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Thank You, EWI!

21 May

Thank you EWI for empowering me!

​My experience as a Micro-Enterprise Marketing Intern at Empowered Women International (EWI) was the best present in my life. I have accomplished more than just the completion of an internship – I say I have been empowered.


​My major responsibilities were to develop an online marketing plan and social media campaign to promote EWI online store and to assist in maintaining the store. I learned real work by developing my knowledge learned in class in a real business and improved my potential ability. Among the jobs I did over the course of the semester, the most memorable one was creating the Facebook Tagging Event, which was all through my hands. I strongly believe that this internship at EWI provided me a great chance to develop my professional skills for achieving a long term goal in my career.


​Every day, I enjoyed working at EWI as it was not only work, but happy events. I could meet empowered women from many different countries and they inspired me to become an empowered woman myself. I had so many different experiences like Open House, Staff Retreat, or even the many birthday parties with cupcakes. There are a lot of good memories from EWI and every moment with EWI still stands out in my memory.


​I consider myself as a lucky student to work with people at EWI, as they were really friendly, supportive, and considerate with open minds. They stood behind me and trusted me with a wide variety of tasks. I enjoyed being involved with EWI and the time I spent as the Micro-Enterprise Marketing Intern.


Pinterest: Where is it now?

21 May

When Pinterest arrived on the scene, nobody was quite sure what it was, how it was going to be used, or even who would be using it. Spring Social Media Intern, Emily, wrote about Pinterest, her obsession with it and how it is a great tool for business owners to promote their products. Fast forward a few months later and Pinterest has climbed to become the third most popular social media site with over 17 million users


The site isn’t just for individuals to use- companies have begun promoting their image and products through boards, news channels have gotten their name and stories out there, and the site is being used to promote causes and promotions that various organizations are having. I found a list that has the top 10 corporations using Pinterest. It breaks down how they use it and why they’re successful doing what they’re doing. Even if you aren’t a multi-million dollar corporation, you can look at the strategies they use and tweak them to fit your needs.

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The final lesson in all of this is that social media can change overnight and the nature of technology and the Internet is to adapt to the demands of the consumer. You never know where a new website or application can go- just look at Pinterest. As a small business owner or someone learning to use all of the current tools and platforms available, it is a great idea to study the trends and always be learning about how you can use the newest craze to your professional advantage.

Artist Item of the Week: Rosemary and Lavender Soothing Natural Bath and Body Collection Set (Brigitta)

21 May


This natural luxurious bath and body set contains one 2 oz. jar of “Take a Load Off Sally” rosemary and lavender body butter, one 2.75 x 1.75 ” natural lavender goats milk bar of soap, and a colorful exfoliating body scrubber pouf, is just what your dry skin ordered.

This soothing rosemary and lavender scent is crafted from a blend of essential oils that includes but is not limited to rosemary, lavender, sweet almond oil and shea butter, was hand created by EWI artist member Brigitta Kral from her line of natural beauty products, Briggy’s Bath & Beauty.

“Just rub a small amount (a little dab’ll do ya) into your rough patches (or all over) and you’ll feel my natural, handmade whipped body butter melt into your skin. So when your skin’s feeling croc-like, never fear… Briggy’s Bath & Body naturally moisturizing whipped body butter is here!”

Purchase these products and others) at our Etsy shop. Make sure to use the coupon code THISWEEKEWI to receive 10% off your purchase!

Brigitta has been an EWI artist member since 2010, graduating from the Entrepreneur Training for Success Program. Brigitta turned to art at a young age to help her cope with her health issues, which have followed her as an adult. After enduring two surgeries in one year, followed by other severe infections, Brigitta decided that she needed to find a healthy way to deal with her stress and regain balance and strength. So, Briggy’s Bath & Body line, a division of Brigitta’s jewelry and craft business BrigaBauble, LLC was born.

EWI is a non-profit organization that helps immigrant and refugee women in the Greater DC Metro area integrate, participate as new citizens, and become self-sufficient by using the arts as an economic driver and a catalyst for social and cultural integration. All of the work available in the EWI Etsy Shop is handmade by immigrant and refugee women artists who are members of our organization. Learn more at our website!

Poll: What Type of Phone Do You Use?

21 May