LaunchHER Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2012

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We are so honored to bring this superstar line-up of products to our readers and fans. Mother’s Day is a day to celebrate the women in our life whom we cherish and give them a little something to let them know just how much we appreciate them. We hope you find something in our Mother’s Day Gift Guide for a mama in your life, or even for yourself. So…what kind of mama are you shopping for?

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LaunchHER Top 40 :: Profiles of Women Entrepreneurs 2011

In honor of International Women’s Day today, we’re sharing our list of Top 40 :: Profiles of Women Entrepreneurs 2011 again.  Read and be inspired!

 

Over the past 12 months, our tongue-in-cheek 40 Under 40 list of women-owned brands has become our most-read post. While the idea behind that list was to fulfill Kara’s personal goal of being named to a 40 Under 40 list while she was still, in fact, under 40, profiling amazing women entrepreneurs was thrilling.

So without further ado, we present the…

LaunchHER Top 40 :: Profiles of Women Entrepreneurs 2011*

In no particular order, but in keeping with tradition…in reverse alphabetical order, of course. {wink, wink}

Molly Vernon {store owner/author} www.LuxabyBaby.com

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Untermeyer {travel expert/entrepreneur} www.TravelKiddy.com

 

 

 

 

Amber Toste {boutique owner/fashion lover} www.houndstoothboutique.com

 

 

 

 

women in business becky sturm 3 way beauty Becky Sturm {beauty business expert/inventor} www.3waybeauty.com

 

 

 

 

Kim Stoegbauer {party stylist/editor/HGTV blogger} www.thetomkatstudio.com

 

 

 

 

Leigh Standley {artist} www.curlygirldesign.com

 

 

 

 

Jessie Senese {party supplies} www.ShopSweetLulu.com

 

 

 

 

Anna Ryan & Selena Srabian {nurses/inventors} www.annieandisabel.com

 

 

 

 

 

Mally Roncal {makeup artist/inventor} www.mallybeauty.com

 

 

 

 

 

Cassandra Rippberger {graphic designer} www.pixiechicago.com

 

 

 

 

 

Angela Parks {designer/blogger} www.preppypoppy.com, www.diaryofdomesticfailure.blogspot.com

 

 

 

 

Jo Packham {publisher/entrepreneur}

www.jopackham.com

www.wherewomencreate.com, www.wherewomencook.com

www.thecreativeconnectionevent.com

 

 

Heather Mellstrom & Stephanie Monge {designers} www.monmelldesigns.blogspot.com

 

 

 

 

Nikki McGonigal {author/crafter} www.nikkiinstitches.com

 

 

 

 

Holly Mathis {interior designer} www.hollymathisinteriors.com

 

 

 

 

Jami Lindberg {entrepreneur/social media maven} www.thesavvysocialista.com

 

 

 

 

Natalie Jost {designer/curator} www.nataliejost.com, www.olivemanna.com

 

 

 

 

Cathe Holden {graphic designer/writer} www.justsomethingimade.com

 

 

 

 

Valeria Guerrero {graphic designer/entrepreneur/founder} www.theartisangroup.org

 

 

 

 

Sally Gemignani {party supplies} www.polkadotmarket.com

 

 

 

 

Jenny Ford {shoe designer/sugar lover} www.monkey-toes.com, www.sugarloco.com

 

 

 

 

Lara Field {pediatric dietician/gluten-free guru} www.feedkids.com

 

 

 

 

Tauni Everett {founder} www.snaptheconference.com

 

 

 

 

Wendy Estes & Tiffany Harris {entrepreneurs/style mavens} www.laylagrayce.com, www.zincdoor.com

 

 

 

 

Erin Edwards {jewelry designer} www.thevintagepearl.com

 

 

 

 

Rae Dunn {ceramic artist} www.raedunn.com

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Dehn {beauty writer & skincare creator} www.elizabethdehn.com

 

 

 

 

Anne M. Cramer {clothing designer} www.annemcramer.com

 

 

 

 

Bridget Connell {handbag designer} www.bcdesignsinc.com

 

 

 

 

Jenni Clark {children’s clothing designer} www.charmingnecessities.com

 

 

 

 

Kim Christopherson & Kris Thurgood {DIY mavens} www.thediydish.com

 

 

 

 

Grace Bonney {blogger/author} www.designsponge.com

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Berson {publicist} www.jenerationpr.com

 

 

 

 

Holly Becker {author/founder of decor8} www.decor8blog.com

 

 

 

 

Maureen Anders & Adria Ruff {graphic designers & party stylists} www.andersruff.com

 

 

*******************************launchher photo courtesy Megan Norman Photography

We are continually inspired by the women we meet, and are enjoying every minute of our own journey as women entrepreneurs. Cheers!

~Kara Jensen Zitnick & Tracy Corcoran, LaunchHER

First time visiting LaunchHER? Welcome!

See what we’re all about

 

 

* This article is the sole opinion of LaunchHER. No payment or other consideration was exchanged for inclusion.

The “little things” :: A Special Thank You from LaunchHER

To say that we don’t get caught up in the number of Facebook fans LaunchHER has, would be a lie.  In fact, as we’re writing this, we have 2,504 fans.  Of course we keep track!  This is the community we interact with on a daily basis.  We use our Facebook page as a place to promote your business, share our business articles, and as a place to just “chat”.  Not only that, but we are sincerely flattered when we see people share LaunchHER posts, or recommend our page to other small business owners.  Facebook fans are very important to us.

LaunchHER Legal and Marketing for Women in BusinessAt one of our usual Monday Meetings about a month ago, we chose a random milestone {2,500 fans} and decided that once we reached that milestone we would offer something special to express our thanks.  We didn’t make a huge hoopla about it, just a simple post here and there, because we want our Facebook page to continue to be a community not just a place where people just come for “free” stuff.  This is about you, and the immense support you have shown us and to the entire LaunchHER network.  We are happy to have reached over 2,500 Facebook Fans!

Maybe you’re asking, what have I done?

You “liked” a recent Freshly Launched post.

You shared.

You introduced yourself.

You found inspiration.

You gave support.

You “liked” another business’ page.

You commented.

You participated in Look @ Me Monday.

You read.

It may seem like a little thing to you, but to us, it’s ALL about the “little things” because they add up to great things. Great, BIG things.

So please, join us tomorrow to see what BIG things we have in store for you – it is a one-day exclusive that we have NEVER offered before.

xxoo, Tracy & Kara

photograpHER :: Christina Watkins

Christina Watkins photograpHER :: Christina Watkins * Christina Watkins Photography

on location :: Southern New Jersey and other US cities. (because my husband is constantly
moving us.  :)  )

launchHER says :: Christina’s pictures read like a fairy tale storybook, and we adore the story they tell.

HER snapshot :: A self taught photographer and 30 something mommy to two sweet little kids ages 4 & 7.  I love starbucks, fashion, magazines, my family, and I’m constantly losing sleep over my passion for photography!  I am chasing my dreams and my Air Force husband around the world but our journey allows me to meet new people and explore new places!  When I have a camera in my hand, I find it necessary to capture the joy and beauty in everything around me.  I feel so blessed to be able to share that beauty.

photograpHER five ::

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love HER too?

Website * Facebook * Twitter * Blog

 

photograpHER :: B. Couture Photography

Chelsy Boucher B. Couture Utah PhotographyphotograpHER :: Chelsy Boucher

on location :: St. George/Southern Utah Area

launchHER says :: Chelsy is very talented at caputring not only her subjects, but at adding those little extra touches that make her pictures even more personal.

HER snapshot :: My Name is Chelsy, and I am a natural light photographer specializing in newborn, child, teen, and family photography. I have always been passionate about design, style, and capturing those precious moments.  I love everything about photography from the styling to the editing, and my ultimate goal is to take timeless pictures for my clients to cherish forever.  I have worked with many amazing clients and feel so blessed to be able to share my passion with others!

photograpHER five ::

B. Couture Utah Photography
B. Couture Utah Newborn Photographer
B. Couture Utah Maternity Photographer
B. Couture Utah Newborn Photographer
B. Couture Utah Children and Family Photographer
love HER photos too?

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B.Y.O.B. to the LaunchHER New Year Celebration!

Time to party like it’s…well, 2012!

We have big plans for the upcoming year, how about you?

B.Y.O.B. {Bring Your Own Brand} in 2012

We are making it easier than ever to decide how LaunchHER can help you…but first, hear it from HER

Tracy Corcoran LaunchHER“Thanks so much for your time, Tracy!  I’m looking forward to getting all of my thoughts organized and begin implementing some of your ideas.  Looking forward to our talk next week.”

“I am so pleased with the consultation call I had today with Tracy. She was friendly and polite, and best of all, she had great ideas on how I can further develop my brand. While we addressed and discussed many things today, I still have some more questions and I feel a follow-up call (or two) would be very beneficial to my business. I believe that this call has helped me tremendously in figuring out the next steps I need to take, and I excitedly look forward to scheduling my next call(s) with her. Thank you so much!”

“I’m learning so much just from the first call. I can’t wait for the second one! The suggestions made were wonderful just a lot of work to implement them but I know it will be well worth it!”

What do you want to do with your brand in 2012?

Boost it!

Socialize it!

Amplify it!

Boost Your Brand!

  • Discover what your brand is {really} saying
  • Build a cohesive brand
  • Develop future plans for your brand

Call duration: 1 hourlaunchher women in business

Socialize Your Brand!

  • Reach more customers and clients
  • Learn tips and tricks to save you time
  • Analyze results

Call duration: 45 mins-1 hour

Amplify Your Brand!

  • Encourage repeat business
  • No-Intimidation Blogging
  • Build a successful e-newsletter

Call Duration: 1 hour

B.Y.O.B. {Bring Your Own Brand} 3-Call Package

  • Boost Your Brand! Consultation
  • Socialize Your Brand! Consultation
  • Amplify Your Brand! Consultation

Cost: $199

It’s so simple, you can choose to book the sessions at YOUR convenience – evening calls are available too!

January is already booking up! E-mail Tracy hello@launchHER.com to schedule your call today.

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LaunchHER Top 40 :: Profiles of Women Entrepreneurs 2011

Over the past 12 months, our tongue-in-cheek 40 Under 40 list of women-owned brands has become our most-read post. While the idea behind that list was to fulfill Kara’s personal goal of being named to a 40 Under 40 list while she was still, in fact, under 40, profiling amazing women entrepreneurs was thrilling.

So without further ado, we present the…

LaunchHER Top 40 :: Profiles of Women Entrepreneurs 2011*

In no particular order, but in keeping with tradition…in reverse alphabetical order, of course. {wink, wink}

  Molly Vernon {store owner/author}  www.LuxabyBaby.com

 

 

 

 

    Jennifer Untermeyer {travel expert/entrepreneur} www.TravelKiddy.com

 

 

 

 

  Amber Toste {boutique owner/fashion lover} www.houndstoothboutique.com

 

 

 

 

women in business becky sturm 3 way beauty   Becky Sturm {beauty business expert/inventor} www.3waybeauty.com

 

 

 

 

   Kim Stoegbauer {party stylist/editor/HGTV blogger} www.thetomkatstudio.com

 

 

 

 

   Leigh Standley {artist} www.curlygirldesign.com

 

 

 

 

  Jessie Senese {party supplies} www.ShopSweetLulu.com

 

 

 

 

   Anna Ryan & Selena Srabian {nurses/inventors} www.annieandisabel.com

 

 

 

 

 

   Mally Roncal {makeup artist/inventor} www.mallybeauty.com

 

 

 

 

 

   Cassandra Rippberger {graphic designer} www.pixiechicago.com

 

 

 

 

 

   Angela Parks {designer/blogger} www.preppypoppy.com, www.diaryofdomesticfailure.blogspot.com

 

 

 

 

 Jo Packham {publisher/entrepreneur}

www.jopackham.com 

www.wherewomencreate.com, www.wherewomencook.com

www.thecreativeconnectionevent.com

 

 

   Heather Mellstrom & Stephanie Monge {designers} www.monmelldesigns.blogspot.com

 

 

 

 

   Nikki McGonigal {author/crafter} www.nikkiinstitches.com

 

 

 

 

   Holly Mathis {interior designer} www.hollymathisinteriors.com

 

 

 

 

   Jami Lindberg {entrepreneur/social media maven} www.thesavvysocialista.com

 

 

 

 

   Natalie Jost {designer/curator} www.nataliejost.comwww.olivemanna.com

 

 

 

 

   Cathe Holden {graphic designer/writer}  www.justsomethingimade.com

 

 

 

 

   Valeria Guerrero {graphic designer/entrepreneur/founder}  www.theartisangroup.org

 

 

 

 

   Sally Gemignani {party supplies} www.polkadotmarket.com

 

 

 

 

   Jenny Ford {shoe designer/sugar lover}  www.monkey-toes.comwww.sugarloco.com

 

 

 

 

   Lara Field {pediatric dietician/gluten-free guru} www.feedkids.com

 

 

 

 

   Tauni Everett {founder} www.snaptheconference.com

 

 

 

 

  Wendy Estes & Tiffany Harris {entrepreneurs/style mavens}  www.laylagrayce.com, www.zincdoor.com

 

 

 

 

   Erin Edwards {jewelry designer} www.thevintagepearl.com

 

 

 

 

   Rae Dunn {ceramic artist} www.raedunn.com

 

 

 

 

   Elizabeth Dehn {beauty writer & skincare creator} www.elizabethdehn.com

 

 

 

 

  Anne M. Cramer {clothing designer} www.annemcramer.com

 

 

 

 

   Bridget Connell {handbag designer} www.bcdesignsinc.com

 

 

 

 

   Jenni Clark {children’s clothing designer} www.charmingnecessities.com

 

 

 

 

   Kim Christopherson & Kris Thurgood {DIY mavens} www.thediydish.com

 

 

 

 

  Grace Bonney {blogger/author} www.designsponge.com

 

 

 

 

  Jennifer Berson {publicist} www.jenerationpr.com

 

 

 

 

  Holly Becker {author/founder of decor8} www.decor8blog.com

 

 

 

 

   Maureen Anders & Adria Ruff {graphic designers & party stylists} www.andersruff.com

 

 

*******************************launchher photo courtesy Megan Norman Photography

We are continually inspired by the women we meet, and are enjoying every minute of our own journey as women entrepreneurs.  Cheers!

~Kara Jensen Zitnick & Tracy Corcoran, LaunchHER

First time visiting LaunchHER? Welcome!

See what we’re all about

 

 

* This article is the sole opinion of LaunchHER. No payment or other consideration was exchanged for inclusion.

Do you CRAVE LaunchHER?

We don’t often talk about us, but we have some big news to share…

LaunchHER is featured in the 2nd edition of the Minneapolis CRAVE Guide!  Not only will you get a behind the scenes look at LaunchHER, but we will also be revealing some of our newest pictures from Megan Norman Photography in the book.

minneapolis CRAVE Guide featuring LaunchHER

What is the Minneapolis CRAVE Guide?

“CRAVE guides are your go-to resource for the best women-owned businesses in your city.” {thecravecompany.com} Showcasing over 100 local brands, the Minneapolis CRAVE Guide will give you an inside look at not only the businesses, but also the women business owners.

 

Why do I need the Minneapolis CRAVE Guide?

Well, since you are here reading LaunchHER, we already know you support women-owned businesses.  Whether you are local to Minneapolis, or just looking to expand your business into the Minneapolis area, the CRAVE Guide is perfect for you.

 

How do I get my Minneapolis CRAVE Guide?

Right HERE! We are currently accepting pre-orders, and all pre-order books will ship on or before Friday, November 18th.  That means you will have your book in time for Small Business Saturday…YAY! We will have a limited number of copies, so if you want one don’t hesitate – they will go fast.

Oh, and because we want to make it easy for you to order, shipping is on us!

Minneapolis CRAVE Guide, $19.95

Order below.

Decorate by Holly Becker {Giveaway}

decorate book by holly becker decor8Holly Becker’s blog, Decor8, has always been a source of inspiration, but hearing Holly speak in person at The Creative Connection last September truly made her words come alive.  We love Holly for her candid commentary and beautiful style.

From blogger to BIG TIME author, Holly Becker has an infectiously gracious spirit…just one of those people you love to support.  She draws you in with her easy going nature, and holds your attention with her keen eye for all things pretty.

Speaking of style…

decorate book giveaway holly becker

Holly’s book Decorate is an amazing resource for decorating your home, no matter your style.  The best part about Decorate is all of the incredible pictures.  We’re talking major eye candy!  You don’t have to envision “the look”, Holly lays it all out for you.  We also love that Decorate includes 1,000’s of ideas and inspiration that are realistic. It’s not just for “show” homes.

how to decorate blog holly becker

Decorate is full of tips, pictures, and antidotes not just from Holly, but from many other top designers as well.  I am constantly popping it open for a dose of design.  It reads like a magazine rather than a text book, and my personal copy has little sticky notes all over it.  When you get your copy of Decorate, we should compare notes…think we have the same style?

interior design decorating blog book holly becker

We saved a special copy just for you.  We are giving away a signed copy of Holly Becker’s book Decorate right here on LaunchHER.  The inscription reads: “launch it forward! Holly Becker.”  This is a one-of-a-kind, friends!

If you have this in mind for a Christmas gift…it’s under $25 on Amazon right now!

How to enter…

Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment below telling us about your favorite room in your house.

Optional Entries, choose one or all:

  1. Like LaunchHER – or tell us if you already do
  2. Like Decorate – or tell us if you already do
  3. Like Decor8 {holly’s blog} – or tell us if you already do
  4. Sign-up for the LaunchHER Newsletter – or tell us if you already get it

Please leave a separate comment for each.

Thanks and good luck!

Fine Print: This giveaway ends 11-17-2011 at 11:59 CST.  Winner will be drawn using random.org.  This is not a paid advertisement, but we did receive a personal copy of Holly’s book to review.

New to LaunchHER :: Boutique Elli’Ette Children’s Clothing

launchher network for women entrepreneursNew to LaunchHER :: Boutique Elli’Ette

Welcome :: Kyle Travers

LaunchHER says :: Little girls with bouncing curls…that’s what we envision when we see the lovely clothing and accessories from Boutique Elli’Ette.  Kyle creates fun and whimsical children’s clothing that is perfect for a playdate or that special occasion.  We can’t say enough that we love to see kid’s clothes that are “kid appropriate” but in today’s world, it is an important topic.  Let kids be kids!

In HER words :: I have always loved expressing myself and my creativeness through sewing.  For years I was obsessed with designing and creating my children’s clothing, some of my own, and home dec items.  It only seemed natural that I would start offering my service and creations to others.  I started with commissions for wedding dresses and bridal party outfits as well as period clothing for reenactors locally before the days of the internet, and in 2010 opened my online shop Boutique Elli’Ette, named after my twin granddaughters Elyse (Elli) and Juliet (Ette).

I offer popular and trendy styles with my own little twist:  Knot Dresses, Ruffle Pants, Twirl Skirts, Pillowcase Dresses, Tops, my exclusive design Back-Tie Bow Dresses and Tops, and hair accessories.


I am proud to provide affordable, quality, made-in-the-USA items for the fashion-conscious Mom.

Shop Boutique Elli’Ette / Facebook Boutique Elli’Ette / Tweet Boutique Elli’Ette

 *This is a paid advertisement as part of a LaunchHER sponsorship package.