SameGrain: From Starup to Sponsorship

Former StartRight! Winner to Sponsor 2015 Competition Rockville, MD – Just 3 years ago, Anne Balduzzi entered her business plan in the 2012 StartRight! Business Plan Competition; today that startup, SameGrain, is sponsoring the same event. According to SameGrain founder Anne Balduzzi, winning the 2012 StartRight! Women’s Business Plan Competition not only served as a catalyst for bigger things to come but also validated an idea: expand online matching beyond dating and enable people to match with others that share multiple in-depth areas in common for multiple purposes. “I wanted anyone anywhere, whether in the same room or around the world, to be able to privately connect with the people they should meet in life,” commented SameGrain founder Anne Balduzzi. The StartRight! Women’s Business Plan Competition is an annual initiative supporting the mission of the Maryland Women’s Business Center’s to help people start and build successful woman-owned enterprises positioned for…

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Benefits of Microblogging on Twitter

By Amelia Roberts  Many view Twitter as a platform for one-way communication in a very noisy environment. However, much like a radio, when carefully tuned, you may be able to clearly hear the needs of your target audience and Influencers of your field.  A bit of my background: I stumbled upon Twitter for professional use. There was a particular topic I was researching and Google was not being helpful. However, when you use Twitter as a search engine, you will have an ear on live conversations. Below are just some of the benefits of Microblogging on Twitter: Relationship Marketing If you are using Twitter for professional use, you can position your solution to your target audience’s problem at the time they voice the need for what you offer. This has been powerful to me and has resulted in offline professional relationships as well as clients. In a similar way, you…

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An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Being a Sandwich Daughter

By Allie Harris If you are an entrepreneur, you already balance more things in one day than most people do in a week. Add to your list “caregiver” of not only your children, but now your parents, and whoa! With the aging of Baby Boomers, more and more women are finding themselves in the position of Sandwich Daughters. Alas, there is hope for us to balance it all, if we follow six simple rules: Hire Yourself Treat your role of caregiver like you treat positions in your business. If you are hiring yourself as a caregiver, write down exactly what your role will be. If there are certain things that your parents need that are uncomfortable or unrealistic, find someone else to do them. If you have to hire a caregiver to shower Mom, or if you need to hire an agency to drive Dad to every medical appointment, that…

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How 2016 Can (Still) Be Your Best Year Yet!

(Andrena Sawyer  President of P.E.R.K. Consulting leading  professional development workshop at Wells Fargo) Each year in January, thousands of women around the world make resolutions to help them live a better life. Common resolutions include goals to improve health and wellness, finances and even relationships. As a small business owner, it is likely that your New Year’s resolutions were not just for your personal well-being, but for the benefit of your company. However, a recent study by the University of Scranton suggests that only 8% of people actually achieve their goals.   To avoid being part of the 92%, here are four tips to help you achieve your goals. Create an Accountability System  Research shows that when it comes to health and wellness goals, having a partner could mean the difference between success and failure. The primary reason for this is that having a partner creates a built-in accountability and motivational system. The same…

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