When it comes to building, running and growing your own business, our Council Members have learned a thing or two. Whether you are just starting out or are more established, entrepreneurship is not without its ups and downs. Starting a business on your own can be a challenging, exhilarating, exhausting, and yet incredibly rewarding experience
In honor of Women’s History Month, the NWBC Council Members would like to take the opportunity to share – in their own words – some valuable tips, insights and inspiration to what has enabled them to reach the levels of success they never thought possible.
Deborah Rosado Shaw Founder of The Rosado Shaw Group, LLC You’re never alone. Connect with others. Reach out. Test your ideas. Explore all the many resources that are available to you. Don’t forget to take a moment to celebrate you and all that is yet to be.
Marsha Firestone President and Founder of Women Presidents’ Organization Be honest in all that you do and say about your company. Integrity is the most important aspect of starting and running a successful business.
Jen Earle CEO of the National Association of Women Business Owners How did I know I could do it? I didn’t know, but I knew I had to try. Keep going even if it’s not in the same direction you started out.
Whitney Keyes Founder and CEO WK Productions It’s okay to fire a client occasionally. A bad client can cost you time, resources and energy that are just not worth it. Look for yellow flags: is your client rude to a waitress? Does the client constantly question your billing rates? You need to earn what you’re worth.
Sherry Stewart Deutschmann Founder of LetterLogic Value your employees above all else, and in turn they will value your customers, and your customers will value you. Be confident in yourself. Believe in yourself. Believe in your idea. Don’t focus on what you don’t have; focus on what you do have.
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The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) is a nonpartisan federal advisory council established to serve as an independent source of advice and policy recommendations to the President, the Congress, and the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration on issues related to women’s business enterprise. The Council is comprised of eight small business owners from across the country, six representatives of national women’s business organizations, and one Chairperson, Liz Sara, who was recently appointed by President Donald J. Trump in August 2018.