Posts Tagged ‘women in business’

C4W Member Profile: Sharon Becker, LISW, ACSW

October 2, 2013

What is your profession? Therapist, Private Practice

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career?  Activities Outdoors – hiking, biking, running, beach and bridge walks, Reading, Cooking

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? Twenty years

What inspired you to become a member? Wanted to take advantage of the many interesting, useful workshops, meeting other women with similar goals and ambitions.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? It has been inspiring, educational and has served to connect me with other women in business.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? It has enabled me to nurture my spirit and embrace my unique role as the mother of “boys”. What comes from the heart goes to the heart of others.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Define your own parameters for success, Go with the flow and always have faith. Remember that what we get can be different than what we thought we wanted and this becomes a true blessing. 

How can people connect with you? Email me at beckersj@comcast.net or call my office at 843-884-0887.

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C4W Member Profile: Kim Wright Brown

July 24, 2013

KimBrownWhat is your profession?  Associate VP Development, Carolina Youth Development Center.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Spending time with my husband Dean and family, entertaining, travel, being a good friend and I love watching college football (Gamecock Fan)!

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women?  I just joined as an individual. I have had the good fortune of being involved with my previous company over the past couple of years and would not miss being a member.

What inspired you to become a member?   I have been inspired, supported and encouraged by many of the women I have met at the C4W over the past few years.  The Women & Power series is exceptional and the opportunity to meet and get to know the talented and amazing women in the Charleston business community is not to be missed. 

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? There are so many opportunities to get involved, learn, or share with other women.  The connections I have made at C4W have helped in all areas of my life, personal to professional.  It is a tremendous resource.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you?  I had an amazing mother, who taught me I could do anything, be anything I wanted.  She instilled in us all to believe in ourselves and be good to yourself.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy?  Dream BIG! Help each other…I love a quote that was in Time Magazine several months by Taylor Swift…she said

“There is a place in hell for women who do not help other women.”

Reach out, connect with other women (and men).  It is a tougher road alone.

How can people connect with you?

a)      Email – kbrown@cydc.org

b)      Phone – (843) 266-5218

c)      Facebook – Carolina Youth Development Center

d)      Website – www.cydc.org

f)       LinkedIn – Kim Wright Brown

C4W Member Profile: Liz Price, R.N.

May 8, 2013

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What is your profession?  I am a registered nurse at a local community hospital in the newborn and Level II nursery. I have most recently started my own business, Nurse at Night, Inc. My greatest goal for the business is to help new parents by caring for their newborn at night to assist them in getting a good night of sleep so they can be well rested for the next day.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? I love doing anything that involves spending time with my husband and two lively boys. You will find us at the park, aquarium, children’s museum, or volunteering at our church.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? Less than a month

What inspired you to become a member? My friend Corrie with Teacups and Trucks introduced me to this wonderful community of women. After the first networking meeting I knew I wanted to be a part of this organization. It supplies you with so many wonderful resources and introduces you to wonderful women who know exactly what you are going through and will journey along side you.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? It has surrounded me with women who are like-minded and it has helped give me the courage to take a leap of faith in the business world and start my own business.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? I love being a woman, a wife, a mother, and a friend. I have always tried to stay true to myself and who God has created me to be and I feel very blessed to be a woman.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Find out what your passion is, think of a way that it can help others, and go after your dream. Surround yourself with people that will encourage you and eliminate those around you that tell you your goals are unreachable. Pray about your business idea and get a true sense if its something you should pursue. Get involved with the Center for Women and let them lead and guide you in your steps to becoming the woman your were called to be.

How can people connect with you?

Email: liz@nurseatnight.com

Phone: 843-270-2910

You can also visit my website: www.nurseatnight.com

C4W Member Profile: Erin Marqua

April 24, 2013

erinmarquaWhat is your profession? Owner of Gourmet Bay Catering with my husband, Patrick Hickey.  I handle all the internet marketing and he handles the kitchen.  Gourmet Bay caters weddings, special events, corporate functions and everything in between. 

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? I love hanging out on Folly Beach with my husband and two pups Pelota & Maple.  We are an outdoor loving family and enjoying swimming, SUPing, surfing, and beach walks.  I also love to travel in Europe and take photos.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? I just joined!

What inspired you to become a member? I joined to network, gain new relationships both professionally and personally, and participate in the one-on-one counseling at the business center.  I’m excited to empower other women business owners and get advice from them along the way. 

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? Positive. I have already met many wonderful women who are interested in what I do, how to help, and in turn need my help.  Last year was the 1st time Gourmet Bay Catering participated in the Women in Business Conference Culinary Showcase and we decided to do it again this year.  It’s one of our favorite events. 

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? I love being a woman in Charleston.  There is great opportunity for women in business nowadays and the Center for Women is making it easier to succeed.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy?   Be yourself and work hard.  Owning a business isn’t easy, but it is worth the sacrifice.  

How can people connect with you?

erin@gourmetbay.net

twitter: @GourmetBayCater

www.facebook.com/GourmetBayCateringCharleston

http://www.gourmetbay.nethttp://erinmarqua.wix.com/erin

C4W Business Member Profile: Kathryn Hollis Peters, Seeking Indigo

March 13, 2013

kathrynpetersWhat is your profession? Visionary and Founder of Seeking Indigo.  Seeking Indigo is a unique 6000 square foot comprehensive retail and  wellness experience offering clients an extraordinary opportunity to engage, shop, heal and awaken.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Anything outdoors.  Travel is my passion.  Although I thrive on working with cultures around the world, specifically in  Bali and India,  it’s always amazing to come home to Charleston.  We are so very fortunate to have a plethora of options in this beautiful town – my favorite pastime is just walking the streets of downtown Charleston with my beloved goldendoodle.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? I have just rejoined as one of my New Years resolutions.  Something everyone should consider.

What inspired you to become a member? The Center is making amazing progress and doing such extraordinary things for our community.  I’m excited to be part of this opportunity to touch the lives of so many women.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? I spoke years ago for the Center for Women.  Telling my story of the trials and tribulations of starting a new business  and the many rewards of  running your own company hopefully inspired many to follow their dreams.  I have always admired Jennet and the work she is doing.  The Center for Women also serves as a perfect opportunity for businesses and individual networking.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? It hasn’t always been easy but being a woman in business.  The good news is that  we now have tremendous opportunity as there  is a shift happening of how women are viewed… as leaders, visionaries and goddesses in their own regard. Organizations like the Center for Women help make this possible.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Go forward with confidence and perseverance.  That which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.

How can people connect with you?

katpeters@me.com

www.seekingindigo.com

twitter   @seekingindigo

facebook :  www.facebook.com/kathryn.h.peters

C4W Sponsor Profile: Marguerite A. Germain, MD, Germain Dermatology

October 31, 2012

What is your profession? Board Certified Dermatologist | Germain Dermatology

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Traveling, painting, catching up with friends and family, going to concerts and plays.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women?  2 years

What inspired you to become a member? I have always felt that women can be successful and happier when they work together. The Center for Women is an organization that inspires strong and hard-working women to support each other and our community.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? The Center for Women continues to develop as an organization and to influence the community in so many wonderful ways. The growth of this organization encourages me to learn and grow as an individual as well as a member of this community.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? I believe that as women, we are resilient; however, we often put others before our own needs which means we neglect ourselves both inside and out. We all should take some time for ourselves. When you feel good on the inside, your strength and beauty shows. Taking care of your skin is vital, but I have always said that skincare is not about looking as young as possible, it’s about looking as good as you feel.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Knowledge is power. Learn everything you can and keep up with the trends around you. With today’s shift in business and technology, it’s important to broaden your horizons and always be learning…and never be afraid to try new things, because you never know where that new idea or thought will take you.

How can people connect with you? Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest.

National Business Women’s Month- Salute to Working Women

October 26, 2012

Have you reached a road block in your career or small business? Is it time to reach out for new ideas and new contacts? Are you balancing your work and family and stretched for time? As a working woman, the South Carolina Women’s Business Center and the Center for Women can help you be more successful.

South Carolina Women’s Business Center
Women are starting their own businesses at unprecedented rates.  Between 1997 and 2011, women owned firms in South Carolina increased 64% and that’s compared to the national average of 50%. Women have great business ideas and know what women want to buy. Women control 80% of all discretionary spending and women are inventing new products and services that better match their needs and expectations.

The South Carolina Women’s Business Center offers free one-on-one business counseling, training workshops and networking opportunities for women entrepreneurs and small business owners. Launched in January 2012 as an off shoot of the Center for Women, the South Carolina Women’s Business Center has counseled 73 women and conducted 34 training workshops attended by over 1,800 women. In its brief existence, it has helped save or start six businesses. According to Christie MacConnell, Director of the South Carolina Women’s Business Center, “I’m thrilled over the rapid success we’ve experienced and I’m excited at the prospect of connecting even more women entrepreneurs to the tools and resources that they need.”

Each month, the South Carolina Women’s Business Center holds an Entrepreneurial Readiness workshop where women can learn about the key ingredients that go into being a successful business owner and understanding the steps necessary to launch a viable business. The Entrepreneurial Readiness workshop is a great starting place for any woman who has a business idea to get a solid grounding before embarking on her new venture. Additional programs include a monthly networking session where women can learn and support each other and a development workshop on specific topics such as commercial insurance, legal structures for business and human resource policy. To learn more, visit www.scwbc.net.

The South Carolina Women’s Business Center has strong community support. Our 2012 Business Partners are Eckert Insurance, First Federal, Merrill Lynch, SC Biz News and Weightwatchers. The South Carolina Women’s Business Center is supported in part by grants from Bank of America, Wells Fargo and the US Small Business Association.

Women’s Leadership Institute
For women who work in business and industry and want to increase their chances for advancement, the Center for Women created the Women’s Leadership Institute. Monthly Saturday programs are held on topics that prepare women for stepping into greater leadership roles and higher management. Topics this year have included: Leading with Strength and Confidence, How to Use Persuasion and Create Influence, Handling Promotions with Poise, Using Polarity Thinking for Enlightened Leadership, Networking with a Purpose, Working Well with Difficult People, Getting Comfortable Negotiating What You Want, Delegating Effectively, and Communicating with Impact.

Several large, bell weather companies in our area, Alcoa, Cummins and MeadWestVaco, have seen the value of these leadership programs and the chance to let loose the talent residing in their female employees. The Women’s Leadership Institute brings programming on-site to these companies. According to the MeadWestVaco Women’s Network, “Our MeadWestVaco Women’s Network fosters both personal and professional development and helps build critical “soft” skills that are important to develop oneself and others and to inspire leadership.  The Center for Women has greatly aided us with that mission. The Center has connected us to local experts and has helped us build effective programs tailored to our needs. Using the Center has allowed us to capitalize on the tools and resources that have already been established, and ultimately has allowed us to enhance and broaden the programs we are able to bring to our members.”

The Women’s Leadership Institute is honored to be supported and sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Care for Life, Ms. Rose’s Restaurant, Fork Fine Gourmet and Skirt! Magazine. To learn more, visit www.c4women.org.

Ginger Rosenberg is the Marketing & Program Manager at the Center for Women. She can be reached at ginger@c4women.org.

C4W Member Profile: Arletta L. Moore

October 17, 2012

What is your profession? Engineer by day and an International healthy coffee business owner by night.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Right now I enjoy running my home base business, but for entertainment I enjoy photography.  It gives me pleasure to see world in the eyes of a photographer.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? Just joined!

What inspired you to become a member? A couple of reasons why I became a member of Center 4 Women, one I was inspired by brown bag lunch series Finding Your Voice – Speaking Effectively conducted at the Sanctuary Hall & Garden in Mt. Pleasant. Second, I would like to establish relationships with other women business owners in the Low Country.  I’m new at owning my own business and would like to learn how to run an effective business.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? The Center for women has broaden my limited mindset on how to market my business.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? Living day to day as a woman has affected me in a very positive way because being a woman in today’s society is very empowering. It’s empowering because more and more women are becoming business owners every day, and I look up to women who are leaders of organizations, like Oprah Winfrey and Martha Stewart.  An organization like the Center 4 Women helps me gain an understanding that there are people that are interested in promoting small business for women.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? From my understanding women tend to be caught between incredible choices. Women in business have a tendency to adapt to customary manly leadership manners than those of femininity. This makes it very challenging for women to do their best at work…which is mandatory if you’re going to thrive in today’s extremely economic atmosphere. My message I would like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy is foster some relationships with peers and/or mentors in the industry you are pursuing as a business venture. A mentor can help you enhance your abilities and advise you on navigating through new challenges.

How can people connect with you? My website:  amooreenterprise.organogold.com/ Call me (317) 997-6367, email me at amoore777@me.com, follow me on Twitter @RichSista777, and find me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/arlettar1

6 Tips for Starting a Consulting Practice (or Launching a Job Search!)

September 28, 2012

“Take my advice, I’m not using it” has always been one of my favorite lines.  Why?  Because it describes in a comical way how I started my consulting practice as a Career Coach and Training Consultant over 20 years ago.  I didn’t have a business plan, didn’t have a website for many years, have never had an office outside of my home, didn’t have fancy marketing materials or even a cell phone!  But what I did have was a passion for helping people find jobs and performing better in their careers. I had a belief that because I knew what I loved doing and was good at, there would be a market for what I was offering…….and it turns out, I was right.

My experience should give hope to anyone thinking about taking the entrepreneurial plunge.  Who would have thought that starting an independent consulting practice and starting a job search would require many of the same considerations?  So based on my 20+ years of surprisingly successful experience as a Career and Training Consultant, here is some advice to aspiring consultants and job hunters alike!

  1. Follow your bliss – What have you’ve always longed to do?  To me, there is no more important question to answer when considering becoming a consultant or job hunter:  Is there a way to do work that I am passionate about, find meaningful and will support me and my family?  A new job or consulting opportunity that is a perfect match for your passions and expertise may well be out there.  So figure out what your passions are, what you’re good at and what you have to offer the marketplace.  Most people tend to undervalue their talents, skills, and experience, so it may take an outsider to help you identify your most marketable skills and expertise and that could be a wise investment before starting either endeavor.
  2. Test the marketplace – Can you really get paid for your expertise and passions?  Where is the need in the marketplace for what you uniquely offer? Find out byinvestigating the marketplace and researching organizations that may need or are looking for your skills and expertise.  Find out what’s going on right under your nose – in your neighborhood, local businesses, community, and non-profit organizations.  Just this week, one of my job search clients walked into a company a mile from his house to apply for a job in person (yes, people still do this and should!), left his resume with the receptionist and got a call back from the hiring manager that afternoon!  I encourage my clients and aspiring consultants to read local newspapers, business journals, organization websites, and talk to professional and personal contacts about current company needs, initiatives, and problems that might require their unique talents and skills.  I encourage them to meet decision makers through information interviewing or through a referral.  This is crucial in determining if there is indeed a need and market for what you are offering.
  3. Watch your expenses and keep your overhead low – Many of my colleagues have made the mistake of signing expensive lease agreements for office space that their practice simply couldn’t support.  Many of my job search clients do the same: setting up elaborate home offices, or buying new computers and phones – spending money they need to live on while looking for a new job. Make a coffee shop your office!  My best guess would be about 75% of coffee shop regulars are consultants or job hunters who are meeting with potential clients, having interviews, writing resumes and cover letters. I should know, I’m one of them!
  4. Network, network, network – Do you have to network?  The unequivocal answer is Yes – that’s if you want to be successful!  99.5% of my consulting business has come from networking and 80% of all jobs come through networking.  Networking who you know, and who knows you, is the most effective way to find a job or consulting gig.
  5. Develop marketing materials – A consulting brochure, a website, or resumes and cover letters,  need to sell your expertise, skills, and your “value proposition” to potential customers and hiring managers in a high impact way.  Engaging the services of a professional web designer and resume writer can be extremely beneficial.  In fact, I just bartered my career coaching services with a web designer and I now have an attractive new website that cost me nothing more than sharing my expertise.
  6. Blow your own horn – Whether you are selling your consulting services to potential customers or selling yourself to potential employers, you must have well prepared “verbal commercials” that promote who you are and what you have to offer. In coaching hundreds of clients looking for new careers, I have learned that this is one of the hardest things for people to do.  And you can and must learn to promote your “brand” as a job hunter or consultant, because your competition is doing it loud and strong!

Starting a consulting practice requires confidence, determination, and self-motivation – and so does an effective job search.  But the satisfaction and rewards are worth the effort!  I encourage aspiring consultants to contact the Center for Women and the SC Women’s Business Center for help getting started on the right track.

Jan Moorman is President of Jan Moorman & Associates, a Career Coaching and Training Consulting Firm located in Charleston, SC. She can be reached at www.janmoormanandassociates.com or 843-410-3526.

The Pros and Cons of a Home Business

June 29, 2012

OK, admit it. You’ve fantasized about what a cakewalk it would be to work from home. I mean, just imagine: Your commute time becomes about 30 seconds, you can stop and put in a load of laundry at lunchtime, work from your desk in your gym clothes, maybe even stop for a short nap if the mood strikes. What could be better?

Separating fact from fiction is an important task for anyone considering working from home. No longer the purview of envelope-stuffing moms, home offices and telecommuters are proliferating across the business landscape. According to the last U.S. Census report, about 8 percent of the American working population, or about 11.3 million people, worked primarily from home. In addition, those workers who reported working at home at least once per week accounted for 15 percent of total employment, a number that is significantly on the rise when you consider trends in both remote corporate assignments and the growth of home-based businesses.

While there is no longer a stigma attached to working from home, it’s clearly not for everyone. There are stories galore of home-based ventures that have quickly fizzled out and telecommuters who have slid from hero to slacker in the transition from corporate office to dining room table. Clearly, there are some important steps to take before you decide to mix your business environment with home and hearth. Consider these 10 steps to maximizing the probability of a successful work-at-home experience:

1. Know yourself. You have to have a huge tolerance for solitude to sustain working from home on a regular basis. If you’re primarily a social creature or an extrovert, you could find yourself going stir-crazy or talking to the walls. Think carefully about your personality style and what makes you tick before you take the leap.

2. Establish a conducive working environment. A home office should be just what the term implies — an office. While you might be able to make due with a carved-out corner of your bedroom for a short time, if you’re serious about this, you’ll need some dedicated space that is devoted to business. That includes a chair that’s comfortable enough to sit in at the phone and computer for more than 15 minutes.

3. Stick to a schedule. The most successful telecommuters and home-based free agents are those who discipline themselves to keep regular and reliable hours. This doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the flexibility element that is part of what attracted you to working from home in the first place. But it does mean that if you kid yourself by only working part time at what needs to be a full-time commitment, it will catch up with you.

4. Eliminate distractions. This is probably one of the biggest challenges about working from home. It’s just too easy to take a break and start dinner or chat with your neighbors or take the dog for a walk. When you set up shop, make sure your friends and family understand that just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you are fair game for a cup of coffee and a leisurely conversation whenever they choose to drop by.

5. Stay connected. Although it’s a good idea to avoid the coffee klatch, it’s important to stay in touch with the professional community. Attend local business meetings that are of interest to you. Schedule lunch with colleagues and clients. In other words, keep your network active and alive. Not only will it keep you marketable, it also will keep you from feeling lonely and out of touch.

6. Use technology wisely. If you work from home, it’s vital that you have reliable and professional technology on your side. Have a dedicated phone line that is separate from the one used by your spouse and kids. Invest in a voice mail service so that your messages don’t get lost or garbled. Use a high-quality headset if you spend a lot of time on the phone. Invest in a wireless high-speed Internet connection Make sure your fax machine is in good working order. Choose software and technology services that will make your life easier.

7. Take advantage of services aimed at the small office/home office community. It’s a good idea to use a mail and shipping center vs. standing in line at the post office. And it makes sense to have a mailbox dedicated to your business at one of these facilities so that you can keep your home address private and your mail separate. Buy office supplies online and have them shipped to you. Take advantage of the myriad services provided by copying centers.

8. Rely on professionals when you need professional help. Unless you are in the accounting business, it makes sense to hire a CPA to do your business bookkeeping and tax processing. And when you need a lawyer, have a good one on your side rather than trying to muddle through with do-it-yourself forms. If there is a heavy volume of administrative or clerical work associated with what you do, consider hiring a virtual assistant to provide the support that you need.

9. Establish boundaries. Just as it’s easy to get distracted when you work out of your home, it’s also easy to get consumed. Resist the temptation to hang out in your office at all hours of the day and night. You need a life, too — one that doesn’t have anything to do with your work.

10. Periodically assess how it’s going. The decision to work at home should be one that fits with who you are and enables you to enjoy what you do. If your heart is singing and you look forward to getting started in the morning, great. But if you find yourself dreading having to hole up in that home office one more day and praying for the weekends, something is wrong in this picture. Pay attention to the quality of your experience and be willing to make a change if it’s not working out the way you planned.

Welcome home! Your business is waiting.

Barbara Poole is a Master-Certified Coach and Leadership/Team Development Consultant. She is  President of Success Builders, Inc., Partner/Co-founder of Leading Deeply, LLC, and an affiliate of the Pyramid Resource Group, Inc. Barbara can be reached at coachbarbara@bellsouth.net.

First appeared in the Business Review section of The Post and Courier Monday, May 28, 2012.


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