Archive | April, 2010

Websites that help you name your business!

30 Apr

Okay Ladies!

You just made the decision to launch your very own venture, but you have no clue what to call it. You ask your family and close friends and they suggest names like “Wicked Good Enterprises”. You appreciate their efforts, but you know those names just won’t work.  What do you do?

You actually have quite a few options some are free, and some require a nominal fee.

FREE OPTIONS

There are a number of websites that assist you in finding the perfect name for your company. All you have to do is http://wordoid.com/plug in a keyword and these websites will help you come up with suggestions. If  your name is available, you can also check to see that the domain name is available so that you can grab it right away.

www.Dotomator.com Use Dot-o-mator to create domain name suggestions. Just enter a word (or words) in the left box, and choose some endings (or enter your own).

www.namestation.com The intelligent domain search workstation. Find available domains, generate unique name ideas. Bulk domain search, random name generator, keyword research,etc.

www.wordoid.com A cozy place to pick a short and catchy name for your product, company or domain . Great source of quirky ideas of available domain names that roll off the tongue.

PAID OPTION

www.Namingforce.com If you are looking for professional help in naming your business, and don’t mind paying a little money for hundreds of suggestions, you might want to check out Naming Force.

“Naming Force taps the power of the people to help businesses and individuals create names for new companies, websites, and products.If you need a name for a new company, product, or website, you can submit a naming assignment on Naming Force. Their “recruits”, who are creative members of the public (crowdsourcing), will submit name suggestions for your assignment. Your friends, colleagues, and the public can then vote on the submitted names, and you can choose a winning name”.

Prices start at $100

Side Note: I went undercover on namingforce.com in order to bring you an honest review, and I have to say I am a fan. It’s also a lot of fun. Check them out at www.namingforce.com

Look like a million dollar company without the price tag!!!

23 Apr

You’ve launched your business and it’s growing at a steady pace. You have a home office, but don’t want to bring clients there. The thought of paying thousands of dollars every month for an office space makes you nervous. What do you do?

One word: REGUS


“Regus is the world’s largest provider of workplace solutions, offering the widest range of products and services that allow individuals and companies to work however, wherever, and whenever they need to.

Regus operates over 1000 business centers across 450 cities in 75 countries. Products and services include fully furnished, equipped and staffed offices, world-class business support services, meeting conference and training facilities and the largest network of public videoconference rooms all serving over 200,000 clients daily”.

Some of the services provided include:

  • A prestigious address
  • Your mail forwarded or saved for you to collect
  • A local telephone number with scripted call answering, screening and forwarding
  • Your messages passed on by phone, SMS, email or via secure online portal
  • On-site admin support, for everything from photocopying to travel bookings
  • All the benefits of a full-service office without the overhead

Prices start at $49 per month for a virtual office, however there a number of different products you can choose from.

One of the most attractive products on offer is the businessworld membership plan. Regus businessworld is a great option for entrepreneurs who are always on the road.

The different types of memberships are:

  • Blue: Instant discounts and special offers on Regus products
  • Gold: Unlimited walk-in access to executive business lounges and cafés with free high-speed internet and complimentary refreshments
  • Platinum: An office in an open plan environment wherever you need it, whenever you need it
  • PlatinumPlus: A private office in any of Regus’ centers worldwide

For more information please visit  www.regus.com

City Girl Business Club Launches Mega Business Directory

20 Apr

With over 345 pages of information, the City Girl Business Club’s Mega Directory is full of incredible contacts and resources to help you launch your business.

Save time by browsing through the Mega Directory, take notes and chose the best services for your business.

The Mega Directory was created to ease your search for information and contacts during your business launch.

The following is an example of some of the categories in the Mega Directory to assist you with your search. Use each one as a tool in your quest for information and contacts:

Angel Investors & Venture Capital Firms
Grants & Scholarships for Women
Free & Low Cost Business Counseling
Legal Help, Trademark, Copyright
Wholesalers & Manufacturers
Business Training & Seminars
Government Resources
Tradeshow Producers
Business Plan Writing Software & Services
Media Buying Agencies & Publicity
Packaging & Supplies
And much, much more!

She made Millions with Languages!!!!!

17 Apr

TransPerfect is one of the five largest language service companies in the world with estimated revenues at about $225 million. The company which also includes Translations employs 250 full-time staffers and 4,000 subcontractors, with 31 offices worldwide offering translation services.

Founder Elizabeth Elting explains how she got started in an interview with Pink Magazine.

“We basically started with zero money. We didn’t even have a computer. We rented one for $40 a month. We had no office space, no employees. We used a credit card for a few thousand dollars, but that was it. And the moment a check came in, we would run to the bank so we could pay our linguists. Our first goal was to be in an affordable office in six months – which we did. After a year and a half we hired our first employee, and two years later we moved into the office complex we’re in now. Then we started opening offices around the world. In the beginning we hired subcontractors and focused on quality control by hiring an outside translator, editor and proofreader for each project. In the beginning, we took a very aggressive approach to sales. Every day we made hundreds of phone calls and sent out hundreds of letters. We took it one client at a time and one project at a time. To grow at this point we still do the same thing, even though 97 percent of our projects come from repeat business and referrals”.

Elting has received numerous awards including Working Woman Magazine’s Entrepreneurial Excellence Award for Customer Service, the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the Inc. 500 Award, and the Deloitte & Touche Fast 50 Award four times. She was also named Woman of the Year by American Express and Entrepreneur Magazine. In 2006 and 2007, TransPerfect was named one of the largest privately-held companies by Crain’s New York Business.

You can read more about Elizabeth and her accomplishments at

http://www.transperfect.com/TLS/about/leadership.html

Where to find Franchising Opportunities!

13 Apr

If you are thinking of starting a business but can’t decide what type of business to start, you might want to consider franchising.

The great thing about franchising, according to franchising.com ” is that it allows individuals to start their own businesses without the sweat equity and headaches associated with starting a business from scratch. Hundreds and hundreds of franchise systems have already perfected the products, services, and delivery mechanisms into a proven and successful formula”.

Two great resources for franchising opportunities are:

Franchising.com

With Franchise.com you can search for opportunities by Alphabet number, Industry, Location, or franchise type.

Franchisegator.com

With Franchisegator.com you can search for opportunities by Alphabet number, Industry, Location, or Investment type.

Caution: Starting any business takes careful planning and thorough research. Before you decide on a franchise, make sure you find out as much information as possible about every aspect of the business.

Syrup to Success!!!!!!!

9 Apr

Michele Hoskins was a struggling single mother of three who had just lost her day job. She had planned on using part of her salary to launch her syrup business. Armed with nothing more than a dream and her packaged syrup (which she created from her grandmother’s recipe), she went to local grocery stores and asked them to stock her products. Some grocery stores obliged her and carried her syrup, but Michele wanted more.

Her ultimate goal was to have her syrup sold at every Denny’s restaurant in the country. Every Monday morning at 10.30 am sharp she would call Denny’s looking for the CEO only to be told he could not take her call, this went on for 2 whole years. When Denny’s hired a new CEO they told him about this woman who would call every day Monday at 10.30am. The CEO was shocked that she had been turned down for so many years, so he set up a meeting with her and invited her to supply her syrup to Denny’s.


Today Michele Foods sells syrups through 2,500 Wal-Mart stores, as well as Kroger, Safeway and Publix locations across the U.S. Michele is now a millionaire a motivational speaker, and a published author.

You can learn more about Michele at www.michelefoods.com

Rice Business Plan Competition Announces New Women Entrepreneur Award!!!

9 Apr

The 2010 Rice Business Plan Competition (RBPC) is pleased to announce a new $10,000 Award for Courageous Women Entrepreneurs at this year’s competition. The prize is intended to encourage more women to launch scalable, venture capital fundable, businesses.

The prize is sponsored by four women entrepreneurs who form the nCourage Entrepreneurs Investment Group, all successful entrepreneurs in their own right. The group includes Cindy Boyd, president Sentigy;

Elizabeth Wiggins, a successful 35 year career veteran of public accounting; Lamar Mathews, president of GP of Falcon Partners, Ltd. and Shelby Scarbrough, president of Conexus Global Services. The 2010 Rice Business Plan Competition is the largest and richest business plan competition in the world, with forty-two teams competing for over $1 million in prizes at Rice University in Houston on April 15-17, 2010.

To be eligible for the $10,000 Women’s Entrepreneur cash prize, a team must have a woman as the CEO or serving in a top leadership role, or have been significantly owned or managed by women. “Without fail, the most intriguing, visionary, dynamic individuals we meet are entrepreneurs,” said Shelby Scarbrough, president, Conexus Global Services. “The energy generated from this breed of people lights the way to a bright future for the entire world. Inevitably, a solution or two or three, that could rock our world, will emerge from the Rice Business Plan Competition. How could we miss the opportunity to help ignite the passions of these talented and important problem solvers?

Besides, what an entrepreneurial energy boost! It is Red Bull for Idea Junkies.” In addition to the Women’s Entrepreneur award, the winning plan will also be eligible to compete for the overall Grand Prize package worth $385,000, including $125,000 equity investment put together by the GOOSE Society of Texas, a group of Houston-based entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.

Teams will compete in six categories: information technology, green tech, energy and clean technologies, life sciences, other technologies and social ventures.

For more information about the Rice Alliance, visit www.alliance.rice.edu.

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