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Tory Burch | DivasWhoDine.com
 

Tory Burch is an American fashion designer and founder of her label, Tory Burch.  Known best for her feminine designs, her iconic medallioned ballet flats have become an industry staple of every woman’s wardrobe.Burch began her fashion label in February of 2004 and it quickly took off, expanding into 18 boutiques. Oprah Winfrey publicly endorsed the line and later that year Burch opened her flagship store in New York. In 2008, she won the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Accessory Designer of the Year. Her label is sold in boutiques worldwide as well as high-end retail chains such as Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman Marcus.

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Sugar Babies Cupcakery
 

The California Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Program wants to help small business owners and entrepreneurs with the tools and guidance needed to become successful in today’s challenging economic climate…just like they did for sisters Kassandra Workman and Krystal Michelle, owners of Sugar Babies Cupcakery.
SBDC reckons hundreds of women are like Kassandra and Krystal, who had no prior business experience, and would like to start businesses. The sisters credit the SBDC for helping them taste the sweet success they now enjoy.

HERE ARE SOME OF THE LESSONS LEARNED:

• Find your focus. “We went in with a rough idea and just pieces of a business plan,” Crystal recalls. “Ron coached us, gave us feedback and helped us focus in on what we wanted the company to look like.”

• Go step by step. “ I didn’t know the steps [to startup],” says Crystal. “Now that we have a business plan, do we get our permits? Do we try to get loans? What’s next? The SBDC pointed us in the right direction.”

• Have a backup plan. When their loan applications were rejected, the sisters didn’t give up. Having gained new confidence in their business abilities by working with the SBDC, they modified their concept to a mobile cupcake truck, and bootstrapped startup with $30,000 of their own funds. Read the rest of this entry »

Ann Winblad of Hummer Winblad Ventures
 

Software venture capitalist Ann Winblad was dubbed  “the modern-day Artemis, Greek goddess of the hunt” by San Francisco Business Journal. Winblad and her four partners at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners  in San Francisco hunt for the most promising startups, investing more than $1 billion through six funds, each containing nearly $200 million. Read the rest of this entry »

my ugly christmas sweater Anne Marie Blackman sells festive and funny sweaters on her wildly popular ugly Christmas sweater website. With an ever growing customer base that includes both men and women from around the globe, My Ugly Christmas Sweater, Inc. is the leader in this niche industry, and Blackman works year round to keep up with holiday demand.
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