Monday, November 23, 2015

Monday, November 16, 2015

Tips For Business Owners Traveling With Kids

We love that former WPO Chicago member, Sarah Stopek Hirsch (pictured with her son Harry), has gone from a marketing promotions entrepreneur (founder of Sublime Promotions which was sold to InnerWorkings, Inc. in 2009) to starting  Further, Sarah continues to mention WPO when she is interviewed as in Amber Gibson's fabulous article below.

Thanks Sarah and keep up the fine work.  We are so proud of you!

Read the article:  Must-Read Tips for Traveling With Kids (You'll Thank Us Later!)

Photo courtesy:  Sarah Stopek Hirsch

Monday, November 09, 2015

Top 10 Metro Areas for Female Entrepreneurs

According to a recent report, the West Coast is by far the best coast for female entrepreneurs.
Researchers found that seven of the top 10 metro areas for female business owners -- based on business climate, local economic health and financing opportunities -- are in California or Colorado.
Read more:  These are the top 10 metro areas for female entrepreneurs

Monday, November 02, 2015

Dr. Marsha Firestone: The State of Women Entrepreneurs in the B2B Space

Members of the National Women’s Business Council have submitted op-eds to the nation’s media that explore the business-to-business growth model and consider the benefits and challenges of having other businesses as customers. Here is the one Dr. Marsha Firestone, President and founder of the Women Presidents' Organization, provided, “The State of Women Entrepreneurs in the B2B Space,” which was posted on on October 29th. The timing is particularly appropriate, as it appears in time for National Veteran’s Small Business Week next week.

The State of Women Entrepreneurs in the B2B Space

Screenshot courtesy:  Fast Company

Monday, October 26, 2015

Call a Time-Out

Are you really living the life you want to live?  The only way to find out is to take time out for yourself.  Reawaken your passion for work.  You won't regret the decision.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Women Are Eager to Learn

Norm Brodsky, senior contributing editor for Inc. magazine, talks about what male entrepreneurs need to learn from women.  Here's a snippet:
In the beginning, that [asking a lot of questions] usually involves numbers. Most new entrepreneurs are salespeople with no background in accounting. They don’t understand the basics of finance. I find that women are open about this and are eager to learn. Of course, most of the men don’t have a very good grasp of the financials either, but they’re more likely to bluff, pretending they know more than they do.
Read more:  What male entrepreneurs need to learn from women

Monday, October 12, 2015

Has the Startup World For Women Been Enlightened?

Chicago was ranked No. 7 in a recent report, "Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking."  The entrepreneurial environment in several global markets was ranked based on five segments:
  1. Performance
  2. Funding
  3. Market Reach
  4. Talent
  5. Startup Experience
To access the full report, visit:  Compass ( -- requires quick email registration.

Read more:  Female Founders and Chicago Both Rise in Global Startup Ecosystem

Hat tip to Rosa Berardi, The Coleman Foundation, for letting us know about the report.

Screenshot courtesy:  The 2015 Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking (showing the top 10 cities)