Entrepreneurship


Entrepreneurship // September 15, 2014 When it comes to developing your professional website to help sell your product or service what's your first natural reaction? Let me guess: overwhelm! I get it. You have so much value to offer and your job is to distill your greatness and share it online for people to understand in three seconds or less (yup, that’s the average time a person spends on your…
Start-up Spotlight // May 19, 2014Sisters Kimberly and Wendy Willming finish each other’s sentences. Like a lot of other sisters, they have cultivated a short-hand language over a lifetime together. But even considering their 26 years together, these sisters have an uncanny understanding of one another. They’re twins, and though they’re technically fraternal, they look so much alike that it’s unsettling upon first meeting them. The Willming sisters not only…
Business // September 23, 2013 Debt. It just doesn’t seem to go away. Whether we’ve racked up credit card bills during the summer wedding season or had to give in and get a new car, many of us have some form of debt to our name. More than likely, however, most of us have debt in the form of the good ol’ student loan. According to American Student Assistance, today in…
Business // July 29, 2013So you have a great idea but you don’t have funding? Aside from begging your parents, skipping meals, and buying a Mega Millions ticket, crowdfunding is the most accessible way to fundraise. I’ve recently completed a Kickstarter campaign and thankfully, we successfully raised over $30k.  It was a tremendous learning experience, and I've compiled a few tips on how to stand out from the crowd while…
Business // May 6, 2013 Being an ambitious entrepreneur is a gift and a curse. On the one hand you get things done. You have a vision, you started a business and you’re making a difference in this world (and some money). On the other hand, your schedule is overflowing with client work, networking events and business opportunities. There is always something more you could be doing. The questions becomes: How…
Entrepreneurship // February 24, 2013 If you’ve decided to try your hand at running a start-up, you’re brave. It takes a lot of guts to make a go of it on your own. But you’re not alone. Over seven million people make the leap and start their own business each year. That’s a lot of new businesses!One of the fastest growing sectors of new companies are tech start-ups, where we’re…
July 30, 2012 You’re a businesswoman with a hectic schedule -- and we can relate.  Heck, we’re willing to bet you’re reading this very article on your phone or tablet right now as you take a quick lunch break or wait for your conference room to be available. You’ve got things to do, and preferably, those things can get done while you’re in motion (ie: Not always at your desk).…
May 7, 2012 In high school I came up with a master plan for my life. I was going to excel academically and participate in extracurricular activities so that I could get into a good college. And the plan worked! But sadly, in my youthful shortsightedness, I didn’t plan beyond getting there, and soon found myself in a sea of too many options. I didn’t feel too bad though--everyone around me…
April 9, 2012Beauty and brains…. Check and check for Misa Chien. This wonder woman manages to run her--let's count them--two businesses while maintaining a national modeling career.  A UCLA graduate, Misa started her ‘launch business,' Miss Misa, out of her sophomore dorm room. Miss Misa is an online jewelry store that offers unique and delicately beautiful jewelry. While most people would stop at one self-owned and -operated business, Misa started…
March 12, 2012I admit it: I am at a complete loss when it comes to applying makeup. That being said, I truly believe makeup professionals are artists. I think my hesitation when it comes to makeup makes me appreciate their effortless strokes all the more. They make us look our most beautiful, and when you meet someone who is as passionate about beauty as makeup artist Melanie Mills is, you…
January 3, 2012Made Women come from all walks of life and pursue a wide range of goals. There are those who are mothers, some are humanitarians, and other are CEO’s of huge companies. And then there are those who choose to forge their own way in their fields and create a little something awesome for themselves. We call these hustlers entrepreneurs and Elvira Guzman is one of them.  A graduate…
December 5, 2011It’s December…that time of year when a jolly old fat man reminds us to spread some generosity and goodwill.  But for the remarkable and dynamic Monique Ellis, founder and executive director of Toni’s House, contributing to the lives of others is a year round vocation. Monique started Toni’s House with the intent to provide a safe haven for those recovering from addiction and abuse.  Over time her dream…
November 8, 2011 When I met up with Lisa Marie Todd at her West LA jewelry studio, I thought I’d be sitting down with a former In Living Color fly girl turned jewelry designer. How cool to sit down with someone I grew up watching on one of the most iconic shows of our time? What I didn’t know was that I’d be interviewing a true business mogul. In addition…
September 12, 2011 When I entered the Stampede Management offices to sit down with Shante Broadus, I wasn't sure what to expect from our meeting. I knew she was the high-school-sweetheart-turned-wife of Snoop Dogg, one of the hugest rappers--and personalities--of our time. From watching Snoop Dogg’s “Father Hood” TV show, I knew she was the (very patient) mother of three children. I also knew she'd been steadily solidifying herself as…