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Crowdfunding Is More Than Just The Money It Helps You Raise

Entrepreneurs have an important new way to raise money. Crowdfunding pools money from a group of people via the internet and social media. It levels the playing field for anyone raising and investing money, but its impact may be the greatest on under-represented groups, such as women and minorities.

Real Estate Investing Is No Longer A Private Club

Jilliene Helman had a track record in real estate. She had underwritten more than $1 billion and was a vice president in wealth management at Union Bank. She knew what to invest in and what not to. A friend asked if he could invest alongside her when she made real estate investments. Then another friend asked, and another, and another. You get the picture.

Equity Crowdfunding Site Targets The Gigantic Untapped Consumer Market

If you want more women entrepreneurs to get equity financing and more women to invest in entrepreneurs, give them a tool they want — something simple to use that allows them to dabble and learn before they go all in. Oh, yeah, and someplace where they can collaborate, communicate, and share, which they love doing.

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.

Dell Innovates Again by Making Entrepreneurship Its Cause

Michael Dell is a huge champion of entrepreneurship. He should know: his entrepreneurship made him billions so he is also an example of what economists and academia are saying about economic recovery: entrepreneurship is  the way economies around the globe will rebound. Entrepreneurs create jobs, innovate products, processes and services, and promote cross-border trade. All of which boost economies.

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.

4 Tips for Turning Your Passion Into a Growing Business

After 9 years of co-running a successful company, Shecky's, known for its Girls Night Out events that combine cocktails, shopping and networking. Claudia Chan wanted more purpose in her life.

How One Woman Keeps Immigrant Entrepreneurs Dreams Alive

by Karin Kamp

Sheela Murthy finds herself smack in the middle of America’s immigration debate, reminding us that the proposed legislation is not about the length of fences or number of visas, but about real people looking to live the American dream.

For many, that dream is steeped in America’s culture and history of entrepreneurship, where some 40% of Fortune 500 companies were created by immigrants or their children, according to statistics.

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.

It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over: Entrepreneurs Must Have Persistence

Entrepreneurs start businesses for many reasons. A passion for something is often the driving force. Ella Gorgla has a passion for fashion. She also has a canny business sense -- built on education, experience, and a good gut feel -- to turn her passion into a viable business.



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