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Documentary about women entrepreneurs and women in business.

Women Entrepreneurs are trailblazers.  We create businesses… and the jobs, salaries, economic growth, and futures that follow have a powerful but little-known impact.  As entrepreneurs ourselves, we are amazed at how rarely the media tells the incredible stories of women braving new frontiers, succeeding (and sometimes failing), and building legacies.  We want to bring some of these astounding journeys to the screen. 

SHE MEANS BUSINESS is a documentary about women entrepreneurs.   We will show authentic, human stories of brave businesswomen to the world so everyone can see just what these wonder women do despite the challenges they face. 

Our film has already had its own incredible journey with phenomenal women and men reaching out to help.  We launched our Twitter @shemeansbusines on May 1st and have over 35,000 followers already!!  Entrepreneurs, film enthusiasts, and supporters of women entrepreneurs are joining daily.

Our Press Release on June 14 2012, hit 161 media outlets throughout the country, see here for details: http://www.shemeansbusiness.org/#!press-&-events

In fact, women all over the United States are already uniting to support – our list of sponsors and advisors is enough to make us blush (and yell, and cheer, and *sometimes* jump up and down).   Here’s just a few of the incredible women and men who’ve already reached out a hand to help get SHE MEANS BUSINESS made:

Now we’re reaching out to YOU: the world of women in business, women entrepreneurs, supporters, friends, family (even the crazy uncle investor!) to make this dream into a reality.  We know how much energy, passion, soul and struggle women and their supporters pour into new and established businesses every day.  Now we are going to tell the world. 

Please join our journey.  WE NEED YOUR HELP.

  • SUPPORT and get some of our fantastic rewards.
  • Tell your friends, tell your networks, Facebook and Tweet and Blog and Talk. 
  • and talk to us too!  We want to hear your ideas, your stories, your insights, your travails and your successes. info@shemeansbusiness.org  

So what will we do with your funds?

$200,000 is what we need to start the documentary.  We will begin with research: putting together suggestions, outreach, experts, and more to identify a bunch of amazing companies that reflect the variety of characters and journeys women entrepreneurs take.  We will bring on a director (we have an Oscar-nominated woman who's interested when we get started!).  With the director, we will conduct formal, in-depth interviews with 4-6 main companies, and do 5-10 additional interviews with policy makers, venture capitalists, researchers, and other commentators.  We will also hire an editor, put together an initial cut of the footage, and prepare several short web pieces. 

This is only the beginning of the journey and we are hoping we can raise more than $200,000 to make SHE MEANS BUSINESS as powerful and far-reaching as possible.  We can only do it with your help.

PLEASE SUPPORT and help make this documentary happen.

Every backer at $10+ will receive an incredible sticker to show the world you (or your daughter / sister / wife / mother / friend) is a WOMAN RUN BUSINESS.  We want to get a sticker in every Woman-run business in North America!  We buy green, we buy American, let's buy "Woman-run" too!

Thank you so much.

--  Jacqueline Baptist (Executive Producer) & Elizabeth Dell (Producer)

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Did you know?

  • There are 7.6 million women entrepreneurs in the United States, generating over $1.2 Trillion in revenue each year.
  • 40% of all privately owned businesses are owned by women
  • Only 1 in 5 women-owned businesses have revenue >$1 million dollars.
  • Only 3-5% of women-owned businesses get any Venture Capital funding and over 95% of all Venture Capital funding goes to companies with NO women founders.

Thank you to 85 Broads who are supporting with membership rewards, blogs, emails and a ONE THOUSAND DOLLAR PLEDGE by Founder Janet Hanson. 

And now thank you to KAREN LINDER who claimed our first Associate Producer reward.  Welcome to the Producer circle Karen!

FAQ

  • Absolutely. When the campaign closes, we'll send out an email to get all the information we might need to send your reward (like a mailing address). On that email, there will be a place to say "It's a Gift, please give it to _____". Please keep in mind that any gift won't be available until July 2012 or later, depending on the estimated delivery date :)

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  • Yes. After making a pledge, you can change your reward by simply logging in to Kickstarter and clicking on the top right drop down box for "My Backer History." There you can change pledge amounts and change rewards.

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    Limited Edition Poster and the Two DVD set and all the previous rewards. So much goodness!

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    Contribute a video blog for the film webpage! (3-5 min limit please!) PLUS Your name will appear in the special Thank you section of the film credits. Also includes everything from the $100 reward level (Poster, DVD set, stickers, credits, wall of fame, update emails, and more!).

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    Business Visionary-level membership to 85Broads. 85 Broads is a global network of 30,000 trailblazing women who are inspired, empowered, and connected. Receive a 1-year Visionary level membership by supporting She Means Business! Visionary members can attend regional chapter events, establish professional relationships through online connections on the searchable 85Broads.com network, and more. Also includes everything from the $100 reward level (Poster, DVD set, stickers, credits, wall of fame, update emails, and more!).

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    She Means Business Personalized book "The Virtual Executive: How to Act Like a CEO Online and Offline" from Author Debra Benton. Debra Benton is a business speaker, consultant, and author who works with Fortune 500 companies and CEOs to increase leadership effectiveness. Also includes everything from the $100 reward level (Poster, DVD set, stickers, credits, wall of fame, update emails, and more!).

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    She Means Business Personalized book "Rewired: How to Work Smarter, Live Better, and Be Purposefully Productive in an Overwired World" from Author Camille Preston, PhD. Camille Preston is the founder of AIM Leadership, a psychologist, author, speaker and consultant in organizational development and specializes in training individuals, executives, teams, and organizations how to be effective, productive, and authentic in a virtual world. Also includes everything from the $100 reward level (Poster, DVD set, stickers, credits, wall of fame, update emails, and more!).

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    She Means Business Personalized book "It’s Your Biz: the Complete Guide to Becoming Your Own Boss" from Author Susan Solovic. Susan Solovic is an entrepreneur, journalist, author, and attorney. CEO and co-founder of itsyourbiz.com, she works with small business and entrepreneurs to help them grow and succeed. Also includes everything from the $100 reward level (Poster, DVD set, stickers, credits, wall of fame, update emails, and more!).

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    She Means Business Personalized book "Work+Life: Finding the Fit That’s Right for You" from Author Cali Yost. Cali Williams Yost, CEO and Founder of Work+Life Fit, Inc. Called "one of the smartest" and "sophisticated thinkers" by The New York Times. Yost is the CEO and founder of Work+LIfe Fit, Inc., a research and consulting firm that develops and implements the broad-ranging organizational and personal flexibility strategies that have become a strategic imperative for global business success. Also includes everything from the $100 reward level (Poster, DVD set, stickers, credits, wall of fame, update emails, and more!).

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    She Means Business Strategy session with Jess Weiner. Jess Weiner is an amazing author, consultant and media strategist. Get a She Means Business customized 15 minute telephone strategy session with her as well as signed copies of her two books, "Life Doesn’t Start 5 Pounds From Now" and "Do I Look Fat in This?" Also includes everything from the $100 reward level (Poster, DVD set, stickers, credits, wall of fame, update emails, and more!).

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    She Means Business Investor-level membership to 85Broads. 85 Broads is a global network of 30,000 trailblazing women who are inspired, empowered, and connected. Receive a 1-year Investor level membership in 85 Broads by supporting She Means Business! Investor level members can spotlight their company, attend events around the world, establish professional relationships through online connections on the searchable 85Broads.com network, and more. Also includes everything from the $100 reward level (Poster, DVD set, stickers, credits, wall of fame, update emails, and more!).

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    20 min Skype session with Producer Elizabeth Dell or Executive Producer Jacqueline Baptist. Whatever you want to talk about– Film Q&A, Advice on a business or a script, Behind the scenes secrets…its fair game! Also includes everything from the $100 reward level (Poster, DVD set, stickers, credits, wall of fame, update emails, and more!).

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    Do you want to learn how to build a restaurant chain? Or your small business? Have a one-on-one power lunch with Madelyn Alfano, President of NAWBO-LA and Maria’s Italian Kitchen in LOS ANGELES at one of her restaurant locations. [Travel/lodging/expenses are responsibility of supporter] Also includes everything from the $100 reward level (Poster, DVD set, stickers, credits, wall of fame, update emails, and more!).

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    She Means Business Public Relations plan consultation for your company. Joyce Ann Shulman will provide you an hour of her time (in person in New Jersey, over the phone otherwise). She is a PR maven who has worked on brands like HP, IBM, and France Telecom among others. You will need to provide your PR plan for discussion and consultation. [Travel/lodging/expenses are responsibility of supporter] Also includes everything from the $100 reward level (Poster, DVD set, stickers, credits, wall of fame, update emails, and more!).

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    She Means Business Brand consultation for your company all the way from concept to direct implementation level? Wibe Wagenmans will provide you two hours of his time (in person in Seattle, over the phone otherwise). He is a senior marketing executive who has worked on brands like Gillette, Nokia, Bing, and Angry Birds. Currently, Wibe is heading up the mobile business at Big Fish Games. You will need to provide your initial concept for discussion and consultation. [Travel/lodging/expenses are responsibility of supporter] Also includes everything from the $100 reward level (Poster, DVD set, stickers, credits, wall of fame, update emails, and more!).

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    Do you need your business plan reviewed? Gwen Edwards (Angel, Golden Seeds) and Cindy Padnos (VC, Illuminate Ventures) will review your plan first by email followed by an hour consultation on the phone or in person in San Francisco resulting in a clear action plan. Finally, they would within 30 days listen to your 10 minute version of their “pitch”; and offer further advice and counsel. [Travel/lodging/expenses are responsibility of supporter] Also includes everything from the $100 reward level (Poster, DVD set, stickers, credits, wall of fame, update emails, and more!).

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    A web video of your creation (limit to 15 seconds and must be rated G!) to be displayed on the film's homepage. Also includes everything from the $100 reward level (Poster, DVD set, stickers, credits, wall of fame, update emails, and more!).

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    One-on-one She Means Business Power with Monica Dodi, Founder and Managing Director of Women’s Venture Capital Fund in LOS ANGELES. [Travel/lodging/expenses are responsibility of supporter] Also includes everything from the $100 reward level (Poster, DVD set, stickers, credits, wall of fame, update emails, and more!).

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    One-on-one She Means Business Power lunch with Joy Marcus of Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) Gotham in NEW YORK CITY at the DFJ offices. [Travel/lodging/expenses are responsibility of supporter] Also includes everything from the $100 reward level (Poster, DVD set, stickers, credits, wall of fame, update emails, and more!).

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    She Means Business Power Circle membership to 85Broads. 85 Broads is a global network of 30,000 trailblazing women who are inspired, empowered, and connected. Receive a 1-year Power Circle membership in 85 Broads by supporting She Means Business! Power Circle members receive exclusive event invitations and introductions, the opportunity to be featured in a global Power Circle newsletter, and more. Also includes everything from the $100 reward level (Poster, DVD set, stickers, credits, wall of fame, update emails, and more!).

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    She Means Business Technology Consultation with Melanie Gass of CenterPoint Solution. CenterPoint Solution will conduct a phone interview to determine your needs and access your infrastructure remotely, make recommendation. CenterPoint Solution are leaders in corporate computer training and are world leaders in techniques for maximizing Microsoft products. [Software is not included and is the responsibility of the supporter]. Also includes everything from the $100 reward level (Poster, DVD set, stickers, credits, wall of fame, update emails, and more!).

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    She Means Business Technology Makeover for Office 365 from Melanie Gass of CenterPoint Solution. Do you need to take your business to the cloud? If so, CenterPoint Solution will help you purchase, migrate and set-up Office 365 for your business. To learn more about Office 365 a top productivity software go to http://cloudbymicrosoft.com/office365.html where you can begin with a free 30-day trial. [The cost of software is not included and is the responsibility of the supporter]. Also includes everything from the $100 reward level (Poster, DVD set, stickers, credits, wall of fame, update emails, and more!).

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    She Means Business Technology Makeover for CRM from Melanie Gass of CenterPoint Solution. Do you need a customer relationship management system (CRM system). If so, CenterPoint Solution will help you purchase, migrate and set-up CRM Online for your business. To learn more about CRM Online a top productivity software go to http://cloudbymicrosoft.com/crmonline.html where you can begin with a free 30-day trial. [The cost of software is not included and is the responsibility of the supporter]. Also includes everything from the $100 reward level (Poster, DVD set, stickers, credits, wall of fame, update emails, and more!).

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    A day on the set – attend a filmed interview session [conditional on permission of interview subject] or come hang out with the filmmakers behind the scenes in the edit room! [Travel/lodging/expenses are responsibility of supporter] Also includes everything from the $100 reward level (Poster, DVD set, stickers, credits, wall of fame, update emails, and more!).

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit on the official completed product. See your name on the big screen and attend the PREMIERE with two (2) tickets to the world premiere and party (or a local screening if travel is not possible) [Travel/lodging/expenses are responsibility of supporter] Also includes everything from the $100 reward level (Poster, DVD set, stickers, credits, wall of fame, update emails, and more!).

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    Feature about your company and its co-founders on the film’s home page for a week during film launch. Plus Two (2) tickets to the world premiere and party. [Travel/ lodging/ expenses are responsibility of supporter]. Also includes everything from the $100 reward level (Poster, DVD set, stickers, credits, wall of fame, update emails, and more!).

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    She Means Business Invitation to Illuminate Ventures’ Business Advisory Council on October 30, 2012 in SAN FRANCISCO. Illuminate is an early-stage VC firm focused on several sectors within the high-tech landscape and an interest in diverse teams, especially those that are inclusive of women entrepreneurs. [Travel/lodging/expenses are responsibility of supporter] Also includes everything from the $100 reward level (Poster, DVD set, stickers, credits, wall of fame, update emails, and more!).

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