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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.

Immigrant Finds US Land of Opportunity for Business

by Karin Kamp

Nada Kiblawi was born in a refugee camp, lived through regional wars and finally found safe haven and economic independence as an entrepreneur in the U.S.

As a child born and raised in a Palestinian refugee camp, she suffered from low self-esteem, despite feeling love and affection from her parents.

Resourceful Nonprofits Look Outside the Box for Sustainability

by Andrea T. Mills, MBA, CPA, CCSA®, CGMA and Patrick Donohue, MBA, MSW

Even if your nonprofit organization is financially healthy, you’d do well to keep an eye on the future. We live in an environment of ever-increasing demands on resources; you need to be on the lookout for new ways to ensure long-term sustainability.

How Small Business Grow as Their Leaders Do

Alexandra Ferguson started her business on a whim: making decorative throw pillows with bold typography out of eco-friendly materials that are produced locally and sold online.



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