Geri Stengel

 
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An essay that is a personal interpertation, explanation or criticism of a situation.

How the Candidates Compare: Using Entrepreneurship To Bring Prosperity To All

Creating jobs means clearing the road to success for small businesses, especially those started by women. Which candidate is paving the way?

 

Read all of How the Candidates Compare: Using Entrepreneurship To Bring Prosperity To All on Forbes.com. 

 

 

How Shaherose Charania Made A Dent In The Universe

Hat’s off to a woman who made the media take notice of women entrepreneurs and, by doing so, are giving them increased visibility and recognition.

Read all of How Shaherose Charania Made A Dent In The Universe on Forbes.com.

Paid Leave: What Ya Gonna Do About It?

Candidates for public office need to tell us what they’ll do about everyday problems we all face: making our businesses thrive and supporting families.

Read all of Paid Leave: What Ya Gonna Do About It? on Forbes.com. 

 

 

Female Angel Investors And Founders Temporarily Retreat

Women entrepreneurs didn’t find as many angels in 2015 but the future looks good.

Read all of Female Angel Investors And Founders Temporarily Retreat on Forbes.com. 

 

Support Entrepreneur Mothers Who Make The Economy Stronger

Women who are mothers and entrepreneurs are vital to the economy. Let’s celebrate and support them.

 

Why The Force Will Be With Women Entrepreneurs In 2016

What’s good for women is good for the economy.

Economists and academics agree women entrepreneurs are an under-tapped force that can rekindle economic expansion. Women are becoming more entrepreneurial. Women own 36% of all businesses, according to the 2012 U.S. Census ‒ a jump of 30% over 2007.

My 10 reasons the force will be with women entrepreneurs are a mix of marketplace trends, expanding financing options, and the growing recognition that support is needed and is effective. The biggest challenge women face when starting and growing their businesses is access to capital, especially equity financing, as I was reminded by Sharon Vosmek, an economist and CEO of Astia ‒ a nonprofit that identifies and propels high-potential women-led companies with expertise and money. Female entrepreneurs start companies with 50% less capital than male entrepreneurs, according to Access to Capital by High-Growth Women-Owned Businesses, research commissioned by the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC). So no surprise, money is a large focus of the article. I’ve also included resources in case you want to go deeper into a topic.  

Read all of Why The Force Will Be With Women Entrepreneurs In 2016 on Forbes.com

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Stress: Friend Not Foe

Several months ago, I stumbled across a Ted talk called How to Make Stress Your Friend by Kelly McGonigal. It’s been viewed 9.7 million times so I’m not the only who is impressed by the content.

McGonigal is a Stanford psychologist and author of The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It. She specializes in providing practical strategies for health, happiness and personal success.

For most of her career, she advocated eliminating stress to be healthier and happier. She believed that stress increased your risk of getting everything from the common cold to cardiovascular disease. However, several research studies changed her view of stress. These studies suggested that if you embrace stress, it can make you stronger, smarter and happier.

With the added stress that the holidays can sometimes bring and our desire to make resolutions for the New Year, I thought this was a particularly good time to share the reasons for resolving to befriend stress in 2016.

Read all of Stress: Friend Not Foe on Forbes.com.

How Mindfulness Will Improve Your Business and Your Holiday

Whether your company is still recovering from the recession or experiencing growing pains, Thanksgiving is a perfect time to pause and take control. Not of your business, take control of your mind by using mindfulness techniques. It will help you become a more self-aware leader who understands yourself, your motivations, your values and the purpose of your leadership. Over time, you will find that you have become more effective and satisfied in your work.

To read all of How Mindfulness Will Improve Your Business and Your Holiday go to Forbes.com.

Equity Crowdfunding on Its Second Birthday: A Look Back and Ahead

Title II of the JOBS Act recently passed its second birthday, which makes it an opportune time to take a look at the sector to date, as well as attempt to chart where it is going.

The Floodgates Didn’t Exactly Burst Open

Over the course of the past two years, nearly 5,600 companies have sought capital publicly, and nearly 1,400 succeeded in raising money, according to Crowdnetic, which aggregates data from 18 equity crowdfunding platforms.

This success rate of about one in four companies is similar to the success rate in the offline world. These companies raised more than $600 million combined, averaging about $447,000 per company. While these numbers sound impressive, only a tiny percentage—2%—of money raised from accredited investors has been raised via equity platforms using 506(c) in 2014.

What’s Holding Equity Crowdfunding Back?

Several reasons have contributed to equity crowdfunding’s slow start, but many are fading out of rear-view as the movement gains momentum.

Read all of Equity Crowdfunding on Its Second Birthday: A Look Back and Ahead on QuickBooks.com.

5 Powerful Ways to Use Your Purse to Help Women and Girls

Women have a powerful tool for improving the lives of girls and women — money. Finance can be used to advance change around issues as diverse as women on corporate boards, sex trafficking, bias in the media, the wage gap, equitable health access and the gap in funding women-led companies, according to The State of the Field of Gender Lens Investing: A Road Map for the Field, a report by Criterion Institute. Criterion is a think tank focused on reinventing the economy.

“Gender is the most powerful determinant of how we see the world and everything in it,” writes fellow Forbes contributor Bridget Brennan, an expert on marketing to women. “It’s more significant than age, income, ethnicity, or geography.”  Here are five ways women can use their purses to not only bring women’s and girls’ issues front and center, but also change the way things are done.



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