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Choosing Entrepreneurship

Thinking about starting your own business? What does becoming an entrepreneur really mean? Before you invest your time, energy and savings into a small business, find out about the ins-and-outs of entrepreneurship.

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Choosing Entrepreneurship

Thinking about starting your own business? What does becoming an entrepreneur really mean? Before you invest your time, energy and savings into a small business, find out about the ins-and-outs of entrepreneurship.

Claire Tomkins is the founder and CEO of Future Family, a San Francisco firm she launched in 2016 to improve access to fertility treatments by making them easier to afford and understand. (Credit: Future Family)

This Founder Raised $10 Million to Make IVF Costs Easier to Handle

Claire Tomkins’ struggles to conceive children changed everything. The former clean energy executive now leads a growing fertility services business – when she isn’t raising her three kids, that is.

Hey, Parents. If You Want Daughters to Succeed, Try Cultivating This Type of Mindset

Author Brian Weisfeld talks to The Story Exchange about his upcoming book that aims to empower girls to be entrepreneurs — one lemonade stand at a time.

Cleo, a resource for working parents that partners with the likes of LinkedIn, Reddit and Uber, raised $27.5 million in its latest funding round. Here’s how its female founder, Shannon Spanhake, plans to use those dollars. (Credit: Cleo Facebook page)

This Woman-Run Resource for Working Parents Just Got a $27.5 Million Cash Infusion

Cleo curates support services for employees with children at companies like LinkedIn, Reddit and Uber. Its female founder raked in the big bucks during its last fundraising round. Here’s how she plans to use those dollars to further help working parents.

Best known for her roles in “Avatar,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Star Trek,” actor Zoe Saldana certainly seems out of this world. But in real life, she's fighting the lack of diversity in mainstream media through BESE, her media company. (Credit: Gage Skidmore, Flickr)

Why Zoe Saldana Was Inspired to Start Her Own Media Brand

She’s got green skin and fights villains in the Marvel Universe. In real life, Zoe Saldana is battling ethnic inequality with her startup, BESE.

She had the idea for her African fashion line, D'iyanu, in her head, and a business plan on paper. But before taking the leap of running the business full-time, Addie Olutola asked herself one critical question. (Credit: D'iyanu)

This $2.5M Business Owner Urges Women to Ask Themselves 1 Question Before Starting Up

Thinking about starting a business? Addie Olutola of African fashion brand D’iyanu has an important question for you to consider before taking the leap.

“Zombie statistics” sound scary. But while they won’t eat your brains, they can influence your thoughts -- even though they aren’t real. (Credit: Fernando Rodrigues, Unsplash)

The (Nonexistent) Factoid That’s Driving Social Change Efforts for Women

“Zombie statistics” sound scary. But while they won’t eat your brains, they can influence your thoughts – even though they aren’t real.

To the outside observer, it may appear as though Dominique Reighard-Brooks performed a professional 180 with her 2014 career change. But she finds plenty of crossover between modeling and moving. (Credit: Kristen Yates)

How 1 Woman Strategically Used Her Talents to Go From ‘Top Model’ to Top Entrepreneur

Talk about a career change: Dominique Reighard-Brooks started on “America’s Next Top Model.” Today, she co-owns E.E. Ward, the oldest black-owned business in America.

Social entrepreneurship is a term used to describe entrepreneurs who start businesses with a goal of solving a social problem. (Credit: Greg Rakozy on Unsplash)

How to Start a Socially Responsible Business

When it come to social entrepreneurship, successful startups Warby Parker, TOMS and Casper have proven that you can build good into your business model.

April Chen (right) and a team member at her pop-up in Boston.

For Young Entrepreneurs, Starting a Business Is a Juggle

April Chen, a recent graduate of Babson College, looks back on balancing a startup business with student life.

Laura Stachel of We Care Solar.

Starting Over In 2019? How To Overcome Painful Career Setbacks

There’s no reason to fear change. Laura Stachel of We Care Solar describes how a devastating disappointment led to the most fulfilling chapter of her life.

Two-thirds of funeral directors are self-employed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Credit: Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash)

What’s the Best Small Business to Start, If You’re Just 1 Person? The Answer May Surprise You

If you’re interested in becoming a solo entrepreneur, check out this list of highest-earning business ideas.

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How to Seriously Make a Difference Through Your Work

Sure, you could have a safe and secure job in any old profession. But if you’re looking to make an impact, consider starting a social enterprise.

Feeling Lost, She Quit Her Corporate Job, Started a Social Enterprise and Reinvented Her Life

Kate Curran took a series of calculated steps to make a midlife career change and rediscover her purpose.

I’m an Artist. But That Doesn’t Mean I Can’t Run a Business

There’s actually a lot of overlap between the creative and entrepreneurial worlds, writes April Chen, a student at Babson College and co-founder of Gentle.

The Muse co-founder and CEO Kathryn Minshew (pictured), and WayUp co-founder and CEO Liz Wessel talk with PolicyGenius about the challenges, opportunities, and excitement of being a female CEO in the tech startup world. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

3 Women in Tech Spill Sure-Fire Tips for Startup Success

The female founders of The Muse, WayUp and Policygenius share their best advice, including: “It takes grit to be great.”

Other Resources

U.S. Small Business Administration
The SBA has an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations through which the agency provides services to entrepreneurs across the U.S. Find an office near you here.

Women’s Business Centers
WBCs are outposts of the SBA that assist women in starting and growing their businesses. There are approximately 100 educational centers nationwide.

SCORE
SCORE provides workshops and mentors through more than 320 chapters in the U.S. that together offer a network of more than 11,000 volunteers. It is supported by the SBA and has been helping entrepreneurs for nearly 50 years. Find a chapter near you here.

My Own Business
My Own Business is nonprofit organization that provides business courses to help aspiring entrepreneurs start companies.

Chic CEO
Chic CEO offers lots of free resources and practical information to help women start businesses.

The Story Exchange