Owning a Business: Is it Right For You? – Germantown (Montgomery County)

  You have a great idea and think you should turn that into a business. Or maybe you are sick of working for someone else and are ready to break out on your own. You are ready to join the millions of people each year to start their own business, but are you cut out for entrepreneurship? Becoming a successful entrepreneur requires hard work and thorough planning. During this workshop we will: Examine the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs. Clarify some of the myths and realities of small business ownership. Start a self-assessment to determine your readiness to become a small business owner. Set a plan of action to complete your self-assessments by seeking feedback from stakeholders, such as family, friends, and potential customers. Describe the services provided by the Maryland Women’s Business Center that can aid you in starting and growing your business. If you are just starting your entrepreneurial…

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Networking and Facilitated Discussion: Starting Where You Are – Montgomery County

  Join us for an interactive discussion dedicated to recognizing your strengths, identifying your weaknesses, and discovering how to begin gathering help to make certain you succeed in business. Through conversation, we dig in deep to your business model, find out where your passion is, and help you identify your struggles and how to solve them. Come to network with and learn from like-minded businesswomen. This is heavily discussion based, so please be prepared to share your experiences. Coffee and tea will be available. In order to facilitate a fruitful discussion, this workshop will be limited to 15 attendees. *Intended Audience: Startup, Growth About Our Facilitator: Kay Mesia is a small business coach and former Executive Vice President for a Fortune 10 company. Her past roles include audit and compliance, enterprise risk management, mentoring, and training.   Note Our Policies: Refunds or comps are available for classes cancelled by MWBC.…

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Four Social Media Secrets to Marketing Success

By Rita Cordero, REDI Intern What’s the first thing you do as soon as you wake up? Most likely you answered check your phone. From the moment we hop out of bed to the time we lay back down, we are constantly refreshing our social media pages and bombarded with an overwhelming amount of information from every angle. Pictures of smiling faces, trendy clothes, and news fill our screens. So how do brands grab our attention? What makes them stand out from the herd of companies trying to get you to buy their products? That’s what I’m here to answer. As a frequent social media user, I have come to learn what works and what doesn’t. Below, I will share four tips and tricks to catch the eye of a millennial or anyone for that matter, and hold their attention for longer than 10 seconds! 1. Have a cause!  As a woman, I’m attracted to brands that go beyond the standards of marketing, and connect to something…

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