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Get a Grant to Go Global and other things I learned at the WBENC Conference

2018-10-25T21:24:12+00:00July 12th, 2018|12PointFive News, Tips and Advice|

Last month, I attended the WBENC National Conference and Business Fair in Detroit, Michigan with 4500 other business owners, student entrepreneurs, representatives from multinational corporations, diverse business organizations, and supporters of women in business. I attended with and on behalf of my clients who networked, shared knowledge, built and strengthened relationships with potential corporate clients. [...]

When I say networking, you say…

2018-10-25T21:24:17+00:00June 13th, 2018|12PointFive News, Tips and Advice|

Last week, I led a networking roundtable at the WILD Network Forum to Advance Women's Leadership in International Development for emerging and seasoned female leaders. When asked about what comes to mind when they hear the word "networking" responses ranged from enthusiasm to dread. In my roundtable, I covered some tips for moving the needle [...]

Maximize Certification: Don’t Leave Money on the Table

2018-10-25T21:24:17+00:00April 24th, 2018|12PointFive News, Diversity and Inclusion, Tips and Advice|

This post is part 2 of 2 posts on the Beacon report.  I recently wrote about attending the release of Beacon DC's Building Inclusive Ecosystems with Intentionality report.  I was happy but not surprised to see that certification was highlighted as a major resource for women business owners which is underutilized by area businesses. In [...]

Beacon DC: Building Inclusive Ecosystems with Intentionality

2018-10-25T21:24:18+00:00April 23rd, 2018|12PointFive News, Diversity and Inclusion|

This post is part 1 of 2 posts on the Beacon DC report. Last week I went to the release of Beacon DC's report "Building Inclusive Ecosystems with Intentionality: A Strategy to Support DC's Women Founders" held at Google Headquarters in downtown DC. You may know Beacon as the organization that supports women entrepreneurs in [...]

Black Panther and What We’ve Been Missing

2018-10-25T21:24:19+00:00March 8th, 2018|Diversity and Inclusion|

The best thing I've done so far to celebrate Women's History Month was seeing Black Panther in the theater. As soon as it started I became one of the scores of people thrilled by what I saw on screen - a terrific superhero movie, a showcase of black excellence, and an army of black women [...]

FAQs: Certification – How do I start?

2018-10-25T21:24:19+00:00February 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|

In my previous posts about certification, I answer questions about leveraging certification and international certification. Based on the questions I've received from some of you, I'm going to back up and talk about the steps to certification.  I am often asked where to start with certification, how long the process takes, and if it's "painful." While [...]

Lightning Round: Customers, Community and Quick Tips

2018-10-25T21:24:20+00:00February 14th, 2018|12PointFive News, Tips and Advice|

Last month, I said that 2018 would be the year of the expert for me so I'm highlighting the importance of seeking out (and actually listening to) people with expertise and experience as a business owner.  To keep the advice going, I'm sharing with you the results from the Mentorship Roadshow "lightning round." Each of the [...]

Mentorship Roadshow: Just the beginning

2018-10-25T21:24:20+00:00January 26th, 2018|12PointFive News, Tips and Advice|

While I’ve spent years devoting my working and waking life to women’s entrepreneurship, this past week was pretty special.  Last Saturday, January 20th, 12PointFive co-hosted the Mentorship Roadshow with Hera Hub and InnovatorsBox®.  With the support of a grant from Beacon DC and sponsorship from Popcorn and Ice Cream, we brought two dozen entrepreneurs and [...]