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With a heavy start-up focus, is St. Louis investing in our own economic decline?

With a heavy start-up focus, is St. Louis investing in our own economic decline?

By Erin Joy, CEO Black Dress Partners Founder, Midwest Women Business Owners’ Conference This piece originally appeared in The St. Louis Post-Dispatch on October 8, 2015.  St. Louis has received a lot of local, regional, and national attention about its welcoming startup climate and, as a business…

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10 Steps to Arranging (and Enjoying) Your Own Private Business Retreat

10 Steps to Arranging (and Enjoying) Your Own Private Business Retreat

By Erin Joy, CEO Black Dress Partners Founder, Midwest Women Business Owners’ Conference This piece first appeared in the October/November 2015 issue of The Women’s Journal. Believe it or not, I’m more refreshed after a simple weekend at a private business retreat by myself, than I am…

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Are You Too Close to Your Business to Be Objective?

Are You Too Close to Your Business to Be Objective?

By Erin Joy, CEO Black Dress Partners Founder, Midwest Women Business Owners’ Conference This piece first appeared in the August/September 2015 issue of The Women’s Journal. Sometimes we need a good friend to tell us things about ourselves that we can’t see, and that are getting in…

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Admit That I Suck? What Witchcraft Is This?

Admit That I Suck? What Witchcraft Is This?

Have you ever thought of achieving success by admitting you suck? It’s like breaking an addiction – the first step is admitting you have a problem. So just how do you zero in on these weaknesses in a purposeful way, you ask? Here’s a quick…

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Perfection Is the Enemy of Done (Or How I Finally Bit the Bullet and Wrote This Blog Post)

Perfection Is the Enemy of Done (Or How I Finally Bit the Bullet and Wrote This Blog Post)

They say perfection is the enemy of DONE. This statement has been ringing loud and true for me this week as I postponed yet another date with myself to prepare my first true blog post. Yes, we’ve posted a little something here and there in…

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The amount of talent among women business owners in St. Louis continually blows me away. Everyone has a distinct story, their own particular triumph, even a transformational defeat—everyone has someTHING that someONE will identify with, take to heart, and use to change their life, business or outlook.
–Erin Joy