by Melissa Stewart
Last year we introduced our “Girl Crush” list and loved every minute of it! Continuing our mission to “Celebrate, Support and Connect Women Entrepreneurs”, we wanted to keep the connecting (plus celebrating & supporting) going in 2013!
This year we’ve introduced our “Readers Choice” sites – nominated by and voted on by our readers! Sites displaying the “Readers’ Choice” ribbons received the most votes from YOU!
Please be sure to leave your comments and tell us what you think of our list and who you would add to our next list!
So what are you waiting for? Start crushing!
From the BrightFire site:
BrightFire™ Women’s Business Network is the international business network for mission-centered, passion-driven, and success-focused women entrepreneurs.
Women give back to their families and the communities around them when they have the resources to do so. We believe that the more successful women entrepreneurs are, the brighter the entire world will be.
From the Business Chicks site:
At Business Chicks we believe that great stuff happens when women come together to uplift and inspire each other. When we stop competing, and start lending a hand. When we give of ourselves and our expertise so that others can benefit from it. We imagine a world where women feel part of something bigger than themselves, and a world where we feel safe to give anything a go. If you believe in this too, then we’d love to welcome you into our community.
From the Chic-CEO site:
At Chic CEO, we believe women should have the business knowledge and support they need right at their polished fingertips. We created this website as a resource for all the amazing women we’ve met who either didn’t know how to implement their ideas or were too afraid to take the plunge.
At Chic CEO you’ll find easy to understand, easy to implement business knowledge in its most basic form. Best of all, you’ll find other women who are willing to share their advice and experiences simply because someone else did the same for them. The ground level information is here for you to get started in being your own boss – the rest is up to you.
The Daily Muse
From The Daily Muse site:
The Daily Muse is a rapidly growing community of women (and dudes!) who believe that kicking ass and taking names is all part of the job.
We’re serious about your career. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, work for a Fortune 500 company, or dream about changing the world, we believe in being passionate about doing great things, at work and in life.
From the Daily Whip site:
What Can An Ex-Stripper Teach You About Business? Let me tell you.
For nine years I worked in one of the toughest business environments around. Despite what you may have heard, being a stripper is not easy. Sure, there’s fast cash to be made, but the price is high.
Being a stripper requires COURAGE.
I’ve had my self-esteem crash + burn to the lowest depths only to rise up, get my sh*t together and go on to co-create a multi-million dollar commercial real-estate company that even during the height of the recession maintained a 98% occupancy rate and I’ve coached over 450 entrepreneurs since 2005 because …. I Never Give Up!
From Erin Giles site:
I’m Erin Giles the Founder of End Sex Trafficking Day and a Business Philanthropy Consultant that helps businesses and entrepreneurs strategize how to build a do good mission into their business model. I have a new found love for avocados, a secret obsession with too much cream in my tea and sparkles on my eyes. So nice to meet you!
I believe more than ever before we have the possibility to make impact in our world and as you know the world needs us to bring it. Bring our passion, bring our voice and bring our big crazy ideas. There’s something so magical, so cutting edge and so influential about that and I’m honored to be along for the ride with you.
The Every Girl
From The Everygirl site:
The Everygirl, LLC, is the newest online resource helping shape the creative, career-driven woman to experience her life better lived. It is the inspiration to help you achieve your dreams, whatever they may be. Whether it’s how to incorporate a little creativity into your day or motivating you to seek out your dream job, The Everygirl is for you. It is our mission and hope for you to use The Everygirl site to be inspired, but also to take action to become the woman who believed you could, so you did!
Co-founders Alaina Kaczmarski and Danielle Moss met through blogging in 2010, and enjoy living in Chicago, having in-depth conversations with their canine coworkers, and working weekends. You can learn more about them here.
The Female Entrepreneur Association
From the Female Entrepreneur Association site:
If you want to build a successful business and live a successful life, but you’re not quite there yet you’re in the right place!
…We have all faced challenges and overcome them; we have all done some great things and probably some not so great things too. Let’s share our experiences and help to inspire each other.
The Founding Moms
From the Founding Moms site:
The Founding Moms® is a real, live and local monthly meeting where mom entrepreneurs can exchange, connect and learn from one another. Incredible women living right in your backyard meet up to swap start-up stories, interact with renowned business experts, build profitable companies and professional connections within the ever-growing network of mom-owned businesses.
…we’re real women making a difference and having fun doing it. We dress casually. We bring our noisemakers (babies, toddlers, kids) and discuss the ultimate balancing act. We talk about opportunities to help our business grow. We share tips, we listen to expert advice and we come back for more. We create relationships, promote deeper connections and engage in ways distinct from the daily online blur.
From the Kickstart Kitchen site:
Here’s the secret to making your dream come alive: You already have everything that you need to get started. It is 100% possible to do this without quitting your job. And now is the right time. In fact, there never has been a more perfect time for you.
You’re here. Now all you need to do is say yes. You don’t have to have all the answers, you just have to say yes to your dream and yes to living the life you really want. We’ve been right where you are right this very moment — ready to burst with the excitement of starting a business, but held back by the what-ifs and not knowing what to do first. Your heart is in, but your head isn’t so sure yet.
…Once you kickstart your business, you’ll wonder why you waited so long.
Leaders in Heels
From the Leaders in Heels site:
Founded by Kasia Gospos, Leaders in Heels is a dynamic online magazine for successful women in business and in corporate roles. The website contains information on all aspects related to developing careers, running thriving businesses while promoting a healthy work-life balance. A forum for like-minded women to connect, it offers opportunities to network, learn from other women and be inspired.
She Owns It Note: Leaders in Heels received the most Readers’ Choice votes!
The Mogul Mom
From The Mogul Mom site:
The Mogul Mom is a website for moms who run a business, raise a family and rock both. We deliver educational, actionable, inspiring tips, ideas and information to the inboxes of mom entrepreneurs everywhere.
Launched by Heather Allard, a mom entrepreneur since 2001 and that’s started three successful businesses, including one I sold for six figures in 2008.
If you’re a mom running a business and raising a family, I’d love to help you rock both.
From The Mompreneur site:
The purpose of MOMpreneur® Showcase Group Inc. is to connect, inform, celebrate and inspire Mompreneurs across Canada! We are pleased to serve as your resource centre and your cheerleader; your liaison to networks of Canadians in the same boat as you are. Mompreneurs are growing in numbers and importance…Together we are powerful!
Our philosophy is simple: there is power in numbers! We hope to build a bridge for all our members to connect both locally and nationally with women they can relate to. We aim to foster connections with mompreneurs and their individual communities, so that they may continue to grow and succeed with the support and understanding from the people they are most surrounded with. We are also partnered with some of the most influential companies throughout Canada for women in business, which helps us continue to educate Canadians on exactly what a “mompreneur” is and their importance in today’s workforce.
The Next Women
From The NextWomen site:
The NextWomen is on a mission to build the Female Business Brand for entrepreneurs, executives and investors.
Our goal is to advise, inspire & connect a global & local community of ambitious entrepreneurial women specifically on their business needs – online & offline. We realize our goals through our products: The NextWomen Media, The NextWomen Services & The NextWomen Licenses.
The NextWomen is all about killer advice and killer contacts!
From the Rebekah Radice site:
Rebekah Radice is a social media strategist, content developer, trainer and community manager for Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, serving as “the voice” behind the brand. As someone that manages social media on a daily basis, Rebekah recognizes how difficult attracting new business can be in the digital era. For many small to mid-size businesses, this is due to the lack of an online strategy, poorly executed campaigns and little to no online footprint.
Rebekah’s works to assist business owners with their online marketing plan, helping them capitalize on the power of an integrated social media campaign in a specific and strategic way. Her goal is to help you stop those time sucking activities and maximize, prioritize and monetize your online efforts!
From the Rich Mom Business site:
By the time I graduated college I was offered the editor in chief position at a Las Vegas weekly newspaper. So what did I do? I took it … for one week. Then I quit to be a stay at home mom.
So what’s next? I thought. Did I really just get a BA degree in journalism to sit here and change poopy diapers?
I thought of creating a business and though I heard a startling statistic that 9 out of 10 businesses fail, I ventured forward anyway thinking that if everything blew up in my face I would just have to do it 9 more times before one of the businesses would stick.
A few of my first businesses have blown up in my face –it wasn’t pretty. Eventually though, I worked out a formula to create successful businesses.
The first action I took when I discovered the formula for success was to see if I could duplicate it. Once I had succeeded again and again I felt confident enough to automate the process. And now I’m ready to share all my knowledge and experience with you.
She Owns It Note: You HAVE to check out the amazingly entertaining and informative videos on this site! LOTS of great info.
Savvy Business Makers
From the Savvy Business Makers site:
Are you an aspiring woman entrepreneur or a seasoned entrepreneur looking to make your business more progressive? As the world of business gets more competitive and complicated, it can be quite daunting to keep up with the many changes in the industry. Having a business coach is a requirement that any business should have. It’s like having someone to tell you which way to go in the confusing road to success.
Shanesia Winston, the Queen of Biz Makeovers is willing to play this role. Her mission from the heart is to share and impart the business secrets she has learned over the years. During her eight years of experience as an entrepreneur, her valuable insight will certainly help you to develop long-term and short-term strategies that can make any business survive the rat race. Read on as Shanesia shares a little bit of herself and some practical insights to become a successful woman entrepreneur.
The Story Exchange
From The Story Exchange site:
The Story Exchange is a global video project empowering women to achieve economic independence through entrepreneurship. We know the importance of role models and that’s what The Story Exchange is all about: it’s women inspiring women. By producing and promoting video profiles of successful entrepreneurs from all walks of life and sectors we encourage others to gain economic freedom, create the lifestyle of their choosing, and uncover their full potential.
The women we profile here agreed to share their stories about why they began their companies – and what they’ve learned along the way – to encourage others to do the same.
Successful Women Talk
From the Successful Women Talk site:
If you want a business that runs smoothly, customers that sing your praises and freedom to work on your business instead of in your business, you’re in the right place.
Here’s the deal:
In order to have a successful business that doesn’t require you to do, approve and touch everything, affords you the freedom to have a life outside of work and gives you more happy moment than heart burn…you must learn the simple steps of organizational practices and processes.
Everything in life is a balance of systems and running a business is no different.
If you’re a small business owner feeling overwhelmed by everything it takes to run your business, you’re going to love me.
The Valley Girl Show
From The Valley Girl site:
The Valley Girl Show is a talk show created and hosted by Jesse Draper which features some of the biggest names in Business, Technology and the world!
Check out The Valley Girl Show a new take on the business interview! Imagine if Reese Witherspoons character in Legally Blonde had taken Silicon Valley instead of Harvard Law-and been brunette-and you have the Valley Girl. Like a pink Ellen Degeneres, she illustrates the simplicity of business while including the fun tidbits that you dont get to see on Charlie Rose. She launches with Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and Spacex among her other guests are former NFL Superstar/banker Ronnie Lott and Vinod Khosla! Tune in every Monday!
When I Grow Up Coach
From the When I Grow Up Coach site:
I’m Michelle Ward, CPC, PCC and – most importantly! – The When I Grow Up Coach.
March 19, 2010 was my last day in Corporate America, and I have been a Woman of the World (my phrase for “full-time entrepreneur”) ever since. I’ve served as an expert source and contributor for such outlets as Newsweek, Forbes, and Psychology Today; led workshops and seminars at SXSW 2011, the Macauley Honors College at City University of New York and the sold-out Etsy Success Symposium; co-created the kick-ass e-course/workbook/workshop The Declaration of You, which’ll be published by North Light Craft Books in June 2013; made the same base salary in my first full year as a Woman of the World that I made in corporate America; received my PCC (Professional Certified Coach) status from the International Coach Academy and coached almost 200 creative types personally to help them devise the career they think they can’t have, or discover it begin with.
I’ve been training my whole life to be a coach. My communication skills, my enthusiasm and sense of humor, my desire to help people find their passion, and my people-loving-personality makes this the role that I was born to play, and my certification and ~800 hours of coaching time makes this a role I can take center stage!
She Owns It Note: Be sure to check out the VIDEO STORY on Michelle’s site!
Women Are Game Changers
From the Women Are Game Changers site:
Women Are Gamechangers is a source for women entrepreneurs to gain knowledge on how to make the proper connections. Through live events, online chats and blog posts women learn from each other how to build strong connections in their network.
Teaching women entrepreneurs how to market themselves through networking.
Helping women entrepreneurs who work from home, are a solopreneur or in a service based business market themselves through networking.
From the WorkSmart Lifestyle site:
Britt Michaelian, M.A. is a new media producer, entrepreneur, artist, author and mom who lives in sunny Southern California.
With a tremendous amount of experience founding, leading and participating in online communities, such as 411 Voices, Social Media Girlfriends, Friends of Ricki, Healthy Moms Healthy Babies, Makers Moms and more, Britt can often be found speaking, consulting, writing, producing videos and talking social strategy with brands and businesses who are looking to make a big impact in a short amount of time via social networks.
“If you look at any successful entrepreneur, you will see that there has been an evolutionary journey. It’s all about growth.” – Britt Michaelian
From the YFS Magazine site:
YFS Magazine, which stands for Young, Fabulous & Self-Employed, is a small business news website and online magazine founded by American business woman, serial entrepreneur, and syndicated columnist Erica Nicole.
YFS Magazine has been described by the Visa Business Network as “useful information for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a business.”
Since the initial launch, YFS Magazine has been featured and/or mentioned in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States. The knowledge and expertise of the founder of the organization regarding startups and small business has continued to be in high demand within the international small business community. Some of these media outlets and organizations requesting interviews and insight have included The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Portfolio.com, Fox Business Network, The Huffington Post, Black Enterprise, American Express OPEN Forum, Business Insider, AllBusiness.com, Mashable, AOL.com, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, YouNoodle and others.
Young Female Entrepreneurs
From the Young Female Entrepreneur site:
Young Female Entrepreneurs is an online platform that connects entrepreneurial women in their 20s and 30s with new people, brands, and headlines that help them start and grow businesses. The YFE mission is to help young women on their path to profitable businesses while building a collective reputation that is philanthropic, successful, multi-faceted, and collaborative.
Show up live on Thursday nights at 6pm PST/9pm EST for our weekly interactive LIVE show. Choose to watch the show on the LIVE page, or participate on the chat in Twitter using hashtag #YFEchat. Meet your peers through YFE’s online event, follow them online, and meet in person through city leaders connected with the platform.
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 https://sheownsit.com/ is a site committed to empowering women entrepreneurs by offering resources, support and inspiration. @melissaonline