As a woman business owner, I’ve found that empowerment comes to us in two ways: 1. Access to external sources of inspiration and knowledge 2. Self-respect and self-confidence You can sit around and wait for someone to empower you, or you can take the bull by the horns and take action to empower yourself. I will always vote for the latter of the two because it gives you more control over your entrepreneurial destiny. Although women own nearly 30 percent of U.S. small businesses (according to the Status of Women in the United States website), I find that [...]
Successfully married and working together in a successful business, Nellie and Philip Akalp share 5 tips on starting a business, running a business, and staying married...Happily!
While many people may think that parenthood and running a business collide like oil and water, I can tell you from direct experience they’re mistaken. My family has always fueled my successes rather than stand in the way of me achieving them. And as Mother’s Day 2016 approaches, I’ve been reflecting on the many ways being a mom to my four children has made me a more effective and intuitive entrepreneur. I want to share them here because I believe other entrepreneurial moms (and moms-to-be) out there should feel confident in embracing how motherhood strengthens them professionally, too. [...]
Work/life balance. Thanks to all the hype about it, you might find yourself feeling like a bit of a failure if you’ve yet to achieve it to perfection. My advice to you: Don’t beat yourself up about it! A faraway land where forest animals sing, pumpkins turn into coaches, and where work and home life demand equal amounts of your time every day simply doesn’t exist.
As part of a new series here on The Startup Starting Line, we will be interviewing CorpNet clients to get their stories and advice to other entrepreneurs. Today, meet Michelle Vrakelos, who leveraged her 25-year dance background to open her unique fitness studio, M6 Movement in 2008.
It’s a good time to be a female entrepreneur. While there are still fewer of us than male entrepreneurs, the numbers are rising: between 1997 and 2015, the number of women entrepreneurs has risen 74%. Women own 30% of businesses in the U.S. I’d love to see that number become 50% (or more!).
I try to count my blessings year ‘round, but there’s something about November that just gets me really thinking about all the things I’m thankful for, including being a business owner with a good sense of work/life balance. Here are a few of the things on my list of gratitude.
Everywhere I go, people seem to really identify with the fact that I started my business with my husband, Phil. They love hearing our story, as well as our advice to other husband/wife teams. We both feel lucky to have found this path to entrepreneurship together. Here are some highlights.
Celebrating the birthday of CorpNet CEO Nellie Akalp
I’ve got four kids, all of whom I raised while also launching and growing two different businesses. I know the challenges of having a newborn and/or toddlers in the house when you’re trying to grow a business. It’s a tremendous amount of pressure.