If you are a woman entrepreneur in the state of Maryland looking to launch a business or for guidance on how to grow, you should get to know the Maryland Women’s Business Center. Through its three current locations in Bowie, Rockville, and Frederick, the Center annually helps more than 1,500 women gain the skills, connections, and confidence to successfully navigate entrepreneurship through training sessions, individual counseling, peer group discussions, specialized resources, and access to capital.
Later this spring, MWBC will begin accepting applications for its annual StartRight! Women’s Business Plan Competition. The competition supports entrepreneurship by giving new businesses a boost for success with a business plan review by an expert panel of judges from area businesses, financial institutions, government agencies, and colleges, along with cash prizes, free publicity, and networking opportunities. This year’s competition winners will receive special recognition at MWBC’s Annual Business Awards Luncheon this fall. See details from last year’s competition on the Center’s website.
MWBC is an initiative of the Rockville Economic Development, Inc. Originally established in 2010 as the Rockville Women’s Business Center, a name change took place in 2014 to expand the Center’s reach and impact. Last year, the Center assisted women entrepreneurs in creating 81 businesses, retaining or creating 176 jobs, and with $1.9 million in sales growth.
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The Successful Mindset
By Scott Ward Inc
The number one thing you need to succeed in business is a successful attitude. A successful attitude means accepting that everyone’s life is not fair, but that everyone can still succeed if they take responsibility for themselves and their own actions, and don’t expect to be handed everything on a silver platter. You may have encountered all kinds of difficulties in your life, but you are not unique.
Each of us as human beings needs to struggle in order to grow, and luckily struggles are something that is impossible to avoid. Begin to look at your experiences and the difficulties in your life as gifts that have made you the strong, resilient, unique person that you are. Recognize that perseverance; wisdom and creativity result from overcoming obstacles, not avoiding them, or living a life free from difficulty, pain, or failure.
Failure is an important part of life, and handling failure successfully greatly contributes to making a person successful. We all experience failure. As the saying goes, "suck it up, buttercup" — learn the lesson and use the experience to grow wiser, not angrier, and more bitter or discouraged. Expecting to live a life without mistakes is not only unreasonable, it’s boring. Mistakes are one way we, as human beings, learn and grow. Every mistake made is a teachable moment, a moment to learn what you are made of and what actions don’t work so they aren’t repeated.
The wisest learners, however, will learn not only from their own successes, mistakes and failures, but from those of others. This is why we are writing this book: to share what we have learned along the way. We want to let you know that while you aren’t the first or the last to make mistakes, if you give yourself permission to be a lifelong learner and permission to fail, you will eventually succeed. Guaranteed. So read on. And when you fail, dust yourself off, regroup - and get back up on the horse.
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