Archive for Women Entrepreneurs

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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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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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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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