25 Bedford's CEO and Founder, Keri Ferry, knows the plight of the corporate, professional woman based on her own personal experience working in finance for ten years. Frustrated by the fact that she spent 80% of her time at work in only 20% of her wardrobe (her least favorite part of the wardrobe no less), Keri realized the corporate dress code was being neglected, not only in the product but also in relevant editorial content and an efficient shopping experience.
So Keri took matters into her own hands, quit her finance job, and set out to build a solution with a team of industry veterans, designers and creative directors. "It's the functional editing that's missing from the current contemporary market," describes Keri. "By adding my understanding of the dress code with the creative design input from my team, we were able to create a unique, practical and fashionable clothing collection, all available at the push of a button, at a fraction of the cost, thanks to a web-based business model."
The end result: 25 Bedford, the online destination for modern, work-appropriate fashion. All items retail between $135 - $255. Fit, fabric and color play a vital role in the collection, allowing women endless flattering styling options, while building a comprehensive and versatile wardrobe that can be built upon season after season. Available in a variety of silhouettes, all items are crafted from the finest Italian and Japanese fabrics, and are produced in the USA. New styles and colorways will be added on a seasonal basis, with bestsellers staying evergreen.
Greater New Orleans Area resident, Luci Bonee, opened her own business, EmbroidMe, today on December 9th. That alone sounds like a great new start-up story to share, but there is more. Bonee serves as an inspiring example to other women thinking of going into business, but who may be hesitant to give up one passion for another. After twenty years as a teacher, she decided to change careers and pursue her dual dream of being an entrepreneur while helping out her community.
MSWOnlinePrograms.org is a website that provides information for students and professionals in the Social Work field. One of their articles lists 101 greatest sites for social workers. The sites that were listed were hand selected by the site's founders to offer "great professional and educational resources for people who are interested in social work as a career." You can find the list here: 101 Greatest Sites For Social Workers
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How to Become a Social Worker - If you are thinking of joining this field, here is what you will need to do. First see out if you are cut out to be a social worker. Find out what degree you will need. Learn about additional requirements and then get advice on finding your first job.
The Real Life of Social Workers - The best way to learn about any career is to talk to people who actually work in it. Real-life social workers share their stories here. Read about what being a social workers is really like or tell us your story about life in this field.
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All qualifying U.S. small businesses are invited to make a short video telling how their business can benefit from a productivity makeover and SCORE advice. Valuable prizes will be awarded, including Brother products and services, a professional promotional video and national media exposure through the 2014 SCORE Awards. The BizClips contest is part of SCORE's 50 th anniversary celebrating the 10 million small businesses SCORE has assisted since 1964. The contest gives small businesses a national platform for showing how they can be made better and stronger.
Videos can be simple or more complex, and must be 30-60 seconds in length and submitted by midnight on February 25, 2014.
The public will have a chance to vote on their favorite businesses during a public voting round in April 2014, during which SCORE and contestants will actively promote voting on all eligible videos. A panel of small business experts will select a grand prize winner, taking into account the number of votes each video receives. The top 25 finalists will also receive a Brother P-Touch prize. The winner will receive $2,500 in Brother products and services, and will be flown to Washington, D.C. for special national announcement at the SCORE Awards Gala in September 2014.
Complete details are on the Contest website at www.bizclips.score.org.
Russian Women In Business: Stuck On The Career Ladder. Although emancipation has made huge progress in Russia, society has not yet changed its patriarchal attitudes towards women on the workplace.
Russian Startups Sell Out-Of-The-Box Solutions. E-commerce startups are appearing in Russia in increasing numbers. A new trend has updated the usual online shopping experience, offering an entire range of services attached to goods. Looksima.ru, one such startup has a target audience of women between the ages of 25 and 35.
Russian Business Women Are Better At Turning Down Bribes Than Men. A World Bank report says fewer Russian companies are paying bribes and it's mostly businesses led by women that choose to stand up to passing money under the table.
On YouTube, watch the 2013 Russian Business Woman Awards.
Women are outnumbered on the boards of the vast majority of the world's top corporations despite studies that show businesses that have higher numbers of women on their boards outperform companies that have predominantly male boards.
Can diversity come to Detroit's tech scene? When Twitter Inc. announced its IPO two weeks ago, the filing revealed that the company has no women or people of color on its board. When the National Venture Capital Association completed its most recent census, it found that 87 percent of respondents were white and 80 percent were male. And exactly nobody is shocked.
Why Are 83.4 Percent of Fortune 500 Board Seats Held By Men? The lack of board diversity is important primarily because it's a huge tell--and not because it has huge consequences. A company that can't manage to have half its board seats filled with women simply isn't trying. Which is to say that the vast majority of large American companies simply aren't trying.
Average Stock Price of Gender Diverse Corporate Boards Outperform Those with No Women. The progression of women on corporate boards has changed over time, region and by sector, and whether gender diversity helps drive stock performance. It also looks at the proportion of companies with processes in place to drive diversity and equal opportunity.
Hispanic people are the fastest growing minority population in the United States comprising 15% of the population (50 million people.) However, emarketer.com notes that 78% of companies said they do not socially market to Hispanics. Is your business making this costly marketing mistake, too?
According to a recent report, AOL's Hispanic Cyberstudy (.pdf format), 77% of Hispanic households in the United States consumer their media in English. The study also reveals that when comparing Hispanic consumers with "general marketing consumers:"
- Hispanics online are younger (average age 37 vs. average age 46 for "general marketing users");
- Have an average of two kids (vs. one child) that are younger in age (elementary school kids vs. college students); and
- Earn an average of $50k per year per household.
Hispanics Are Computer Savvy and Regularly Turn To The Internet For Information
Even more important findings show that significantly more Hispanics use the Internet than general users as follows:
- 57% Always go to the internet to find deals (vs. 43% of general users;)
- 44% Use the Internet to keep up with pop culture (vs. 25% of general users;
- 64% Use the Internet as a main source of news and information (vs. 51% of general users); and
- Hispanic Internet users are also more likely to use the Internet to make social connections and use the Internet "as an important tool for building a better life."
To ignore the needs and interests of the fastest growing minority population the United States could become a serious marketing mistake for businesses. The AOL Cyber Study draws an conclusion:
"Hispanics have a high regard for the internet as a medium for information and socialization. Fully one-third of all Hispanics, regardless of acculturation and life stage, view the internet as a key component in building a better life."
Fortune's list of the 50 most powerful women in the world is interesting. The vast majority of the women making the list this year are in the 50-60 age range. Only one woman is in her 30's (Marissa Meyer of Yahoo!, age 38); ten women are in the 40s, but the remaining 39 women on the list are in their 50s or 60s.
I also found it interesting that Marissa Meyer (Yahoo!) ranked eighth and Meg Whitman (HP) as the ninth most powerful woman. Given the obstacles both these women faced when hired I was surprised (not unhappy, just surprised) to see them make the list so high this year. Whitman has not turned the profits for HP as she had hoped, and Meyer was sharply criticized for leaving Google, while pregnant, to work for a less powerful company (and a Google competitor, at that.)
First and last on the list:
#1 Ginni Rometti, Chairman, President, and CEO of IBM
#50 on the list is Shonda Rhimes, creator of the two hit television series Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.
"The best way to predict your future is to create it." -- Peter F. Drucker
And the best way to create your future is to plan ahead. In business, if you just wait for things to happen, things likely won't go the way you want them to. If you are thinking of starting a business, here are some thing you can do to start creating your own future now.
4 Reasons to Start A Business Before You Quit Your Day Job - The majority of self-made entrepreneurs start out working for someone else before they launch their own full-time businesses. If you dream of being your own boss, it pays to start your business now while you still have job.
The advantages of holding down your "day job" while starting your own business are many. But the most important one is having a reliable source of income - something that can help you gain access to critical working capital when you are ready to fully launch your business.
What Not To Do Before You Quit Your Job To Start Your Own Business - Entrepreneurs are often motivated to start businesses for three reasons: income opportunity; sense of purpose or fulfillment; and to be their own boss. But before you quit your job - even if you hate working for someone else - it is important that you show your employer respect and maintain a great working relationship with your boss and co-workers. This article offers four important "what not to do's" to help you understand the importance of keeping your entrepreneurial plans private, and why being a good employee now can help you be a great entrepreneur later.
If you think Black Friday refers to being the black in you'd be wrong. The term "Black Friday" is now associated with the biggest shopping day of the year (the day after Thanksgiving) but that is not where it got its origins.