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Melissa McCarthy’s ‘Tammy’ is Not A Vanity Project

14 Jul

Excellent post on Buzzfeed.

The actress’s first film as a writer is a work of creative initiative, not ego — and it’s perverse to refer to it as anything but that.

Three Tips From Women Entrepreneurs

6 Dec

From Women 2.0 website

Here are 3 tips for entrepreneurial women starting high-growth companies:

#1: Think Big

For example, thinking of building a marketplace for dog owners? Instead, think of building a platform for dog owners, parents who walk children on leashes and in strollers, people who like (insert name of esoteric hobby/lifestyle here)… These interests and small cohorts of people are service by what we call “verticals” and this system that can service all these verticals is called a “platform.” If you build a site for a limited group of people, you won’t be able to grow your business to hire all your friends and their friends.

We at Women 2.0 champion high-growth, high-technology companies. What we mean by high-growth is that the sky is the limit and you shouldn’t limit yourself to just creating a product for a small group of people. You can release your alpha/beta product to a small group, but you should always have the vision of conquering the world with your company.

#2: Do Your Homework

Have you read “Business Model Generation?” Know what the gist of “Lean Startup?” Tested your genius idea with some “Customer Development?” Well, you should. If not, use that magical thing called Google to find out what these buzzwords mean — they’re the entrepreneurial terms of the century so don’t be left behind the times! You want to make sure you use the tried and true ways of starting up. For example, Women 2.0 provides daily knowledge on women-led startups — from tips and tricks, to founder stories. Go ahead and subscribe now for your daily inspiration!

#3: Aim To Disrupt

“Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History” is a famous slogan and now a ubiquitous bumper sticker attributed to Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. What this means is to be brave and go after that wild thought in your head — the thought that says “this current way of doing things is broken, and I want to fix it with my startup”

SXSW Interactive: The Broke Diaries On March 12

24 Feb

SXSW logo banner for 2010
The panel that I created and pitched for SXSW, The Broke Diaries: Blogging and Twittering about Living on The Cheap, will be on Friday, March 12 at 2PM

The panelists:

Larry Chiang Duck9.com

Hayes Davis CheapTweets.com

Emily Farris KC FreePress

Faye Penn Brokelyn.com

Moderated by me (Nichelle Stephens)

October Is Women’s Small Business Month

9 Oct

I just found out that October is Women’s Small Business Month.  A new study shows that small businesses run by women are growing the economy.

The benchmark study, The Economic Impact of Women-Owned Businesses in the United States, showed that women-owned companies generate some $3 trillion in revenue and employ 23 million Americans–nearly double the number of people employed by the 50 biggest U.S. companies.

“Women-owned firms employ or generate a total of 16 percent of the jobs in our nation’s economy,” said Gwen Martin, executive director and director of research for the Center for Women’s Business Research.

Women-owned businesses were defined as privately held companies with at least 50 percent ownership held by women.

Read more about the study on Small Biz Daily.

June 30: WITI’s Summer Networking Event

10 Jun

Women & Wine: Summer Networking Social

WITI’s passion is for the unique ability women have to connect and create solutions both personally and professionally. Please join us for a relaxing summer evening at Olana Restaurant in the heart of the Flat Iron District. This will be a perfect time to deepen the friendships and business connections while also enjoying a sampling of wines from Olana’s extensive wine list. Event Date and Venue
This event will be held from 6:00pm -8:30pm on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at:

    Olana Restaurant
    72 Madison Avenue (btw 27th/28th)
    New York, New York 10016

Tickets are $25 for member and $35 for nonmembers. Register here.

    womENT: Empower, Network, Thrive

    13 May

    The first week of June is Internet Week here in New York.  I know “internet week” is 52 weeks a year, but June 1-8 will focused on doing business on the internet.

    As part of Internet Week, I will be speaking at a womENT panel about personal and professional branding. womENT is an initiative whose mission is to “womENT Empowers female entrepreneurs through discussion of the challenges they face. We encourage women to strike out on their own by fostering an open and honest dialogue. Women from all walks of life are taking advantage of social media platforms to create a Network while building their businesses. We believe women entrepreneurs will Thrive individually by coming together as a community”

     

    Taxes Tips and Bacon

    8 Apr

    Bacon Wrapped Scallops

    April 15 is only a week away! Where did the time go? Here’s some tax links to help you out. Hopefully, doing your taxes will be just as fun as eating bacon-wrapped scallops. Yum!

    For small businesses, filing an extension is not necessarily a bad thing.

    Avoid errors on your tax return. IRS has a list of common errors. Forgetting to sign your return is one of them.

    Don’t believe the hype: Hiring a CPA will not guarantee that you will not get audited.
    Do It Yourself for Free. Free File. Check out the IRS’ site.

    Tax Act is good to use as well and you don’t have to download any software. I personally used it last year on April 15th with no problems.

    Check it twice. HR Block offers a second look review for $29 which may ease your doubts if you plan to prepare your returns.

    Are you kinda rich?! Then you’re probably subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT). The IRS has a guide to help you figure out if you qualify.

    If you absolutely positively cannot file by April 15th, then file later.