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Women Growing Businesses: Where and How Do You Get Help? By Marcia Zidle

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Women Growing Businesses: Where and How Do You Get Help? By Marcia Zidle

Men are not the only ones who don’t like to ask for directions. Women business owners often also don’t want to admit what they don’t know, or aren’t confident in their ability to do. Yet there are many, many resources around the country to guide women through all kinds of opportunities and dilemmas. Here’s what’s out there for entrepreneurs

My guest on this episode of The Business Edge is Dr. Patricia Greene, Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College and academic director for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and 10,000 Women. She shares her vast knowledge about types of resources to start or grow your business: how to find them, how to evaluate them, and what to do with them once you have them.

Listen to this podcast and learn: The reasons for the surge of women entrepreneurs and some challenges;
The top 3 types of resources for business startups and then for business growth
Where to go for advice, what to do after you get advice, how to deal with conflicting advice
How do you decide on the best resources for you and your business and whether to pay or not
Why you must expand your understanding and utilization of resources: it’s ideas, people, opportunities.

The key take away: Don’t just sit there…do something! Successful business entrepreneurs are both intentional and action oriented! After you have received assistance and advice, develop an action plan with next steps, timelines and potential obstacles you need to overcome. Most importantly, FOLLOW THROUGH! Also find a mentor or coach or peer group for support, accountability as well as opportunities.

The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Initiative Featured on The Business Edge by Marcia Zidle

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The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Initiative Featured on The Business Edge by Marcia Zidle

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Are you an entrepreneurial owner of a small company that’s poised for growth? Can you benefit from a market-based business education program? Would you like to know how to get more access to capital? If yes, then find out if you qualify for this program.

On this episode of The Business Edge, my guest is Patricia Greene, the academic director of the 10,000 Small Business Initiative sponsored by Goldman Sachs. Its aim is to boost job growth in the United States and one of the best ways to do that is to stimulate small business growth. The program is an 11 session management course designed by Babson College, a leader in entrepreneurship and business education.
Listen to this Podcast and Learn:
* How you can be part of the 10,000 Small Business Initiative
* Why being opportunity obsessed is so important for entrepreneurial success.
* What’s crucial in being entrepreneurial: Your aspirations, behaviors, and self-confidence.
. If there are differences between men and women in aspirations, behaviors and confidence levels
. Why advisory boards, networks and access to resources are so important for success: You don’t have to do it alone.

Key Take Away: Work On Your Pitch
Many entrepreneurs are so enamored with their product or service that they forget to focus on what investors want to know – how will you make money for them. What’s your business case? Once you figured that out, practice, practice and practice your compelling pitch.

On The Business Edge you will meet savvy, street smart entrepreneurs and business leaders who share their stories of success and even missteps as well as practical solutions to the unique challenges faced by growing companies.

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