Posts Tagged ‘business’

How to grow your business in DC

Tech insider Evan Burfield, Founder joined me in studio to share tips on getting your startup business off the ground. Evan talked about ways to build a high growth company and offered some great resources available to people right here.


DC has a big startup community and networking opportunities like the upcoming Entreprelooza 2012 will be a big deal.  The event will include the east coast premiere of startup documentary CTRL, ALT .. .Compete and a date auction where DC’s biggest tech geeks will be up for grabs. The event benefits NFTE.

Entreprelooza 2012
March 6, 2012
18th & L Street, NW DC

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Lady Time in Middleburg

With AOII sister Chelsea!

It was picture perfect (minus the windchill!). I rolled up to the gorgeous Briar Patch Bed and Breakfast in historic Middleburg Virginia.

Gorgeous hills… ponies and snow flurries criss crossing against the windshield. I walked into the banquet hall to find a packed house… that exuberated such warmth and welcome.

PHOTOS: Middleburg Womens Luncheon

I had the chance to talk about my journey and the challenges along the way. We shared a few laughs and some fantastic food. Most of all I got to meet some of Northern Virginia’s most incredible women. They are moms, grandmas, entrepreneurs, new business leaders… it was truly inspiring. I was also thrilled to see so many friends come out to support me. Thank you to Ellen Goldberg for the invitation and celebrating women leaders in the community. Cheers to all our ups and downs to come… and realizing that there are no short cuts to success! PS– remember it’s ok to break the rules every now and then if you have to.. 😉

Lunch with me in Middleburg!

Ladies ladies ladies.. join me tomorrow.. Wednesday January 18th for lunch if you can. We’ll be in the gorgeous historic Middleburg indulging in great food and wine! I’m so excited to be the keynote speaker at this month’s lunch and would love to see you there!

Middleburg Women luncheons are held at Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn on the third Tuesday or Wednesday of every month from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. There’s time for networking, eating an elegant meal, hearing from prominent women from all walks of life, and enjoying a chance to win fabulous door prizes.

Briar Patch B&B Inn 23130 Briar Patch Lane Middleburg, VA 20117 703-327-5911 or email Lunch is $50 No walk-ins please. But if you do , the cost will be $55.

Dinner party and the pig

Nothing like some gourmet suckling pig wrapped in crackle to be a reason to congregate! I enjoyed hanging with women leaders in media and business at Art and Soul near Capitol Hill. Executive Chef Wes Morton wowed the crowd of friends with his 4 courses family style dinner. It included an heirloom melon salad and the milk fed pig with egglplant casserole. There was also a local cheese board with fresh honey comb. Apparently honey is the new thing to pair cheese with these days!

Blackbird PR’s Diana Biederman with Allison Butler of Reuters

With the fabulous Carol Joynt

Milk fed pig wrapped with crackle

Local cheese board

Mom who makes Noms

Nikki's white cake with chocolate chip cookie dough filling for baby's 6 month old birthday

I love seeing women start their own businesses. I have the utmost admiration for moms, especially new ones who venture into this world. Meet my neighbor and girlfriend Nikki Hill. She just had a baby like an hour ago and also around the same time decided to start Noms by Nikki. What’s a nom you ask? According to Nik it’s an onomatopoeic adjective based on the sound emitted when something is “oh so tasty.” I can attest her noms live up to it’s definition.

MORE: Noms by Nikki Facebook Page

See exhibit A & B below- the chocolate cake with peanut butter buttercream icing she made me. It was gone in 1.5 days.

You can see from her creations she can do just about anything: cake pops, chocolates, cakes, brownies, cookies, you name it.

The Sweet Crab Cake

Brownie pops

Baby Shower Ruffle Cake


My Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake aka Exhibit A

Exhibit B

Steve Case gives DC Startups Pep talk

AOL co-founder and billionaire Steve Case dropped by Tech Cocktail Startup Mixology Conference as guest speaker. Case motivated the crowd and gave a pep talk to DC’s startup and early stage companies, sharing insight and personal experience on reaching success with a new business.

MORE: Top Financial and Accounting Tips for startups from Tech Cocktail

Case spoke, ‘I’m motivated by helping entrepreneurs build their dreams and create a company help change the world.’

Mixology Conference on WUSA9 Below


New Mobile App KOJAMI Improves Social Life

Some like to call me a social butterfly but for anyone who knows me well knows working the DC scene is just that- work. Whether I’m hosting an event or covering it time and information gathering isso valuable. I am a big fan of anything that eases the process of getting somewhere and tracking down all the vitals of the event. That’s why I’m so excited about the launch of a new mobile app called KOJAMI. This app created by Keadworks helps you find any type of event just by using your phone. You can purchase tickets, rsvp, navigate, share pics and video all in one spot. I’m convinced it’s gonna change how DC does the scene.

MORE: Keadworks advice on Social Media Marketing

KOJAMI is the new app out from Keadworks. One of Keadworks’ clients Becky’s Fund has had great success trying out the app. Look for other area businesses like O’Neill Studios, Jamachi Plastic Surgery and Med Spa and personalities like DJ Neekola to be using it more.

On a personal note… I have had great success with Keadworks. They custom made my site exactly how I wanted it and are always available when I have questions or want to make changes. Feel free to call Keadworks with any web,marketing or social media marketing questions. Their free sessions come with refreshments at their new Downtown Silver Spring Office.

Showin’ the Leesburg Love

A typically remote Leesburg was bustling with excitement for their 10th Annual Business Awards, recognizing the town’s top businesses. Guests included Dr. Sheila Johnson co-founder of BET and partner in the Wizards, the Capitals and the Mystics.

MORE: Full list of award recipients

The George C. Marshall Award, the town’s most coveted award went to the owner of Tuscarora Mill, South Street Under and Fireworks, Kevin Malone. On a personal note, I’m starting to get to know this historic town. My sister recently moved there so I’m spending a lot of time out on N. King Street. They have the cutest antique shops and now I’ve found a new great coffee spot called Shoes. It use to be an old shoe shop… you can feel the nostalgia the second you step in. Leigh Macdonald contributed to this report.


Rhee honored at Asian American Gala

This year’s annual Asian American Chamber of Commerce gala spotlighted Asian Americans who are making a difference in their community. Master Jhoon Rhee also known as the Father of American Taekwondo was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Rhee is credited for introducing this martial art to the US in the 1950’s. Local non-profits like Devotion to Children also received awards. Watch video from the event on

Create a wardrobe you love this Fall

Fall fashion is here and ‘Work It Girl Networking’ is helping women get closet ready for the new season.

PHOTOS: Fall Fashionista’s Brunch

MORE: Attend the next Work It Girl Luncheon

Washington stylist Kara Allan lead the Fall Fashionista’s Brunch and show offering advice to creating a wardrobe you love. All models were local CEOS or non-profit founders in our community like Pamela Sorensen, Becky Lee and Maimah Karmo.  For more tips from Kara to creating a look you love from clothes you already have… read the full story here.

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