Don't miss out on our First Annual Fall Ball...M.E. Time! We'll be celebrating new business acquaintances, old friendships and all of the hard work that we've put into 2010. Shake a few hands, drink a little wine, eat a few apps. (And not the tech kind). Mingle and network with amazing momtrepreneurs! Spouses are most welcome, too. Grab tickets before October 20 to win one of our great raffle prizes--goodies from Baby Einstein, Ebay's The Inside Source, Sonsi, VOD Communications and more. A portion of our proceeds will go to the incredible organization Hephzibah Children's Association. So it's a whole do-good/feel-good event. See you there!
✳ Wanna Be A Peerbacker?
Please welcome brand new site, Peerbackers.com, to the internets. They just launched and guess who's a featured venture? We are! You can be, too. The good folks over at Peerbackers are offering the first ten momtrepreneurs who contribute to our venture's $25 level the opportunity to post their venture onto Peerbackers.com for funding. As long as you meet the site's guidelines, founder Sally Outlaw will even give you some one-on-one love to help you craft your campaign. (Just think...if each of us submitted just $10 we would quickly reach our goal, which benefits us all...imagine that!)
✳ Got Sales?
On Wednesday, October 27th, you're invited to join best-selling author and dadtrepreneur Murray Smith on a call about sales. If your sales are not where you want them to be, Murray suggests taking 3 steps before starting your selling or marketing efforts. First, qualify your “Ideal Client." These are the people who will buy from you more frequently. It’s often not who you think it is and it’s rarely who you’re currently selling to. Second, create your “Unique Positioning." This is why they'll buy from you; you can separate yourself from the competition with specific hot buttons to get people to buy. Third, identify your “Sales Process." This is where to find your ideal clients and determine which strategies and tactics are right for your business. Murray wants to help momtrepreneurs produce more sales so he's offering free access to his Ideal Client Profile, a 55-page self-study guide with audio, a one-hour coaching session and a 45-minute expert interview. Click here to grab these freebies. When you do, you'll also be invited to join Murray & me for a free live call on Wednesday, October 27th. I'll be asking Murray questions on how to best grow sales, and since we'll have a live Q&A, you'll be able to ask Murray questions, too. Join us!
✳ Casting Call
The Style Network wants your help. Secretly nominate someone who has taken a unique interior design theme too far. Do you know someone who has over-designed a room? Do they love their decorating sense, but have just gone overboard with a motif? Has their design or collection obsession taken over a room? Let Style.com's celebrity design expert save the day, celebrate their passions, but streamline the space into an inviting and tasteful area. If your nominee is selected, they will receive free room makeovers worth thousands. This is a surprise so Mum’s the word…but you'll be in on the surprise and they'll surely thank you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your nominee.
✳ Detours & OnRamps
Need an excuse to visit Virginia for a day? Now you've got one. On October 25 in Fairfax, VA, Detours & OnRamps is having a one-day event on the issues facing working moms. This is a great event to attend if you are planning to go back to work in 6 days or 6 months. If you're looking for flexibility, for career options, for resources, or help building your own business, register and mention MOMTREPRENEUR so that you can receive $30 off the day’s $125 price, which covers a full day of sessions, meals and a goody bag. Invite one friend to come and they'll credit you $10; two, and they'll credit you $20.
✳ Interested In Hosting An Event?
B.I.G. is an organization that believes in women empowering women to go big. They've been working with Ellyn Spragins, New York Times best-selling author of What I Know Now About Success: Letters from Extraordinary Women to Their Younger Selves and will be hosting a virtual nationwide event on November 11th with Ellyn. B.I.G. is gathering women together to work on writing these letters with Ellyn. Watch Ellyn here. Through this exercise, women can move closer toward personal and professional fulfillment...a goal most momtrepreneurs share. Would you like to host? A living room would work, though they would prefer a quiet room at a restaurant, a bookstore, a place where there is wireless communication so that women can gather to watch Ellyn. Please contact Becky Hull at email@example.com if interested.
✳ A New Kind of Browsing
Project You is a new, fully-customizable online magazine just launched by Role Mommy for women seeking and sharing information online. It's a pretty refreshing change from the average parenting magazine, and I couldn't stop clicking around because it's just so beautiful. Says Role Mommy: "It’s about family, community, and camaraderie, and all those crazy life moments—good and bad—that we harried moms deal with on a daily basis (if not a million times a day)." Explore it here. If you're interested in contributing, subscribing or becoming a sponsor, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
✳ What Nonprofits Can Learn From Coca-Cola...
...and Melinda French Gates. Melinda travels the world quite a bit. In doing so, she's noticed that every developing nation she visits seems to have plenty of Coca-Cola. In this video, she makes a provocative case for nonprofits taking a cue from corporations such as Coca-Cola, whose plugged-in, global network of marketers and distributors ensures that every remote village wants -- and can get -- a Coke. Why shouldn't this work for pharmaceuticals and vaccinations, too? Watch her Ted Talk here.
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✳ Need Website Feedback?
Get this. Concept Feedback is a new site that crowdsources professional opinions on your website, from design to marketing to usability aspects. Nifty, huh? They're offering one lucky momtrepreneur a Premium Concept plan for free! (Retail value is $50.) Just go to our Facebook page and contribute to the "Work + Kids = Harmony?" discussion. A winner will be chosen at the end of week and will be notified on Monday, October 25.