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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM (October 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814474195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814474198
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #613,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Only 3% of women-owned businesses in the U.S. gross a million dollars or more in revenue. It doesn't have to be that way, according to Solovic (The Girls' Guide to Power and Success), CEO of SBTV.com. Women face deeply ingrained challenges on their way to wealth, from a discomfort with talking about money to a fear of success, but are also more inclined to create flexible working environments that cater to the needs of their employees as well as to the bottom line. Solovic lays out the steps to success: chutzpah, determination, managing changing relationships, keeping employees and customers happy, getting and maintaining credit, overcoming gender bias and creating a successful business plan and a solid brand. Though her cheery, can-do outlook is infectious, the lessons bog down in a plethora of quotes and personal stories from women (and a surprising number of men) who have made their financial mark. Nonetheless, this is a useful and encouraging guide, providing solid advice and resources to help women achieve and sustain entrepreneurial success. (Nov.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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“…a useful and encouraging guide, providing solid advice and resources to help women achieve and sustain entrepreneurial success.” - Publishers Weekly



“Solovic…is a terrific tutor on such business basics such as core values, angel investors and exit strategy."

-Sky (Delta’s inflight magazine), January 2008


More About the Author

Susan Wilson Solovic is an award-winning entrepreneur and journalist, New York Times bestselling author, respected small business expert and sought-after keynote speaker. Solovic is CEO and co-founder of SBTV.com -- small business television. She a small-business contributor for ABC News and a regular expert on Fox Business Network and many more. Solovic is a featured blogger on numerous sites, including Huffington Post, WSJ.com, FoxBusiness.com, and Constant Contact. She is an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship in the MBA program at Saint Louis University. Solovic received the Institute for Women's Entrepreneurship Leader of Distinction Award, and was the first recipient of AT&T's Innovator of the Year Award for being a pioneer in a new industry.

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Create the vision 5.
Jeff Lippincott
This is one of the best books I have read on the subject of women and business and how women wanting to become successful entrepreneurs should proceed.
Beth DeRoos
Well written and an excellent guide.
Margaret Johnson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
This was a wonderful book to read. I'm not exactly sure why it is a "Girl's Guide" except for the fact that it is written by a woman based on her own personal experiences. But it's a great book for a woman to read regarding the ins-and-outs of starting a business. Furthermore, it emphasizes that significant companies with $1 million in annual gross revenues are something MORE women should strive to create. And this book should help motivate a woman to do just that - build a big one.

The book is pretty straightforward in its approach regarding how to start a business and then grow it. It is broken into 3 sections as follows:

1. Laying the groundwork for a Million-Dollar business (1-3)
2. Using the 4 strategic keys to growing your business (4-7)
3. Accelerating your business growth (8-10)

The chapters included are as follows:

1. Start the Million-Dollar journey
2. Think big and bold
3. Get ready, get set, grow
4. Create the vision
5. Develop the right team
6. Implement key marketing strategies
7. Fund your business growth
8. Develop growth strategies
9. The rest of the story
10. Great resources

I was particularly impressed with the coverage of business plans. The author definitely believes in them and that they are very important to a business owner and or manager. The importance of business plans, the elements of business plans, and key questions for business plans were all discussed. But this book does not go into too much depth on how to actually write a business plan.

According to this book less than 3% of all businesses are women-owned. And compared to the 6% figure for men-owned business, there is clearly a need for the instant book. It is well written and fun to read. 5 stars!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Beth DeRoos HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best books I have read on the subject of women and business and how women wanting to become successful entrepreneurs should proceed.

On page 4 she makes the excellent point that unlike men, women as a rule do not flaunt their style or success because as women we haven't been taught to do so. But we should. She also tells how women can better network with others to find information that one may not have considered that could well make ones journey less bumpy and much more pleasurable as well as successful.

Chapter 2 page 19, she writes: 'There are three perceptions about successful women you absolutely need to dispel if you are going to become a million dollar business success: 1 Ambitious women are selfish 2 Women who want to make a lot of money are greedy 3 Powerful women are bad'. I wish more women would listen to the author and dispel as she does these myths.

Chapter 3 for me was an important chapter because she writes about things one may just assume but not really thought about seriously enough. Get your house in order. Make sure your family and friends are behind you. Alas she then writes how relationships may change. Marriages may fail, kids and friends my become distant, because your work needs so much of your time. This is why I think her advise about making sure your family and friends are on board, can help a woman make wise choices and have better priorities.

The author covers everything from beginning a business to how to evolve and make the business grow as times change. This is really important since choosing the right business can mean success for years and not simply a few years.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lady_C on January 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The author was a TV journalist and the stories and ideas are from her previous interviews with people in business fields.
70% of the content fills with encouraging stores and guidelines.
Some highlights are:
1. executive summary
2. market analysis
3. organization and management
4. company description
5. marketing and sales strategies
6. services or product line
7. funding request
8. financial
9. set up the role of CEO
10. develop the right team/ growth strategies
11. think globally from growth
12. think franchising

Cons: her information is basically 2nd or 3rd hand, not the root if you want more real juicy stuffs, not from concentrate.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jaqueline on May 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I'm sure that the information in this book is solid. But if you have an idea and are just starting out, you will be frustrated. This book is targeted for women who already have achieved a measure of success, and actually HAVE their own company and want to make it grow. I bought this book looking for mentoring advice on how to get started. It is encouraging to know that there are successful women out there making it and I wish them the best.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
While women have outpaced men in opening small businesses over the last years, it's surprising to note that less than three percent of women-owned businesses in the U.S. gross a million or more than revenue - and less than eight percent gross over, $200,000. That makes The Girls' Guide to Building a Million-Dollar Business an essential guide to both business libraries and women's studies collections alike: it offers lessons on how to make good business decisions, hire right, and avoid common obstacles to building that bigger business. The keys to a million dollar business are right here for any businesswoman to consider.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
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