By Howard Feinstein, EWI Board Member
Welcome — this is the inaugural edition of a new weekly blogpost for E.W.I. students and graduates, passing along news, events, articles of interest, and tips on growing your business. We are all on this journey together, and no one – certainly not yours truly – has all the answers. Accordingly, I hope you will periodically contribute your ideas and news to this forum, c/o firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mon. Feb. 4
*You will be hearing much more about Kiva’s exciting new microloan initiative, which will provide small businesswomen in the Washington region with access to capital. This is a partnership among Capital One Bank; Latino Economic Development Center; and Kiva, a global microlending organization. In the meantime, take a look at the press release outlining this great opportunity, at www.ledcmetro.org/press-releases/item/202-kiva-city-dc-launches-to-bolster-small-business-groth-in-greater-washington-dc-area.
*The Washington post’s local business page (A8) for Jan. 28 features a pair of articles giving examples of the type of “out of the box” thinking needed for growing your business:
-“Value Added: At 60, Jeff Frank reinvents himself and the furniture business” demonstrates the importance of looking at your business from the customer’s perspective, and then filling an unmet need.
-“You can only control what you can control” is a perfect example of what, during in the civil rights movement, we called keeping our “eyes on the prize”: focus constantly on your central passion, don’t be afraid of hard work, and never lower your expectations, and you will get there!
*For meetings and events in January and February which can benefit you, see the website for DC-MD Small Business Owner Networking at www.meetup.com/dc-smallbusiness.
* Next week: Some tips on making small-business networking efficient and painless.
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