Featured Contributor

Announcing Our She Owns It Featured Contributors!

by Melissa Stewart

We’re SO excited to announce our newest featured contributors! We received some amazing applications and would love to say “yes” to them all. But alas, we can’t.

Below you will find a fabulous group of amazing women entrepreneurs with a wealth of business expertise to share with YOU!

Thank you to all who applied.

Drum roll, please! Meet our newest Featured Contributors!

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Catalyst Marketing Expert Gina Bell from GinaBellinc.com, Regina, SK Canada

Gina_Bell3-150x150Gina Bell is the Founder of Gina Bell Inc, a company devoted to expanding what is possible for women through entrepreneurship; Publisher of Rebelations Magazine, Author of the #1 Best-Seller Success Rituals 2.0 – Winning Habits of High-Achieving Women and author of Invisible-Proof!

What if positioning yourself as the expert and sharing your message with thousands of people could happen quickly?

What if growing your online business was – heaven forbid! – A pleasure? A joy? And, lucrative from the start?

In her career as a Catalyst Marketing Strategist to ambitious women in business, Gina Bell has faced off with these questions — and many others.

She’s found answers that serve her, and is devoted to helping women find their own answers, too — sparking movements that build prominence, dare distinction and ignite a premise for profit (far beyond dollars and cents!)

“There’s marketing and then there’s CATALYST marketing.” Gina says. And with a marketing mantra of: “Why just do it when you can REALLY do it?” it’s no wonder she’s become the go-to-gal for women who want to invisible-proof their expertise and rise to a new stratosphere of success quickly.

Gina’s been coined one of the most responsive women on Twitter so be sure to reach out to her there too!

And if you’ve been feeling invisible in your business there’s no time to lose. Get “50 Ways to Boost Visibility & Credibility” inside the new Visibility Boom issue of Rebelations Magazine.

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Entrepreneur in ResidenceFernanda Bohme, President and co-founder at Bohme Boutique.

2543sepiaIIMy name is Fernanda Bohme. My sister, Vivian, and I opened Bohme Boutique to provide our customers with the newest and updated brands in both denim and tops. Come visit us at bohme.com and see for yourself. We will rock your body! I will also provide fashion and entrepreneurial tips from time to time.

Named to Inc. 500 Top Female CEOs of the 2012

From Forbes: What Two Sisters From Rio Can Teach Marketers

Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

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Time Management Guru – Rivka Caroline, author of Frazzled to Focused Ultimate Time Management Guide  for Moms & CEO of SoBe Organized, Miami, FL

peu_20121121_2-1Rivka is a Mom of 7, Author of Frazzled to Focused, Rabbi’s wife and CEO of the professional Time Management Consultancy SoBe Organized.   She teaches both individuals and small businesses how to leverage their time to work effectively and find time for the things that count.  She loves the psychology behind time management and will be finishing her Masters in Psychology in  October 2013.  Perhaps more importantly, Rivka is still quite relaxed and surprisingly sane and able to find time for what matters. People often ask her how she ‘does it all’, her tweets @sobeorganizedblog posts and book is her detailed response ( spoiler alert : she doesn’t actually do it all and doesn’t want YOU to either).

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Design Guru / Dariela Cruz, co-founder and Art Director of Dari Design Studio

DarielaProfileDariDesignDariela is an established graphic designer and blogger based in San Diego, California. She worked as a Junior Designer, Senior Designer and Art Director in the corporate world in Venezuela, Mexico City and Los Angeles for 15 years. After that she co-founded Folklore Eye -A paper arts company- with her sister Dariana in 2006 and then rebranded to Dari Design Studio in 2010 which now provides more ample services for the graphic design industry.

Since 2007 Dariela keeps a personal bilingual (Spanish-English) blog: Mami Talks, where she captures the family life, culture, and inspirations with an original and unique touch.

Connect with Dariela:

Twitter: @daridesign  / @darielacruz

Facebook: DariDesign and MamiTalks

Design Blog: Dari Design Studio Blog

Lifestyle Blog: Mami Talks

Linkedin: Dariela Cruz

Google+: Dariela Cruz

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Business Philanthropy Expert – Erin Giles of Aiken, SC

ErinErin Giles is a Business Philanthropy Expert at eringiles.com that consults with big + small businesses teaching them why a do good mission is a MUST have and how to do it so that it uniquely bakes into their business.

She created her own do good mission, End Sex Trafficking Day and hasn’t been the same since. She currently works one on one and online through her group online course, Rocket Your Revolution. She loves glitter, spontaneous haircuts and of course teal (hence the bright streak in her hair).

Erin has been seen on Forbes, INC, Crazy Sexy Life, ProBlogger is a contributring writer at Huffington Post and a soon to be Tedx talker! She is head over sneakers (cause that’s how she rolls) in love with twitter and would LOVE to connect with you there, find her at @erinmgiles.

Get free updates on how to do good + do business by signing up for her newsletter here: eringiles.com

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Brand Strategist – Kia Jarmon of The MEPR Agency based in Nashville, TN

Kia+Jarmon-019Kia Jarmon is the award-winning owner and creative director of The MEPR Agency, a boutique public relations and brand strategy firm.  She is best known for her ability to bridge traditional PR with digital and social platforms to narrate the client’s story for their audience.

The “Guardian Angel of Business” as she has been called, Kia delivers candid and practical business, PR, and brand information in a way that almost anyone can understand.

She is a sought after mentor, speaker, blogger, and strategist on topics of public relations, branding, social platforms, and entrepreneurship.  Weekly she can be heard on 760AM with the ME Factor Business Segment and seen as the co-host of the Tennessean.com’s Business Talk webcast.

When you meet her you will find out that she believes a few things:

  • You are a brand but what you do with it will determine your success
  • You have a story and others should be hearing about it
  • There is power in the word NO

Kia is currently working on a book entitled ”Learn How to Be Selfish: a guide to being selfish so the selfless moments count”.

You can Link, Tweet, and Watch the candid entrepreneur or connect through her personal brand site, www.KiaJarmon.com.

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Content and Communications Strategist – Jennifer Kane of Kane Consulting – Minneapolis, MN

JenKaneJennifer Kane is an entrepreneur and marketing/communications strategist with more than 15 years of experience working with B2B and B2C companies through her firm, Kane Consulting.

Jennifer conducts training sessions, teaches and speaks nationally on topics related to social media, content marketing, change management and digital communications. Combining humor, tough love and passion, she’s known for giving it to people straight — from the hip and from the heart.

In addition to writing for her own blog, The Social Cyborg, Jennifer is part of the author community at Steamfeed, has guest blogged for BlogWorld and Mark Schaefer’s blog, {GROW} and been syndicated on BlogHer. She is also frequent guest on the Next Stage Business Radio Network podcasts.

Jennifer is mom to one active eight-year-old and two lazy Basset Hounds and manages the “Spinal Fusions Suck” social community on Facebook. In her spare time, she thinks a lot about the zombie apocalypse and the awkwardness of writing about oneself in third person.

You can connect with Jennifer on…

Twitter: @JenKaneCo

Facebook: kaneconsulting

LinkedIn: JenKaneCo

Pinterest: JenKaneCo

Google Plus: Jennifer Kane

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Professional Organizer – Melinda Massie of Organizing with a Side of Fabulous – Ft. Worth, TX

Headshot - croppedOften called a healer, therapist of stuff and the organizing ninja, Melinda Massie is the owner of Organizing with a Side of Fabulous in Fort Worth, TX. If your home is a hot mess then she’ll help you take control over the clutter so you can make your home fabulous. Combining her sensible, no-fuss organizing philosophies with a vivacious personality and healthy dose of “redhead,” she makes getting organized suck less. As a former professional ballroom dancer and event planner, she also brings in some sparkle and entertainment to the process.

Melinda was named Best Personal Organizer 2011 by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine and Most Glamorous Home-Based Business in the 2011 StartupNation Home-Based 100. Her tips have been seen in Woman’s Day, SHAPE and many other local and national publications.

In her free time, Melinda enjoys yoga, cooking and eating indulgent food and believes that champagne is meant for the everyday.

Connect with Melinda on:

Facebook

Twitter

Pinterest

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Get it Together Guru for Creative Entrepreneurs – Michelle Nickolaisen of Bombchelle Austin, TX

Michelle 2 copy 2Michelle is a project + operations wrangler for creative businesses, who also writes & teaches about productivity, organization, & systems (that don’t suck) for creatives. She lives in Austin, TX with her Shiba Inu & loves Buffy, dark chocolate, and tacos. Find her on the web at Bombchelle, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

From Michelle’s site: “My name is Michelle, and I’m an expert at finding out how + why something works (and then putting that knowledge to usually-good use), being grade-A curious, & getting things Done with a capital-D. I work with with creatives who have an established business, who are ready to launch something new or who want to go in a new path, who tend to get stuck going from innovation into action. If you’re working with me, you can expect sass + laughter, fun surprises, and lots of action.”

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Online Business Strategist Silvia Pencak of MagneticLook.com

Silvia_1_smallSilvia Pencak is the Online Business Strategist and CEO of Magnetic Look. Since 2002 she’s been working with various clients including small to medium size businesses, solopreneurs and nonprofit organizations helping them design simple blueprints for their success. Her passion, knowledge and strategic thinking provide great input to those who are looking to stand out and thrive in today’s crowded online space. Silvia is always full of passion, optimism, new ideas and determination to do the best she can and she’s looking forward to enrich your life.

Connect with Silvia:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MagneticSilvia
Twitter: www.twitter.com/MagneticSilvia
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/MagneticSilvia
Website: www.MagneticLook.com

Claim your free copy of Silvia’s 7 Pillars To Building a Profitable, Magnetic Business Online here: www.magneticlook.com/7pillars

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Going Pro Business Strategist – Stephanie Pollock of Stephanie Pollock Media Inc – Calgary, AB

stephanie01Business activator + leadership coach Stephanie Pollock is the founder of Stephanie Pollock Media Inc, a company devoted to helping talented women in business GO PRO with their dreams, stepping into the spotlights — and revenue streams — they so richly deserve.

She’s the publisher of Going Pro Magazine, and author of the forthcoming book: Claiming Greatness – How to Stop Hovering Around Your Potential and Actively CLAIM it! She’s been recognized as a Top 40 Under 40 changemaker and has been profiled and spotlighted in national media. She’s completed an elite Leadership Training program, coached hundreds of women entrepreneurs, and received kudos from the Governor General for her business prowess.

Stephanie has a timely reminder for half-hearted entrepreneurs: hobbyists rarely make history. To truly create your own economy — with an irresistible brand + ideal clients for miles — you’ve got to give your dream the respect + commitment it deserves, face your greatness . . . and CLAIM it.

With her signature Primed for Profits business activation program, e-courses and 1-on-1 Going PRO Power Sessions for emerging industry leaders — Stephanie is proving that business success has nothing to do with where you live, what you’re selling, or what your résumé says you’re qualified to create — it’s about the mindsets you hold, and the choices you make.

Build a business. Then go beyond it — at StephaniePollock.com
You can follow Stephanie on Twitter @steph_pollock or on Facebook

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Social Media/Digital Strategist – Michele Price @ProsperityGalWho Is Michele Price, Houston TX

Michele Price Social Media_Digital StategistMichele Price is the founder and lead strategist at Social Media For Smart People , in Houston, TX. She delivers results for entrepreneurs, startups, C-suite executives by crafting communication strategies that are designed to gain visibility, engage your audience, make a splash, and drive profits. Michele hosts a weekly business radio show, Breakthrough Business Strategies radio, where she produces results for listeners on the topics — Business Success Mindset and Web 2.0 communication strategies.

30 years as an entrepreneur, Michele has been in the “first of” category several times in multiple industries. Being a straight forward, results oriented entrepreneur and speaker is a consistent theme of appreciation from clients and audiences alike.

NO limits mindset in professional and personal life, Michele’s favorite adventures was dog sledding in Montana. Ask Michele about another adventure, where she secured the safety of 35 snowmobilers in Yellow State Park from a herd a Buffalo.

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Non-Profit Expert – Kia Morgan Smith from Atlanta Diaper Relief, Atlanta, GA

kiaHeadshotKia Morgan Smith is the Founder and CEO of Atlanta Diaper Relief, the first non-profit diaper bank in Atlanta Georgia. She works tirelessly to ensure that families have an adequate supply of diapers for their infants; and works to raise community awareness that “basic human needs” include diapers and that these needs are not being met for children living in poverty.

With ‘diaper need’ being a relatively new concept to many in Atlanta, Kia was up against the odds in proving children without diapers suffer more than a rash; there are emotional and financial consequences that parents bear too. Kia built awareness and strong community support surrounding this issue in just two years, earning endorsements and support from major Fortune 500 companies like Walmart, Huggies and most recently honored as a Ford Unsung Hero.

With her ‘get-it-done’ attitude and gumption, Kia has harnessed the power of community and built a diaper bank with more than 100,000 diapers which serves thousands of Metro Atlanta families through help from partner agencies. Atlanta Diaper Relief has been making a huge impact by helping Atlanta’s poorest and neediest families who are struggling to pay for a basic essential like diapers.

Kia is a mother of five children, a grandmom, and a loving wife. And when she’s not covering “bottoms” she is an active mommy blogger on Cincomom.com. You can find out more about diaper need at www.AtlantaDiaperRelief.org or follow @AtlDiaperRelief or friend Facebook.com/AtlantaDiaperRelief. Or catch her tweeting about life as a mom of many, @KiaMorganSmith or @TheCincomom.

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Accounting & Tax Expert – Lisa Stickel CPA – Nashville, TN

Lisa StickelLisa Mays Stickel, CPA serves as President of Stickel, CPA, PC. She started the firm in May 2005 in order to provide the highest quality of accounting and tax services to small businesses, individuals and nonprofit organizations at reasonable fees. Her goal is to make a difference in the lives of her clients. Her vast experience includes working at a Fortune 500 company when she started her career after graduating from Western Kentucky University, to being a partner in a local accounting firm and working at a regional accounting firm. Lisa is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.

While providing accounting and tax services to her clients is a high priority, she also believes in giving back to the community. Lisa served the accounting profession for six years as a member of the Tennessee State Board of Accountancy with  two of these years as the Secretary. She has also served on several NASBA committees. Speaking to college and high school students about a career in accounting and mentoring are also ways she enjoys giving back. Her past community roles have included serving as the V.P. of Finance and Treasurer for the Junior League of Nashville, board member for the White House Chamber of Commerce and All About Women and President and co-chair of the PTO at her childrens’ schools. In 2005, she was appointed as the first female Alderman of the City of White House.

The one distinctive service that her firm offers is that Lisa has 20+ years of accounting and tax experience so you receive partner level service at lower fees that you would normally spend at other accounting firms. The foundation of her success is from referrals from clients, family and friends who have been built on trust and respect. Allow her passion for accounting and tax services to serve you with your needs so you can focus on your passions.

Outside the office, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running, reading, going to movies and traveling.

You can connect with Lisa on Twitter, WordPress or Linkedin.

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Legal Expert, Deborah Sweeney CEO, MyCorporation.com, Calabasas, CA

Deborah Sweeney HeadshotAs CEO of MyCorporation Business Services, Inc. (MyCorporation.com), Deborah Sweeney is an advocate for protecting personal and business assets for business owners and entrepreneurs. With her experience in the fields of corporate and intellectual property law, Deborah has evolved from lawyer to business owner.  She has extensive experience in the start-up and entrepreneurial industry as she has been involved in the formation of hundreds of thousands of businesses for MyCorporation.com’s customers.

Ms. Sweeney received her JD & MBA degrees from Pepperdine University. She is active in the community and loves working with students and aspiring entrepreneurs.  She serves on the Board of Regents at California Lutheran University and is a founding member of Partners of Pepperdine.  Deborah has served as an adjunct professor at the University of West Los Angeles and San Fernando School of Law in the areas of corporate and intellectual property law. Ms. Sweeney is also well-recognized for her written work online as a contributing writer with top business and entrepreneurial blogging sites.  She is a regular contributor on Forbes, American Express, Social Media Today, and BlogHer among many others.

In her ‘free’ time, Deborah enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, Benjamin (8) and Christopher (6).  Deborah believes in the importance of family and credits the entrepreneurial business model for giving her the flexibility to enjoy both a career and motherhood. Follow her on Twitter @deborahsweeney and @mycorporation.

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Marketing & Mindset Expert – Marlee Ward from MarleeWard.com

03142012 Marlee fuji 400H-3_nacweMarlee Ward empowers solo entrepreneurs make more money and serve more people by teaching them how to leverage high-level marketing principles, online tools, multiple income streams, and a success mindset, through personalized coaching programs, online training workshops, and live training seminars.

After practicing law for nearly five years, Marlee left her career as a lawyer to pursue her passion – seeing individuals succeed as entrepreneurs.

With over 10 years experience in marketing, public relations, and new media technologies, Marlee speaks to a variety of industry specific small business in the US.

She’s served as Business Editor of the popular woman’s blog BizChickBlog.com, co-authored Engagement from Scratch! How super-community builders create a loyal audience, and how you can do the same, and was voted “Top 40 under 40” by a Central Florida Magazine

To receive your FREE weekly marketing and mindset training, plus a free copy of the mp3 training audio “6 Ways to Increase Your Income”, visit http://marleeward.com.

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Business + Tech Geek – Erica Wiley of PROFITGEEKS – New York, NY

imageErica Wiley is Co-Founder and President of PROFITGEEKS, a unique web development and marketing agency that uses technology, biz savvy and good clean fun to grow businesses.

Erica blends her 10 years in sales & marketing with the unique experiences learned from working from home, homeschooling and managing a blended family of 7! She knows first hand the challenges that entrepreneurs face and teaches her clients how to use technology to streamline business operations, create a profit-generating online presence and have time for their passion.

Her work is her joy as she helps you demystify marketing and technology and create a customized system that will keep you focused, motivated and in action!

An all around geek, Erica is passionate about personal development, LOTR, Star Wars, white boards, productivity & planning apps, software testing, volunteering, tree climbing and currently, indie folk music.

For simple, practical and immediately effective tips, Tweet with Erica or find her on Facebook.

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Content Marketing Strategist – Ruth Zive CEO of Marketing Wise, Inc. – Toronto, Ontario

biopictureRuth has been stringing words together since before she knew how to spell. She is a content marketing strategist with a solid track record for developing full-service marketing materials and content-driven strategies, including white papers, case studies, press releases, speeches, websites, blog posts, newsletters and email campaigns. Ruth has more than a decade of experience serving B2B clients in the technology, financial services, retail and non profit industries.
With new search algorithms and social media platforms transforming online communication, content has never been more important than it is today. Ruth helps businesses to craft dynamic and meaningful content to drive business results.Ruth is Founder and CEO at MarketingWise, a full service marketing firm offering content driven solutions. She is focused on growing the company, broadening its client base, and strengthening its culture. She oversees all content development and strategy.

You can connect with Ruth on TwitterFacebook or Linkedin.

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  3. Marlee

    Absolutely agree, Michele. This is going to be a great year of content for this community.

  4. Michele Price @ProsperityGal

    Melissa it is a honor to be creating magic with this talented group of women.

    1. Melissa Stewart[ Post Author ]

      We are honored to have you on board Michele. Looking forward to reading your posts and learning from you!

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