Sunday, April 7, 2019

Women Entrepreneurs and Business Ideas - YourStory.com

Women Entrepreneurs and Business Ideas - YourStory.com


Women Entrepreneurs and Business Ideas - YourStory.com

Posted: 12 Mar 2019 12:00 AM PDT

Let us not segregate the business ideas based on gender. As I have seen, problems faced by women entrepreneurs are same the one faced by men entrepreneurs.

As we are talking about ideas let us see the problems that entrepreneurs face in terms of ideas. Idea is the foundation to your self-employment. When you are hit by the right idea then things get going. Here, it is to be noted that right idea need not mean the one which is near and dear to you. Neither, I refer the one that is out of your area of expertise or area of interest.

The right idea refers to an idea that has both market validity and has personal interest and expertise of the entrepreneur. Although the last resort is contacting business consultants, let us look some of the ways to arrive at the right idea.

Feasibility here is an important term in entrepreneurship when we talk about ideas. Feasibility of the idea will depend on demand of the product, the market, transportation, distribution channel, and cost of production and may other factors. It is only when most of the factors align that the idea becomes feasible.

There is no point becoming a Spiderman when you do not have tall buildings in the vicinity!

So hit on the idea that has market validity and could get your personal touch.

Next step is looking for the loophole area. If you are planning to launch as entrepreneur in an industry then study the industry well. Try to detect the area where least work has been done. Just as a thesis writer!

Be honest to yourself. Chalk out the strength and weaknesses so that you don't land up playing against your weakness. Before starting off as an entrepreneur make sure you are well aware of the strength and weakness you have.

What you like?

As I have mentioned above that a larger part of the right idea comes in the question what you like? This could be measured from the areas you are good at. For some entrepreneurs these two may be different concepts. Is it teaching, giving advice, software, food, cafes or medical treatment? The options are endless.

You are the boss here!

Sometimes, it may happen that you are unaware of the skill and talent you have. Our family and friends tend to know us better. A good way of knowing it is to ask them.

Find out what else has to be learned in order to get your idea in the market. You may need to get training in what you are thinking to pursue as an entrepreneur.

Why not go through some of the ideas now? These ideas are especially picked up for you. Keep in mind these ideas have got nothing to do with gender, at the end of the day. You can do anything you want, provided you have a thorough market research done.

Writer :

If you think your kind of business is the one that can be operated from home then being a writer is the best option possible. If you have a flair for writing set yourself as freelance writer. Later on you can start to send out projects to junior freelancers.

Graphic Designer :

You can start off as graphic designers. In India there are short terms courses on graphic designing. With digitization catching up the market like wild fire, graphic designers get placed well. You can also take up freelancing projects.

Teacher :

If you think corporate timings are not your thing and you are good teacher then set yourself up a coaching center or a small school.

For more business ideas get in touch with business consultants.


Boutique :

Opening a Boutique is the first thing that comes in any woman's mind. Even though there isn't any lack of boutiques in any city, the customer base of such stores keep increasing every day; as customers want better quality and variety in the types of clothes and accessories they wear.


Beauty Parlour :

This small business only needs a little investment on training, quality products and basic equipment. One can easily turn a spare room into a cozy beauty salon. This beauty business suits women of every age.

Gift Shop :

No prior experience is required in setting up a gift shop business. Everyone knows what to expect in a gift shop, so order things from a trusted dealer accordingly or search the Internet for latest gift items and build up your stock in your store to sell.


Bakery :

Bakery products have gained popularity among Indian consumers. In today's complex and competitive food industry, growth comes through innovation. Selecting the right product and proper marketing strategy are the major deciding factors in getting success in the bakery business. This is one of the most profitable small scale business ideas for women entrepreneurs.


Form filling or Data entry :

There are data entry jobs, wherein you should refer the internet for filing the forms. Here you can earn a certain amount of rupees from each form and so you will be paid on the basis of the number of forms.


Jewlery Making :

A person who is crazy about jewelry and passionate to handle crafts materials like beads, charms etc. can start a jewelry making business. Having some training in jewelry making is essential in starting this business with a small investment.

Selling Online :

Selling online is another option. If you are passionate about a given class of products, such as fitness paraphernalia, you will have great success. There is plenty of money to be made.

A lot of us have a fascination with custom-made jewelry, but very few know how to make it. If you are among the select few, you could open an online custom jewelry store. Online beading stores are a variation of this.

If you have the power to transform a face with your makeup skills, why not share them? You can even sell your own makeup. This is a newly developing and very interesting niche.

Other Miscellaneous Business Ideas

Apart from these women can join up with the banking sector as earn money by becoming an insurance agent. They can also be agents to sell cosmetic and branded plastic cooking utensils like Tupperware. Women can also open up home tuition in the field she is expert in. She could teach subjects or open a music, dance or an art class. 

Chamber to host women's networking open house - Pagosa Springs Sun

Posted: 07 Apr 2019 04:04 AM PDT

We all have ideas, concerns, projects that "keep us up at night." Do you feel like you're just out there trying to solve your problems or be creative all on your own? The Chamber of Commerce is hosting a "What Keeps You up at Night" Women's Networking event on Thursday, April 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Higher Grounds.
This is not just your typical mixer. From this event, we hope to host future networking events with a purpose. This first open house will be an opportunity to garner ideas and topics for future events. These networking events will take place at a minimum of once a quarter. If popular, we would like to host them every other month.
This could be a time when organizations collaborate, when business owners or employees find out the similarity of some major issues and collaborate to help solve them. You may be a stay-at-home mom that needs help with day care, can accommodate caring for another child, needs help with cleaning services or needs another form of assistance in accomplishing at-home tasks. Perhaps you can network with other stay-at-home moms.
This event is open to all women who are looking to get engaged in the community, meet other women, and find out more information about topics relevant to women and our community. You may have information to share or are looking for answers to some of your questions.
Join us at Higher Grounds for an evening of meeting new people, seeing those you may not have seen for awhile and finding out something new. There is no cost to attend the event. Higher Grounds will be offering their happy hour beverage prices and there will be complimentary hors d'oeuvres available.
If your business is interested in hosting a Women's Networking event, please contact Mary Jo at the Chamber at 264-2360 to discuss the opportunity.
Pagosa Pride hanging basket update
Rolling into April and about one month into the hanging basket program, we have an update on the availability of our baskets. As of the time of writing this article, we only have three 16-inch baskets available. By press time, we may be sold out of this size basket.
If you had your heart set on one of those beautiful calibrachoa floral baskets, please call the Chamber immediately to see if you can still secure a 16-inch basket.
These baskets will not be delivered until after Memorial Day. We still have about one-half of our 12-inch baskets available. However, as the season warms up and people get in the mood to plant or decorate, these special baskets go quickly.
These mixed floral and greens baskets are specially designed for our hanging basket program with an array of beautiful flowers.
To order your baskets, visit the Chamber website at www.pagosachamber.com. Scroll down to the Community and Chamber News section on the home page and click on the hanging basket picture and Hanging Flower Basket Sale heading. This will take you to the registration page.
These baskets are anticipated to be delivered just before the Memorial Day weekend depending on weather and freeze conditions. Dress up your home or business and order your flowers today.
SBDC Statewide Needs Assessment Survey
The state Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is looking for business input on how this organization can better help our businesses and community. They are looking to better understand the challenges facing your business, what resources would be most helpful, and what you need to succeed.
The SBDC is a wealth of information providing services such as mentoring, webinars, counseling, education, access to capital recommendations, and business planning and assistance just to name a few. Not only are they assisting start-up and other businesses, but they are also working with our younger population to teach them the business skills they will need when they get out of school. Please take just a few minutes to fill out this easy survey at www.surveymonkey.com/e/XPRFZTT. Weigh in now to ask for services that will help your business.
Membership news
It was mentioned last week in the Chamber article that the Maximizing Your Membership Class would be held our usual second Tuesday of the month. Due to a conflict in scheduling, the class has been moved to the following week, Tuesday, April 16. The time remains the same, 9 to 10 a.m. in the Chamber conference room. A light breakfast will be served along with a large dose of information.
To ensure we have enough breakfast for all or need to accommodate a special diet, please reserve your space by contacting us at 264-2360.
We have a plethora of renewing businesses and a few new businesses to welcome this week: The Kelly Law Firm, Pagosa Adventure Rentals and All the Little Things.
Our recent renewals include Cabe's Collision and Customs, East Side Market, Mountain Landing Suites and RV Park, Pagosa Cab and Pagosa Auto Rents, Pagosa Land Company, Pagosa Magazine, Pagosa Springs Medical Center, Precision Granite, TBK Bank, Tequilla's Mexican Restaurant, the Town of Pagosa Springs, Winslow on the Shire and Region 9 Economic Development.

This story was posted on April 7, 2019.

Business calendar for April 7-13 - Herald-Mail Media

Posted: 06 Apr 2019 09:00 PM PDT

Entrepreneur Council Brown Bag Lunch & LearnMonday, April 8 — Join the Entrepreneur Council of Frederick County for lunch, networking and discussion. Don't forget to bring your business cards and your lunch. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, 118 N. Market St., Suite 200, Frederick. Free. Call 301-662-4164, email info@frederickchamber.org or go to www.frederickchamber.org.

Public Safety Awards Breakfast

Tuesday, April 9 — The public safety awards event will honor the law enforcement, fire and rescue, and emergency service professionals protecting Frederick County. Sponsorship opportunities are available. 8 to 10 a.m. Brunswick Volunteer Fire Company, 1500 Volunteer Drive, Brunswick. For more information, call 301-662-4164, email info@frederickchamber.org or go to www.frederickchamber.org.

Succeeding in the Gig Economy

Tuesday, April 9 — In this informative webinar, USA Today small business columnist Steve Strauss shows you how to stay competitive in the gig, or short-term contracting, economy. You'll learn how to: Find high-paying gigs; avoid the gig treadmill; create job security; and manage time, stress and money. 1 to 2 p.m. Webinar. Call 301-766-2043 or go to www.hagerstown.score.org.

LinkedIn for Jobseekers

Thursday, April 11 — This workshop aims to show job seekers how to use LinkedIn to connect to job opportunities. 9 to 10 a.m. Washington County American Job Center, 14 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Call 301-393-8200.

Women & Leadership book discussion

Thursday, April 11 — Join Julie Gaver Discovery and the Mustache Mesa Podcast girls as they co-host a book discussion on Brene Brown's latest best seller, "Dare to Lead." Connect with both experienced and aspiring women leaders from the tri-state area and explore how to cultivate braver, more daring leaders. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tenth Ward Distilling, 55 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Call 301-662-4164, email info@frederickchamber.org or go to www.frederickchamber.org.

Résumé ABC's

Friday, April 12 — In this workshop, the instructor guides you through the résumé writing process from beginning to end. 9 to 10 a.m. Washington County American Job Center, 14 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Call 301-393-8200.

PENNSYLVANIA Third annual Steak and Burger Benefit Dinner

Tuesday, April 9 — Plan to attend the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce's steak and burger benefit. There will be dinner by The Butcher Shoppe, a live and silent auction, raffle drawing, club speakers, beer/wine, music and more. Your participation helps provide programs to more than 400 children throughout the year in after care and summer camp programs. Sponsorships are available. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Grant Street Loft, 227 Grant St., Chambersburg. $50 per ticket. Call 717-264-7101, email chamber@chambersburg.org or go to www.chambersburg.org.

Starting and Planning a Small Business

Friday, April 12 — This workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs to begin the process of successful business ownership including evaluating business ideas, developing a business plan, and exploring financing options. Attendees will learn: Unique lifestyle requirements involved in owning a business; how to assess the feasibility of their business idea; differences between business organization structures; how to develop a business plan; how to obtain financing; how to market their product or service; and the applications and licenses needed to start their company. 9 a.m. to noon. Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, 100 Lincoln Way East, Suite A, Chambersburg. Free. Call 717-477-1935, email vkneiderer@ship.edu or go to www.ship.edu/sbdc.

Sip & Savor: Fire and Ice fundraising event

Saturday, April 13 — Soothing jazz music engages you and your guest as you enjoy a delightful reception decorated with exquisite ice sculptures. The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce's night of fire and ice has only just begun! You're invited to join business and community leaders for the social event of the season. This formal evening event will include a four-course dinner paired with wines crafted by local wineries in south central Pennsylvania. Guests also will enjoy live and silent auctions, games of chance, musical entertainment, networking and more. Presented by The Shook Rehabilitation and Wellness Center. Sponsorships are available. 5:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Orchards Restaurant, 1580 Orchard Drive, Chambersburg. $95 per person. Registration deadline is Monday, April 1. RSVP. Call 717-264-7101, email jblack@chambersburg.org or go to www.chambersburg.org.

WEST VIRGINIA News@Noon

Tuesday, April 9 — Find out the latest in the business community, while enjoying lunch. Bring your business cards for networking. 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Purple Iris, 1956 Winchester Ave., Martinsburg. Call 304-267-4841, email chamber@berkeleycounty.org or go to www.berkeleycounty.org.

Chamber mixer

Tuesday, April 9 — Join Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce members for light refreshments and networking, hosted by WVU Medicine — Jefferson Medical Center. Bring your business cards. 5 to 6:30 p.m. WVU Medicine — Jefferson Medical Center, 300 S. Preston St., Ranson. Call 304-725-2055, email chamber@jeffersoncountywvchamber.org or go to www.jeffersoncountywvchamber.org.

Women's Network 9th annual conference

Thursday, April 11 — The Women's Network invites you to attend this conference which will focus on concepts from Stephen R. Covey's "7 Habits of Highly Effective People." Learn about each habit, how to achieve them and how to become a better leader. Emma Morton-Eggleston MD MPH, dean of WVU Health Sciences Eastern Division of WVU Medicine Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Health, will be the keynote speaker. The cost of registration includes breakfast, snacks, lunch and all conference materials. Sponsorships and expo tables are available. 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Holiday Inn, 301 Foxcroft Ave., Martinsburg. $65 for Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce members; $90 for nonmembers. Register in advance. Call 304-267-4841, email chamber@berkeleycounty.org or go to www.berkeleycounty.org.

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Businesswomen get inspired to network - Lowvelder

Posted: 07 Apr 2019 02:00 AM PDT

MBOMBELA – Lowveld businesswomen negotiating the tricky twists and turns which come with owning and running a business were treated to a networking session at The Blue Gate Tea Garden on March 27.

The event was hosted by Authentic Women and offered businesswomen the opportunity to exchange business ideas and impart a sense of "business unusual" in the attendees.

Joshna Nagar and Faith Shava.

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The evening's host, Michelle Ann Vogt, said, "Authentic Women in Business is a platform for businesswomen to network and connect with other businesswomen and maybe collaborate.

"I believe that the corporate world has forced us to be tough and most women lose their femininity, because it is constantly the battle of the toughest out there."

Dormay Burdett and Emmi Messina.

She continued, "If you show even just a little sign of vulnerability, it is seen as a sign of weakness. My belief is that vulnerability is our greatest strength and this is what sets us apart from men."

The who's who of local women in business attended the event, including Melody Tomlinson from Performance Booster, who gave a talk titled, "Nourishing your business" in which she provided valuable insights into growing and sustaining your business as a woman.

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The evening's theme was "It's a business shower" and attendees were required to bring a small gift for another women to inspire and motivate them, according to Vogt.

Adele Grobler and Charlene Joubert.

Tomlinson drew a parallel between women raising their children and explored the teething problems first time mothers experienced, comparing this to the issues they come across in the running of their businesses.

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She asked the assembled guests, "You do it for your child. Why can't you do it for your business as well?" The evening included fun activities to break the ice and the women walked away with goody bags and new ways of looking at their businesses, as well as an extensive list of contacts to draw motivation from.

Marelise Hennop and Karen Fourie from Honda.

Authentic Women in Business will be hosting their next event on April 24 at Tindlovu Gardens, with Brenda Archdeacon as the guest speaker.

Trailblazing Huber native leads Honda design efforts - Dayton Daily News

Posted: 06 Apr 2019 10:40 PM PDT

Lara Harrington's career trajectory is one educators and advocates want to encourage: From a youngster working in a Huber Heights garage to the top of her field as a Honda R&D Americaschief engineer — and the first woman acknowledged as lead designer of new Honda vehicles.

The path from the Dayton area to leading engineering and design teams on the Honda Pilot and newly redesigned Passport in Raymond, Ohio, involved plenty of work. Today, Harrington is celebrated as the first woman at Honda to fulfill a lead product development role.

Harrington sees herself not only helping to shape the Hondas of the future, but acting as a trailblazer for other young women in engineering and similar disciplines.

"To be able to lead a team, and to be able to ensure that all of these great ideas are coming out and being implemented, it's exciting," she said.

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Lara became Honda's first woman "LPL" — or "large project leader" — not because decision-makers at the automaker wanted a woman in that role, said Frank Paluch, former president of Honda R&D Americas.

"We put Lara in charge of this product because she's the best person for it," Paluch said.

"She knows every aspect of Honda," added Paluch, who today serves as an executive vice president at Honda of America Manufacturing. "She has grown up through the system."

Anyone who spearheads a development team is likely to be exceptionally gifted in a variety of disciplines — research, technical details, customer needs and other areas.

"It requires a unique set of talents," Paluch said.

The intended customer for the Honda Passport differs from the CRV, which is family oriented, and the Pilot, which is aimed at larger, more mature families.

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With the Passport — a two-row, midsize, generally V-6 powered SUV — Paluch said Harrington was able to target a customer Honda typically doesn't have — young single men.

"Actually, because her viewpoint is exactly the opposite, she was able to incorporate a lot of things into that car that would be really attractive to that customer," he said.

'This is an unusual thing'

Harrington's dad was a Wright-Patterson Air Force Base engineer. Working with him on do-it-yourself tasks was totally natural, Harrington said. Her dad's emphasis on self-sufficiency immediately rubbed off on her and her sisters.

"He spent a lot of time in the garage working on automobiles," Harrington said. "And I enjoyed the time I spent with him there. I learned a lot. And it certainly had an influence on my education and my career choices in life."

As a child, her small hands made fishing parts out of engine compartments a breeze, she recalled.

It wasn't until college that she realized how unique she was.

She earned a degree in aeronautical engineering at The Ohio State University, working in a program with perhaps 50 men — and two women.

"That's when I thought, 'Huh. This is an unusual thing,'" she said. "But because of the experience I had growing up, I never suffered from a lack of confidence, and I think it's directly attributable to the experience that I had growing up, feeling like I could do this."

It was only from female college roommates that she encountered anything resembling resistance or surprise, she said.

"I was unusual to them," she said. "The fact that I could maybe clean out the shower drain or I could maybe fix my roommate's car."

Harrington still is unusual — statistically speaking.

In the workforce, 13 percent of engineers are women, according to the Society of Women Engineers.

According to the society, in 2006 3,5 percent of female college freshmen declared an intention to major in engineering, math, statistics or computer science. In 2014, the percentage had risen to 7.9 percent, the society says. (The society says 18.4 percent of male freshmen had declared an intent to major in those disciplines in 2006, a number that rose to 26.9 percent eight years later.)

"The numbers are really appalling," said Marek Dollár, dean and professor of engineering science at Miami University.

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Women often ask different questions and bring to the table unique perspectives, Dollár said. They may be less focused on narrowly defined technology issues. "When we watch our student groups, say in senior design projects, when we rely on teamwork … we can see that female students tend to focus more on consequences, the social consequences of technology," he said.

The way to bring more women into engineering and related disciplines is to encourage them at a younger age to consider those fields, he believes. And more women role models in STEM fields can help inspire students, he and others say.

"The name of the game is: Younger age," Dollár said.

"To me, it boils down to this: A society that does not recognize the value of women in every profession is a society that is not taking advantage of all its resources," said Eddy Rojas, dean of the University of Dayton's School of Engineering.

A 'natural progression'

The STEM labor force must reflect all of society, Rojas argues. And 50 percent of society cannot be excluded from the decision-making process when it comes to technology and widely-used products, he said.

Beyond a short development stint at Boeing, Harrington has been with Honda for nearly 28 years, rising steadily to her current role as an automotive development leader. She worked on the 1994 Accord station wagon — one of the few vehicles assembled in the United States and exported to Japan — as well as Acura CL before the 1998 Accord Coupe, among many other projects.

"It was a natural progression for me," Harrington said. "It was a combination of my love for automobiles and, at the time, my love for efficient space and body structures."

Most recently, she helmed the development teams responsible for the 2018 and 2019 Ridgeline, 2019 Pilot and the aforementioned Passport.

The 2019 Passport represents a complete redesign from the ground up, a Honda spokesman said.

Reviews for the new Passport have been generally favorable.

"The Passport is back but this time, it's a far cry from the rebadged Isuzu SUV that wore this name in the 1990s — and it's quite good," a Car and Driver magazine editor wrote in February, giving the vehicle 4.5 out of 5 stars.

"Honda has put together a good-looking 2-row SUV with excellent tech and safety features, Honda's amazing cost-to-own pedigree and fun off-road capabilities," Kelley Blue Book said in its own review of the 2019 Passport.

Harrington was responsible for the Passport's overall concept, design and launch. That meant work in engineering, sales, manufacturing and other facets of the launch.

"The response has been terrific," Harrington said. "The media response has been fantastic."

And what's next? Only the cars of the future. And along the way, Harrington says she intends to get as much face time with students and young women engineers as possible.

"I think it goes a long way toward giving them additional confidence to pursue a career in engineering," she said.

At age 54 and given her range of experience, Paluch expects future greatness from Harrington.

"Pretty much every aspect of the company is open to her," he said.

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