28 Oct 2013 Written by LauraGiveMe10

Is a Failed Goal Better Than No Goal at All?

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a guide to doing anything: jugglingI'm in a spiral. That's what my husband called it and he's right. I've gotten so into my head about potential failure at this goal I've set that I'm paralyzed. And then that crisis of confidence leeches into other areas of life, too. Basically my mojo is non-existent -- it's not just skill-based things that challenge me anymore, it's daily necessities like parallel parking and finding my cell phone. Does this ever happen to you?

It all started back on October 1st with three bean bags and a dream -- I was going to learn to juggle. How hard could it be? Watch a couple of videos. Put in the required time. And then boom -- I'm a juggler.

Sounded so easy. Instead, I've been trying too hard, and am way too anxious to say, "Look, I learned to juggle in a month and you can, too!" I've completely psyched myself out. Even the simplest throws that I mastered weeks ago I'm a mess with now.

My family is trying to be supportive but their comfort boils down to, "If you're not having fun, just stop." And "Does it really matter if you can juggle?" Of course that's true, but what does it say when you can't master juggling?

28 Oct 2013 Written by chicceo

Amex Open Forum: If It's Not Working, Change It

In the video If Your Business Isn't Working, Change It featured on the American Express Inside Successful Small Business series, Angela Jia Kim provides some really key insights in her quick video about changing the plan. I’m very familiar with the resilience and innovation that is constantly necessary in order to run a successful business. There has never been a successful business that has not made changes to fit market and customer demand. It’s something that is very seldom talked about however.
When you are just starting out people either say that “you absolutely have to have a business plan” or they say “I never had a business plan and did just fine.” But the truth is that every business has a plan whether it’s written out or just in the entrepreneur’s head. I happen to be a fan of creating an actual business plan, at least in the form of an outline so that you have direction.
Our business changes constantly and as the owners of the company, it is our responsibility to react, reiterate and respond but even more importantly is to look ahead and try to anticipate the needs in order to plan. That’s the plan that is most important. Having direction keeps things in focus so that when opportunities arise, you have a filter to run the opportunities through.
We ask successful entrepreneurs all the time to talk to us about their mistakes, successes and learnings. Inevitably they all include a pivot or a time when they had to change their plan. Often the changes they make – take their businesses in very different directions than they ever originally intended. Just like Angela’s change from just creating a skin care line to creating a spa, she listened to what her customers wanted and in turn, found a brand new channel in which she could sell her skin care products.
27 Oct 2013 Written by chicceo

10 Ways to Improve Your Board Meetings


A VC who is a veteran of hundreds of board meetings explains how to make sure yours aren’t a waste of time.

By Rachel Pike (Senior Associate, Draper Fisher Jurvetson)


A great VC is four things: a fundraiser, a manager, a deal-spotter, and a board member.  At DFJ we learn by doing. As part of my training for role #4, I’ve been to almost two hundred board meetings. Some were productive and energetic, and some were a waste of time. What was the difference?

25 Oct 2013 Written by chicceo

Exclusive Brand Personality Workshop in Orange County

Partner Update

Hi ladies!
We have a special announcement to share with you...Michelle Ghilotti, owner of MGI, a branding, coaching and empowerment agency for women and one of our most recent partners, will be in Huntington Beach, CA on November 15th (10-2pm) to teach an eight-woman BRAND PERSONALITY workshop she likes to call the "anti-workshop".

24 Oct 2013 Written by chicceo

Women’s Business Ownership Act of 1988

Partner Update

 Women Entrepreneurs Mark 25th Anniversary
of the Passage of the Women’s Business Ownership Act of 1988
Washington, D.C - October 25th marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Women’s Business Ownership Act of 1988 in the United States. The legislation, designated as H.R. 5050 – for the equality it set out to establish – was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan.
23 Oct 2013 Written by janisk

The Lonely Life of an Entrepreneur

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I am a solo entrepreneur. I am the only employee of my company, and aside from a talented team on consultants, I work alone. I run my business out of a home office, and because of this, I am alone much of the time.

Alone, both physically and mentally.

When I grab a fresh cup of coffee in the morning, there is no prospect of anyone else being in the “office” kitchen also refreshing their mug. When I take a bathroom break, there isn’t a chance of bumping into anyone else in the hallway with whom to share a quick quip or bit of office gossip. And when I have a problem or idea that requires some “noodling,” I can’t pop my head into a co-worker’s space and run something by them.

22 Oct 2013 Written by maryellent

The Three “V” Communication Continuum Strategy

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Underdstanding The Three “V” Communication Continuum Strategy For Greater Success

Regardless how intelligent you are, your success depends on your ability to communicate effectively.  

To do so you must first realize that there are different CHANNELS of communication; and that you must master each of these CHANNELS.

21 Oct 2013 Written by Yasmine

Testimonials: Your Secret Weapon to Market Domination

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We are all social creatures, social proof gives us validation and every single business Chic CEO needs to use this!

Brand associations grow out of consumer experiences with a brand and that those experiences with a brand are linked to our memory in an unconscious way. "The psychology of consumer behavior," Ryan T. Howell, Ph.D says "it is when we as consumers recall a brand, not only are the features and benefits, but also our feelings associated with a brand. You can use customers' feelings about YOUR brand to boost sales by properly implementing testimonials into your marketing strategy."

16 Oct 2013 Written by chicceo

Amex Open Forum: You Can't Always Do It All

I hear busy entrepreneurs say things all the time like “Instead of getting a bookkeeper, I'll just enter everything into Quickbooks myself” or “I’ll just save the money I would have spent on a designer and use Photoshop to create an ad.” But, when it comes down to it, they spend so much more time than what the project is worth.
In the video, You Can't Always Do It All featured on the American Express Inside Successful Small Business series, Jessica was so right that it’s a fallacy that time is money. Time is not money. In fact one of my favorite quotes by Carl Sandburg is: “Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.”
What I interpret the quote to mean and what Jessica said are the same. Your time is more important than money for precisely the fact that you cannot make more of it even though time is often spent as if it were money.
As a busy entrepreneur with limited financial resources it seems intuitive that you can just save costs by doing the work yourself. No one said it was going to be easy, right? But, you know what  - you can’t do it all. And if you think that you can – you will drive yourself crazy because there’s always more to be done.
16 Oct 2013 Written by chicceo

Insurance is Sexy

Wait, what? Oh you heard me, hot stuff. 

Business owners rarely stop to assess their need for insurance because they don't think that it's as sexy as all of the other areas of their business. I'm here to tell you - that's just not the case, sister.
• What's sexier than peace of mind? If you own a retail shop, go into other people's homes to work with them, or you are just a general consultant - having business insurance will give you some reassurance that you are doing what's right for you and your clients. 
• What's sexier than being protected? We use seatbelts, sunscreen, knee pads, etc. We protect ourselves so that we live longer, live healthier, and look better. Your business deserves that too!! Getting insurance is like sunscreen for your business. Use it everyday. 
• What's sexier than buying shoes? Insurance isn't that expensive and leaves you more money to buy shoes. Simple. 
Get sexy - get insurance for your biz. Our friends at KTL Business Insurance are so excited to help you find the best way to insure your biz so you are totally protected. JUST GET A QUOTE so you see what I mean - it's affordable and you'll feel so much better. 
Now go break in those new shoes. 


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