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Members of Moms In Business
Who is Moms in Business?
Upcoming MIB Events
Welcome New Members
Monthly Featured Member
Staying Strong in Financially Hard Times
Members of Moms in Business
Girl Jewelry & Lampwork
Baby Me Beautiful
Holistic Massage & Bodywork
The Creative Arts Center
D-Stress with Jess
Little House of Hugs
Lillie Beth Co.
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We are always seeking Moms that are committed to building their business
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October 23, 6:30-8:30pm at the Community Room (Next to Steve & Barry's) at
Frenchtown Square Mall in Monroe.
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The Boss of You:
Everything A Woman Needs to Know to Start, Run, and Maintain Her Own
From Publishers Weekly
Female entrepreneurs start businesses at twice the rate of their male
counterparts , and in this book they will find a practical compendium of
everything there is to know about launching and sustaining a small business.
Mears and Bacon emphasize building an individualized business plan and
developing a firm foundation by establishing clear goals, frankly evaluating
your skills and refining answers to the Big Questions: what are you really
selling? Who is your target audience? How should you best package your
business's public image? The authors cover the fundamentals of crafting a
mission statement, developing branding, handling finances and legal issues,
hiring good employees and expanding your business with admirable clarity,
bolstered by success stories, helpful exercises and sample budgets. Women
with dreams of owning their own businesses and looking for a place to start
will find much to aid them—and much to enjoy—in this thoughtful guide.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All
Who should read it: First-time women entrepreneurs who like the idea
of starting small business and working with people they know.
Why this book stands out: Few business books have the courage to go
for the humble angle that this one does. Before creating their
startup, Raised Eyebrow Web Studio, authors Mears and Bacon noticed
that every business book "seemed to assume that every businessperson
was pushing for big growth, plenty of staff and massive profits." The
authors, however, took a different approach. "We knew that we wanted
to start out small (just the two of us), work with people we loved and
grow at a sustainable rate over time while still being paid what we
Because it doesn't give the mainstream "grow big and fast" message
on business, the book offers unconventional advice on running a
business where every aspect of it is close to your heart. --
Entrepreneur.com, March 04, 2008
Staying Strong in Financially Hard Times
How do you keep a small business afloat in difficult economic times? There's
no magic bullet to keeping the doors to your business open but there are
some tried and true measures to making sure you're still standing...and
standing apart, when all is said and done.
First, remember that even in the worst of times, someone, somewhere is doing
business. Make sure your customer service is
that your store or site is fresh and welcoming and of course, scale back if
you need to...trim the
Second, take a hard look at your business and ask yourself the hard
questions. Do you offer enough product (or services) that people REQUIRE.
Frivolity is the first line item cut from every budget. Make sure you are
meeting the day to day needs of your customers. What are you offering that
customers MUST buy regardless of their budgets. If you are a service
provider, rethink your pricing strategies or types of services offered. If
you are a retailer, really make your product practical as well as beautiful.
Third, if you've been operating your business with a lot of credit card
usage or a line of credit, stop now. Get out in front of that debt as soon
as you can. Keep a very close eye on your payment cycles and make your
payments early if possible. It's not uncommon in times like these for
companies to change your due dates or terms unexpectedly and then your rate
goes through the roof. In my first retail partnership we actually had it in
our contract that the business could never owe more on debt than it had in
the bank. That allowed for cash flow management but always kept us
Finally, don't panic. The way you've been running your business may need to
change but if you come at the challenge head on, with the same energy and
creativity that caused you to open your doors to begin with, than you'll
become your strongest and best asset.
Blog entry by
Steph of Women Take Wing
Who are we?
M- MOMs who run their own home business
O- Opportunities for growing and profiting from what you love
S- Success through fundraisers, open house events, community
awareness & support
IN- Your Local Community!
B- Building your business, Beneficial tips & tricks
U- Uniting talents and relationships with each other & the community
S- Supportive opportunities for promoting and advertising your
I- Increasing and understanding your market
E- Exposure, Lot's more of it = increased sales & potential customers
S- Sharing ideas, trials and triumphs
S- Supporting one another in achieving each others dreams
November 22nd 10am-5pm
Do you or someone you know have a business selling items (direct sales,
handmade, etc.)? If so, contact Robin today to find out how to be a part of
this fabulous event!
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now to reserve your table.