Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Meghan McCain, Maria Shriver and Women Entrepreneurs

Diane Sawyer conducted a terrific interview this morning with Meghan McCain and Maria Shriver, live from Long Beach, California. They are both speaking at The Women's Conference, the nation's premiere women's leadership event. The conference features two full days of speakers and events that strive to inspire, empower, and educate women of all ages.

There were a number of topics covered in the few moments Diane, Meghan and Maria spent together but one of the comments made by Maria truly spoke to me. She stated, "You see at this conference the entrepreneurial spirit of women in America," Shriver said. "Women are opening small businesses at twice the rate of men."

It is intriguing to see how so many women, are taking risks, making a decision to go off on their own, in their own business within a wide variety of industries. I know first hand, as a women entrepreneurs, it is daring, exciting, scary and thrilling to start your own business and now that I am here, I can't picture my career in any other fashion.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

For so many of us, breast cancer has impacted our lives. What are you doing in support of breast cancer awareness? Please find below a few events taking place in this important month for breast cancer awareness and education that I personally will be supporting.

  • Thursday October 15, 2009 -- Healing Star TM Launch Party at Ron Rizzo Jewelry Design, East Hills.
  • Sunday October 18, 2009 -- Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, Jones Beach.
  • LL Dent Restaurant, Carle Place. From October 1st to October 15th, LL Dent is offering a price fix menu, with all proceeds benefiting the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program. The cost is $25.95 per person.
  • The Inn at New Hyde Park. Think Pink Drink Event. During the month of October proceeds from every "Pink Drink" will be donated to The Maurer Foundation. On Saturday October 17th, Pink Drinks are free with your donation.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Utilizing Your Database -- October 2, 2009

Utilizing Your Database -- October 2, 2009

Non-profit organizations have many options regarding databases they can utilize to manage their constituents. Raisers Edge, Donor Perfect, ETapestry are all great options -- as well as Microsoft Access if your organization is truly budget conscious. However, no matter what size non-profit organization, it is critical to carefully manage the data that is being put into the database. Treat your database carefully, keep it healthy and up to date – it can be one of your greatest resources.

Here are a few helpful tips that will help non-profit maximize their database and make certain they are utilizing the database efficiently.

1 – Consistency. There should be one person that is responsible for data entry. This will ensure that all constituents are entered properly. Standardize the entry process, this will give you access to the information you need and it will give you that access quickly!

2 – Birthdays. Make sure you capture the birthday of all donors. Make sure your database records the birthdays of all constituents and remember to send a birthday card to your donors to acknowledge their special day!

3 – Back up your files. We have all seen viruses on the internet and we have all realized that technology can let us down. Keep your database backed up on a different server; the information in the database is way too valuable to lose.

4 – Invest in the proper training. All of the major database software companies offer top notch training. Invest in a one or two day workshop or at least an hour long webinar. Adequate training will prove to be cost effective and essential for accuracy.