How To

An informal, often short, practical advice or instruction about how to accomplish some specific task.

How to Improve Nonprofit Board Meetings

by Michael Davidson

The Problem

For many organizations, board meetings are a problem rather than a solution.

When Nonprofits Fail to Communicate

by Janet Falk

"I give money to groups that I know. One way for me to get to know your organization is to see your name in the press.” An executive of The Starr Foundation, which annually grants more than $50 million to nonprofit groups, clearly stated the power of Communications to a group of fundraising professionals.

How to Attract Angel Funding No Matter Where You Are Located

It’s not easy to find angel investors outside the big market areas but it can be done. Marti Beller of PlanG, proves that not only can it be done, it can be done without the  support that many women entrepreneurs who receive funding rely on.

How to Make Your Case When Speaking

by Wendy Scharfman

My father was a tyrannical professor of medicine who seemed to relish humiliating his students – especially while making rounds in the hospital. The residents would hide behind each other to avoid being singled out to answer his impromptu questions.  And sure enough, one fated day, Charlie, a first year, came to rounds with little sleep and even less preparation.  Needless to say, my Dad nailed him. Charlie mumbled some feeble response knowing he was in for it and with laser focus, my Dad said, “You know, you should read more.” So, Charlie, hell-bent on redeeming himself, studied like a maniac and came to rounds the next time with the cockiness of an over-prepared medical genius. And this time, fortune smiled. My Dad called on him and Charlie, resolute and beyond ready, launched into an almost poetic diatribe replete with every bit of medical minutiae he could muster. “Sheer brilliance”, Charlie thought smugly to himself. My dad paused, stared right at him and said, “Next time, don’t read so much.”

How to Network to Grow Your Business

If women entrepreneurs want to grow their businesses, they need to network. That means stop behaving like shy little girls: Put yourself out there, especially when the economy is slow.

How to Fix a Micromanaging Nonprofit Board

by Michael Davidson

Does your board spend time secondguessing program decisions, reviewing the merits of various copier machines or discussing the color of this year’s annual report? If the answer is yes, the problem is not just a hazy understanding of “governance” vs. “management.” It’s more complicated than that.

Why Women Entrepreneurs Aren’t Getting Loans and What They Can Do About It

There’s no doubt about it: women business owners face greater funding challenges than men. A lesser-known fact is that those challenges may be linked to the industries that female business owners are choosing, according to new findings by Biz2Credit, an online credit marketplace. 

6 Tips for Raising Venture Capital Fast

When it comes to raising money from venture capitalists, the gender of an entrepreneur matters, According to new research from Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research, VCs have confidence in a man with a business background leading a tech company, but not in a woman with a comparable profile. 

How to Build a $10 Million Business, from Women Who Did It

Elite women-owned business -- those earning $10 million in revenue annually -- are growing in numbers almost 50% faster than $10 million business in general and nearly 100% faster than all women-owned businesses, according to Growing Under the Radar: An Exploration of the achievement of Million-Dollar women-Owned Firms, research commissioned by American Express OPEN.

How Small Businesses in Red Hook Recovered from Sandy

Red Hook, Brooklyn, is a mixture of light industry, open space, and residences. Its population is about 10,000. With no subway directly serving the area, getting there from Manhattan takes patience, although it is only minutes away by car. Plagued by high unemployment and poverty, the neighborhood adopted a plan in 1996 to reinvigorate itself. During the next 16 years, it became known as a destination for food, drink, and great waterfront views.



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