Pain-free Networking for Shy Women Entrepreneurs
Posted by Liz Fuller on September 2, 2007
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I just learned about a great new social networking site exclusively for women business owners and “business owner wannabes”! It’s called MyWomanOwnedBusiness.com. It’s the brainchild of Kimberly Porrazzo, editor of OC Metro magazine.
The site is great in that it combines the personalizaition and individual creativity of MySpace with the business networking focus of LinkedIn. The site just launched and membership is growing rapidly.
In her site profile, Kimberly explains her motivation for starting the site:
“I attended meetings of the Orange County chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO; http://www.nawbo-oc.org). I couldn’t help but be impressed by the willingness of women to share ideas about business with each other, even in a competitive situation.
I wanted to create a space where women could come together to ask questions of one another in a nonthreatening atmosphere; a place where like-minded women could ask for advice about a business situation or problem, for suggestions on how to grow their business – and, a place to shout out their successes in order to inspire other women. ”
- I especially loved the part about “shouting out our successes in order to inspire other women”! What a great vision of support.
I am particularly excited for readers of MoreThanWEKnow because I think this site will be a great opportunity for low-risk networking for shy and introverted entrepreneurs who are less comfortable with traditional networking venues. What’s even better is that the site is intended to help both women who already have a business and women who are considering starting one.
Although in its early stages, it appears that there will be a wide geographic distribution as well as a diversity of business ventures. This will enable all participants to develop a broader, more varied network.
As we’ve discussed previously, there are approximately 10 million women-owned businesses in the United States. The potential network that Kimberly’s site is tapping into is huge.
So, jump over to her site, take 5 minutes to set up a profile, and don’t forget to invite me as a friend – I’ll be waiting to hear from you!!