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11 Oct 2013 Written by kgregorio In

Finding Funding As A Woman

Thought Leader Blog Post

Regardless of gender, ever entrepreneur needs working capital to get their business off the ground and to keep it in flight.  From startup costs to daily operational duties, a healthy cash flow is as important to a business as air is to our lungs.  Still, despite its necessity, additional funding is not so easy to come by, especially for female entrepreneurs.


07 Oct 2013 Written by LauraGiveMe10 In

Can a Lackluster Golf Game Be Saved?

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How much can you improve in a sport in just 10 minutes a day? For the sake of my pride, I needed to know. Every month I pick a different goal and spend 10 minutes a day on it. The goal is almost always motivated by frustration – a perpetually messy house inspired Declutter Month; not having a handle on our finances led to Money Month.

07 Oct 2013 Written by LauraRenner In

Hiring is a marketing dance

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Marketing is a critical piece to the success of any business. It’s the way to have new customers find you and to remind previous customers about you. The first part of hiring is very similar. Here’s how:

 • The job ad should answer the question, “What’s in it for them?”     
 - Just like any marketing copy, your job ad needs to speak to the candidate. It needs to tell them why they should come work for you, what they’ll get out of it, who you are and what you do. 

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02 Oct 2013 Written by casselin In

Channeling Diane Sawyer & Other Tips On Public Speaking And Effective Communication

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When I am not blogging, or lawyering, I am the Co-President of the UCLA Amuni Association, Los Angeles Westside Network. I really love the university for a lot of reasons, and I enjoy being able to give back to it, and my alumni community. Although it’s a volunteer position, it has become somewhat of a second job for me. The lessons I’ve learned have been a true education in leadership for which I am really grateful.
01 Oct 2013 Written by maryellent In

The Art of Negotiation: Learn it

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Many people believe that if you are a top-notch negotiator you will always be regarded as adversarial and hostile. They believe if you want to be “liked” in business, you are better off just saying “yes” and forgetting about the negotiation process.

Well, this could not be further from the truth.

The ability to negotiate properly is absolutely critical in your day-to-day business activities.

Yet, so many lack this crucial skill.

01 Oct 2013 Written by RefWriter In

Becoming the Mentor

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men·tor noun
1. a wise and trusted counselor or teacher.
2. an influential senior sponsor or supporter.

I have been thinking for weeks about how I should write about the topic of mentorship. The difficulty in writing is not WHAT to write about, but what NOT to write about. because I have had so many mentors in my life, and I think there are an innumerable number of countless aspects to discuss when it comes to mentorship to discuss.

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30 Sep 2013 Written by LauraRenner In

Keeping Your Culture Through Growth

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Recently, a small business owner asked me how to keep a culture intact when you’re growing so fast. The answer is simple but hard to do: commitment.

 
You’ve got to be committed to the values that make up your company culture. You’ve got to live them everyday. They need to guide your decisions, come up in conversations, be embedded in training.
 
29 Sep 2013 Written by RefWriter In

You Never Know Who Is Watching

 

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This is my first blog posting on Chic CEO and I couldn't be more excited to combine my two professions on this blog. Not only am I an entrepreneur working in the home building industry and in digital media, but I officiate Divsion I Women's basketball. I would like to blog about the business lessons and mentoring take-aways that I gain on the basketball court and bring to my business life. I hope you enjoy!

27 Sep 2013 Written by chicceo In

The Tory Burch Foundation, Goldman Sachs and You...

Guest Post

The Tory Burch Foundation and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses are partnering with Los Angeles City College and Long Beach City College to provide an extraordinary entrepreneurship and management education opportunity for a select group of qualified, early-stage, women-owned small businesses in Southern California, beginning in January 2014. Deadline to apply: November 4, 2013. Classes will be delivered at Los Angeles City College's Van de Kamp Campus.
 
Women who own a small business open at least one year, with a minimum of $25,000 in revenue, at least one additional employee and a commitment to growth are encouraged to apply.

27 Sep 2013 Written by chicceo In

Protect Yourself from Facebook Social Ads Using your Pictures

Partner Post from Geek Girl

Gone are the days when Facebook used to have to ask you for permission to use any of your pictures for advertising and all you needed to do was give them this permission merely by opting-in to the program.

And unless you knew, and you opposed this and knew how to opt-out, then chances are you are probably in danger of having Facebook use your own pictures in what they call “Social Ads”.
The way Social Ads on Facebook works is based on relevancy; say you like Unicorn Meat. Facebook knows you like Unicorn Meat so what they will do is show an ad to your friends on Facebook with your picture on it tricking your friends to believe it’s got to be good if you like it.
23 Sep 2013 Written by BizStrategist In

5 Ways To Use Your Big Vision To Lead Your Team

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As the leader of your business you need to have a “Big Bold Crystal Clear Vision,” but that is not all there is to it.  You also need to be able to communicate it effectively so your team not only see’s the bigger picture, but also see’s how they are going to be able to help you achieve your big hairy bodacious vision.

18 Sep 2013 Written by casselin In

Stress Fractures & A Bruised Ego

Thought Leader Blog Post

Last week, I started to write my first Chic CEO blog post about the connection between leadership and long distance running.  I have been training for a half-marathon for 8 weeks now and I see so many parallels between running and succeeding in business.  A lot of successful business leaders are long distance runners.  There is an undeniable connection between delayed gratification, hard work, focus and long-term success.

Well, I have news.  It pains me to say that I just decided to postpone the half-marathon.  So, there goes that post!  I was inspired to write about this decision anyway because the parallel is still there. I’m just not at the end of the road yet.

13 Sep 2013 Written by chicceo In

DNA of an American Entrepreneur

A recent study by Hiscox reveals some interesting data...

DNA of an American Entrepreneur: Hiscox study reveals challenges and triumphs
 
Half of US small business owners are optimistic for new year with compelling differences between male and female small business owners.

 • More responding U.S. small business owners (50%) are optimistic about the coming year than they were in 2011 (45%), however optimism is down from 2012 (55%).
 • Over the last 12 months, male small business owners reported 5% more growth in both revenues and new customers than their female counterparts, with 50% of male small business owners reporting revenue growth and 57% reported new customer growth.
 • 34% of male small business owners worked on average between 40 to 49 hours per week, while female small business owners (also 34%) were most likely to work an average of 29 hours or less per week.
 • Women are using social media for a variety of business reasons, whereas men use social media tools primarily for hiring and recruiting. While the popularity of social media has made it a valuable recruiting tool, as those who have an MA in Industrial and Organizational Psychology have noted, you must be careful when using it in this manner. When hiring, some candidates might be turned off if they discover that you have screened them through social media, as it feels like an invasion of privacy. At the same time, conducting this screening could reduce your risk, since you will have an idea of each candidate’s lifestyle before making a hire.
 • Despite the mainstream popularity of crowd funding, over 90% of male and female small business owners have not considered it as a funding option.

12 Sep 2013 Written by natalie In

Perfecting the Work/Life Balance

Utilizing Peak Performance Techniques

So far during Professional Wellness month, we’ve explored the importance of the mind-body connection and investing in employee satisfaction. We’ve addressed that wellness is about balance. When we are balanced, we feel content. Stress is manageable, and we are able to accomplish our tasks at work with ease and grace as well as enjoy relaxation at home. Today we’ll be exploring how to utilize Dr. Roy Sugarman’s peak performance techniques to perfect the work-life balance.

12 Sep 2013 Written by natalie In

Encouraging Competition Through Collaboration

Competition and collaboration are two seemingly incompatible terms. Competition implies a clear divide— a winner and a loser, while collaboration requires everyone to work together. As leaders, how can we encourage healthy competition and collaboration in the workplace simultaneously?

Chances are if you have a strong team, you’ll have those few members who are deeply competitive. They exist in all organizations— the go-getters who always strive to be number one. Everything is a competition; taking the stairs, turning in reports, sales. But sometimes that competitive spirit can foster deep wounds among the team. How can you help build a trusting and resilient team who can achieve great results?

12 Sep 2013 Written by natalie In

The Rhythm of Communication

In music, we have tonality and we have rhythm. These two elements combine to together communicate emotion. When one element doesn’t complement the other, sometimes the emotion that we’re aiming to convey is lost. For example, if you hear an upbeat rhythm that makes your body want to dance, but the accompanying melody is in a minor key, it can feel uneasy and angry. But change the chords to something major, and suddenly the song feels like an upbeat anthem. It’s a subtle difference, but it changes the entire tone.

Now translate same concept that to your own communication. Imagine your words as the rhythm and your body language as the tonality. Have you ever met someone who gave you a compliment while sitting with their arms crossed not making eye contact with you? I’ll bet it felt insincere, right? That’s because the two major methods of communication were not in alignment.

12 Sep 2013 Written by natalie In

The Rhythm of Connection

Here at Drum Cafe West, we understand that there are a variety of reasons organizations turn to us to help them unify and align the individuals within. In some cases, there are communication issues; in others, there may be concerns surrounding diversity. Through our experiences, we’ve developed several different programs to serve each individual organization’s corporate team building needs through drumming. Today, we’re talking about finding the rhythm of connection.

11 Sep 2013 Written by chicceo In

Women-Owned Business Certification

Women-owned businesses have seen significant growth over the past quarter century, and there are no signs of slowing up as women-owned businesses continue to outpace the national average of business growth. With  this influx of business, obtaining women-owned business certifications is becoming increasingly important for companies looking to distinguish themselves and achieve a competitive advantage. Additionally, women-owned businesses can see a jump in sales, as large corporations and government agencies allocate portions of their business dealings specifically for women-owned companies. This prospective business is not easily handed out though, as companies must endure an arduous application and approval process to become certified as a Women Business Enterprise (WBE), Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB), or 8(a) Business Development Program participant. The investment involved in becoming certified though is well worth it, as the certifications can be the final consideration in closing a deal on new business. Simply put, women-owned businesses that meet the certification criteria cannot afford to pass up this golden opportunity.

Our friends at Top Floor Legal have prepared a White Paper on the topic. 




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