Archive | July, 2010

New Contests for Entrepreneurs….enter now!!!

31 Jul

Here are some new contests!

The Business Card Project
Open entry deadline

MOO.com is giving away more than $250,000 worth of design services and MOO products to 500 small businesses. Each winner will receive a one-time business card redesign by a professional design team and 50 free Business Cards from MOO. Check out a great “before and after” on the site.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business
Enter by August 31, 2010

Women entrepreneurs, executives and organizations are eligible to enter in 54 different categories. Request an entry kit via online form.

Vistaprint Make an Impression Contest
Enter by September 4, 2010

How do you impress your customers? Tell Vistaprint and enter to win a customized marketing campaign crafted by their in-house creative experts to promote your business and a $600 gift certificate to HP for a total prize package of $10,000!

The Franchise Council Contest
Enter by September 6, 2010

A nationwide contest for business owners interested in an initial launch of franchising his/her business. The winner will receive $87,000 in business services . The Franchise Council (TFC) in partnership with Franchise Brokers Association (FBA), an industry association, will manage the contest that runs from June 1 – September 6, 2010.

New Ideas Contest
Enter by September 20, 2010

Winners will be announced at the Small Business Innovation Summit and Expo in Charleston on Nov. 3. The grand prize winner will receive $5,000 of seed money for his or her business idea, a scholarship to a FastTrac entrepreneurial training program, tickets to the Small Business Innovation Summit and Expo and a Dream Team of Mentors to help cultivate the idea.

Five first place prizes of $2,500 will be awarded in the categories of Bio-Science, Software/Information Technology, Engineering, Environmental Sustainability and Wild Card. Each winner will receive a scholarship to FastTrac and tickets to the Small Business Innovation Summit and Expo. There will be five $1,000 honorable mention prizes distributed as well as in each category.

Vistaprint Make an Impression Contest
Enter by September 4, 2010

How do you impress your customers? Tell Vistaprint and enter to win a customized marketing campaign crafted by their in-house creative experts to promote your business and a $600 gift certificate to HP for a total prize package of $10,000!

ACCO Brands Everyday Heroes Contest
Enter by October 31, 2010

What is an Everyday Hero? It’s a person who knows how to use his/her office tools to make things run smoothly; a person to whom everyone turns to pull it all together in a pinch; an individual who quietly gets the job done — often without being recognized. Everyday Heroes can enter the contest now at accoheroes.com. ACCO Brands will award a grand prize of $1,000 redeemable at office product dealers to one winner in each of three categories — business, home/home office and school.


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The City Girl Business Club introduces new Business workshops for women in Chicago!

30 Jul

The City Girl Business Club has just announced the introduction of a new business workshop for women in Chicago . The comprehensive 4 hour workshops are targeted at women to provide guidance on how to start, operate and expand a business. These workshops were specifically designed for young women who are ready to start a business and turn their entrepreneurial dreams into exciting reality.

The City Girl Business Club’s program provides training in the most important aspects of organizing, financing, marketing and managing a small business . Topics include how to decide on a type of business, financing, marketing and sales, how to bring a product to market, legal issues, looking for hidden opportunities, and much more.

The workshops are offered twice a week, with sessions starting in October of this year. The sessions are 4 hours long with a half hour break in between. Those interested in attending the workshops can register on the City Girl Business Club’s website.

The City Girl Business Club workshops are packed with information and resources to help women on their journey to Business Ownership. The sessions are fun, interactive, and very informative.

The City Girl Business Club is committed to helping female entrepreneurs achieve their dreams and will continue to provide them with the tools and support they need to move their businesses forward.

For more information about the workshops and the City Girl Business Club, please visit the City Girl Business Club’s website at www.citygirlbusinessclub.com

Top Networking Sites for Entrepreneurs!

28 Jul

Hi Ladies!

Are you getting the results you want for your business on Twitter and Facebook? Although they are both great websites for advertising your business and for networking, you may want to explore other options.

Below is a list of networking sites we feel are best suited to entrepreneurs. Networking is an essential part of any business because it allows you to build new business relationships and generate business opportunities at the same time. Many entrepreneurs agree that business networking is a more cost effective method of generating new business than advertising or public relations efforts. This is because business networking is a low-cost activity that involves more personal commitment than company money.

    LinkedIn.com
    The purpose of the site is to allow registered users to maintain a list of contact details of people they know and trust in business. The people in the list are called Connections. Users can invite anyone (whether a site user or not) to become a connection.

    Meetup.com

    Helps groups of people with shared interests plan meetings and form offline clubs in local communities around the world.

    Ecademy.com

    A business network for creating contacts and sharing knowledge.

    Entrepreneur Connect

    A community by Entrepreneur.com where professionals can network, communicate, and collaborate with others.

    Fast Pitch.com

    A business network where professionals can market their business and make connections.

    xing.com

    The platform offers personal profiles, groups, discussion forums, event coordination, and other common social community features. Basic membership is free.

    biznik.com

    Biznik is an award-winning business networking community for anyone growing a business.

    AmericanExpressOpenForum

    An online community to help business owners grow their businesses.

    Networking for Professionals

    A business network that combines online business networking and real-life events.

    StartupNation

    A community focused on the exchange of ideas between entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners.

    Young Entrepreneur

    A forum-based site for entrepreneurs and small business owners who are passionate about promoting business for themselves and others.

Tina Wells – from a teen reporter to a multi millionaire!

15 Jul

TOP GIRL of the month goes to Tina Wells

Hello Ladies,

Here’s more inspiration for those of you considering starting your own business. Remember, it’s never too early or too late to start living your dream.

Tina Wells, 30, is the CEO and founder of Buzz Marketing Group, a multi-million dollar company that surveys teenagers and advises Fortune 500 companies on how to reach that target audience.

Tina began writing product reviews for The New Girl Times, a national newspaper based in New York City at the age of 16. When companies found out about her, they hired her to review the products and offer feedback through the eyes of a teenager. It wasn’t long before Tina began receiving more products than she could review by herself.

In three short months Tina had acquired 40 clients , but she had to hire ten friends to help her with the work. In 2000, CosmoGIRL! Magazine held a contest that featured Buzz, and Buzz received 15,000 applications.

Since then, it has grown as a teen and young adult oriented company conducting peer-to-peer research, product testing, and promotions, among other things.

In keeping with the mission of BuzzMG, Tina has created a network of 9000 teen consultants (“buzzSpotters”) with who have the same passion for pop culture as herself.

Through innovative marketing strategies, research initiatives and youth marketing, Buzz has acquired clients in the fashion, beauty, entertainment, business and lifestyle sectors such as: St. Martins Press, PBS, Procter + Gamble, AMAZAR Holding, SonyBMG, And1, Sesame Workshop, and Time Inc with many more under her belt.

Tina’s ascent from teen dreamer to CEO has landed her a long list of honors such as: Essence 40 Under 40, Billboard’s 30 Under 30, AOL’s Black Voices Black Women Leaders in Business top ten list, Inc Magazine’s 30 Under 30 and 2009 Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Tina has also been appointed to the National Board of Directors for the Friends of Orphans, and is on the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia Orchestra.

She has been quoted and featured in such high profile publications as O Magazine, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Essence, Entrepreneur, CosmoGirl, Brandweek, Savoy, Justine Magazine, Ebony, Brass CU’s cover and Link Magazines.

Find out more about Tina and Buzz Marketing at www.buzzmg.com

Tampa Bay Small Business Jumpstart-Win $20,000

14 Jul

Have you put off starting your own business because you don’t have the start-up capital or know enough about marketing, accounting and other business skills to turn your passion into your own company?

Then you’re in luck because you have the chance to win a full suite of business services valued at over $20,000 from some of the biggest names in Tampa — all you need is an idea and the drive to be successful!

You can download an application by clicking on this link http://www.tampajumpstart.com/

Mail your completed package to :

Tampa Small Business Jumpstart
3111 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Suite #100
Tampa, FL 33607

They will be accepting applications until July 30th, so be sure to move fast, and be sure to visit their website and stay tuned to Fox 13 for updates.

Have an Idea for a marketing firm?? then listen up, there’s a million dollars up for grabs .

8 Jul

MDC Partners, the holding company based in Toronto that owns agencies like Crispin Porter & Bogusky and Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal & Partners, has just recently introduced a “Million-Dollar Challenge.”

Entrepreneurs are invited to submit business plans for agencies in any area of marketing communications.

MDC will review the submissions, choose at least one plan from among 10 finalists and invest $1 million in starting it up in exchange for a 51 percent stake in the new shop (giving up 51 percent of the company means you will not have control of the company. Effective control rests with the majority stakeholder, so make sure you are okay with that before you proceed).

The sole criteria for submitting a plan is that “you do brilliant work, you want to make brands famous and you want to drive results for clients.”

Please send proposals to MDC at this e-mail address: startup@mdc-partners.net.

For more information you can visit www.mdc-partners.net

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to fill out our comments box.

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