Archive for May, 2009

3 Lady-run, Lady-begun, Vancouver Companies

Posted in Business Stories with tags , , , , , , , , on May 18, 2009 by loadedbow

Women in Vancouver are finding ways to make their own money by taking all the right steps.  Here are three Vancouver businesses I have found that have a special, specific niche.  Being niche requires a great idea, a little innovation and a lot of referrals.  Every client must be treated so well that they come to you and refer only you, so that you can beat out the competition that may take the majority of the pie.  Who needs the whole pie when you’ve got the best slice??!! To make it as a female entrepreneur, you must set yourself apart from the rest.  Here’s how these Vancouver ladies are doing just that!

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Kiva: Moms and Microfinance

Posted in Bended Bow with tags , , , on May 13, 2009 by genennis

This Mother’s Day, Kev and I forfeited flowers to buy our moms gift certificates to Kiva.  Kiva is the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website, allowing individuals to lend directly to entrepreneurs around the world. 

Choose your entrepreneur and donate what your able to their loan.  100% of your donation goes directly to the individual.  Over the next six months to one year, receive updates on the status of their business.  Once they have repaid the loan you are able to reinvest the money with other Kiva entrepreneurs.  Over 45,000 entrepreneurs have already paid off their loan.

Kiva allows you to circumvent organizations that often have costly overhead, and invest directly into communities.  The next time you need to give, consider spending your money here!


Travel Essentials: A Travel Addict’s Tips

Posted in Loaded Bow: Following Our Story with tags , , on May 1, 2009 by genennis

Kevin and I recently returned home from 3 crazy weeks in Europe.  We were there on business, but we also made sure to cram in as much play as possible.  It was our 16th trip in 12 months.  Here are my top tips for minimizing that gap between business and pleasure while on the road…


1.  Charge it

If you have a biz with high expenses, make sure your plastic comes with benefits.  An unexpected perk of being married to a goldsmith, is that we have a ridiculously high Visa bill each month.  Perk, you say?? Well, gold and diamonds don’t come cheap, and for every dollar that we spend on materials, we are also pocketing air miles.  Our credit card has taken us to Montreal, Toronto, LA, New York, Argentina and Germany.

When it’s time to cash in those points, choose carefully.  A flight from Vancouver to Toronto often costs the same as a flight to Europe, but only requires half the number of points.  Therefore, I try to search out travel deals to places like Europe, and use my points for North American travel.

If you are traveling with your partner (business or personal!), alternate whose points you use, rather than each of you using your own points.  For example, when we flew to Argentina, I used my points to fly us both.  Because I was paying with points, I wasn’t eligible to collect more for flying, but Kevin was.  When we flew to Europe, we used Kev’s points, so I could collect.  This way we actually ended up pocketing thousands of points while we were using them!

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