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July 5, 2022
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Dear Chutze Chou,

According to the JPMorgan Chase’s 2022 Business Leaders Outlook Pulse survey released last week, business leaders are feeling less than optimistic.

The organization surveyed more than 1500 business leaders in late May and early June and only about 1 in 5 business leaders (19 percent) say they are optimistic about the national economy for the year ahead. This is down from 75 percent a year ago and represents the lowest percentage recorded in the 12 years of the survey. The global economic outlook is even worse with only 9 percent expressing optimism.

This undoubtedly reflects pricing pressures, boosted interest rates, supply chain and hiring issues. The cost of doing business is on the rise. 

Last week I attended a small group discussion in Boston where various entrepreneurs, investors and local media discussed the local business status quo. What will draw business here? Or retain workers from the plethora of local colleges and universities - around 100 if you look regionally.

It was the usual range of topics: housing costs, transportation, nightlife, and weather. (Another recent study said you need to earn more than $180,000/year to afford to own an average house in Boston.) That was enough to give optimism a kick in the teeth.

So where is the enthusiasm and optimism? According to the JPM Chase survey, business leaders continue to feel optimistic about their own companies and their chances for growth and (less so) profitability.

It's all about control. What are things you can do something about? Where can you shift your strategies? Expand into a new market? Introduce a new product? Make a new connection or partnership?

What's YOUR plan for the second half of the year?

Bobbie & the MIN Team
LIONESS MAGAZINE: GREAT ARTICLES FOR ENTREPRENEURS
Lioness for the Female Entrepreneur is our digital magazine for women who are starting (or thinking about starting) companies. Lioness gives entrepreneurs the latest news, tools and resources to launch and scale startups. Here are just a few of this week's features:

MIN COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Are you running events of interest to startups and entrepreneurs in the Boston area? Submit your events to the Mass Innovation Nights community calendar! For years we have been promoting local events to the community and now we have a better way to collect the information from you! Just fill out the form on our website, and we'll add your event to the community calendar on our website, and in our weekly newsletter!
FEATURED COMMUNITY EVENT
Own Your Numbers: Create Financial Projections & Show Traction for Funding - July 12, 10:00 am

We get it. Numbers are not everyone’s fave. As much as you may not want to hear this, it’s crucial for you, the founder, to have a good understanding of your financials and be able to tell an enticing story of your business to get investors onboard. Join our ‘Own Your Numbers’ interactive bootcamp to create your financial projections for investment, and to learn about how to gain & show traction of your (pre-revenue) startup. Find out more and register here.
THIS WEEK'S FEATURED EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Tuesday July 5
·        How to Find Product Market Fit Quickly 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
·        SMS Marketing 101- For Local Businesses 5:00 – 6:00 pm
 
Wednesday July 6
·        How to Outsource Development of Your App 5:00 – 6:00 pm
 
Thursday July 7
·        Branchfood's July 2022 Community Table 12:00 pm
·        BE+ Building Tech Forum 2022 5:00 – 9:00 pm
·        Meet the Makers: Any Given Day 7:00 pm
 
Friday July 8

FOR THE FULL LISTING OF ALL UPCOMING EVENTS, VISIT OUR BLOG!
OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENTREPRENEURS
TiE Boston Women Pitch Competition
TiE Boston Women are calling for Female Founders in the New England Area to apply for the TiE Boston Women Pitch Competition. Finalists will receive high-touch training in key areas of pitch readiness, prize money, and more. Applications are due TODAY, July 5. More information here.
Northstar Campus Grants and Pitch Day Competition
UMLRI’s Northstar Campus Pitch Day returns for its 3d year to showcase some of the Boston startup ecosystem's most exciting, innovative and cutting-edge technology. This year’s first of two Pitch Day events will be taking place August 11th, 2022 at the Northstar Campus.  The Northstar Campus goal is to remove barriers to engagement and accelerate defense innovation, serving as the center of gravity for the New England startup and venture communities, academia, and local and federal partners, to support the Department of Defense. Application deadline is August 4. More information here.
Looking for more featured accelerator information, pitch contests, design contests, funding sources, or other resources for local entrepreneurs? Head over to our blog page for an updated listing of the latest events and resources from organizations like:

  • Techstars Boston Accelerator
  • Techstars Crypto Boston
  • The SCORE Northeast MA Women’s Business Summit
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU
We're hiring! Our group (5 companies - Carlton PR & Marketing, Innovation NightsInnovation Women, My Speaker Leads and Lioness Magazines) has several positions open. Check out our careers page.

  • Media relations
  • Sales

Learn more or send us a resume. Let's talk! (We are a flexible operation with a combination of full and part-time remote positions.)
MASS INNOVATION NIGHTS SOLUTION PARTNERS  
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MASS INNOVATION NIGHTS
June is
EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION MONTH
This month, we're sharing a series of tips to hone your communication skills.
Keep Your Message
PRACTICAL
There are four basic aspects of effective communication. The first is to keep your message practical.

Two things to consider when assessing your public speaking skills and presentations: 

  • Do you provide tangible takeaways that include realistic, timely goals? 
  • Are you offering advice/messaging that fits the audience? (Including expert vs. novice)
Innovation Women offers practical first steps to take if you are interested in pursuing a career in public speaking.

This article reviews "Seven Questions to Ask Yourself" before you begin public speaking. This article provides insight for those just getting started. (Public speaking is for everyone, not just C-level executives.)

Beyond free articles like this, we offer a wide array of classes, small group sessions, and recorded material (asynchronous learning). Our members have access to even more.
Effective Communication Also Involves Being:
FACTUAL
CLEAR & CONCISE
PERSUASIVE
OUR SPEAKERS GET ACCESS TO EVEN MORE EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL
By joining Innovation Women, you get access to resources beyond what you see on the external site. Our (new) Green Room keeps Knowledge Session recordings and articles in one convenient location on the platform. There are even more in-depth materials for choosing presentation format and getting started with public speaking.
The Innovation Women platform was designed to archive all of your speaker materials, from your speaker biography to the abstracts of your signature talks, and attract event managers who invite you to speak. In addition, you can also browse our exclusive database of speakers yourself. Who do you want to share the stage with?
Our Kickstart Cohort Program is a four-hour program spread out over a month. This program offers you a place to test your message, hone your brand and get feedback on your signature talk. Make sure your message makes sense in a room full of speaker friends. Next class starts September 7.
Visibility = Opportunity
Visibility Bureau for Technical, Entrepreneurial & Professional Women.

Innovation Women Newsletter #356
May 27, 2022
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THE GREEN ROOM IS OPEN - WELCOME SPEAKERS
Ta-da! Welcome to our new Green Room - a special place just for speakers! We've stocked it liberally with comfy sofas, hot tea with lemon and honey, and a 24-hour concierge who will cater to your every whim.

Not really.

The Innovation Women Green Room IS stocked with useful and educational content. We have articles. We have videos. We're sharing videos and articles like these:

  • How to get started with public speaking
  • How to build your signature talk
  • How to build your speaker toolkit
  • Exclusive content - backstage Q&A with event managers
  • Getting paid to speak and How much should I charge

And we'll be adding more every week.

If you want to up your speaking game, or are just getting starting, we're here for you. Join us today! (We'll be hanging out in the Green Room during our weekly Zoom call. Join us for a tour.)

Join us today at 9:00 am Eastern for our weekly Friday Zoom. And, then join us on Clubhouse, today and every Friday at 3:00 pm Eastern.

Bobbie and the Innovation Women team

P.S. No one really knows why the backstage waiting room for speakers is called a "green room". (Although I have read all kinds of wild theories.)
NOW BOOKING JUNE KICKSTART COHORTS
Want to make the most of your Innovation Women membership and turbo-charge your speaking career? Join one of our Kickstart Cohorts! These 4-week programs are a great way to get started. You get:

  • Live, small group guidance on maximizing your IW membership.
  • Help increasing your speaker presence to gain more visibility and clinch speaking gigs.
  • Recorded tutorials and bonus information in an email after every meeting.
  • Book now for June. Our next cohorts for individuals will start in September.
UPCOMING WEBINAR
How to Use Discovery to Maximize Sales - Featuring Diane Helbig, June 1, 2022, 12-1 pm ET
Sales is not about selling. Rather it is about learning. In this webinar we explore the importance of discovery as well as how to use it throughout the sales process. Getting out of sales mode and into curious mode is essential for business growth. Face it - no one likes a salesperson. However, everyone likes the person who is genuinely interested in learning about them, their successes, their challenges, their needs. Register here!
LIONESS MAGAZINE FEATURES
Lioness for the Female Entrepreneur is our digital magazine for women who are starting (or thinking about starting) companies. Get the latest news, tools and resources to launch and scale startups. This week you can read great articles like:

THIS WEEK'S FEATURED BOOK
If you’re an entrepreneur who isn’t trapped by an official company policy, you have the power to design your parental leave your way. Turn to “The Expecting Entrepreneur: A Guide to Parental Leave Planning for Self Employed Business Owners” to ensure that your plan is flawless. Arianna Taboada, author and founder of The Expecting Entrepreneur, is an expert in parental leave. Her book guides business owners to prepare for parenthood and keep their businesses from languishing in the background. Read the feature on Lioness!
SPEAKING OPPORTUNITIES
Every week our speakers get brand new opportunities and there are even more on our website - more than 60 this week! Below are some of the NEW opportunities:

  1. American Chiropractic Association Engage 2023 January 25-28, 2023 Washington, D.C. Deadline 6/13/2022 - Alternative Medicine
  2. 2023 American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting March 2-5, 2023 Washington, D.C., and Online Deadline 6/16/2022 - Information Technology and Services
  3. Special Event 2023 March 27–30, 2023 Orlando, FL Deadline 7/31/2022 - Events Services
  4. 2022 Drury University Nonprofit Leadership Conference 10/14/2022 Springfield, MO Deadline 7/15/2022 - Nonprofit Organization Management
  5. American Physiological Summit 2023 April 20-23, 2023 Long Beach, CA Deadline 6/3/2022 - Medical Practice

Become a Speaker - get opportunities like these, a profile on our site and more for only $100/year!
EVENTS & OTHER OPPORTUNITIES
FEATURED EVENTS
Find the full list of events and networking opportunities on our website!
The NFT Street Fair - May 28
​The NFT Street Fair will bring together NFT artists, collectors, investors, brands, influencers, project founders and enthusiasts building the NFT, Blockchain, Crypto, Metaverse and next evolution of Web 3.0. More information here.
ENTREPRENEURIAL OPPORTUNITIES
FORGE, the nonprofit that helps bridge the gap between startups and manufacturing, announced the opening of a new grant for cleantech startups with female and non-binary leadership. The latest edition of the FORGE Product Development Grant program will award grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 in late June. The application deadline is June 3, 2022. More information here.
IFundWomen Entrepreneur of the Year 2022
IFundWomen Entrepreneur of the Year is their biggest annual funding program that rewards and celebrates extraordinary women entrepreneurs who have proven product-market fit, driven growth, and demonstrated a meaningful impact through their businesses. Through this one-of-a-kind funding program, qualified entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to win a $100,000 equity investment, access to premium educational resources, and cash grants! Applications due June 8. More information here.
Comcast RISE
Comcast RISE was created to invest in the success of Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, Asian American, and woman-owned businesses by providing valuable and practical support. 42% of businesses in the U.S. are owned by women, with more than 1,800 new businesses being started every day. That’s nearly five times the national average. Comcast RISE will distribute 500 grants totaling $5 million. Applications due June 17. More information here.



May 23, 2022
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Dear Innovator,

Kudos to the Startup Boston Week team for committing to a hybrid 2022 Startup Week!

September 19th - 23rd, SBW2022 is hosting more than 80 sessions and 250+ speakers and has said there will be both in-person and online options.

Hybrid (with the option to be there in person or remotely) is the way to go. It allows everyone to participate whether they are comfortable in-person or still limiting in-person interaction.

While registration has already started (RSVP now), the event won't take place until the fall and who knows what we will be dealing with then.

But hybrid and online events options are about more than dealing with the latest plague - did someone say Monkeypox?

Not everyone can afford to take a few hours off to travel into Boston. Not everyone has access to transportation to get them there. Not everyone can cope with crowds, public transportation, and whatever else you have to manage to get to an in-person event. Online events and hybrid events allow us to be even more inclusive in the Boston Innovation and Startup ecosystem.

Thanks, Startup Boston Week!


Bobbie & the MIN Team
MIN ALUMNI NEWS
LIONESS MAGAZINE: GREAT ARTICLES FOR ENTREPRENEURS
Lioness for the Female Entrepreneur is our digital magazine for women who are starting (or thinking about starting) companies. Lioness gives entrepreneurs the latest news, tools and resources to launch and scale startups. Here are just a few of this week's features:

MIN COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Are you running events of interest to startups and entrepreneurs in the Boston area? Submit your events to the Mass Innovation Nights community calendar! For years we have been promoting local events to the community and now we have a better way to collect the information from you! Just fill out the form on our website, and we'll add your event to the community calendar on our website, and in our weekly newsletter!
FEATURED COMMUNITY EVENT
Entrepreneurship Is for You: A Conversation with Entrepreneur Danny Warshay - May 23, 5:30 pm ET

Join Innovation Studio for an evening conversation with entrepreneur, Brown professor, and author Danny Warshay moderated by Dan Gertrudes. Warshay will discuss his latest book SEE, SOLVE, SCALE, a proven and paradigm-shifting method to unlocking the power of entrepreneurship. Find out more and register here.
THIS WEEK'S FEATURED EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Monday May 23
·        Business Plan Basics 12:00 – 1:00 pm
·        The Effective Elevator Pitch 2:00 pm
 
Tuesday May 24
·        Soup to Nuts : Ingredients of a Business Plan 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
·        You Created a Business Plan, Now What? 1:00 pm
 
Wednesday May 25
·        NAICS, PSC, FSC and Forecasts 10:00 – 11:00 am
·        Make Better Business Decisions with Google Analytics 10:00 – 11:00 am
·        Health Connector for Business 10:00 – 11:00 am
·        MA SBA Virtual Café: National Inventors Month 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
·        Exploring Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources 12:00 – 1:00 pm
·        Business Plan Basics 1:00 – 2:30 pm
·        Creating Your Business Plan for Success 1:00 – 3:00 pm
·        Wine Wednesday Entrepreneur Networking with Caldwell 6:00 – 8:00 pm
 
Thursday May 26
·        Basics of Starting a Business 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
·        Supply Chain Management for Your Business 10:00 am
·        Creating Your Personal Brand 12:00 – 1:30 pm
·        SBA AANHPI Heritage Month Webinar 1:00 – 2:00 pm
 
Friday May 27
·        Accounting for Non-Accountants 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

FOR THE FULL LISTING OF ALL UPCOMING EVENTS, VISIT OUR BLOG!
OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENTREPRENEURS
FORGE, the nonprofit that helps bridge the gap between startups and manufacturing, announced the opening of a new grant for cleantech startups with female and non-binary leadership. The latest edition of the FORGE Product Development Grant program will award grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 in late June. The application deadline is June 3, 2022. More information here.
Looking for more featured accelerator information, pitch contests, design contests, funding sources, or other resources for local entrepreneurs? Head over to our blog page for an updated listing of the latest events and resources from organizations like:

  • The InnovateMass program
  • TECHSPO Boston
  • The 10G Challenge
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU
We're hiring! Our group (5 companies - Carlton PR & Marketing, Innovation Nights, Innovation Women, My Speaker Leads and Lioness Magazines) has several positions open. Check out our careers page.

  • Media relations
  • Sales

Learn more or send us a resume. Let's talk! (We are a flexible operation with a combination of full and part-time remote positions.)
MASS INNOVATION NIGHTS SOLUTION PARTNERS  



March 28, 2022
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Dear Innovator,

We're less than a month away from the next Maine Innovation Nights (see below for details), and we're looking into potential events for the Mass Innovation Nights community. We've also started to get out and about, in a limited fashion.

A few suggestions for in-person events, both for attendees and organizers. Remember, super-spreader is a bad look for anyone. This first batch is for organizers:

  • Require vaccinations or testing. Check at the door. No waving anyone through. Use some of the great tools out there to collect vaccination verification. Be the hard a** and help the entire community stay safe.
  • Hybrid allows people to participate even if they can't attend in person. Make sure you have a producer in charge of the online experience. This isn't a set it and forget it kind of thing.
  • Some attendees are still nervous - help them out and be the example. Hand sanitizer readily available. Demonstrate the "wing bump" or whatever handshaking replacement you want to advocate for.
  • Warmer weather is coming and there are a lot of great outdoor locations for events.

Event attendees? These are for you:
  • It may still be ingrained on your soul but remind yourself that there are handshake alternatives. Wave hello. Tip your hat. Tap your feet. Bow. Whatever works for you. I'm thinking that with the return of Netflix's Bridgerton, maybe curtseys will make a return appearance.
  • Bring the vaccine card or whatever other evidence you need to reassure the event organizers. And your co-attendees.
  • Don't feel so hot? Stay home. Seriously. I get COVID, the flu or a cold from you, I'll be coming for you. I've spent the last two years without a respiratory illness; can we keep it up?
  • Be kind. No comments. If someone's wearing a mask or not coming in for the group hug, that's their right and they've got their reasons...which are none of your business.

Bobbie & the MIN Team
MIN ALUMNI NEWS
LIONESS MAGAZINE: GREAT ARTICLES FOR ENTREPRENEURS
Lioness for the Female Entrepreneur is our digital magazine for women who are starting (or thinking about starting) companies. Lioness gives entrepreneurs the latest news, tools and resources to launch and scale startups. Here are just a few of this week's features:
MIN COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Are you running events of interest to startups and entrepreneurs in the Boston area? Submit your events to the Mass Innovation Nights community calendar! For years we have been promoting local events to the community and now we have a better way to collect the information from you! Just fill out the form on our website, and we'll add your event to the community calendar on our website, and in our weekly newsletter!
FEATURED COMMUNITY EVENT
MassTLC Virtual Career Fair - March 29, 4:00 pm ET

Looking for a job? MassTLC can help! Join their March 29th virtual career fair and meet with great companies such as NETSCOUT, Blinkforhome, Centric Consulting, InterSystems, Rapid7, Zipcar, and more. Find out more and register here.
THIS WEEK'S FEATURED EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Monday March 28
·        Pitch Like a Pro with CWE & 1 Worcester Homes 5:30 – 7:30 pm
 
Tuesday March 29
·        Local Food Trade Show of New England 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
·        How to Open a Business in Massachusetts Legally 10:00 – 11:30 am
·        Women's Business Summit 12:30 – 5:30 pm
·        MassTLC Virtual Career Fair 4:00 – 6:00 pm
 
Wednesday March 30
·        Access to Capital - Business Line of Credit 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
·        Legal Considerations for Starting Your Business 12:00 – 2:00 pm
·        Let SEO Make You Money While You Sleep 5:00 – 6:30 pm
 
Thursday March 31
·        Exploring Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources 9:00 – 11:00 am
·        Women's Money: Growth and Transformation 12:00 – 1:00 pm
·        HBS New Venture Competition Finale 2022 6:00 – 7:00 pm
 
Friday April 1
·        BPMA Mentorship: Mastering the Product Job Interview 8:00 – 9:30 pm
·        Office Hours - CWE RI - Virtual Live 9:00 – 10:30 am

FOR THE FULL LISTING OF ALL UPCOMING EVENTS, VISIT OUR BLOG!
MAINE INNOVATION NIGHTS
Are you a new or existing Maine business owner launching a new product or service? UpStart Maine Innovation Nights is coming up on April 26th at the Maine Challenger Center in Bangor and online! Apply to be a presenter here.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENTREPRENEURS
IMPACT from M2D2 is a 12-week accelerator program that uses a unique 1:1 approach and is created to connect startups with resources needed for commercialization. Selected companies will have the opportunity to engage with sponsors' specialized research calls to help advance their business. Application deadline extended to March 29. More information here.
Looking for more featured accelerator information, pitch contests, design contests, funding sources, or other resources for local entrepreneurs? Head over to our blog page for an updated listing of the latest events and resources from organizations like:

  • MIT Hacking Medicine Grand Hack
  • Boehringer Ingelheim’s Boston Innovation Prize
  • 2022 Emerge MA Candidate and Campaign Manager Training
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU
We're hiring! Our group (5 companies - Carlton PR & Marketing, Innovation Nights, Innovation Women, My Speaker Leads and Lioness Magazines) has several positions open. Check out our careers page.

  • Media relations
  • Sales
  • Social media marketing
  • Interns

Learn more or send us a resume. Let's talk! (We are a flexible operation with a combination of full and part-time remote positions.)


March 14, 2022
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Dear Innovator,

Thirteen years ago, we started the run up to the first Mass Innovation Nights event. (Our official 13th anniversary will be in April.) We signed up for @MassInno on Twitter and started to connect with what would be our community. Over the years we did a lot of tweeting, and connecting!

Two years ago, we all abruptly went home to work. The Mass Innovation Nights event at Brandeis in March 2020 quickly became a virtual event. Not much of a run up. Not much of a plan but we had a great virtual event, one of many over the pandemic.

The next Innovation Nights event will be Maine Innovation Nights, April 26, 2022 in Bangor, Maine. You'll also be able to attend virtually. See below for more details.

Bobbie & the MIN Team
MIN ALUMNI NEWS
LIONESS MAGAZINE: GREAT ARTICLES FOR ENTREPRENEURS
Lioness for the Female Entrepreneur is our digital magazine for women who are starting (or thinking about starting) companies. Lioness gives entrepreneurs the latest news, tools and resources to launch and scale startups. Here are just a few of this week's features:
MIN COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Are you running events of interest to startups and entrepreneurs in the Boston area? Submit your events to the Mass Innovation Nights community calendar! For years we have been promoting local events to the community and now we have a better way to collect the information from you! Just fill out the form on our website, and we'll add your event to the community calendar on our website, and in our weekly newsletter!
FEATURED COMMUNITY EVENT
Connected Things: Living on the Edge (#CT22Edge) - March 21, 10:00 am ET

The Connected Things Conference has always fostered connection, enabling the stakeholders in our ecosystem —technology executives, seasoned and early-stage entrepreneurs, investors, and members of the IoT ecosystem —to network and develop valuable business relationships and learn about new initiatives from leaders at IoT startups and established industry players. Find out more and register here.
THIS WEEK'S FEATURED EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Monday March 14
·        SBA Virtual Café: Women's History Month 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
 
Tuesday March 15
·        The Basics of Email Marketing 9:00 – 10:30 am
·        Tech Toolkit for Coaches & Entrepreneurs 4:00 pm
·        Build Your Company with Strategic Alliances 7:00 – 8:30 pm
 
Wednesday March 16
·        How to Change the Gender Pay Gap 9:00 – 10:00 am
·        Pricing to Thrive 10:00 – 11:30 pm
·        Leadership and Creativity 12:00 pm
·        Marketing on a Shoestring 12:00 – 1:00 pm
·        Russia Sanctions & Export Controls Update 12:00 – 1:30 pm
·        Brands That Attract 12:00 – 1:00 pm
·        Choosing the Right Website Platform 12:00 – 1:30 pm
 
Thursday March 17
·        Basics of Starting a Business 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
·        Golden Seeds Boston Office Hours 9:00 am – 12:15 pm
·        Social Media Made Simple 12:00 – 1:30 pm
·        Steps to Start a Business 12:00 – 2:00 pm
 
Friday March 18
·        USPTO: Intellectual Property 101 9:00 – 10:00 am
·        How’s Your Social IQ? 12:00 pm

FOR THE FULL LISTING OF ALL UPCOMING EVENTS, VISIT OUR BLOG!
MAINE INNOVATION NIGHTS
Are you a new or existing Maine business owner launching a new product or service? UpStart Maine Innovation Nights is coming up on April 26th at the Maine Challenger Center in Bangor and online! Apply to be a presenter here.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENTREPRENEURS



January 24, 2022
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Just a quick story and request. During my junior and senior years in college in New York, I spent a lot of time in Boston (looking for a job, planning my move here, etc.)

Before I returned to New York each time, I would buy a gallon of Brigham's vanilla ice cream (sometimes chocolate too) and the Boston Sunday Globe, and bring them back for my Public Relations professor and his wife. They had moved from Boston and missed it terribly. My professor had helped me get a summer job in Boston and it felt great being able to do something nice in return for him.

Next week, we'll return to our regularly scheduled programming, commentary on the Boston startup scene, but this week I'm asking for YOUR HELP. We're hiring. We did just add another writer to the team - woo-hoo - but I also need:

Bobbie & the MIN Team

P.S. Thanks in advance!
LIONESS MAGAZINE: GREAT ARTICLES FOR ENTREPRENEURS
Lioness for the Female Entrepreneur is our digital magazine for women who are starting (or thinking about starting) companies. Lioness gives entrepreneurs the latest news, tools and resources to launch and scale startups. Here are just a few of this week's features:
MIN COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Are you running events of interest to startups and entrepreneurs in the Boston area? Submit your events to the Mass Innovation Nights community calendar! For years we have been promoting local events to the community and now we have a better way to collect the information from you! Just fill out the form on our website, and we'll add your event to the community calendar on our website, and in our weekly newsletter!
FEATURED COMMUNITY EVENT
How to get a job at the FDA - January 24, 5:45 pm ET

Are you interested in getting a job at the FDA? MASS AWIS is hosting an exciting panel discussion with current and former FDA employees. Register today to get insights and advice on how to prepare for a position at the FDA! Find out more and register here.
THIS WEEK'S FEATURED EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Monday January 24
·        Social Media Made Simple 12:00 – 1:30 pm
·        The Effective Elevator Pitch 2:00 pm
·        How to Get A Job at the FDA 5:45 – 7:15 pm
 
Tuesday January 25
·        Leveraging LinkedIn 9:00 – 10:30 pm
·        Business Plan Basics 1:00 – 2:30 pm
·        Social Media Trends (Planning for 2022) 2:00 – 3:00 pm
·        Legal Considerations for New Business Owners 5:00 – 6:00 pm
 
Wednesday January 26
·        Data Driven Insights: A Look Ahead 9:00 – 10:15 am
·        Always-On Marketing 11:00 – 11:40 am
·        Pricing Your Products and Services 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
·        Building Business Credit 12:00 pm
·        Exploring Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources 12:00 – 1:00 pm
·        Steps to Start a Business 3:00 – 4:00 pm
 
Thursday January 27
·           Legal Considerations for Starting Your Business 9:00 – 11:00 am
·           Business Plan Basics 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
·           Business Foundation - Learn How to Sell Better 12:00 pm

Friday January 28

FOR THE FULL LISTING OF ALL UPCOMING EVENTS, VISIT OUR BLOG!
OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENTREPRENEURS
BoardWise Board Professional Expert Certification
Serving as a board director is both an honor and a duty. This program equips directors with an understanding of their responsibilities, the current and emerging challenges and trends they face, and the fundamental knowledge and skills they need to be capable contributors to public, private and advisory boards. Arm yourself for success with this highly interactive program and secure a level one board certification. Next session begins March 4. More information here.
Looking for more featured accelerator information, pitch contests, design contests, funding sources, or other resources for local entrepreneurs? Head over to our blog page for an updated listing of the latest events and resources from organizations like:

  • The Massachusetts Export Center’s Export Expo
  • TiE University Global Pitch Competition
  • MassBioDrive
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU
We're hiring! Our group (5 companies - Carlton PR & Marketing, Innovation Nights, Innovation Women, My Speaker Leads and Lioness Magazines) has several positions open. Check out our careers page.

  • Media relations
  • Sales
  • Social media marketing
  • Interns

Learn more or send us a resume. Let's talk! (We are a flexible operation with a combination of full and part-time remote positions.)
MASS INNOVATION NIGHTS SOLUTION PARTNERS  



January 10, 2022
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Dear Innovator,

I spent some end of the year time looking at different projects I had done over the year and their impact on the community. (Side note: highly recommend this activity for anyone involved in the entrepreneurial and innovation economy space. What kind of impact did you have 2021?)

Maybe this is why I was so entranced with a project from GaggleAMP. (GaggleAMP is an award-winning employee advocacy platform designed to help marketing, sales, and internal communications teams increase brand reach and employee engagement. GaggleAMP is our social media amplification partner and a two-time MIN alumnus.) 

In December GaggleAMP let us know that they would donate $1 for every active user in customer programs in the month of December to Feeding America (or our regional equivalent). A January follow up message let us know that they had donated 100,000 meals to families during the holiday season! THAT'S community impact.

Right now I've run out of fingers on my two hands to count the number of friends and family who are COVID-positive or isolating due to exposure. A lot of these exposures are holiday related but as we get back in the business and professional swing of things post-holiday, I'd like to ask you to look at a different kind of community impact. Do you really need to meet in person? Does that event really need to be in person? I think we all know the answer.

Be careful and aware of your community impact,

Bobbie & the MIN Team
MIN ALUMNI NEWS
  • #MIN18 alum LogMeIn CEO Bill Wagner is stepping down, and will be replaced by Mike Kohlsdorf, who has been part of LogMeIn's board since August 2020.
  • MIN founder Bobbie Carlton contributed a viewpoint article to the Boston Business Journal which ran in the December 31 edition.
LIONESS MAGAZINE: GREAT ARTICLES FOR ENTREPRENEURS
Lioness for the Female Entrepreneur is our digital magazine for women who are starting (or thinking about starting) companies. Lioness gives entrepreneurs the latest news, tools and resources to launch and scale startups. Here are just a few of this week's features:

MIN COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Are you running events of interest to startups and entrepreneurs in the Boston area? Submit your events to the Mass Innovation Nights community calendar! For years we have been promoting local events to the community and now we have a better way to collect the information from you! Just fill out the form on our website, and we'll add your event to the community calendar on our website, and in our weekly newsletter!
FEATURED COMMUNITY EVENT
Money & Metrics: Using Lean Canvas to Evaluate Your Business for Long Term Growth - January 18, 1:00 pm ET

In this interactive webinar, the Capital Network will introduce you to the Lean Canvas method to help you get a clear picture of all the pieces of your company. You’ll build your own lean canvas to break down and analyze your business model, and set yourself up for long-term growth. Find out more and register here.
THIS WEEK'S FEATURED EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
 
Monday January 10
·        Basics of Starting a Business 1:00 – 4:00 pm
 
Tuesday January 11
·        Marketing Trends 2022 9:00 am
·        Business Plan Basics 9:00 – 10:00 am
·        Next in Tech: 2022 Forecast 10:00 – 11:00 am
·        How to Become Women Owned Certified with SBA 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
·        So, You Want to Start a Nonprofit 12:00 pm
·        Steps to Start a Business 1:00 – 2:30 pm
·        Building Community through Technology 2:00 pm
·        Exploring Entrepreneurship & Steps to Start a Business 5:30 – 7:30 pm
 
Wednesday January 12
·        Capabilities Statement 2-part mini-series 9:00 – 10:00 am
 
Thursday January 13
·        Exploring Entrepreneurship & Steps to Start a Business 9:00 – 1:00 am
·        Basics of Starting a Business 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
·        Snacks with an Expert: Kick Start your Company HR! 4:00 – 5:00 pm
·        Business Plan Basics 6:00 – 7:00 pm
 
Friday January 14
·        Accounting for Non-Accountants 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
·        Cloud Implementation and Cyber Security 12:00 pm

FOR THE FULL LISTING OF ALL UPCOMING EVENTS, VISIT OUR BLOG!
OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENTREPRENEURS
The AWS Robotics Startup Accelerator delivered by MassRobotics is a four-week technical, business and mentorship accelerator opportunity open to robotics startups from around the globe. The program will provide resources to a select cohort of startups seeking to use AWS to help them solve their robotics development, deployment and management challenges. Applications are due January 16, 2022. More information here.
Looking for more featured accelerator information, pitch contests, design contests, funding sources, or other resources for local entrepreneurs? Head over to our blog page for an updated listing of the latest events and resources from organizations like:

  • The AWS Robotics Startup Accelerator delivered by MassRobotics
  • The Massachusetts Export Center’s Export Expo
  • The Draper Competition for Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs



September 13, 2021
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Dear Innovator,

So excited to journey to Bangor, Maine this week to meet up with the Maine Innovation Nights team for their first event. You can join us too, without the long drive from Massachusetts. We'll have a small, COVID-19-aware and wary group who will be putting on a hybrid event.

The event will officially kick-off at 4:00 pm. If you sign up for a FREE ticket, you'll get more information on the detailed agenda and how to get connected to the stream(s). I would also remind you to follow Mass Innovation Nights on TwitterLinkedIn and Facebook. I'll be live tweeting and sharing videos and pictures through as many channels as I can single-handedly manage.

And for those who are wondering why I'm heading to Maine when our name is MASS Innovation Nights...

  • We have previously had companies from all over New England join us at Innovation Nights in the Boston area.
  • We have previously had other Innovation Nights events in other places too...for example, maybe you remember our events in New Hampshire, Connecticut or Western Massachusetts?
  • We want to spread the "crowdpromoting" method. The goal is to help communities grow their economies by supporting local entrepreneurs and startups. And we can help!

See you on Tuesday!
Bobbie and the MIN Team
UPSTART MAINE INNOVATION NIGHT
HELP SUPPORT LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS

The Mass Innovation Nights community supports local companies with our free events, social media amplification and newsletter. We ask you to help spread the word too. Help by sharing information about the event. Click to Tweet, or join our Gaggle!

Want to launch with us? We're looking for innovative products from Boston-area entrepreneurs. Submit your product today!

Here are the products being featured at Upstart Maine Innovation Night:
Find out more about our featured products:
Do you have a Gluten Sensitivity? Box of Maine spent time researching these Maine Made Products to be able to offer a Gluten Free Box of Maine.
Bub 'n Mutha's is a gourmet dry rub with a Maine attitude.
Nugget is a bookmarking application specifically designed to simplify note taking in online meetings.
Kind Mind is a social emotional learning curriculum for lifelong resilience.
SledTRX is an information center, acting as a trip planner for snowmobile riders.
Profit Decoder provides business owners with an accessible, guided experience to decode their numbers and unlock profitability.
DiriGoHydro is an affordable, safe, and effective energy and cleaning solution for people and the planet.
Tree Free Fire makes all-natural portable campfires that are easy-to-use, scentless, and safe
ALUMNI NEWS
LIONESS MAGAZINE: GREAT ARTICLES FOR ENTREPRENEURS
Lioness for the Female Entrepreneur is our digital magazine for women who are starting (or thinking about starting) companies. Lioness gives entrepreneurs the latest news, tools and resources to launch and scale startups. Here are just a few of this week's features :

NEW MIN COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Are you running events of interest to startups and entrepreneurs in the Boston area? Submit your events to the NEW Mass Innovation Nights community calendar! For years we have been promoting local events to the community and now we have a better way to collect the information from you! Just fill out the form on our website, and we'll add your event to the community calendar on our website, and in our weekly newsletter!
FEATURED COMMUNITY EVENT
NSIN Defense Innovation Accelerator – Cohort Showcase Day September 14, 12:00 pm ET

The NSIN Defense Innovation Accelerator (DIA) powered by FedTech pairs teams of entrepreneurs with cutting-edge Department of Defense inventions to assess the commercialization potential of the technologies and generate solutions to real-world problems for the Department. Teams work closely with the DoD inventors, mentors, and coaches during an intensive four-month program that culminates with a Showcase Day that is open to the public. Find out more and register here.
THIS WEEK'S FEATURED EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Monday September 13
·        Learn the Basics of Google Ads 10:00 – 11:00 am
·        Basics of Starting a Business 1:00 – 4:00 pm
·        Start Smart Class [Fall 2021] 6:00 pm
 
Tuesday September 14
·        Cross-Border Payments & Coffee 10:00 am
·        The Digital Side of Starting a Business 10:00 – 11:00 am

 

Innovation Women Newsletter #319

September 10, 2021

 

 

Hi, just a reminder that you receive this email because you are a member of the InnovationWomen.com community. Maybe you enjoyed one of our BrightTALK webinars. Maybe you signed up on our website. Don't forget to add info@innovationwomen.com to your address book so we'll be sure to land in your inbox! No longer want to learn more about the exploits of our awesome speakers and/or get our sweet list of opportunities? Unsubscribe at the bottom of the page.

 

 

WHAT I TOLD AD AGE ABOUT SXSW


Last week, Ad Age, one of the leading publications for advertising and marketing executives, came calling, looking for me to comment on how SXSW might be facing boycotts because of the Texas abortion bill.

 

I had also started to see some comments from companies about the situation in Texas. Some were putting forth announcements that they would cover employee expenses if they were fined for getting an abortion. Others were talking about moving offices or no longer doing business in the state. And yes, some were talking about pulling out of SXSW.

 

Full disclosure - I'm on the advisory board for SXSW Pitch, the startup contest at SXSW. (We promote this GREAT opportunity in this newsletter and others.) I help find other advisors and judges. I spend most Thanksgivings judging dozens of startup applications. I attend SXSW. I have applied to speak there this year. I see SXSW as an organization that does a good job on diversity, gender equity and inclusion on stage.

 

Boycotting the stage (boycotting events) is usually a no-win situation for women. We need these stages in order to voice our opinions, share our stories and, in this case, shout from the rooftops.

 

SXSW (as a physical event) adds an estimated $350M to the local Austin economy. Our participation is part of that contribution. Other events and organizers have attempted to apply political pressure to a region by pulling an event out of an area (Georgia and MLB.) But SXSW is a local organization and pulling out of Austin is probably impossible for them.

 

Here's what Ad Age included of what I provided, "All too often, these situations devolve into no-win possible for women. The stages we need in order to voice our concerns are the ones we’re forced to turn away from because someone politicized our right to make our own decisions about our bodies."

 

JOIN BOBBIE ON ZOOM NOW AND CLUBHOUSE LATER

 

Join me on Zoom at 9:00 am Eastern TODAY (Friday) for our weekly group Zoom chat. Every week we offer great networking and knowledge-sharing about events and public speaking. (It's not just speakers who attend - all are welcome.) Click the link to join me online.

 

You can also join us TODAY at 3:00 pm Eastern (noon Pacific) on Clubhouse. Look for the Innovation Women club there too!

 

Bobbie and the Innovation Women team

 

P.S. Do you LOVE Innovation Women? Join us! Our parent company is hiring writers, media relations people and sales/business development types.

 

 

 

 

INNOVATION WOMEN WEBINARS

 

Ask an Event Manager with Subscription Show’s Kathy Sexton

 

Kathy Greenler Sexton is the CEO of Subscription Insider, a media company uniquely focused on the business of subscriptions. Kathy is a recognized expert in subscription business models, market strategy, brand development and information products.

 

Wednesday September 22, 2021, 12-1 pm ET - Register here!

 

 

SEE OUR SPEAKERS IN ACTION

 

Check out what our speakers are up to! You can find more upcoming Innovation Women talks on the Events page of our website! PLUS: Check out this month's featured speakers on our website!

 

Christina Inge presents Business Model Generation for Brandeis Innovation on October 20.

Dr. Charmain Jackman presents "Tackling Mental Health: Touchpoints Across a Lifetime" at the Women's Health Innovation Summit on September 15 in Boston. 

 

 

Krista Morrissey will be appearing on The Connect Show with Jon and Tracy September 14. She will also present Exploring Self Awareness & Self Care on September 22 in Brookfield WI.

Michelle Tillis Lederman presents Get Known, Get Connected, Get Ahead for the Alumni Learning Consortium on September 21.

 

Monique Russell will be speaking at these upcoming events: Sistas in Sales Summit, September 16-17; the Women on the Move Summit on September 16 in Morrow GA; and will present "Boldly Break Through: How to Create Change and Own Your Transformation" at the Salesforce Grace Hopper Afterparty on September 29.

Sheri Fitts will be speaking at these upcoming events: "Competing for Plan Sponsor Mindshare with Digital Emotional Intelligence (digitalEQ)" at NAPA 401(k) Summit in Las Vegas on September 13; "How to Build Your Personal Brand" at

Wealth@Wor(k) in Nashville on October 25; "Stand Out: Amplify Your digitalEQ" at

MDRT EDGE in Philadelphia on November 8; and "Your Personal Brand and Digital Emotional Intelligence (digitalEQ)" at AFP 2021 in Washington DC on November 9.

 

 

Speakers - Do you have an upcoming speaking engagement, cool article you wrote, new book, news? Email us or use the "promote yourself" button on your speaker profile so we can share it in upcoming newsletters, on our website, and our social media!

 

 

LIONESS MAGAZINE AND INNOVATION WOMEN -

THIS WEEK'S FEATURED BOOK

 

The Female Entrepreneur’s Guide to Creating Your Own Website in a Weekend - Ruthann Bowen

 

The Female Entrepreneur’s Guide to Creating Your Own Website in a Weekend is the go-to playbook for the DIY lover who desperately desires a professional website without breaking the bank. This no-nonsense, how-to guide kicks overwhelm to the curb making it easy to create your own website in a weekend. Discover insider professional tips and tricks showing you how to design a website that attracts, converts and grows your business. Read the feature on Lioness!

 

 

GREAT STAGES: TWITTER SPACES, CLUBHOUSE, LUNCHCLUB

 

Innovation Women hosts special programs on various platforms. Interested in joining us? We have a wide variety of platforms and programs.

 

1.  Follow @WomenInno on Twitter for Twitter Spaces chats

2.  Follow BobbieC on the Clubhouse app and join the new Innovation Women club. We have weekly meetings, Fridays at 3:00 pm EDT.

3.  Have you tried Lunchclub? One-on-one meetings to expand your network.

 

 

SAY 'HELLO' TO SOME OF OUR NEW SPEAKER MEMBERS

(Psst Speakers - fill in your profile to get included here.)

 

Welcome to these new Innovation Women members!

 

Susan Lovelle - Raleigh NC, Wendy Perdomo - Hasbrouck Heights NJ, Satoya Smith - Atlanta GA, Shaun McAndrew - Raleigh NC

 

Thanks to these Innovation Women members for renewing their membership!

 

Mary Churchill - Boston MA, Courtney Temple - Washington DC, Adrienne Garland - New York NY, Irene Katzela - Toronto Canada, Jessica Lesesky - Raleigh NC, Todd Cohen - Philadelphia PA, Jennifer Gjulameti - Boston MA, Samantha Quinones - New York NY

 

 

Find out more about our new and returning members on our blog!

 

Every week we welcome our new and renewing members in our newsletter. (Well, at least the ones who add their picture and fill out the profile right away.) Event managers can invite these speakers (and others) to speak at their events by signing up for a free account on the Innovation Women website.

 

 

SIGN UP AS A SPEAKER TODAY: GET MORE VISIBILITY

 

Every week our speakers get brand new opportunities and there are even more on our website. Below are some of the NEW opportunities

 

1.  2022 PHIMA Annual Conference April 25-26, 2022 Lancaster PA Deadline 11/1/2021 - Hospital and Health Care

2.  2022 North American Snow Conference April 10-13, 2022 Pittsburgh, PA Deadline 10/8/2021 - Recreational Facilities and Services

3.  241st ECS Meeting May 29 – June 2, 2022 Vancouver, BC, Canada Deadline 12/3/2021 - Chemicals

4.  6th International Conference on Infection Diseases: Control and Prevention May 27-28, 2022 Vancouver, Canada Deadline 10/1/2021 - Hospital and Health Care

5.  Buildings 2022 May 11-12, 2022 Chicago, IL Deadline 9/30/2021 - Construction

 

Become a Speaker - get opportunities like these, a profile on our site and more for only $100/year!

 

 

JOIN OUR SOCIAL MEDIA AMPLIFICATION PROGRAM TODAY

 

 

Have you joined our "gaggle" yet? GaggleAMP helps us manage our social media amplification program. We send members important content to share in their social media accounts. You choose what to share through your social networks. Join us - it's a great way to support your fellow Innovation Women! AND get cool content for your channel.

 

 

JOIN US AT LIONESS MAGAZINE

 

Lioness for the Female Entrepreneur is our digital magazine for women who are starting (or thinking about starting) companies. Lioness gives women the latest news, tools and resources to launch and scale startups. Lioness is the newest member of the Innovation Women family. This week you can read great articles like:

 

·    7 Grants and Money Resources Built for Female Entrepreneurs

·    Lioness Powerbrokers: Yasmin Ferrine of Visible Hands

·    Is the New Cinderella Too Heavy Handed?

 

 

MY SPEAKER LEADS DELIVERS SPEAKER LEADS, OF COURSE

 

My Speaker Leads delivers an easy-to-use and sort spreadsheet containing 100+ leads for speaking opportunities direct to your inbox every week. Add them to your CRM. Use this service ($19.99/month) to supplement your own research or speed it up. Professional speakers often work with a virtual assistant or a sales person to follow up on leads like these. My Speaker Leads is all about helping you gain momentum in your speaking career!

 

 

FEATURED EVENTS

 

You can now find the full list of the latest events and networking opportunities on the Events page of our website!

 

WITS Virtual Summit - The Women in Tech Summits will educate, inspire, and connect women in technology — and are now virtual for 2021. Innovation Women Members can save 25% on registration for WITS Virtual Summits with discount code IW25. Fall 2021 Virtual Summit October 20-22, 2021 - register here. WITS is also celebrating its 10th anniversary on October 22. If you are interested in attending (either in-person or virtually), buy a ticket now!

 

Also check out events like these:

 

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