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OWN IT OMAHA! Heartland Business Community Shows Support for Women
What we can learn from Barbie® today
HIGHLY RECOMMEND- PRODUCT PITCH TANK WINNER & ENTREPRENEUR PRODUCTS OF THE YEAR- READY SET CUPCAKE!
Signs of spring and new beginnings at the Conference & Pitch Expo 2013
Entrepreneur Products of the Year Announced
Conference Speaker Highlight: Jeremy Andrews
Which Products will be named the ENTREPRENEUR PRODUCTS OF THE YEAR?
Conference Speaker Highlight- Liz Sigety
Highlighted Conference & Pitch Expo Speaker- Geri Stengel
CROWDFUNDING- A Solution for Entrepreneurs?
Premise Martin to pitch the Pedi-Flop in the Retail Buyer Room
Women Entrepreneurs: Here’s your pitch opportunity
BlogHer Co-Founder Jory Des Jardins Joins Own It Ventures Conference for Women Entrepreneurs in NYC
Woman Entrepreneur- Driven to Succeed
Ten Tips to get Funding from Angels
Women Entrepreneurs & Competing for Capital Investment
Rebuilding After a Disaster- Post-Sandy
Entrepreneur Roadshows on the Horizon
Is Your Website Annoying Your Visitors?
Negotiations- No Need to Cringe
Know Thy Target Market
A Post-Mothers Day Reflection from the Intern
OIV Member Highlight:
Change, Fear, and Entrepreneurship
Support American Ingenuity - Shop Locally
Sponsorship ROI = Mutuality of Benefits and Goals

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OWN IT OMAHA! Heartland Business Community Shows Support for Women
by Own it Ventures at 2013-09-12 07:32:56

Women who start businesses often get stuck when it comes time to expand. OWN IT OMAHA!, a roadshow for the Midwest, is designed to reverse that trend. Set for Friday, September 27 at Mammel Hall on the University of Nebraska Omaha, College of Business campus, it is the brainchild of Omaha native and UNO alum Melissa Gasnick-Cloeter, who has spent much of her career working in sales and marketing, raising a family and then ultimately starting her own company, Own It Ventures.   Own It-Omaha! features topics that address the core issues women entrepreneurs and business owners must tackle to be successful; specifically, how to secure funding; how to attain a website designed for E-Commerce, growth and functionality; how to find markets and distribution lines for products or services; how to integrate Social Media and mobile apps in marketing strategies; and how to procure bids, secure contracts and be certified...

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What we can learn from Barbie® today
by Own it Ventures at 2013-06-17 12:04:03

Working with many entrepreneurs and inventors has meant researching the difference between successful and failed product lines.   One of the most successful product brands is Barbie®.   We can learn a great deal about Barbie's history- the importance of product planning, branding, line extensions, and add-on sales- to product line success. 1...

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HIGHLY RECOMMEND- PRODUCT PITCH TANK WINNER & ENTREPRENEUR PRODUCTS OF THE YEAR- READY SET CUPCAKE!
by Own it Ventures at 2013-04-15 07:00:01

Last weekend, I tried a winning product line- Ready Set Cupcake! owned by Leslie Kaplan and Carolyn Shulevitz, (The Piping Gourmets).   The product is pre-frozen and pre-mixed in a pastry bag.   Once thawed, the only preparation required is kneading the dough inside the bag, squeeze into your cupcake liners, and place in a pre-heated oven and voila, delicious cupcakes.   They even have pre-mixed and frozen frosting...

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Signs of spring and new beginnings at the Conference & Pitch Expo 2013
by Own it Ventures at 2013-04-03 09:52:55

It was the first day of spring – March 20, 2013 – a morning filled with the quiet sounds of birds chirping and the faint scent of budding flowers offering the hope of new beginnings and renewal.   Coincidentally, on that day over 150 women travelled to New York City from as far away as Florida to attend the 2nd Annual Own it Ventures Pitch Expo, where the region’s women entrepreneurs were given the chance for new beginnings by presenting their products, services or business plans to angel investors, venture capitalists, retail buyers, media and public relations specialists. There is no greater sense of excitement and opportunity for a new start than at a gathering of bright, eager and dynamic women all trying to make a difference not only for themselves, but for the greater good of the world. So was definitely the case on that day as each presenter entered the Media Room and was given a brief two minutes to tell their story, a journey that sometimes began many years before...

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Entrepreneur Products of the Year Announced
by Own it Ventures at 2013-03-25 18:53:57

Kevin Harrington and representatives from Wegmans, Bloomingdales plus other retail experts selected Ready- Set- Cupcake AND Pure Gourmet as the Product Pitch Tank Winners.   Ready-Set-Cupcake is owned by Carolyn Broome Shulevitz and Leslie Kaplan from Florida.   The line of cupcake mixes are gourmet, all natural, no mix, no mess oven-ready frozen cake batters and ready-to frost buttercream frostings.   The audience members picked Pure Gourmet as their favorite product, and founders Kelly MacLeod and Andrea Perrier took home the “Yes, I Would Buy It Award...

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