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The next big thing in fashion…and she’s only 11yrs old!

19 Oct

Have you heard of Cecilia Cassini? well if you haven’t you better pay attention because she is fast becoming a household name.

Cecilia’s passion for fashion began at the tender age of six, when she recieved a sewing maching for her birthday. While other  girls her age were busy playing with Barbie dolls, Cecilia was reading fashion magazines and teaching herself how to make beautiful dresses.

Now, at 11 years of age, she’s already an established fashion designer. She’s already dressed celebrities like Heidi Klum and Miley Cyrus and is about to star in her own reality show.

Her fashions are sold in the tony Fred Segal boutique in Santa Monica and online.

To learn more about Cecilia visit her website at http://www.ceciliacassini.com.

At 17 she started an online boutique now worth $50million…get inspired!!

27 Aug

TOP GIRL of the month goes to Susan Gregg-Koger


Hello Ladies,

As you know the City Girl Business Club encourages everyone interested in starting a business to look for inspiration on a regular basis. This is important for many reasons, but mainly because it helps to keep you motivated so that you can accomplish your goals.

One of our favorite websites entrepreneur.com just recently posted an article on young millionaires,  we found the article to be very interesting and inspiring to say the least. One story that stood out to us was that of ModCloth.com‘s founder Susan Gregg-Kroger, so we decided to nominate her as the City Girl Business Club’s Top Girl of the month.

At 17 years old, Susan Gregg decided to open an online boutique that sold one of a kind vintage clothing and shoes. Her company ModCloth was launched from her dorm room with the help of her boyfriend, Eric Koger. The two drove from Pittsburgh to their South Florida hometown several times throughout college to pick up more stock. By the end of their senior year in 2006, ModCloth was getting 60,000 visitors a month, and plenty of them were asking for more.

Susan wanted to grow the business, so she decided she needed to raise enough capital to build her vision. She secured the money she needed by using her credit card,  borrowing from family, taking out student loans, and taking out a second mortgage. Then she hired designers to create an original, vintage-inspired collection.

Susan and her then boyfriend Eric are now married and run ModCloth from their Pittsburgh, PA offices. ModCloth gets around 2 million visitors every month and is on track to surpass $50 million in sales this year. They’ve raised $20 million in new funding to open up offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles this summer, and employee numbers are close to 150, and rising.

To get the full story and to check out one of our favorite websites, visit www.entrepreneur.com.

You can also find out more about Susan at www.ModCloth.com

Feel free to leave  your thoughts and comments, we love hearing what you think.

Teen entrepreneur worth $15million by age 19-how she did it!

30 May

Hi Ladies,

As you all know, the City Girl Business Club is not only here to teach you how to start a business, but also to inspire you to follow your dreams. From time to time we like to post inspirational stories of people just like you who had the guts to take that leap of faith, and found remarkable success as a result.

Today’s entrepreneur is Juliette Brindak who is truly an ispiration to both kids and adults. At the tender age of 10, Julie launched a website called Miss O & Friends.  Juliette Brindak’s idea targeted tween girls who were tired of playing with dolls, and were not quite mature enough for Britney Spears and other teen idols.“My friends and I looked at Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera and other teen idols and realized they were not like real, everyday girls,” explains Juliette Brindak.

Using characters  with names like Harlie and Isabella, Julie’s website offers young girls the chance to play, create, learn, exchange ideas, compare experiences, get published and more Says Juliette, “Our goal is to help girls build a sense of self and self-esteem so girls will be less likely to fall prey to the pressures of fitting in and being popular.”

The idea  got the attention of tween girls around the world. Now the site is visited by millions of girls each month.

Julie did not stop with just the website,  at age 16, she authored a successful book that sold 120,000 copies.

Julie is now 20 yrs old, and a sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis, she continues to serve as an inspiration to female kids interested in business.

Some interesting facts:

- The Miss O website is on over 7,000 classroom websites across the country.

- Miss O is hyperlinked alongside the White House, National Geographic and NASA

- Their website “Dear Abby” column (“KidsCounsel”) is syndicated worldwide via McClatchy-Tribune

- They claim to have 11 licensees, including Knight Ridder/Tribune (McClatchy), and VNU

Visit www.missoandfriends to learn more about Julie and her inspirational website.

13 year old business mogul!!!

17 Mar

Hello Ladies,

I have always said if you have an idea no matter how ridiculous it may seem at the time, Jot it down. The reason I say this is because it just may be the next big thing. As you may know I am a big fan of taking “calculated” risks no matter where you are in life, or how old you are. I don’t think those ideas come to us by accident.

Meet Maddie Bradshaw who launched a fashion accessories line at age 13.

Maddie Bradshaw was looking for a way to decorate her school locker and came up with the idea of using colorful magnets. She then decided she would expand on the idea, and make interchangeable bottle cap necklaces for herself and her friends. With $300 and the help of her mother and sister, Maddie launched her company M3M designs. In just two years the company grew into a million dollar business with over 25 employees.

Maddie Bradshaw www.m3girldesigns.com


Advice: Sometimes in life, you need to have that childlike innocence and just trust that things will turn out okay . It’s okay to be ambitious, its okay to be a dreamer, it’ okay to have goals, it’s even okay to fail. What is Not okay, is being afraid to go after what you want.


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