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04 Sep 2013 Written by chicceo In

The Global Rise of Female Entrepreneurs

As Originally Posted on HBR Blog
by Jackie VanderBrug

Women's entrepreneurship has hit a media tipping point. The question is: Is it just a passing media fad that will soon be a blip on the radar screen, or is it actually a real, fundamental economic force that's reshaping the world? I think it's safe to say that it's the latter. Women-owned entities in the formal sector represent approximately 37% of enterprises globally — a market worthy of attention by businesses and policy makers alike.

18 Jul 2013 Written by chicceo In

But Are You Making Any Money?

If you're ready to STOP being busy and START creating cash, you've got to join us for a strategy call with Marley Majcher, a celebrity event planner and business strategist who (literally) wrote the book on the topic.  

In her first book, "But Are You Making Any Money? Stop Being Busy and Start Creating Cash" Marley unveiled the practical strategies and real world advice that has transformed thousands of businesses and is now regularly featured on media outlets like Fox and Friends, MSNBC, the Wall Street Journal and more!

In our call, Marley's candid approach to creating cash and eliminating craziness will give you everything you need to:

• Price for maximum profit
• Save time and reduce frustration
• Position yourself profitably within your market
• Identify habits and activities that are keeping you from really being profitable
• Create a sales/marketing funnel that will forever eliminate the all-too-familiar feast-or-famine

Come prepared for a fun, fresh, and fabulously practical approach to (quick and sustainable) business success!

When: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 
1pm PDT / 4pm EDT


13 Jun 2013 Written by chicceo In

How Dad Fostered My Entrepreneurial Spirit

Growing up, both of my parents have been such wonderful influences in my life. My father definitely had an entrepreneurial spirit and I watched him foster ideas, create inventions and tinker with electronics and prototypes. 
All of my life I knew I was going to be my own boss and lucky for me, every person in my family has been a huge supporter of my work from day one. Because my dad and I both have a love of entrepreneurship, I wanted to share some sweet stories of women whose father's were instrumental in their journies and share some things my dad taught me.

Here's what I learned from my dad, Mike Burns:
05 Jun 2013 Written by chicceo In

Changing the Face of Angel Investing interviews

Pipeline Fellowship: Changing the Face of Angel Investing Interviews

 • Seattle, June 7, 2013
 • San Francisco, June 12, 2013
 • New York City, July 17, 2013

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04 Jun 2013 Written by chicceo In


Have you gotten scrappy?!

Recently, Jody and I were having a lovely meeting with startup founder, Kathy Taylor, on the roof of our office building. Kathy, a Harvard MBA with a boot collection to die for, has worked in the sports retail industry for many years with large budgets and data-intensive plans and has started a social-shopping website for women involved in fitness called Attagirl.

We were reminiscing about the days when we all worked for big companies or firms with big budgets to build a brand and spread awareness - life was amazing when we had large budgets....  

Now that we are all in the startup space, and no budget in sight - it's time to get scrappy.

As we swapped stories about the scrappiest things we've done to get the word out, Kathy said, "Boot-Scrapping!" boot-scrapping indeed.

22 May 2013 Written by chicceo In

Join us at The Inc. Leadership Forum

Chic CEO members save 50% on The Inc. Leadership Forum, June 10-12, 2013 at the La Costa Resort & Spa!

09 May 2013 Written by chicceo In

Interview with Mompreneur Yvette Durazo: Creating Unity between Business & Family


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09 May 2013 Written by chicceo In

Things You Should Know Before Leasing Office Space

We try to find answers whenever possible and we were recently asked for information on finding the right office and retail space. So we did some research and got some great advice from an expert. Here's some information that you should know before leasing office space:

08 May 2013 Written by chicceo In

Ashley Fox: Interview with a Mompreneur

Ambrosia Designs was founded by two sisters, Ashley Fox and AnnDee Beckerman, after 7 yr-old Brylee Beckerman had the creative idea to make "one headband that you could change out the colors and add fancy things to". After several years of research and product development, Infinity Headbands became a reality in 2012.

Infinity Headbands is a line of interchangeable fashion hair accessories. With just one headband, the user can create over 400 different looks by easily changing the ribbons and embellishments, making one band do the work of many. Add in Infinity Hair Ties which can be used with all of the embellishments, and you have many stylish ponytail looks, as well.

The products can be found in 20 retail gift shops throughout Florida, GA, LA and Texas and can also be purchased via our website. 

08 May 2013 Written by chicceo In

The SBA Released a New Study on WLBs

We've been talking about it...and so has everyone else - women in leadership roles lead to all around growth. The SBA recently released a new report (April 2013): "Venture Capital, Social Capital and the Funding of Women-led Businesses". Here's a summary and link to the full report.

06 May 2013 Written by chicceo In

6 Apps for Mom Business Owners

Mother's Day is just around the corner and we've come up with a list of 6 apps that will keep you organized as a busy business owner. These apps are great whether you are a mom, a business owner, or both. 

29 Apr 2013 Written by chicceo In

10 Tips For Choosing Your Domain Name

Choosing a domain name is similar to choosing a company name it requires a lot of thought and consideration. Your domain name is your identity on the Web; you want to make sure you choose a name that not only fits your business, but is also easy to find and promote. Follow these steps to help you pick the perfect domain. (btw - Go Daddy is offering .com domains for only $2.95 for Chic CEO members! Code: Chic295)

09 Apr 2013 Written by chicceo In

Chic CEO Launches a Crowdfunding Platform Supporting Female Entrepreneurs

SAN DIEGO – April 9, 2013 – Chic CEO, a community serving female entrepreneurs and women in business, today announced the launch of their Crowdfunding platform in partnership with, a rewards-based donation platform for business owners to promote and raise capital for entrepreneurial projects.
Chic CEO’s Crowdfunding platform is a professional way to raise funds for a business, project or cause as well as reward investors. The service gives business owners the ability to launch campaigns for the length of 55 days and incentivize levels of donations for their project through third-party rewards as well as unique offers created by the company.

“The launch of the Chic CEO Crowdfunding platform as the newest arm of Chic CEO allows us to extend our support and better serve our growing community of amazing female entrepreneurs,” said Stephanie Burns, Founder of Chic CEO.  “Chic CEO already provides the ground level information women need to start a business, and now we want to leverage the power of our network to promote their projects and help them get the funding they need.”
09 Apr 2013 Written by chicceo In

New I-9 Tax Forms

New I-9 Forms

We've received inquiries looking for clarification on the new I-9 tax forms. Many employers are concerned about whether or not their employees need to fill out the new updated I-9 form to verify eligibility to work in the US. Rest assured, according to the ICE website and the Employers Guide to I-9 Compliance (see links below), your only obligation with the new form is to start using it with your new hires.

04 Apr 2013 Written by chicceo In

Chic CEO - A Word Cloud

Chic CEO is a community of female entrepreneurs supported by a platform of smart and relevant how-to business information and tools.


04 Apr 2013 Written by chicceo In

Crowdfunding Success Stories

I'm sure you've heard some of the buzz around crowdfunding, but have you heard the crazy success that some organizations have had by utilizing this method to gain funds and press? Here are a few examples...

04 Apr 2013 Written by chicceo In

2013 Leading Moms In Business Competition!!

StartupStartupNation is conducting its fifth annual ranking of these astonishing entrepreneurs and the businesses they run.

If you think you’re a top mom business, enter today for your chance to win prizes including $10,000 for the #1 winner of the competition (provided by office products leader Staples)! The top three winners will each receive a 1-2 hour complimentary workplace design consultation from Business Interiors by Staples® and $1,000 towards your office improvement efforts. The top three winners will also win a complimentary business growth consultation by StartupNation founders Jeff and Rich Sloan, valued at $2,000.

How do we know who’s the best of the best? We’ve left that in part to you. Daily votes will help determine the top 10 Leading Moms in Business. From this select group, our panel of judges will determine the ranking of the top three.

If you’re a successful mom business owner, enter today. If you know of a mom business owner, let her know and then start voting every day.

28 Mar 2013 Written by chicceo In

Get Your Business Online in 5 Simple Steps

Get your business online in 5 simple steps with tips from Go Daddy!

1. Get a website address.
Choose your website address carefully. Choosing a domain name is just as important as choosing the name of your company. This is your identity on the web. You want a name that not only fits your business, but is also easy to spell and remember.
2. Choose how you’ll build it.
There are a lot of choices out there. Do you build it yourself or hire a website designer? You need to ask yourself a few questions. What’s my budget? Do I have time to build and update my site? How technical am I? Not to worry, there are options to fit every budget and every skill level.
28 Mar 2013 Written by chicceo In

Wheel of Fortune helped to fund Chic CEO

I hardly tell this story, but when I do - people tend to get a kick out of it, so I'm telling it in the hopes that everyone will see that there are creative ways to fund your business and make your dream a reality.

In February of 2010, my little brother, John, and I got the opportunity to audition for the Wheel of Fortune. We were selected to audition for family week - where family teams of two get to play together. We headed up to LA to auditions and I just knew they would fall in love with John. He's very charismatic and quite possibly the funniest person on the planet. I don't say that because he's my brother and my favorite person ever - he is just hysterical and it has nothing to do with us being related.

26 Mar 2013 Written by chicceo In

How to Create an Elevator Pitch

Hey there hot stuff,

Been wondering how to create a killer elevator pitch? Here's an article for you on "How to Create an Elevator Pitch" that will get you well on your way.


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