Friday, November 26, 2021

Reasons to Shop Local Shop Small Business Saturday & Always

1. It reduces your carbon footprint

One of the key reasons it’s worth shopping locally is that it reduces your environmental impact. Locally-owned businesses make generally more local purchases, requiring less transportation. They also tend to set up shop in town or city centres, meaning there’s generally less sprawl, congestion and habitat loss.

2. It supports your local community

By shopping locally, you are directly contributing to your local community. Your money is going straight into your village, town, suburb or city – helping it to thrive. Otherwise, you will most probably be supporting a giant chain or conglomerate, meaning your local businesses will suffer.
3. It creates local jobs
By supporting local businesses, you are in turn helping your local economy by creating more jobs. Even a small business needs enough hands to help it sell its products and services, which is why the more we support them, the more jobs will be created and the better off our local communities will be.
4. It’s more personal
Another of the great things about independent businesses is that they’re run by people, not boards or stockholders, and you will likely get to know them. Quite often these people, such as family-run shop owners, will have interesting stories as to how their stores came to be and about the area you’re living in. This personal touch cannot be matched by a chain.
5. You get great customer service
Leading on from the previous point, you’ll generally find you’ll experience much better customer service in smaller, local businesses. Particularly when dealing directly with store owners or their families, you’ll notice that customer service is everything to them – this is what will keep their customers coming back for more. Generally speaking, those working in larger chains won’t be as invested in the business and therefore won’t give the same quality of customer experience.
6. You’re supporting local not-for-profits
Many local businesses support local not-for-profits and charities that are relevant to that area, so by shopping locally you are helping to increase the number of local donations. It goes without saying that bigger companies and chains do also support charities, but if your preference is to support local not-for-profits and charities, your best bet is to shop from your local store. 

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Source: 10 Reasons Why It's Important to Shop Local 

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Local Listings (To where I live):

DTSB Small Business Saturday 2921

Guide to Small Businesses in South Bend & Mishawaka, Indiana

Women Owned National Listings: 

Buy From Black Women Directory

Buy  Women Owned Directory

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Thursday, November 25, 2021

Women Entrepreneur Fundraiser #givingtuesdaybossbabesSB

We have some big news: This year C2 Your Health Women's Initiative is participating in for the 4th year. This year's campaign is  #GivingTuesdayBossBabesSB!

What is Giving Tuesday? 

Giving Tuesday is always the 1st Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This year Giving Tuesday is November 30, 2021 Is a global movement to encourage participation in giving back to nonprofit charities on a global scale. #GivingTuesdayNow is May 2022 in response to COVID-19. Join the movement and give each Tuesday and every day - whether it’s some of your time, a donation, or the power of your voice in your local community.

About C2 Your Health Women's Initiative Inc. (nonprofit organization)

C2 Your Health Women's Initiative is a nonprofit charity helping women from low-income neighborhoods create successful entrepreneur business resilience through leadership development, business success skill building, confidence creation, inspiration and transition from domestic violence environments through mentoring. We need your help to to make their dreams come true. Together we can make a big difference.

As the founder or this amazing organization for the betterment of women entrepreneurs from low income neighborhoods through mentoring, I'm raising money for C2 Your Health Women's Initiative Inc. supporting Women Move Forward Initiative helping women domestic violence survivors transition from their unsafe environment through entrepreneurship to economic stability for their families.
In many situations it's difficult for women who are in domestic violence relationships to hold down a steady job due to partner interference. Developing the skills to create a successful entrepreneur business with the support of the women entrepreneur community will give these women access to safe living conditions and economic security.
100% of the funding received goes to women entrepreneur mentoring scholarships to build leadership skills, learn business success strategies and build confidence to create a resilient business.
Your donation of $218 will pay for 1 woman to attend the Women Entrepreneur Excellence Course (22 classes / 12 months).
Your donation of $432 will pay for 1 woman to attend the Women Entrepreneur Excellence Course & Certification program (22 classes / 12 months).

Your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps. 
Thank you for your support.
We’d love if you participated with us. Here's how this fundraiser works!
Ways to donate:
Give 5 Get 5 Challenge #givingtuesday
DONATE $5 by clicking on the "donate button" below.
SHARE your donation post and TAG 5 friends

Facebook Fundraiser Page
We are raising money for Help Women Entrepreneurs and end domestic violence. 
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Or for a $50 donation you can get this banner about your business.

According to other ways you can support the women owned businesses and entrepreneurs in your community is to: 
  1. Invest In Women-Owned Businesses. ...
  2. Celebrate One Another's Successes. ...
  3. Help Make Women's Voices Heard. ...
  4. Make One Impactful Introduction. ...
  5. Share Your Knowledge. ...
  6. Create A Directory For Referrals. ...
  7. Ask Them What They Need. ...
  8. Promote Them On Social Media 

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Monday, November 1, 2021

Press Release: Michiana Celebrates Women's Entrepreneurship Day at the 4th Leadership Summit November 17th

South Bend, Indiana (October 31, 2021) – Four billion women world wide will be celebrating Women’s Entrepreneurship Day this year in the month of November and Michiana will be joining in the celebration on November 17th! One hundred aspiring, new, struggling and seasoned female entrepreneurs are expected to take over the Women's Entrepreneur Summit Round Tables for Success at the new Rio Park Events Center in South Bend, IN is bringing women entrepreneurs together as a community with grassroots style moving towards building a strong Michiana together!

C2 Your Health Women’s Initiative Inc. is hosting the 4th annual Women’s Entrepreneur Summit Round Tables for Success is a full day platform designed to connect to resources, funding, relationship building, inspiration, business networking and more!  The Women’s Entrepreneur Summit will be bringing together business/community leaders, entrepreneurs and investors to empower women in entrepreneurship, leadership and building solid relationships. It’s about supporting women entrepreneurial success. 

“Our region is in a state of emergency when it comes to female entrepreneur growth and sustainability. In the US 39% businesses are women owned, Indiana 37% then in Saint Joseph County 2%, Elkhart County 3%, Berrien County, MI 2%. Studies show 70% of women owned business fail due to lack of resources, mentors, and self-confidence.” says Cindy Cohen, President of C2 Your Health Women’s Initiative Inc. and Founder of Women’s Entrepreneur Summit.

This ground-breaking 6 hour summit event will be held on Wednesday, November 17th, at the Rio Park Events in South Bend, IN, Happenings for the day are include 20 business spotlight exhibitors, a fun "Taste of Michiana Entrepreneur Chef Style" lunch time event and "Best Bite Award" voted by the attendees.

8 am – 10 am with breakfast, business before hours networking, business spotlight exhibitors, and health screenings
10 am - 4 pm 19 summit speakers, top off the summit Mishawaka Business Association, Rio Park Events, and C2 Your Health Women's Initiative inc. are hosting a city wide business after hours event
4:00 – 6:00 pm inviting the business community to support women entrepreneurs immediately after the summit at Rio Park Events. The Business After Hours event include appetizers, door prizes, exhibitor spotlights, and networking opportunities.

Registration and ticket purchase for the summit is on the website The cost for a full day of presentations, featuring 19 expert speakers, a catered breakfast, business before hours networking, lunch, 19 presentations and business after hours networking event is $50 per person. Business spotlight exhibitor spaces still available $105 includes summit ticket. Reservations in advance required. No walk ins.

Sponsors / Partners: The Pokagon Fund, Ivy Tech Community College, Teachers Credit Union, 1st Source Bank, Women Entrepreneurs Matter Inc., Mosquito Joe of South Bend, Expo for Women, WSMK & WNIL Radio, C2 Your Health LLC, WNIT, Women's Entrepreneurship Day Organization, Artcraft Printers.
For more information on the event and to register for the event For questions contact Cindy Cohen, email by phone 574-210-3958 on Facebook

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

The biggest challenge facing female entrepreneurs – and it’s not lack of funding

Being an entrepreneur is tough. Making it big is even tougher. And then if you’re a woman, the odds are stacked so high against you, it makes it even tougher still.

Despite the arduous roadmap to becoming your own boss, female entrepreneurship is on the rise in some countries.

Providing a snapshot of the world’s entrepreneurial levels, the Veuve Clicquot ‘Women’s Entrepreneurship Barometer Global Report 2021’ surveyed thousands of people across 17 countries (Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and the US) between December 2020 and January 2021.

The study found female entrepreneurship levels increased only in Australia, Canada, Japan, South Africa, the UK and the US. Meanwhile, the gender gap increased in the US while simultaneously decreasing in Australia, Canada, Japan, South Africa and the UK.

Globally, there are fewer female entrepreneurs than men. The largest entrepreneur gender gap is seen in the US at 24 per cent, followed by Russia at 18 per cent, and the UK, Italy and Australia all recording a 13 per cent gap. Just as it didn’t stop 27-year-old Madame Clicquot from taking the reins of Veuve Clicquot when her husband died in 1805 (at a time when women weren’t allowed their own bank accounts), lagging equality and differing challenges aren’t stopping 21st century women from confidently stepping into startup shoes.

In fact, the study found the main reason women want to become entrepreneurs is for financial freedom.

“In most of the countries surveyed, female wantrepreneurs [someone who wants to be an entrepreneur] view entrepreneurship primarily as a good way to earn more money, even if that is not the reality of it,” the study states.

In 2021, 33 per cent of Russian women believe entrepreneurship is a good way to make more money.

Of those surveyed, entrepreneurs generally had higher incomes. Additionally, the entrepreneurs had higher incomes than the overall population.

And it seems it’s a game for the young. Entrepreneur levels are highest among those aged under 40, with some believing it’s due to their bold, risk-taking attitude. Nigeria is home to the highest number of young female entrepreneurs, making up 85 per cent of female entrepreneurs compared to 81 per cent of young male entrepreneurs.

One of the biggest challenges to attracting women to establishing their own startups is the lack of role models – more precisely, female role models.

“Globally, majorities of women believe it’s important for aspiring entrepreneurs to have a role model to look up to,” the report states. “In every country surveyed, more women report being inspired by female entrepreneurs than by male entrepreneurs.

“Yet, few women can name a successful female entrepreneur role model.”

There is certainly no shortage of male thought leaders to rattle off – Bezos, Buffett, Gates, Musk, Jobs, Ma … but women? In France, as little as 17 per cent know the name of a successful female entrepreneur, compared to 31 per cent for male entrepreneurs. In fact, it was Oprah Winfrey who was the most popular recognized businesswoman globally.

Mentorship is viewed as increasingly essential among women,” the study states. “Globally, women hold steady to their belief in mentors as essential to the success of female entrepreneurs.”

A huge 91 per cent of women surveyed in Nigeria and 88 per cent in Hong Kong believe that to become an entrepreneur, it’s important to have a role model to inspire you. Imagine the future of female entrepreneurs when more visionaries flourish, inspiring budding businesswomen along the way. But how does the world get to that point?

Veuve Clicquot found the greatest barriers stopping women from starting their own businesses are attracting funding, balancing family life, fear of failure, changing behavior and facing criticism. Remarkably, the study found the expectation of support was generally lower than the support received.

On the other hand, the study showed women setting off on the path of entrepreneurship will disrupt their families; however, this is not the case for men, indicating that global equality still has a fair way to go .“Most women believe that female entrepreneurs must work harder than their male counterparts in order to succeed, but fewer men agree,” the report states.

The biggest fear stopping most women from chasing their startup dreams is not wanting to disappoint their families through professional failure as well as not wanting to prove their doubters right.

To quash doubts and accomplish their career goals, many women see value in embracing more masculine leadership traits.

“Women believe that determination and self-confidence are the most important attributes for a successful female entrepreneur to possess,” the study states. “About half of wantrepreneurs believe they must act more like men in order to succeed as entrepreneurs.”

More women than men believe female entrepreneurs are viewed as “too bossy”, with the exception of South Korea. In Japan, 68 per cent of female entrepreneurs believe they’re seen as being bossy, compared to just 47 per cent of men.

“Women increasingly believe that successful female entrepreneurs must possess attributes that are both power-based and strategy-based,” the study states.

Source: The biggest challenge facing female entrepreneurs – and it’s not lack of funding

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Friday, October 1, 2021

There are 2 types of women entrepreneurs which are you?

In my experience there are 2 types of women entrepreneurs, the 1st follows the personal philosophy I call "winner takes all". These women are highly completive at the expense of others. They fight their way to success, leaving behind the burned bridges, personal disaster, and personal injury to those they view as in their way. You know these women, the sabotage others for their success.  If this is not you then you know these women and how they left your feeling.
The second type follows the personal philosophy I call "everyone wins, more is achieved" and is a form of community mentorship.  These women community mentors are in our communities setting the example, sharing their experiences, gathering groups of women providing support, encouraging them, believing in them more than they believe in themselves. Community mentors believe we are more when we are joined to a bigger women community leaning into each other’s  strengths. 

Imagine what it would be like to bring our community of women entrepreneurs together to grow stronger, build women mentoring relationships, to advocate for one another, collaborate and provide support to strategically overcome women entrepreneur barriers and support business growth. Women entrepreneurs pride themselves in multi-taking but fail to build business education, mentoring, and the community connections needed to support a resilient business. 

Women entrepreneurs face many challenges that men entrepreneurs do not face. These challenges can only be overcome with women to women mentoring, resource building, connecting and confidence that is unshakeable. This only happens within the context of a women entrepreneur community. 

Now don't imagine it. Live itC2 Your Health Women's Initiative with our Women's Entrepreneur Summit aims to do just that! We have created a mentoring model utilized at the Women's Entrepreneur Summit to empower women entrepreneurs to a higher level of success and economic security. As they say, "we're all in this together, so let's go big!" 

Can't make the Women's Entrepreneur Summit? Join our Women Move Forward Entrepreneur Mentoring Community we are all right here for you. 

When women entrepreneurs come together to empower each other amazing things happen. It's magical how forming these professional relationships, developing to long-lasting friendships, cheering each other on, supporting each other to succeed would never happen without connecting to a women entrepreneurs to a community supporting one another will succeed due to these connections!

Stay Healthy. Stay Connected. Stay You. 

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

The Story of the Traveling Cup #sipofsisterhoodempowered

I wondered what would happen if I started taking my coffee cup with me to every meetup I had with entrepreneurs in our community and documenting its travels? Could a traveling cup help bind women and men together to empower and inspire our women entrepreneur community? Could a traveling cup remind us of how magical connecting to women entrepreneurs to each other can be? Could a traveling cup mix in just a little playfulness to our women entrepreneur journey?  Why not see?

My traveling coffee cup is on the move, meeting with women entrepreneurs where they are, together sipping and mentoring our way to reaching their full potential as the leaders they are. Each meeting I have the cup will travel waiting to be filled to the brim with entrepreneur hopes, dreams, and inspiration.

Let's follow the story of the traveling cup on its journey the #sipofsisterhoodempowered and see where it takes us. 

Why coffee? There's something about a hot brew, the smells of faraway lands, citrus, chocolate, nutty so many flavors of opportunity. Then there's all the hard work that went into the growing, grinding, transporting, and brewing that happens before you even take the first sip. To me a cup of coffee is empowerment and inspiration in action. 

Aside from the tastiness of the magical brew I think you'll agree a lot can happen over a cup of coffee especially when on a business "coffee date". At coffee dates connections are made, relationships are built, and deals sealed. 

What to grow your entrepreneur business faster? Try a coffee date. Lots of them! It might even be safe to say the more purpose driven coffee dates you have the faster your business will grow. 

You know coffee dates are a thing, just look at all the hashtags that are used for "coffee date"! #coffeedate #coffee #coffeelover #coffeetime #coffeegram #coffeeaddict #coffeeshop #coffeebreak #coffeeholic #coffeelove #coffeeart #coffeelife #coffeecup #coffeelovers #coffeeporn #coffeebean #coffeeoftheday #cafe #coffeehouse #coffeemug #instacoffee #caffeine #coffeesesh #coffeeculture #latte #coffeegeek #coffeetable #cafelife 

At a coffee date a lot can be achieved when your coffee date is resourceful, has the knowledge you're looking for, more tech savvy than you or has a connection that could possibly help you.

On many coffee dates while sitting and sipping across from someone I have grown to know, like and respect I have learned to grow myself and my business. I have received great advice, solicited opinions, and abandoned business ideas all at a coffee date. I have received the best mentoring, coaching and advice over a cup of coffee. Coffee dates are great for celebrating business accomplishments too! 

Even though a coffee date on the surface doesn’t seem that deep, it's important not to act haphazardly when making you next coffee date. As an entrepreneur, every minute of your workday is important, not to be waisted consider a coffee date as serious business as delicious and relaxing as it may be. 

For me an invitation to coffee date is my way of saying 'let’s get to know each other better and let's see if there is something we can collaborate on now or in the future that will benefit us both'. To me a coffee date is an opportunity to build new relationships and reconnect at a by invitation only in an intimate setting, kind of like a caffeinated mini-networking event. 

There's a bit of caution that comes with setting your next coffee date. One thing I have learned after hundreds of business building coffee dates, like all relationships it's best to be discriminating who you have your coffee date with. I don't believe in building relationships and connections foolishly, it's just wasting your time and the person you are sitting across from. Consider carefully before you plan your next coffee date ask yourself 'what would be the best possible outcome for the both of us on this coffee date?' Then calculate in your mind if your time will be well spent before jolt into action. 

So, remember the next time you call the someone to set up a coffee date it's not JUST a delicious cup of coffee. It's a cup filled with hope for a better future. #sipofsisterhoodempowered

Stay Healthy. Stay Connected. Stay You. 

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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

7 Ways to Support Women Entrepreneur and Women Owned Small Business During COVID-19 and Beyond

For companies around the world, money has been tight since the outbreak of COVID-19. It has affected service sectors (hair and nail salons), social assistance (home care), and food services, which are some of the 
top industries for female entrepreneurs (along with law and sciences). Female entrepreneurs face enough barriers as it is – now they have a pandemic to overcome, too. If you want to support women in business, here are a few ways you can help keep them open:
1. Buy from women owned businesses 
We’re going to start with the most obvious option: use your wallet to show your support. It’s the easiest way to keep their finances in the green. Fire up your web browser and research which businesses in your area are women-owned. Female entrepreneurs are prevalent in a wide variety of industries. Then, the next time you need those products or services, refer to your list of local female businesses! When you’re done shopping, leave an online review for that company on Yelp, Google, or Facebook; it will increase their visibility online and show other shoppers that their products and/or services are helpful. 
2. Promote their business on social media
A big part of business is “who you know.” If you’ve got the connections, use them! Hashtags like #BuyWomenOwned and #NWSBM create more awareness about these causes, and tagging an entrepreneur or their business in your post is a great way to help them bring in new customers. Not all entrepreneurs have access to the social network that you might have. Use your reach to promote entrepreneurs who are struggling during the pandemic. It’s a way to advertise the message that women in business are important and need support, too. The awareness you create using social media can draw more customers to a business that wasn’t known to them otherwise.
3. Invest in women-owned companies
The good news is that female entrepreneurship is on the rise – women-owned businesses have grown 21% from 2014-2019. But the bad news is that without financial support, COVID-19 threatens to close many of these companies. An investment in a start-up business can help these women get the traction they need to kick off their dreams. By helping support the women around you, you can promote the growth of female-owned companies. That investment might be the financial means an entrepreneur needs to take on the business world. 
4. Donate 
As many businesses prepare for economic uncertainty, a donation to a business (or local charity that supports women) can make all the difference between staying afloat or sinking under. There are organizations that support female entrepreneurs globally (and locally). In areas of the world where education is not easily accessible to women, these donations can help advance the career of a woman who doesn’t have the same resources as some might. Supporting women who are interested in business will create a world with more female entrepreneurs. If you lack the funds for a donation, you can volunteer instead. Search for local opportunities that help young women learn more about the world of business and use your time to support the cause.
5, Learn more about female entrepreneurs
Visit your library or browse books online that are written by female entrepreneurs. Be inspired by the stories of the women who have overcome boundaries and found success. As you become more knowledgeable about the topic, you can share what you’re learning with others. When you finish reading one book, lend it to someone and spread the stories of these empowered women. It helps start the conversation about what challenges and barriers females face in various industries. There’s a lot of value in hearing about the experiences of others; it develops our understanding, compassion, and ability to listen. 
6, Mentor Women 
If you have the resources and skills to do so, share your expertise with other women who are looking to get into business. It might be the encouragement that someone needs to persevere and chase their dreams. In the United States, 4 of every 10 businesses are owned by women. By sharing your knowledge and experiences with others, you can increase that ratio. If you have a history in business, use it to bring up those who are just starting out. You can choose to mentor a specific person or make your knowledge more accessible by hosting a (virtual) talk. Offer an open invitation for any aspiring female entrepreneurs. 
7. Send a supportive letter
You might not have the financial means to support a business right now, and that’s okay – the pandemic has been just as taxing for individuals as it has for enterprises. Words of support go a long way to help someone who’s having a difficult day (or year). You can write that you hope they’ll persevere through these challenges; share that you are thinking of them and hoping that they’ll make it through this rough patch. One option is to leave this message as a comment on a social media post, but you might decide to make it more personal by writing it down and mailing it. When your words reach the recipient, it may remind her of what we all need to hear right now: that everything is going to be okay.
It’s tough out there for entrepreneurs. For small businesses to survive the economic impacts of the pandemic, the community needs to support them. Any gesture, no matter how small, can absolutely have a positive impact on women-owned businesses. 

Source: This blogpost is a shortened extract of the article  7 WAYS TO SUPPORT FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS AND SMALL BUSINESSES DURING COVID-19
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