DCfempreneur offers community to local DC area female entrepreneurs that collectively seek to combine and share skills, knowledge and expertise to help impact and grow their businesses to make them more purposeful, profitable and sustainable. We support the community through networking opportunities, collaboration, & professional events.
Today's guest, Jennifer Crawford is DCfempreneur's newest Founding Member and is a well-known DC area multi-passionpreneur who takes on new projects wherever and whenever she sees a need isn't met. Her multiple business ventures has led her to financial independence, and a life-long love for business and entrepreneurship. She is the co-Founder of DCpodfest, and is seasoned podcaster who produces the Podcasting Smarter Podcast for Podbean. One of her passions is helping people grow their businesses through business and conference consulting. She uses her super powers for good as Owner and Founder of Social Media Rescue, a heroic marketing agency providing online customer service and training to grow your company and rescue your brand perception specializing in online crisis management. She is also the co-founder of a recently launched company, Sparent–a virtual temp agency staffed by stay at home moms with skills to spare. When she is not all up in your business, she performs with The Improv Imps and listens to podcasts, of course! She lives with her hunk of spunk husband, Thor and their 140 lb. drool beast, Meatball in Fairfax, VA.
In this episode:
Tips on how to make the most of your experience at DCpodfest: https://www.dcpodfest.com/
-- DC Podfest brings podcasters and digital influencers together for two days of sessions, networking, workshops, and fun.
PowHer Box empowers women to achieve their potential through a community-based subscription box: https://www.powherbox.com/
Social Media Rescue - A heroic marketing agency providing online customer service & training to grow your company & rescue your brand perception. Owner: @jenrunsbusinesswww.smrescue.com
Sparent–a virtual temp agency staffed by stay at home moms with skills to spare: https://www.sparent.co/
Today's podcast was with Mary Sue Dahill, Founder of MSD Advisors & Technology Matchmaker dives into setting up systems and automation using technology tools for solopreneurs and micro-businesses. Everyday she works with clients to help them automate tedious administrative tasks using technology customized to their business needs to avoid the high cost of hiring. After working with her, clients feel LIBERATED and are converts to automation and good tech. She helps streamline their processes and automate routine activities to reduce their workload, so they can enjoy the freedom and flexibility of working for themselves.
In today's podcast, we answered two questions from DCfempreneur members, Amelia and Christa and spoke about a variety of ways to set up automation to work for you.
What we covered:
Email marketing clients , online appointment scheduling for blogs, podcasts & more
Managing your "nurturing sequence" after networking to inputting business cards (click for blog post)
What to use to avoid paying for: Forms or surveys
Integrating with G-suite, Zapier and other add-ons
What tools you really need when launching your business
Bonus: Booking a complimentary 2 Hour Intensive with the Technology Matchmaker!
Season 2 of the DCfempreneur Podcast kicks off with a VIVID interview with Mary Kong DeVito of Girl Meets Food. She is not only a dear friend, Food blogger, Tastemaker, but Podcast Host herself. In this episode, we cover everything from Mary growing up in a Chinese household in New York City where her family’s restaurants were her playground and how she ate everything from duck blood and pork belly. She even had a column in the Washington City Paper all about her strange eats!
Mary built a career in blogging and writing where her work has been published in USA Today, The Washington Post, Eater, Washington City Paper, & more! An early adopter of digital media, she founded the dining site Girl Meets Food as a cover for her debilitating addiction to fried chicken, which was acquired in 2013. The site, not the chicken. A serial entrepreneur with an drive to create, Mary was once named Washington Post’s “Favorite Local Foodie.” She launched Fatback Media in 2015 as a tribute to her love of the pig. Now she hosts The Girl Meets Food podcast, an extension of her award-winning blog. Each week, she gets personal with female tastemakers in the hospitality industry about topics that deeply affect women. It’s raunchy, it’s provocative and we’re not apologizing for it. It’s a must-listen for the curious.
Episode 12: Meet the DCfempreneur Founding Members. These thirteen ambitious and driven women are talented, knowledgeable, and dedicated experts in their field. As Founding Members, they are committed to help support the local fempreneur community. It is our collective belief that we all benefit from sharing in each other’s knowledge and skills.
Ready to Join us? There are only a few remaining Founding Memberships available!
Danielle Daily joined the podcast to discuss the "7 Ways to Pre-Promote Your Stuff on Social Media" and the power of pre-promotion in marketing using your authentic voice. Danielle TEDx Speaker, Author, Podcaster of The Suddenly Single Show suggests that pre-promotion is 80% of any marketing cycle, and THE most overlooked way to build awareness, excitement, and demand for your business! If posting on social media makes you cringe because you don't know what to say or your words come out sounding nothing like you, that’s a surprisingly easy fix. Listen more to learn about the 7-ways to pre-promote your product, content, or services on social media and how to use your authentic enthusiast, sage or researcher voice in those posts so they sound just like you do in real life!
Danielle's 10-minute mentorship application: https://forms.gle/NN4rs3nPhXPjoHFg8
Today's guest, Julia Westfall is the founder and CEO of Hera Hub DC, a professional work and meeting space for women business owners in the Washington DC Metro area. Julia’s passion for supporting women business owners comes from her 20+ years working with small businesses, helping them manage their financial and HR needs. She is focused on building a vibrant community and network of women in business that fosters collaboration and supports the launch and growth of their businesses. Through her work as the Hera Hub DC founder, she supports organizations focused on entrepreneurship and women in business.
In this episode, we discuss everything from funding your business, business plans, advice on opening a brick-and-mortar location, and incredible advice from a seasoned business owner.
Today's guest is Kimberly Artley, Founder of PACKFIT, Author of the celebrated book, “My Dog, My Buddha”, and has been described as the “Mary Poppins” of dog training. Her background of nutrition, human psychology and behavior, and life coaching paired with canine psychology, behavior and training blends seamlessly together to offer the most effective approach and results for a wide spectrum of canine challenges. She addresses two live questions of "FurMoms" who described a behavioral issue that they are having with their dog. Kim responds to each question with her expert advice and tips -- and provides information that can be applied to everyone with a dog in their home.
How can one person ImpactYou? Today’s guest, Founding Member Robyn Engelson shares tips on how you can take steps towards making choices to impact your mindset, nutrition and fitness. Robyn is on a mission to help people improve their mindset, nutrition, and fitness so they can be the best version of themselves and make their unique impact. Through her healing journey of a thyroid, autoimmune disease, she stopped at nothing to find a healthy solution. Now, she helps hundreds of people retrain their mindset as a model of positive change and live a healthy, active lifestyle. She inspires people around the globe to take their health and happiness into their own hands with her group fitness, personal training, and dedicated coaching.
Robyn Engelson, ImpactYOU
Fitness & Healthy, Active Lifestyle Coach
Should I thank my Dad or blame him? Some say that the Entrepreneurial Spirit isn't something you are taught, it's something you are born with. Are entrepreneurs born into this world with a special drive and ability to recognize an opportunity? Or can can entrepreneur be created through education, experience and mentorship? Multiple research studies have indicated that there may be an "entrepreneur gene"--or at least that people with certain genetic characteristics and personality traits are more likely to be entrepreneurs than others. For me, I grew up with my Father as my inspiration. He owned his own business for 60+ years before retiring. The hardest working man I have ever known. Where Did Your Entrepreneurial Spirit Originate?
Which are you? A thoughtful planner or an action-oriented doer? Which is better for business?
We now have 14 Founding Members and will be launching a new level of Membership soon? Will you be a part of our Market Research to ensure we meet your needs? We'd love to hear from you!
Special thank you to Founding Member, Kimberly Artley for her kind testimonial, " The women in this group simply amaze me. A collective of passion-preneurs whom found (or are finding) the courage to turn their gift(s), joys, pain-points, and/or concerns into a service, mission, movement, and/or an actualized business. DC Fempreneur is a space for us all to convene, connect, explore, discover, learn, and evolve ... and do so with the most incredible support. Each bringing their own special sauce to the table; women supporting and cheering on other women. 'Tis a beautiful thing." email@example.com
Welcome new Founding Member, Farah Broom with Principal with Primerica Financial Services. https://dcfempreneur.com/members/
In this episode, Lisa Shapiro, DCfempreneur Founder welcomes Catherine Van Wert, mindset strategist and meta-skillz fanatic. In this casual conversation, Lisa and Catherine recount how they met and how meeting just one person can unexpectedly change the course of your life-- and business.
A little history of DCfempreneur and how it all began. My purpose and passion is supporting others, specifically other female business owners. DCfempreneur offers community to connect female entrepreneurs by providing support, networking opportunities, and collaboration to impact their business to make it more purposeful and profitable. We host a lot of in-person opportunities for women entrepreneurs to network, share successful strategies, discuss challenges we face, to help each other grow our businesses, to collaborate and expand our network throughout the DC area, but we also have a strong online Facebook community.
In-person or online, we are looking to connect with like-minded women entrepreneurs who are committed to working together to take their ever-growing passion for their business to the next level by collaborating and contributing to the community.
The DCfempreneur Podcast will help further our mission to offer community and connect female entrepreneurs by providing support, networking opportunities, and collaboration. The Podcast will feature helpful information, tools, and insight to impact female owned businesses to make them become even more purposeful and profitable.
Guests will include the DCfempreneur Founding Members and other extraordinary female entrepreneurs.
The DCfempreneur Podcast is now available on Spotify, Anchor and iTunes.
You're not the only one who has thought and felt that being an entrepreneur is about being out on your own - aka solo. If you're an entrepreneur, there is a strong chance that you've felt a little lonely at times. There is good news! You don’t have to do this alone. This community exists for this very purpose-to provide a sense of community and belonging to us fellow female entrepreneurs.