'Chic' Insight for Female Entrepreneurs
We’re highlighting small businesses from around the country as nominated by you, our readers. If your favorite small business is using Twitter to communicate with customers, let us know about it @fbsmallbiz with the hashtag #mysbc, and it may be featured as an upcoming Small Business of the Day.
Small Business of the day: Chic CEO
Who: Stephanie Burns, 32, @chicceo
What: A Website that offers tips and information for female entrepreneurs to start up
When: December 2010
How: The idea for the company came to Burns while she was attending grad school for her MBA at National University. She found that the basics for would-be entrepreneurs were not easily accessible on the Web. Her idea was supported by female friends, several of whom had started side businesses, and couldn't find the things they needed to know about writing business plans, incorporating and more.
"I wanted my company to be a place where my girlfriends and I wanted to go and feel we belonged," Burns said. "I wrote the business plan in grad school and was actually on Wheel of Fortune that same year, and won some money, which I used to start my Website."
Where: San Diego, Calif.
Biggest lesson learned from users: "Every one of our female entrepreneurs says they wish they had just gotten started," Burns said. "As women, we want to make everything perfect, have all of the answers, and make sure everything is right. Nothing will ever be perfect…the sooner you get started, the better. Or you will be waiting forever."