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BBWO 50 Fabulous Women Entrepreneurs – 2014 Honorees

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Inside the latest issue of SistaSense In Print Magazine you will find the BBWO50 Fabulous Entrepreneurs 2014. For the 7th year anniversary of the BBWO Network we celebrate the accomplishments, innovative contributions, passion, hard work and dedication of 50 amazing women entrepreneurs who are members of the BBWO Network – www.mybbwo.com.

BBWO Motto: Motivate.Inform.Inspire.Connect.
I created the BBWO Network as a space for passionate, positive, like-minded women entrepreneurs of color to find resources, new business and support. Seven years strong our growing network continues to be a go to hub for thousands of business women online.

BBWO members interested in being spotlighted within the community are encouraged to actively engage with other members and share your smart business content. You can post in your blog, upload photos and videos, plus expand your brand by creating your own social group on BBWO. Active members are regularly featured and showcased across the site and our social media properties, which for many has resulted in business opportunities, speaking requests, partnerships and other forms of sought after exposure. We build better businesses together on BBWO!

Congratulations to all the women on this list. I encourage you to shout them out on your favorite social spaces. Click here to download the BBWO 50 Infographic, which you are welcome to blog about and share. Visit mag.sistasense.com to get your digital or print copy of this issue.

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5 Ways to Promote Your Business on BBWO

The BBWO Network is here to help you become a better business woman online. Here are 5 ways you can share your business on the network. Click here to watch the Build Your Buzz video that compliments the 5 tips below:

(1) RePost Your Blog Content: Business Updates + How Tos

(2) Share Your Videos + Events + Photos

(3) Engage Members: Answer Questions & Respond to Comments

(4) Review Our Featured Ad Options

(5) Get Your Articles and Events Featured on the official BBWO Blog

 

 

Extra Help: Ready to make your next #PowerMove and take your web business to a higher level. SistaSense.com – the BBWO sister site offers online training and resources for women entrepreneurs.

Step inside the SistaSense Power Circle Web Business Training Series: Register or get access to the replays for the latest SistaSense Back to Business Webinar Conference (details here). 8 Virtual Seats Left for Sat, 10/25/14 Webinar Event.

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Have you seen or used the new Facebook “save” feature?

Have you ever been on Facebook and you saw an interesting article or link as you are scrolling down your timeline but you don’t have time to look at it? Perhaps you saw an event and now you can’t find it! Well… Facebook has added a new “save” feature for posts that include links, videos or Facebook events.

To save a post, click on the downward arrow to the top right of the post (move your mouse over the area and the arrow will become visible). A drop down menu will appear and “save” will be in the list! Once you click this option & save the post, it will be kept in the “Saved” section on the home page of Facebook ( over to the left hand side).

The save option does NOT work for:

  • Your own posts
  • Pictures
  • Text only status updates


Tip:
 Let your customers, clients and potential prospects know that they can save your link posts for later when they have more time to review it or to share it!

Sharvette Mitchell is a featured expert on SistaSense and the BBWO Network. Follow here on www.Mitchell-Productions.com.

Watch Sharvette Live as she share’s her expertise inside the Back to Business 2014 Webinar Conference – her sessions is “Podcasting is the new Blog” – Register and get full details at www.b2b.sistasense.com

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Becoming an Expert Brand: How to Make Your Brand a Beast…or An Authority

Apple, Nike, Amazon, Oprah. What do these brands have in common, besides being iconic? I am so glad you asked. They are all considered experts in their respective industries, i.e. Apple-innovation in technology, Nike – athletic footwear and apparel, Amazon-online retail, and the brand known as Oprah actually overlaps two industries-media and personal development.

If you doubt these are, in fact, expert brands, consider this: Nike commands almost half its industry’s market share at 47% (as of Mar. 2014). Amazon has become “the Walmart” of online retail, particularly online book sales. Apple’s release of new products and the pandemonium that comes with it (long lines as people camp out at Apple stores for hours to be the first to get the newest iPhone) has become a normal occurrence. And Oprah has helped a number of others establish their own expert brands such as Dr. Phil McGraw, Dr. Oz, and Iyanla Vanzant.

 

If you want your brand to be considered an authority, here are four ways to do so:

 

Understand the best brands – those considered authorities – have engaging personalities.

Whether we’re talking about a brand for an individual or a brand for a business (and any other organization), that brand must have a personal element. Obviously, there are people behind business brands. The brand is created as a result of the vision, values, and strategy of people. Apple’s awesome brand is rooted in the late co-founder Steve Jobs’ brand. Do not overthink branding. People get confused about personal branding vs. business branding. Ultimately, the two are intertwined. If you’re looking to establish a memorable brand for your business, start with the internal vs. the external. What you envision and what you want to be known for, should translate into your brand. The core message of my company, SWAG Strategy Solutions is all about the ICP Method: identifying, clarifying, and personifying your brand, which is based on leveraging your “SWAG Factor”(that awesome thing you offer the world…essentially your greatness).

 

Know that expertise is not enough.

Yes, being an expert is about having expertise. Duh. Everyone knows that, right? It has to go beyond that though. Colleges, universities, think tanks, etc. are filled with very intelligent people who have expertise in a particular area (in some cases more than one area). However, if you cannot really connect with your target audience, you will make an impact on no one. To be an expert brand, you must be able to effectively communicate. Your brand must resonate with people. It should evoke even an emotional reaction in people. When people believe you have walked in their shoes (and/or that you genuinely care about the shoes in which they’re walking), they are more likely to see your brand as an authority. Oprah’s brand is as powerful as it is for several reasons, but perhaps the most important reason is her ability to connect with people and make them believe she really wants them to live their “best life”. After all, she has encountered major challenges that many in her mostly female audience has encountered.

 

Have a branding strategy.

Another reason branding is often confusing is that it’s perceived as too broad. It is a term tossed around a lot these days, but what does it really mean TO YOU. Branding goes far beyond just business cards, websites, and brochures. Those items help promote your brand. They are not the actual brand! There should be a strategy in place for your brand. Once you establish the vision for your brand, you need to position your brand. Will you position your brand as a leader, based on target audience, or based on scarcity? These are just a few ways to position your brand. What do you most want your brand to accomplish? I’m big on turning “brand assets” into financial assets. That requires a strategy. Too many people just throw brand ideas against a wall and hope one sticks. Your brand is a lot less likely to reach expert status with that approach.

 

Embrace expert status (but don’t take yourself too seriously).

It is hard for some people to accept their expert status. They apologize for it. They feel awkward about it. They try to diminish it. This is especially an issue for women. Often, we think we will be seen as pompous or arrogant. That is a perception we’re not typically comfortable with. However, if you really want to be seen as an expert, behave as an expert: with confidence and focused on the positive change your expert brand can bring about in others. That does not have to look like arrogance. Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, does not come across as pompous. Some would say he’s kind of geeky. Still, he comes across as an expert, a visionary, and innovator which is reflected in Amazon. As I mentioned before, though, Bezos does not take himself too seriously. Once you start drinking your own expert Kool-Aid, you’re headed for trouble. Realize you can always learn more, be more strategic, have more of an impact, and make your brand better. Embrace your expert status but stay hungry.

 

About the Author
Rachel Wilson Thibodeaux, also known as the SWAG Strategist & Leverage Your Brand Coach, is Founder and CEO of SWAG Strategy Solutions. SWAG is an acronym for Strategic Women Achieve Growth. SSS offers business coaching, professional speaking, training and development to women entrepreneurs – both current and aspiring entrepreneurs, along with sales professionals. Rachel helps clients get so strategic about their brand and business that their competition becomes irrelevant. Rachel is the author of the upcoming book, “A Rocket For Your Journey: Powerful Affirmations, Quotes, and Questions to Turbo Launch Your Success.” Contact SWAG Strategy Solutions at info@swagstrategy.com to schedule a complimentary Brand Strategy Session. Find out more at www.swagstrategy.com

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Back to Business 2014 Webinar Conference + Master Class Series

Back to Business 2014 Webinar Conference + Master Class Series
Power Moves: Mastering the Art of Creating Your Best Business Online

Are you looking for new ways to enhance your business? Are trying to figure out how your small business idols are currently living the dream you want to be your reality? I believe the success of your business depends on the company you keep, which is why I invite you inside the SistaSense Power Circle for our 3rd annual Back to Business webinar conference.

Calling on the expertise of some of my personal “SheRoes”, I once again want you to be in the company of powerful women who are passionate about seeing you succeed. And for the first time ever you will have access to 18 Power Circle Experts in a combination of live sessions + master class (pre-recorded) sessions you can access online + access to our private Power Circle Facebook community.

(watch video) Power Panel: How to Get One Step Closer to Your Success

We are going to talk about business building, social media, blogging, crowd funding, automation, wealthy building, monetization, book deals, networking and more. Plus you get access to all the replays!

For full details visit http://b2b.sistasense.com. Early registration ends soon.

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Valorie Burton’s New Book: Get Unstuck, Be Unstoppable

Know what you need to do, but for some reason, aren’t doing it? Holding on to a relationship that’s going nowhere? Dreaming of starting your own business but worried about leaving a dependable salary?

Most people get stuck and never break free from their fears. You don’t have to be one of them. Valorie Burton, trusted life coach and bestselling author of Successful Women Think Differently (over 150,000 copies sold), will empower you to:

· Believe that your yesterdays don’t have to become your tomorrows

· Stop staring at the closed door and take steps toward your next season of life

· Conquer the distractions that can ruin your best intentions

· Turn your setbacks into unexpected blessings

· Be happier, healthier, and unstoppable in every area of your life!

Are you ready to stop holding back and start living your full potential? Move confidently toward the amazing life God imagined for you!

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For more details click here to visit the Get Unstuck, Be Unstoppable website.

Plus I am excited to let you know Valorie Burton is our featured MasterClass speaker for this year’s SistaSense Back to Business Webinar Conference, so be sure to extra early register today to listen to Valorie’s Get Unstuck, Be Unstoppable session available Oct 15th!

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Praise God in a Dance

Praise GOD in a DANCE is committed to serving God and exercising the Gifts of Praise Dance. Creator Angela Kaye Blevins travels to different locations to be a blessing – bringing people back into the “Heart of Worship”. Her mission is to aspire to strengthen each person’s confidence and joy in Jesus Christ – at every point in their life. Visit www.praisegodinadance.com for more details and share your support via their growing Facebook community.

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Blogging for Business Bootcamp

Today is the day to stop saying “I’m gonna blog” and “Get started!”

 

Join our Blogging for Business webinars today (11am to 2pm est). Watch online or one your phone! Plus get access to replays in case you miss anything.

 

Inside today’s blogging bootcamp I will:
- Help you outline at least 2 months worth of posts (8 total)
- Show you how to blog smarter and NOT harder
- Share how and WHY you don’t need thousands of readers to generate thousands of dollars

 

As a matter of fact I recently earned over 10,000 dollars from the last 14 clients who came to me via my blog!

 

And remember EVEN if you can’t make our sessions today, register now to get access to the replays. The $30 virtual seats are all gone, BUT get in while you still can at a discounted rate $45 Now with code B4B45 vs $60 Later.

 

If you want blogging to work for you then you have to learn how to work it!

 

To join us go to: http://blogandbrunch.sistasense.com

 

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(free) Breaking Barriers Tele-Summit

Want to learn how to be happier, fearless, and successful? Join me and other top industry experts for tips on how to live a fulfilled life and increase your cash flow all part of the Breaking Barriers Tele-Summit hosted by Cheryl J. Moses.

I am looking forward to being one of the guest speakers for this wonderful event, so when I heard about this, I just couldn’t resist sharing it with you!

This is really interesting:

Have you ever noticed how some entrepreneurs seem to be at the top of their game while others are stuck and struggling to move forward?

They find it hard to get more clients, move beyond fear, create balance between business and family, and start living their dreams.

When entrepreneurs do start breaking free of restraints and get in position to soar, here’s what tends to happen; they can’t figure out how to increase their bottom line, they waste energy working in their business vs working on their business, causing stress and lack of time freedom.

Any of this sound familiar? Well, these are some of the barriers that need to be broken in order to live a happier and more resilient life.

Register now for Breaking Barriers TeleSummit

What about this?! Everything starts out great, you’re focused and ready to be fulfilled, but nothing is working the way you planned. What if there was a way for you to get on the right track to achieving money freedom without feeling stuck and confused?

To grow your business to its fullest potential
To break free from fear and get uncomfortable to elevate
To make a huge impact on the world by following your desires

What if there was a way to discover what it takes to have a successful business and create your ideal life? Would you be interested in that?

Well…now there is, and it’s available to you at no cost. Everyone should have their dreams and lives fulfilled.

Register now for Breaking Barriers TeleSummit
http://www.breakingbarrierstelesummit.com/LaShanda

It’s not good enough to just have dreams and not take the right steps to fulfill them. It means so much more when you know what you should be doing to make your dreams a reality.

So for a limited time, Cheryl J. Moses, a successful online entrepreneur seeking to elevate her business to extraordinary levels, decided to put together a free audio interview series for women entrepreneurs who struggle to find the right path in business.

It’s called, Breaking Barriers TeleSummit. Register today and stop being held back from achieving the freedom you deserve.

Visit http://www.breakingbarrierstelesummit.com/LaShanda

P.S. Cheryl found the #1 top experts to speak on this subject, and I’m happy to say that I am interviewed on this summit…

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(free telesummit) Finding Joy and Balance In Your Life

Click here if you would like to learn how to find joy and balance in your life.

Today, too many women are wearing multiple hats. Wearing these many hats gives the appearance that we are SUPER WOMEN, when in fact, we are crying on the inside. Our minds and schedules belong to others. Yes, it is okay to take care of others; however, we must take time out for ourselves.

It is not being selfish, if you spend 10 minutes or more on yourself. Who is going to take care of you? In order to help others, we must be healthy and strong. One of the most important things is learning to say no. The second most important thing we must learn is to delegate.

  • Learn how to become organized
  • Learn how to become stress-free
  • Learn how to live your purpose
  • Learn how to Say NO!!!

Join us for the upcoming Finding Joy and Balance In Your Life Telesummit, a free event hosted as part of the Spiritual Body Building TeleSummit series created by Renee Wiggins, RD. LD.

Event includes 10 speakers over the course of 10 days starting on June 23, 2014. Sign up via the link below: http://resultsbyrenee.com/find-balance/

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