How can we make ourselves stand out from our competitors?

By:   GrowthWheel International Inc. and David Madié

When you start a business, it is often because you want to do something that has not been done in quite the same way before. Perhaps you hope to develop a product or a service that has not been seen before, or maybe design a brand with a new expression and distinct values. Perhaps you are even aiming to be unique. In reality, very few ideas and products are actually unique. More often, new products and services solve the same problems or fulfill the same needs as others, but in a slightly different way or with a twist.

The good news is that an idea does not have to be unique or completely new to be a good business idea. It is enough for a startup to be distinctive or just be better than the competition at what it does. So how do you accomplish that?  Click here for link to full story

Entrepreneurial Success Starts with You… From the Inside Out – Free Webinar from The Women’s Center – 12-7-20

December 7, 9am to Noon, Free Webinar

Four modules in twelve hours. Take the first step towards your entrepreneurial success.

You will be learning how to motivate yourself, how your internal mindset must be consistent with your external mindset. In other words, we’ll be doing a deep dive into what is blocking you from being the most successful entrepreneur   you can be. You will be uncovering your brilliance by discovering the secret energy of your thoughts, beliefs, decisions and actions.

You will also be learning how to become the CEO and Leader of your business and you’ll identify your Leadership Archetype. In addition, you will be learning how to guard your high energy time and become a minimum of three times more productive. And lastly, you will learn your value and how to charge accordingly for a financially successful business.

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What Are Today’s L.A. Women Fighting For? – A Virtual Event Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020 at 6pm

A Zócalo/Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Event Series

Women have made Los Angeles one of the nation’s most progressive cities, fighting for their own rights as well as those of children, laborers, immigrants, and other underrepresented groups since well before they gained the right to vote over 100 years ago. The city, which has the lowest gender pay gap of any American metropolis, has been a leader in creating policies designed to create wealth for working-class women in particular, from passing legislation to create the country’s first public bank to raising the minimum wage. But women in Los Angeles—particularly lower-income and Black and brown women—still face a number of challenges, including health disparities, housing struggles, and human trafficking. What battles are the women of Los Angeles fighting today, and what are the plans to win them?

California State Senator Maria Elena Durazo, artist and Social and Public Art Resource Center co-founder Judy Baca, Social Venture Partners Los Angeles executive director Christine Margiotta, and civil rights activist and lawyer Connie Rice, co-director of the Advancement Project, visit Zócalo to discuss what all the women of Los Angeles need to truly thrive.

Register Here

The New Women’s Business Center – Free November Workshops

The NEW Women’s Business Center provides resources and tools to ensure women entrepreneurs are on the right track for economic independence through small business ownership.

We are here to help your business. Register for local training workshops that help you develop your business. Book a 1-on-1 appointment with our staff. Get the support you need to succeed.

Some of the upcoming workshops: Using Pinterest to Grow Your Fashion Brand, All You Need to Know to Apply for a Loan, Street Vendors, Who Needs a Corporation? and many more.

Click here for November workshop calendar

Software Developer Drought: Where are you in Demand?

With an increasing need for software by non-tech companies, a developer drought is growing outside of Silicon Valley.

Turns out there’s a major need for software developers outside of the traditional geo-center of Silicon Valley. Despite COVID-19, states in the US heartland are actively hiring developers. Plus, professionals on the West Coast are reassessing work-life opportunities and exploring start-up prospects outside the Valley and other tech hotspots.

This isn’t a shift to remote workers. In July and August, 92% of software developer job ads on three leading employment sites were for work-on-premises jobs. Apparently, employers are slow to embrace remote working.

The data comes from Mendix, a Siemens business involved in low-code application development. The company recently launched the Mendix 2020 Software Developer Drought Index, an effort to track hiring shortages for developers on the US county and state levels. click here for full article . . .

Which platform makes sense for your e-commerce business?

NEW Women’s Business Center offers this webinar. They will go over the platforms available and what is the difference among them. Will cover all the main e-commerce platforms: Shopify, BigCommerce, Volusion, MagentoGo, Yahoo Small Business, Yola and ebay.

The NEW Women’s Business Center provides resources and tools to ensure women entrepreneurs are on the right track for economic independence through small business ownership.

Register here with Women’s Business Center – for this FREE online workshop. August 27, 2020 from 4pm to 6pm.

LA Veterans Collaborative Zoom Meeting Aug. 12, 2020

Don’t forget to register for the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative (LAVC) meeting on Wednesday, August 12, 2020. This meeting will take place on Zoom – from 9am to 12pm.

 
This month we will hear from Dr. Carl Castro, Director of the USC Military and Veterans Programs (MVP).  He will discuss the future of the LAVC and the ongoing collective effort in securing its longevity.  Also, Jim Zenner, Mental Health Clinical Program Manager, with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, will provide an update on the Veteran Peer Access Network (VPAN). Kelly Armaly, Consultant, with the Southern California Grantmakers (SCG), will share SCG/ VPAN Request for Proposal (RFP) opportunities at the local level.  Tony Madril, LCSW, will share information about an ongoing pilot study examining the benefits of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapyin the treatment of PTSD. 
The Legal and Re-Entry workgroup will host Rigo Reyes from the Los Angeles County Consumer & Business Affairs Department. His presentation will start at 11 am immediately following the collective meeting. 

Register Here

Webinar: How Women Owned Businesses Can Take Advantage of Opportunities for Government Bids – July 16, 2020 at 9:00am

What are government bids and how you can take advantage of the opportunities out there for women owned, minority or disadvantage owned businesses. We will walk you through all the process. Bring your questions we will help you answer them.
Thursday, July 16, 20200, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
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Work From Home Engineering Jobs Open a World of Possibilities

Design News / Image MoTek Technologies

Engineering employment may have taken a hit during the pandemic, but many of those in engineering are just shifting to home-based work. Companies that employ engineers have adjusted to home-based work, even in their hiring practices.

Typically, mechanical, electrical, and design engineers need to be hands-on and practical. Yet there are some areas which can be tackled from home with good internet connection and technology.

Many companies are now advertising specifically for work-from-home engineers. Here’s a list of companies that are specifying remote engineers. This is just a handful of opportunities. The organizations seeking remote workers ranges from Volvo and Eaton to Zoom and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Watch Slide Show of Potential Jobs From Design News Here.