We’re One Of The 20 Best Sites For Female Entrepreneurs in 2015!

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Yup. That's us! Thanks to StarterPad, who wrote: "There’s a ton of content out there for female entrepreneurs, but the fact is that not all of these sites are worth your attention.

The good news is that you don’t have to waste time searching for the best resources." Click here instead to see the list.

Jill Salzman on WBEZ 91.5’s “Afternoon Shift” With Niala Boodhoo

10987637_848986998477999_6653866902778394239_nGuess who joined WBEZ 91.5's Niala Boodhoo and Melba Lara for this week's "Afternoon Shift" segment? None other than our founder, Jill Salzman. Hear their tech talk on President Obama’s new executive orders on cybersecurity, Governor Rauner’s announcement about a new innovation council and Facebook’s new way to manage user accounts after they’ve passed away.

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Jill Salzman featured in Crain’s Business Chicago & Chicago Tribune

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On Wednesday evening, our founder Jill Salzman emcee'd the launch of WTF (Women Tech Founders) in Chicago at 1871. More than a dozen female founders spoke to a crowd of over 200 and shared stories about launching their startups. Salzman shared, "There is a lot of chatter about supporting women founders and women in tech but not a lot of people actually doing it." The event was such a success that Crain's Chicago Business and the Chicago Tribune covered the event the next day!

The Homemade Creative Features The Founding Moms Conference

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Did you know the FIRST EVER Founding Moms Conference is a little less than two weeks away? It's not too late to join us - learn more and register here.

One mom who is excited to join us is Alena, author of the lifestyle blog The Homemade Creative. She even recently wrote a whole blog about why she can't wait to be in Chicago in October. Check it out here and read and excerpt below. Then register for the conference! Hope to see you there.

"Have you heard of The Founding Moms or Jill Salzman? Yes? You’re a couple steps ahead of me, then, because until August I had no idea that a world class lineup of insightful and inspiring experts is about to descend on Lincoln Hall in Chicago – practically my back yard – for a fantastic conference that’s jam-packed with everything you could possibly want to know about being a first-class entrepreneur. "

Hire Your Clone: Breaking Down Your Business Podcast

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In last week's episode our hosts Jill and Brad discuss the top 5 alternatives to cloning yourself to make your business better. If you can’t clone yourself, you can always hire administrative help — a virtual assistant, an assistant, even your favorite cousin or 6-year old intern. Relieve the burden of tedious admin tasks and get back hours of your week. Create a “don’t do” list so that instead of adding things to your to-do list, make a list of things you should just hand off instead and force yourself to get help. Set clear goals, do less and really focus on the things that only you can do. It will make you a better business person. They're joined by Coco Meers, founder of Pretty Quick, an app that makes it insanely easy to book your beauty appointments. It’s the Uber plus OpenTable of beauty and Malik Turley, founder of Hip Circle Studio that helps women (and the people who love them) throughout every stage of life. Providing a blend of dance and fitness classes (Belly dancing! Yeah!), services, resources, and community events, Hip Circle Studio is the place to be for you and your family.

 

The Founding Moms on WGN.FM

jillsalzmanLast month our founder, Jill Salzman, stopped by the studio of WGN.FM to talk shop about The Founding Moms with hosts Rachel Bellow and Suzanne Muchin. Click the link to hear it! Teaser: Hear how The Founding Moms combat the mommy guilt that many would-be entrepreneurs feel. Bonus: Check out those leggings! We have one stylish founder! 

Top 5 Things You Wish Were True About Your Business (But Aren’t): Breaking Down Your Business Podcast

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In this installment of the podcast that's taking the world by storm your hosts Jill and Brad talk about what wishes they’d want granted in the small businesses they run. Jill wishes more than anything that she could hire a staff to help her out, and more sponsors for this podcast, and way more time. (If you grant wishes for a living, please get in touch.) Brad wishes he had words — in a certain order — and a magic wand for SEO purposes. And a driver. And they both most definitely want to make sure that you’ve gotten your copy of their incredible e-book! Get it here. They're joined by Brian Burkhart, founder of SquarePlanet Presentations where he helps business owners sound better by making all things communication more fun and effective and Katie Krimitsos, founder of the Business Women Rock! podcast where she interviews the world’s most incredible business women. Tune in below!

Talking Is Hard: Breaking Down Your Business Podcast

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In this week's installment of the hit podcast Breaking Down Your Business, hosts Jill and Brad discuss the top 5 awkward conversations that business owners often have and more importantly, why they’re awkward and what folks can do about them. From those performance reviews (too formal, all about a raise, who’s really listening and not sitting there awkwardly?) to the coffee date (often aimless, often lengthy, often a giant waste of both people’s time) to that scary “you’re not getting hired” conversation (awkward, often avoided, and usually, awkward), to Donald Trump’s favorite, “You’re fired!”, there are many awkward conversations that don’t have to be so awkward. Just do it. Nip it in the bud. Take charge. Figure out a better way to say it. Take that awkwardness out of the picture and you won’t have to have so many awkward conversations. Promise. They're joined for a non-awkward conversation by Jonny Andrews, best-selling author, publishing expert, entrepreneur, international speaker, business strategist and founder of AudienceHacker.com and Natalie Eckdahl, founder of BizChixPodcast where she shares the journey of amazing female entrepreneurs (and a few cool dudes) 5 days a week. Tune in below! 

Get More Out of Events from Crain’s Chicago Business

Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 11.24.05 AMYou've probably attended an event recently - be it a conference, happy hour or launch party. Was it worth your time? Our founder, Jill Salzman, recently provided some ways to get the most out of an event for chicagobusiness.com. One suggestion: "Meet efficiently. If you see people who look interesting to you, walk right up and introduce yourself. Don't think twice. You're wasting time skipping an intro because you're shy or nervous or embarrassed." Check out the article to learn more and then maximize attendance at the next event on your calendar.

Top 5 Things Business Owners Do Wrong : Breaking Down Your Business Podcast

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In last week's episode of the only podcast endorsed by both President Obama and President Putin (ok we may have made that up) our hosts Jill and Brad discuss their top 5 ways that business owners are doing it wrong. Among others, they discuss things like: Introducing Brad to your colleague who he just has to talk to because they’d be great together? SUCK IT. (If your time is valuable, isn’t Brad’s, too?) Asking Jill to help promote your business or do something beneficial to you very generally? SUCK IT. (If you want her to tweet or put it on the socials, send prepped info and don’t waste her time sorting out the what/who/why/where of your information that she doesn’t know otherwise.) Want Brad and Jill to call someone on your behalf by asking them generally if they “know anyone?” SUCK IT. They are joined by Lola Wright, the Executive Director of Bodhi Spiritual Center, an inclusive and welcoming community that  knows that giving is receiving and that the more we give the more we are abundantly blessed in return and Elise Jaffe, the founder of Big Teeth Productions, a small but loyal consortium of overgrown kids with highly active imaginations – It’s a good thing we got into this line of work. Listen below or subscribe on itunes to never miss a podcast.