Your Name: Stephanie Burns

Business Name: Chic CEO, LLC, a free online resource for female entrepreneurs

Type of Business: Media

Business Location: San Diego, California, United States


Reason for starting
I was in grad school, getting my MBA while working full time when I realized that if someone had asked me, I couldn’t tell them what the first steps would be to start a business. I began to research and couldn’t find a good resource. At the same time, I looked around my friend group and saw there were many entrepreneurs that were women about my age.

Biggest Success
After 6 months in business, Forbes named Chic CEO as one of the Top 10 Entrepreneurial Websites for Women in 2011 and in 2012 they named Chic CEO as one of the Top 10 Best Websites for Millenial Women.

What is your top challenge and how have you addressed it?
Our top challenge is trying to spread the word about our company and resources without a marketing and advertising budget.

Who is your most important role model?
Sara Blakely for her sheer tenacity