Last week I had the distinct pleasure of partying with the Bad Girls – Bad Girls Ventures (BGV) that is. For those of you unfamiliar with the organization, I suggest you jump here to see what it’s all about. To sum it up, it’s a micro-lending program for women entrepreneurs. The party I attended was their graduation ceremony. Finalists in their business plan competition were honored and the winner was awarded a $25,000 micro loan to assist in the development of their new business venture. While the graduation was fun, the real experience was getting to know these impressive women.
The program consists of a nine week business development course followed by a presentation of each of these women’s proposed business plan to a panel. The panel then selects the best business to fund and presents it with a loan. BGV asked me to present in week seven on the subject of pricing. This is when I had the privilege of meeting these impressive women (and a couple of BGV men too). They were all impressive. Some because they could literally have stepped into the MBA program I used to lead at Fisher College of Business. Others were impressive because they were clearly doing something that was a stretch for them. More than one had left a traditional job setting and had decided, either out of desire or necessity, to create her own new job. Forget fiscal stimulus from the government! These women are literally growing the economy, taking control of their lives and making jobs for themselves out of nothing!
I considered calling them risk takers, but really, what’s risky about taking control of your own life?! Isn’t it more risky to trust that the economy, government or fate is somehow going to take care of you? My hat is off to all the Bad Girls! It was great meeting each and every one of you and I wish you the best of luck!
If you’re interested in participating, I know I will continue to be involved, check out this registration link to the next program here in Columbus.
Author’s note: This tag within my blog is a response to the fact that I don’t see enough of our great city and its many cool things. So ridicule if you will, this is just my idea of what’s cool in Columbus or “Coolumbus”.