Archive for Women Business Owners

MWBOC Sponsorship: What’s in it for you?

MWBOC Sponsorship: What’s in it for you?

Did you know that corporations spend almost $17 billion annually in corporate sponsorships? (I know, right?) But it makes sense. Not only are organizations contributing to causes where they’ll garner clients, but they’re also seeing value in contributing to causes that resonate with their target audiences— creating a…

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Why the name “Black Dress Partners”?

Why the name “Black Dress Partners”?

A few months ago, I had the honor of being one of 130 women photographed in a little black dress for an exhibit coming to the Missouri History Museum. This honor had another layer of significance for me because of my company’s name: Black Dress…

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How to Support Economic Growth in St. Louis

How to Support Economic Growth in St. Louis

By Erin Joy, CEO Black Dress Partners Founder, Midwest Women Business Owners’ Conference In October, I wrote an op-ed exploring a topic about which I’m passionate: St. Louis’ lack of support for second-stage business owners.  And boy, was the response overwhelming. While I received many messages in agreement, plenty…

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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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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

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