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Tips for female enterpreneurs


Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
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Starting a business is no small task. But as the 21st century progresses, more and more female entrepreneurs are embracing the challenge of starting their own businesses.

Though each entrepreneur has his or her own motivation for starting a business, the chance to be your own boss and turn an idea into a successful business is a driving force for both male and female entrepreneurs. And though male and female entrepreneurs face similar hurdles when starting a business, many female entrepreneurs might be more hesitant to set out on their own, fearing that old stigmas about women in the workplace might affect their chances at success by making potential investors or financial institutions wary of women setting out on their own.

Though such concerns unfortunately are legitimate, women should not assume that such stigmas prevail. The continued success of female entrepreneurs has shed new light on just how successful female entrepreneurs can be. The following are a few tips for women looking to start their own business.

•Seek out a mentor. Many female entrepreneurs have blazed the trail you are about to embark on, and such women can prove an invaluable resource as you begin your journey. Find a female business owner you can connect with and ask her for any advice she can offer. She might not be able to help you with any specifics regarding your business, but she can very well share stories of what you can expect as a woman setting out to start her own business.

•Have an airtight business plan. As unjust as it is, a stigma about women in the workplace still exists in the minds of some professionals. This means women must be especially diligent and detailed when creating their business plan. One helpful hint is to act as if you are pitching yourself. Look at your business plan and ask if you would invest in yourself. Ask yourself the questions you would ask a fellow entrepreneur if he or she approached you with the same business plan you just developed. There’s no harm to be done by using every resource at your disposal, especially your own business savvy and experience.

•Don’t expect to finance the business entirely on your own. Unless your business is going to be especially small, you’re going to need capital to start your business. If you think you can finance the business on your own, you might want to reconsider. A business loan or investors can help you plan for the unexpect .....
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Nursing, a wonderful career

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
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Joanie Betsinger was recognized as September’s KTTC “Amazing Woman.” She describes herself as a “talker and a teacher”. She insists she truly isn’t amazing. Instead, she praises her colleagues as an amazing group of people to work with. ..... 
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The Gundersen Harmony Clinic super eight

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
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Gundersen Harmony Clinic, located in Harmony, Minn., serves the medical needs of Harmony and the surrounding area. The clinic is a part of the Gundersen Health System. Eight women—the entire staff—work at Gundersen Harmony Clinic caring for ..... 
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The road to recovery... for furniture

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
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They say if you do what you love you will never work a day in y,our life. Although Genny Smith of The Recovery Room Reupholstery certainly loves what she does it is definitely still work. But the hard work is worth it in the end when she returns a ..... 
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A lot of TLC in stitches

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
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As a nine year old girl, Terri Allen needed a project for 4-H and decided to make a peasant blouse. This was a large undertaking, as she had never sewn before, so she learned from the best, her mother Charlotte Daugherty, and her mom’s friend, Es ..... 
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Larson loves serving Mabel

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
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The city clerk of Mabel, Minn. is a working woman who loves her job. Karen Larson was first hired as deputy clerk in July 2012, and when the former city clerk, Jimmy Narum, planned his retirement, they discussed promoting from within the city to fi ..... 
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Girls get ready for “Day Out”

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
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Area women are gearing up for Lanesboro’s Girl’ Day Out, which will be taking place Saturday, October 25, 2014 throughout the town of Lanesboro, Minn. The fun will start at 10 a.m. and last all day. The events, which began in 2012, happen twi ..... 
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Nightmare arises again in Fountain

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
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The time is nearly ripe for the re-emergence of Fountain’s Nightmare on First Street: Field of Screams and Haunted Barn. For the fourth year, this spooky non-profit fund-raiser is set to chill and thrill patrons. Hundreds of hours every year g ..... 
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Would you like to compete in a cooking contest?

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
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On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, the “Best Cooks of Bluff Country” will be tested by a panel of judges. If you would like to bring a items to compete in this cooking conest, you are more than welcome. Now in its fifth year, more than $2,500 in ..... 
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