Girl Crush! 25 Sites for Women Entrepreneurs to Love in 2012!

by Melissa Stewart

Last March we compiled a list of “20 Women You Should Be Following On Twitter” and helped introduce 20 amazing women that we hope resulted in an unmeasurable amount of new connections! With a mission to “Celebrate, Support and Connect Women Entrepreneurs”, we wanted to keep the connecting (plus celebrating & supporting) going in 2012!

We’ve STARTED with 25 BUT can assure you we will be introducing many more soon! Please be sure to leave your comments and tell us what you think of our list so far and who you would add to our next list!

Drum roll, please…

Ali Brown has fast become regarded as the voice for women’s entrepreneurial success. As founder and CEO of Ali International LLC, she has created a dynamic enterprise that is devoted to empowering women entrepreneurs around the world and currently has over 50,000 members in her online and offline programs.

Amilya Antonetti “Your No Nonsense Business & Life mentor” Award winning entrepreneur, the small business voice for Fox News, green pioneer, bestselling author, media personality, advocate, and mom.

Carrie Wilkerson is the voice of experience. From corporate life to teaching high school to direct sales, to information marketing and coaching she has ‘been there and done that’ professionally and personally. Consultant/strategist for self-employed professionals & small business owners. wife, mom, author, speaker & joyful human!

Carol Roth is a business strategist, content producer, deal maker, former investment banker and author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Entrepreneur Equation.

Christine Kane is known as the Mentor to Women Who are Changing the World. She is the president and founder of Uplevel You™, a million-dollar company committed to the growth and empowerment of entrepreneurs and creatives around the globe.

Danielle Laporte is the firecracker behind The Fire Starter Sessions & co-firecracker behind Your Big Beautiful Book Plan. From her site: “I think feminine power and progressive commerce will revolutionize how we live.” and “I’m convinced that the desire to be real is everyone’s divine imperative. Yeah!”

I discovered Jaime Tardy‘s site while spending some quality time at the magazine rack of Books A Million. Jaime is a debt-free business coach living her ideal life style, and making her million. She interviews millionaires weekly to get their best business advice and tips.

Hillary Rubin is a mindset, wellness + spiritual breakthrough coach. Helping women get real about power, purpose, and unshakeable self-worth. Loving her Your Soul’s University video on the landing page – watch it!

In Good Company is a community for women entrepreneurs in NYC and a site filled with fabulous content for your business. Co-founders Amy Abrams and Adelaide Lancaster also co-authored The Big Enough Company: Creating a Business That Works for You which made our She Owns It’s Top Ten Business Books of 2011.

Founded by Jenny Ortiz, Interviewher is a galaxy just for women. Learn about fabulous artist studios, food adventures, breathtaking boutiques or even a great little hole in the wall that they’ve discovered. A great place to get “introduced” to some amazing women entrepreneurs and hear their stories!

Founded by Victoria Colligan, Ladies Who Launch is the first new media company to provide resources and connections for women entrepreneurs. Ladies Who Launch is an online and offline social network that provides opportunities for women to move their businesses and personal goals forward.

I found Marie Forleo via Twitter and was hooked after watching just one of her amazing videos! From her site: “My goal is to add more value to your world than you ever dreamed possible by giving you tools that you can immediately use to improve your business and life. Translation? I’m here to make you rich.”

Tamara Monosoff, is the founder of Mom Invented, and best-selling author of The Mom Inventors Handbook, Secrets of Millionaire MomsThe One Page Business Plan for Women in Business, and Your Million Dollar Dream. Her site is the go to resource for mom inventors. Full of resources and a community to help you launch your million dollar product!

Angela Jia Kim, is the founder of Savor the Success and Om Aroma organic skincare. Savor the Success is the premium business network for women entrepreneurs. Members get PR opportunities, connect through our community, and increase business via networking.

Sheri McConnell‘s site is a “must check out” for women entrepreneurs! The mission at the Smart Women’s Institute™ is to empower women to live healthy and to achieve financial independence by learning how to leverage their time, money, and expertise exponentially.

Natalie MacNeil fabulous blog that grew into She Takes on the World – one of the top blogs in the world for career-minded women and women entrepreneurs. Natalie’s passion is getting more women into business. Great interviews and content!

I love Rieva Lesonsky and all she does for small business! Rieva regularly blogs about small business for, AT&T, Microsoft, Small Business Trends, The Huffington Post and numerous business Web sites. Her site (and her Twitter stream) are packed full of must read content!

Founded by Kelly King, Startup Princess is an international network committed to Empowering Women Entrepreneurs by offering resources for women in business to support, mentor, collaborate, learn from, and inspire one another.

Founded by Karlena Wallace in 2009. Through various initiatives, we celebrate and empower women entrepreneurs and those in the workplace.  Stiletto Woman realizes the modern woman is a leader and a visionary. We encourage, advocate and celebrate that!

Melinda Emerson, known as “SmallBizLady,” is one of America’s leading small business experts. She is a seasoned entrepreneur, professional speaker, social media strategist, small business coach and author of Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months.

Natalie Sisson left her New Zealand hometown in 2006 and has been traveling the world and living out of her suitcase ever since. Her mission? “To blow the top off history and create a movement where women court bolder dreams and turn them into reality by starting their own 6 figure online businesses. A world where women want to shape and change the way in which we do business.”

Holly Reisem Hanna‘s site is a nationally recognized award winning blog and business resource for women and moms who work from home. Her mission is to help women and moms acquire the knowledge and skills to be able to successfully work from home or to become self-employed while providing support, inspiration and motivation.

Tory Johnson is wild about small business success, which can be traced to having been unexpectedly fired from a job she loved.  The permanent scar from that pink slip led Tory to shift from employee to entrepreneur.  She’s built two multi-million-dollar businesses—Women For Hire and Spark & Hustle—while serving as a Good Morning America contributor, New York Times bestselling author, contributing editor to SUCCESS magazine and a popular speaker.  Oh, and she’s a wife and mom, too.

Co-founded by Shaherose Charania and Angie Chang, Women 2.0′s Mission: Inform, inspire and educate a new generation of females that are entrepreneurial and successful. Women 2.0 is a emerging global media company for aspiring and current female entrepreneurs to launch successful scalable, innovative ventures.

Erica Diamond‘s site encourages women to “get off the fence” and act on their dreams. From her site “Real Inspiration for the Modern Woman” “This blog was created for all of us women who are on the fence… In Life. In Business. In Love. In anything. Period.”

Melissa Stewart is a serial entrepreneur who has had a “home office” since age 5. She is passionate about entrepreneurship, addicted to coffee and eternally optimistic. Her latest project is a site committed to empowering women entrepreneurs by offering resources, support and inspiration. @melissaonline


58 Responses to Girl Crush! 25 Sites for Women Entrepreneurs to Love in 2012!
  1. Elisa All
    January 30, 2012 | 12:13 pm


    Thank you for putting the spotlight on these amazing websites/resources for women entrepreneurs! They all have something to offer, and there were several I hadn’t heard of before. Because of you, I will be checking them out. Thanks for all you do to support and empower women in business. You are so appreciated!

    Elisa All

    • admin
      January 30, 2012 | 4:13 pm

      So glad to have your support Elisa!! xoxo

  2. Susan Wise
    January 30, 2012 | 2:56 pm

    Thank you for sharing the stories of these great women. It’s so inspiring. I hope you will take a look at three motivational entertainers…Marce, Diana and Susan. The Wise SOTTS


    • admin
      January 30, 2012 | 4:13 pm

      Thanks Susan! Will be sure to check your site!

  3. Natalie Sisson
    January 30, 2012 | 3:43 pm

    Wow thanks Melissa. What a fantastic list of women I respect and admire. So honoured to be included on this list. Of course you should put yourself on here too!

    Looking forward to seeing the next round up so we can all celebrate women rocking the entrepreneurial world.


  4. Sheri McConnell
    January 30, 2012 | 5:03 pm

    Thanks so much! Absolutely honored to be along side these amazing women. hugs!

    • admin
      January 31, 2012 | 9:57 am

      My pleasure Sheri! Honored to know you and learn from you. xoxo

  5. Erica Miller
    January 30, 2012 | 5:34 pm

    Thanks so much for this list. I enjoyed visiting the sites of the women I didn’t know. I wanted to add a site that I think is really is really informative for those of us struggling with article marketing and content:

  6. Sally Cole
    January 30, 2012 | 5:58 pm

    I love this !! I recently began following Darnyelle Jervey of Incredible One Enterprises. You should definitely check her out!

    • admin
      January 31, 2012 | 9:53 am

      Thanks Sally! Will be checking out Darnyelle Jervey.

  7. Erica Diamond
    January 30, 2012 | 7:01 pm

    I am humbled. Got a girl crush right back Meliss! A great list indeed, and I’m honored to be in such company.

    • admin
      January 31, 2012 | 10:05 am

      Had to include you girl! Love what you do!! xoxo

  8. Jill Salzman
    January 31, 2012 | 11:57 am

    Not so humble to nominate one’s own website, but would love to add The Founding Moms, a collective of meetups for mom entrepreneurs to get together and help build their businesses together!

    • admin
      January 31, 2012 | 3:10 pm

      Like I tweet “be your own spotlight” – gotta let people know! Your site rocks! Love what you do & congrats on the new book!!

  9. Holly Hanna
    January 31, 2012 | 11:58 am

    Awww, thank you Melissa for listing The Work at Home Woman! I’m honored to be mentioned alongside such a fabulous group of women!

    • admin
      January 31, 2012 | 3:10 pm

      Love what you do for WAHW! xoxo

  10. Jaime @ Eventual Millionaire
    January 31, 2012 | 12:26 pm

    What an amazing list of women! Many of them I already had a #GirlCrush on. :)

    Thank you so much for finding me at Books A Million Melissa. (was it Kiplinger’s or Success Magazine?) So nice to meet you!

    • admin
      February 3, 2012 | 9:49 am

      I believe it was Success Magazine. So glad we connected :)

  11. Alexia
    January 31, 2012 | 2:25 pm for news and profiles of women entrepreneurs who is a serial media/internet entrepreneur and founder of

    Women 2.0 is a great resource too

    • admin
      January 31, 2012 | 3:12 pm

      Thanks Alexia! Love discovering fabulous new sites!!

  12. Karlena | Stiletto Woman
    January 31, 2012 | 2:52 pm

    Thank you Melissa for this wonderful list and for supporting women in business! I am honored to be part of these powerful women. And I must say, SheOwnsIt is certainly part of this list. We’re crushing over you too!! Thanks again, my dear!

    • admin
      January 31, 2012 | 3:12 pm

      Thanks Karlena! Mutual crushing is always appreciated :)

  13. Nicole Matthews
    January 31, 2012 | 3:42 pm

    So inspired by all of these dynamic entrepreneurs! Can’t wait to follow all of them and learn from their success!

  14. Jenny Ortiz
    January 31, 2012 | 9:03 pm

    Thank you, Melissa for including alongside these fabulous ladies! Absolutely love what you have created! XO

  15. Cammie
    January 31, 2012 | 10:51 pm

    Wow! What a great list of Ladies!

  16. Nancy Tierney
    February 1, 2012 | 12:50 pm

    Great list and great idea.

    I’d definitely add:
    Fabienne Fredrickson of and Sandi Krakowski of

    There are so many hot women entrepreneurs now. Isn’t that great!

  17. Hillary Rubin
    February 1, 2012 | 2:57 pm

    Thank you sooo much! A sweet surprise and honor. Love the company of amazing women. xo Hillary

  18. Kelly Kautz
    February 1, 2012 | 7:08 pm

    I have a lot of these women in my feed reader already, but it looks like I have more to follow!

    To this list, I would add Tara Gentile ( and Lisa Barone (, two of my favorite business & marketing bloggers.

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  20. Lacey
    February 4, 2012 | 8:31 pm

    Thanks for this list! I now have an offcial girl crush on Marie Forleo! The rest of the sites are great, too!

  21. Toni
    February 5, 2012 | 8:48 am

    Great list! I also run a site about Mom business owners and Momprenuers. Please Chaco us out at

  22. Rebecca Nash
    February 5, 2012 | 6:54 pm

    Thanks for once again providing such great resources. I’m always looking for new resources and while a few of the sites on the list were familiar to me you’ve introduced a number of new sources of information for me. Thanks for the help! I’ll see you on Twitter soon!

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  24. Jackie
    February 15, 2012 | 12:24 pm

    These look like some great sites! I am definitely going to have to check them out further but so far they all look like great resources to get some valuable info and..and to add to this list created by Eden, CEO of SkinnyScoop > Good Reads on Female Entrepreneurs and VCs.

  25. Phyllis Nichols
    March 17, 2012 | 7:41 pm

    Great list. I know almost of of these and I’m thrilled to learn about some new women and resources too!

    For your consideration next time – I hope you can check out Dames Bond. It’s growing fast and helping women raise their profile!

  26. Joseph Colbert
    March 17, 2012 | 8:03 pm

    Cheers! Connect with us at and Best Regards, Joseph Colbert Co-founder of FUZZYCOVER™ – at-home-Dad (3 kids, 2 dogs) and lucky husband!

  27. Hilani-Handmade by Hilani
    March 27, 2012 | 11:56 am

    Great piece! I added a few and was happy to see I follow a few already (Moms Invented, Ladies who Launch). :)

    • admin
      March 27, 2012 | 2:05 pm

      Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to share anyone you think should go on our next list! I love meeting new & amazing people :)

  28. Linda Joy
    March 31, 2012 | 2:00 pm

    Love this list! Following most of them and looking forward to connecting with the rest of these superstar women.

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  30. Dresden
    April 9, 2012 | 8:01 am

    I LOVE this list – so inspiring!
    You should add my boss to this great list – she has been a wonderful mentor and is totally making waves as a woman in a tech start up.

  31. Linda Joy
    April 19, 2012 | 6:38 am

    You rock! Love this list and am already following many and excited to learn more about the others. I love that women are rocking the world by living their passion.

  32. Danielle
    April 23, 2012 | 5:36 am

    This is fabulous!!! Thanks for the resources!!! Time to bookmark! =)

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  35. Joyce Sullivan
    May 5, 2012 | 1:51 pm

    Love this list! A new breakout blog is WorkplaceWears

    I love how Anne-Marie Vignola @a_vignola interviews women on their workplace wear. Her latest post is the best following a Amy Patel Daschle who attended West Point, served in US military for 8 years in Afghanistan and Iraq and how she transitioned clothes-wise back to civilian professional wear. Must read!

  36. Sheryl Hunter
    May 10, 2012 | 9:05 pm

    Aspen & Lucy’s Entrepreneurs Camp for Girls will benefit from this list. Our mission is to empower the girls of today to become the entrereneurs of tomorrow! Thanks for a list of great role models and sources of inspiration.

  37. DawnV
    May 25, 2012 | 5:18 pm

    Thanks for highlighting these amazing women and sharing new sites to read. I absolutely adore Tory Johnson and all that she does for small businesses- especially women-owned ones!! Looking forward to finding a few new favorites from your excellent list. :)

  38. Dina Eisenberg |Speak Up Powerfully
    May 27, 2012 | 4:02 pm

    What an inspired list, Melissa. Can’t wait to snuggle down with my iPad & a glass of wine and read more about these powerful women.

    Who knows maybe will inspire as many women entrepreneurs and deserve it’s own place on the list.

    Be heard & prosper!

  39. Leslie Fishlock
    June 28, 2012 | 5:51 pm

    Great list, Melissa!

    Would LOVE to have seen Chic CEO on this list! They are really kicking it – and they’re just so cute, anyone would develop a girl crush on them… ;-)

    Maybe next year…


    • Melissa Stewart
      June 28, 2012 | 6:08 pm

      Thanks for the heads up Leslie! If you’re crushing on them, I know we can’t be far behind… xoxo

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    great site, keep up the good work… :-)

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    What a treasure trove of information! I’ve had a Girl Crush on Rieva Lesonsky for years. She is not only small business savvy, she is a warm and generous woman who will definitely not be in that “special place in hell” that Madeleine Albright designated for women who do not help other women. She is always ready, willing and able to assist others.

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