Are you an entrepreneur or planning to become one?
If so, you will be interested in an important new initiative being launched by Garden State Woman, developed to help New Jersey women succeed and thrive as entrepreneurs and controllers of their own destinies.
More and more women are taking better control of their financial futures and their family's future by launching their own businesses. Finding your next job is going to get touigher and tougher as most organizations continue to outsource and raise productivity through better use of new technologies. All around us are people searching for a solid job. Recent college graduates can't find one. People who have been down-sized can't find one. Stay at home moms trying to get back into the workforce can't find one and the disadvataged without critical skills or a college degree certainly can't find one. The need and the opportunity for all of us to lead a more entrepreneurial business life has never been greater. We at Garden State Woman want to help you on this journey.
To start, we are launching a FREE monthly e-newsletter that will include plenty of rich content focusing on topics of critical importance to entrepreneurial women, for example:
- Do you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur?
- Do you have a winning new business idea that can be grown profitably?
- Do you have a viable plan?
- Do you know how to raise money for your venture?
- Have you clearly identified your target market?
- Do you know if your target customers want or need your product or service?
- Do you know how to properly organize your business?
- Do you have intellectual property that needs to be protected? And do you know how to get this done cost effectively?
- Should you have a board of directors or a board of advisors?
We will also be organizing special events and networking groups for New Jersey women entrepreneurs. Living the entrepreneur's life is often lonely. We are creating opportunities for like-minded women to come together to share experiences, ideas and challenges in support of each other.
And we anticipate providing critical education and coaching to women entrepreneurs in all stages of their entrepreneurial careers to help them succeed. Our entrepreneurs newsletter will keep you current on our developments with these new services..
My Entrepreneurial Background Stretches at Least 35 years.
For the past 12 years, I have been heading Garden State Woman in all of its various dimensions. I started the company fron scratch, from an idea, from notes on a yellow pad. It began with the Garden State Woman Magazine and special annual financial and health guides which morphed into the gswoman website and organizing very successful conferences dealing with financial and health issues for New Jersey women. 6 years ago I launched the Garden State Woman Education Foundation that provides financial and mentoring support to exceptional, young inner city New Jersey women attending 4 year New Jersey colleges and universities.
I had lots of entrepreneurial experiences prior to starting Garden State Woman. When I was a kid my father had his own part-time landscaping and custodial business which he ran when he wasn't delivering milk with his Becker Farm horse and wagon!.
For over 15 years I partnered with my husband Jack in a business we launched from a pure start-up to breed and race thoroughbred race horses under our stable name of our Walnut Farm. We still live on the farm which is where I operate Garden State Woman from. I was one of the early women in New Jersey to have been licensed by both the NJ and NY State Racing Commiussions to train race horses!
And for well over 35 years I have been involved in various ways in all of my husband Jack's successful entrepreneurial ventures which included: working in London to launch an internal management consulting group for a large British tech corporation, having his own firm to raise venture funding for emerging companies, being retained to turn around Harper's Magazine, helping to launch Rolling Stone Magazine and starting and developing Country Music Magazine, buying and heading his own industrial equipment manufacturing company (Killion Extruders), developing various real estate projects in Florida, starting and heading for the past 11 years his own fund of hedge funds, the Eagle Rock Diversified Fund
Between us we have launched businesses from the pyre starty-up stage, We have raised money for emerging companies - ours and for others, We have developed and implemeneted successful business plans. We have bought and sold businesses. We have put together exceptional teams of exception people. We have expanded our businesses internationally. And, perhaps most important of all, we have learned to use creativity as capital to support profitable growth. It is hard to imagine that you will run into an entrepreneurial problem that we have not already seen and dealt with successfully.
If you are serious about starting and growing your own business then we can be a huge resource for you.
I have served on the boards of many non-profit organizations. I have an exceptional network of professionals able to work effectively with women entrepreneurs and I have interviewed literally 100s of women entrepreneurs. I have had some important successes and learned much from my set-backs.
In short, I am a woman entrepreneur with many resources to lean on and share with you. I am excited about this new emphasis at Garden State Woman.