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When women entrepreneurs start talking and collaborating - good things happen! Join our community and start a conversation today. Every woman has something valuable to contribute.
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INSPIRATION & ADVICE
"Keep things simple. That way, they work!"
- Edith Venter is the doyenne of event management in South Africa. She is the founder of Edith Unlimited, taking the world of prestigious and glamorous event management to a whole new level, in keeping with the style and elegance she is well known for. Today, she is also a highly sought after motivational speaker, a role model to millions of South African women, and a tireless campaigner and fundraiser for the causes she is passionate about.
You need a game plan to handle success and money....
“I don’t think there is anything more difficult to handle than success. I think success is harder to handle than failure. In failure you wallow, you just cry and life goes on. Success has to be sustained and it is harder to sustain than to get it. So when you get your money, what is your game plan?”
– Joanne Mwangi founded Professional Marketing Services Group in Kenya in 1996. Today her company has five subsidiaries and a presence across East Africa. Joanne has steered the PMS Group from a small agency to a leading full service marketing and communications group. In 2010, PMS was voted number one in the Top 100 SME competition in Kenya. Joanne also won the Lady Entrepreneur of the Year award at the same competition sponsored by the Nation Media Group and KPMG. She is also the chairperson of the Federation of Women Entrepreneurs Associations (FEWA), an organisation that seeks to create an enabling business environment for women.
IMAGE OF THE DAY
Each Monday to Friday we feature a striking 'Image of the Day' celebrating the work, or a moment in the life, of a talented African woman entrepreneur. Enjoy!
IN FOCUS THIS MONTH - AFRICA'S BEAUTY & WELLNESS ENTREPRENEURS
100 LIONESSES PROJECT
FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
There is always so much talk in the world of entrepreneurship about what it takes to build a million dollar business. Is it a case of understanding if there is a ‘secret sauce’, a cast-iron recipe for success, or if it simply comes down to sheer guts, determination, hard graft, and of course a big vision that can be turned into reality through a combination of all of the above? Julia Pimsleur, author of Million Dollar Women, and an expert on the art of thinking and going big in business, has an interesting take on this subject. She says, “There is one major difference between entrepreneurs who succeed in "going big" and those who don't. The ones who DO know what they are good at, own it, ace it, and outsource the rest. The ones who DON'T keep doing it all themselves and stay small, or worse, burn out and shut down.” So, if you want to grow your own million dollar business, take a leaf out of Julia’s book, and look at your strengths and your areas of personal expertise, focus on those and build your team and supplier network to provide the support that you need to fill in the gaps. Check out Julia's website for more insight, advice and tips to grow your million dollar business - www.juliapimsleur.com