Women Can Dare To Grow Their Businesses Big

“While the number of women-owned firms is increasing faster than the national average, we see time and time again that women remain less likely to grow their firms to scale. Just 2% of women-owned firms have passed the million-dollar revenue threshold, compared to 6% of men-owned firms – and this gender gap is seen in every industry,” said Julie Weeks, President of Womenable, a consultancy focused on enabling women’s entrepreneurship.

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.

Women Entrepreneurs Leap Higher With Springboard’s Help

I’ve known  Kay Koplovitz, chair, and Amy Millman, president, of Springboard Enterprises nearly  since the organization started in 2000. While I’ve seen them morph their business model, they have always stayed true to their original vision, which is to accelerate women entrepreneurs’ access to equity markets. When they launched, women-led companies received less than 2% of the billions of dollars invested by venture capitalists.

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.

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.

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