The Real Housewives of… Big Business

People usually have a strong reaction to reality television.  Most are ashamed to admit that they watch it while others proudly watch it.  I admit that I watch reality TV not because I enjoy the drama but I do learn something from watching these women.  I have seen many of them build businesses and using their time on the show to build brands.  Here are my favorites:

1. Bethenny Frankel.  When we first saw Bethenny on the New York series she was a struggling chef trying to launch a brand around her food.  She created the Skinny Girl Margarita which turned into a family of cocktails that she sold in 2011 for millions.

2. Kandi Burruss.  We all knew Kandi from the music group Xscape but when she joined the Atlanta series we found out that not only can she write songs but she launched her adult line Bedroom Kandi.

3. Teresa Guidice.  We we first met Teresa on the New Jersey series she was a stay-at-home mother but when her family got into financial trouble she published several successful cookbooks and launched alcohol brand Fabullini.

4. Gretchen Rossi.  When her fiance died, Gretchen, of the Orange County series, started a cosmetic line Gretchen Christine Beaute, which has expanded into handbags.

5. Lisa Vanderpump.  We we first met Lisa, of the Beverly Hills series, she was already an established restauranteur. She open her new spot, Sur, and then got a spinoff reality show to promote it.

No matter how you feel about these shows you have to admit that these women are doing big business.

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2013: The Year of the Women Entrepreneur

Since Sheryl Sandberg gave her wonderful TEDtalk about women leaning into their careers two years ago. Many conversations about women entrepreneurs have been had.  The number 1 question that is asked very often is, ‘Why aren’t there more women-owned businesses?  Last week American Express release their annual report for The State of Women-Owned Businesses and their findings were pleasantly surprising.  Here are some key stats:

  • The number of Women-Owned Businesses has increased from 41% in 1997 to 59% in 2013
  • There are 8.6 million women-owned businesss in the U.S. employing over 7.8 million people.
  • These businesses generate over $1.3 trillion a year
  • The number of businesses owned by women of color has double since 1997 from 17% to 31% in 2013
  • The states with the fastest growth for women are:



North Carolina



This report proves that we are making progress and we have come a long way.  Women-owned businesses are making an impact on the economy.  Instead of focusing on ther lack of women in corporate America we should start focusing on the women who are already building their own companies.



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Resource for Women: Entreprenista


I have been searching for more resources for women who want to start their own business.  I found one that I like called Entreprenista.  Founder Tara Holling, started the site because she loves entrepreneurship, she is passionate about helping other women, and she became frustrated by building successful businesses.  Her entrepreneur Manifesto is awesome!


I am an entrepreneur. I am a dreamer. I am a visionary. I am a leader. I am a creative. I am a rebel. I am a firestarter. I am a wild card. I am a bold and courageous risk-taker. I am passionate. I am fierce. I am powerful. I am brilliant. I am wise. I am worthy. I experience success, and I experience failure. I experience joy, and I experience pain. I experience confidence and pride, and I experience self-doubt and fear. I call deep on my courage. I make mistakes with gusto. I live out loud. I leap before I look. I buck the status quo. I BURN THE DAMN BOX, and I burn the midnight oil. I run confidently and steadfastly and boldly in the direction of my dreams, and I do not-will not-must not accept defeat as an outcome.

I. AM. Unstoppable.

To join this great community go here!

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Are You an Entrepreneur?

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The word “Entrepreneur” is so easy to use because it is so easy to just call yourself one.  Either people will congratulate you or they will know you are BS-ing them when they probe further into your business.  Here are five questions you should ask yourself.

1. Am I easily discouraged when things don’t go my way?

2. Do I procrastinate or find excuses to push things off for tomorrow?

3. Do I find myself constantly changing my business ideas?

4. Do I hold myself back from taking instrumental steps because I am afraid of failing?

5. Am I afraid of change or the unknown.


If you answered “yes” to any of these questions you may want to rethink being an entrepreneur or try to figure out how to get pass these obstacles that are blocking your success.  For more questions go here.

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