Monday, May 18, 2015

Are You Likable at Your Business?

In "Seven Habits of Likable People," the author asks this one question as it relates to your chances of getting ahead at work:  Are you well liked?  Now, I ask you the same question as it relates to running your multi-million dollar business:  Are you well liked?  Whether you want to get ahead at work or at growing a successful business, you can improve your reputation by practicing these seven habits of likable people.

Seven Habits of Likable People

Monday, May 11, 2015

Tips on Taking Your Business to the Next Level

Growing your business into a multimillion dollar enterprise is no easy feat.  If it were, every businessman and businesswoman on the planet would be doing it.  So what does it take to get your business to the next level?

Last week (5/8) administration officials, investors and entrepreneurs gathered at The Washington Post to offer advice on fostering a thriving, woman-owned small business.  Here's what they shared.

"Don't fear debt, embrace risk, and more advice for women business owners"

Screenshot courtesy:  The Washington Post, Kate Patterson

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

50 Fastest WPO Companies Boost Our Economy and Create Jobs

Congratulations to Chicago members Michelle Vondrasek, Catherine Tojaga and Shelly Sun for making the 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies - presented by the Women Presidents’ Organization and sponsored by American Express Global Corporate Payments.
For just the second time, nominations were open to global entries. The 50 Fastest generated a combined $4.4 billion in 2014 revenues (mean of $88.3 million) and collectively employed 31,121 in 2014 (mean of 692).
To learn more about the winners, visit:  Trailblazing Women Business Owners & Leaders Recognized for Rapid Company Growth

Screenshot courtesy:  Women Presidents' Organization

Monday, April 27, 2015

WPO 18th Annual Conference 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona

The Women Presidents' Organization annual conference -- April 30 - May 2, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona -- encourages WPO members to share business strategies and experience with other successful women from all over the world, as well as learn from interactive seminars and speakers.

To register and view conference schedule, visit:

See you there!

Twitter:  @WomenPresidents
Twitter hashtag:  #WPOConf

Screenshot courtesy:  Arizona Biltmore

Monday, April 20, 2015

Women's Entrepreneurship: Sources of Economic Hope

As of August 2014, about 57 percent of women were counted as labor force participants, and the gap between men and women had narrowed to only 13 percentage points.  But to appreciate that stat, we must back up a bit.
In 1948, the gap in labor force participation between American men and women was 54 percentage points—only one-third of American women were officially counted as in the labor force. Nearly seven decades later, the gap has narrowed considerably as women have entered the labor force en masse, and as men have experienced steady declines. 
According to the Ewing Marion Kaufman Foundation’s recent report “Sources of Economic Hope: Women’s Entrepreneurship," women business owners will lead the way to economic growth in the United States.

Read more:  Sources of Economic Hope:  Women's Entrepreneurship

Screenshot:  Ewing Marion Kaufman Foundation

Monday, April 13, 2015

Dr. Marsha Firestone Becomes Council Member to the National Women's Business Council

The National Women's Business Council has welcomed Marsha Firestone to its esteemed group of Council Members. She will serve as the representative of the Women Presidents' Organization. Based in New York City, Firestone has an extensive track record and decades of experience supporting women entrepreneurs, business owners and leaders.

Read the news here.

Screenshot courtesy of the National Women's Business Council

Monday, April 06, 2015

Squeaky Clean WPO Chicago Member Alison Gutterman

WPO Chicago member Alison Gutterman is president and CEO of household cleaning company Jelmar LLC.

Jelmar was the only woman-owned business in Illinois to be included among six nationwide chosen by Wal-Mart to be part of the retail giant’s Women’s History Month promotion. Jelmar has 13 employees and about $50 million in yearly revenues.

In an interview with Sandra Guy at the Chicago Sun-Times, Alison talks about how she gets people to interact with her company by using technology, how she formulates safe products and how she keeps the company growing.

Read the interview here.

(We are very proud of Alison and appreciate her mentioning the Women Presidents' Organization in her interview.)

Screenshot courtesy:  Sunday Sitdown at the Chicago Sun-Times