12 episodes

Amazing things happen when determined, focused female founders & women entrepreneurs come together and push each other beyond fears & boundaries. Helping #FemaleFounders & #WomenEntrepreneurs grow, scale and make their companies investment ready.

Mogul Chix Podcast Adrienne Graham

    • Business

Amazing things happen when determined, focused female founders & women entrepreneurs come together and push each other beyond fears & boundaries. Helping #FemaleFounders & #WomenEntrepreneurs grow, scale and make their companies investment ready.

    Episode 14: Stretch Your Wings with Angel Investing

    Episode 14: Stretch Your Wings with Angel Investing

    Angel investing can be part wealth building vehicle, part philanthropic endeavor. Many women entrepreneurs are seeking investment dollars, but find themselves coming up against brick walls. Many women investors want to help fund women entrepreneurs, but also want to build a wealth vehicle that will give them investments into thriving high growth potential companies. Without angel investing, both objectives would be harder to meet for women. Today my guest and I will talk about the benefits and challenges, the options available, and the smart ways to make angel investing work for you and help up and coming entrepreneurs.

    • 48 min
    Episode 13: Fueling Next Level Growth

    Episode 13: Fueling Next Level Growth

    You're past the startup phase and now it's time to shift into high gear. So why are you still functioning and making decisions as  if you're in startup mode? Many high growth companies end up stalling out because they remain stuck in startup mode. There are a variety of factors that keep entrepreneurs from growth from the mental to the financial. What they often lack is solid strategy and execution. At each level, there are new requirements that replace previous requirements. What worked when you began may not work in year two or year five, or even year 10. So what's holding you back from growth?

    Well today it’s all about the strategy, baby. Today’s topic is all about making that transition from startup to focusing on long term growth strategies and the importance of conscious awareness of each level of growth. My guest Janis Collins and I will talk about some of the roadblocks to growth, how to condition your mind (and your team) for growth, address some tips about handling growth at different levels and helping you set your path to rewarding growth for your business.

    • 43 min
    Episode 11: Demystifying the Government Contract Maze

    Episode 11: Demystifying the Government Contract Maze

    The slippery maze of Government Contracting is fraught with red tape, paperwork, and roadblocks. Although each administration says they seek to minimize the bloat in the process, it somehow remains frustrating. Between the amount of paperwork to the criteria for filing, to the waiting period, it can be enough to make you want to pull your hair out. Well today, we're going to talk about some strategies to make the contracting process less intimidating.

    Tune in today to find out what documentation you should always have, how to prepare for the process, and how to avoid mistakes that will cause delays in the process. Our guest Stacy Vaughn will share her inside tips and cautionary tales to help put you on teh right path to succesfully getting government contracts for your business.

    Listen live or catch the podcast replay on our Show page.

    • 50 min
    Episode 10: Don't Call it a Come Back

    Episode 10: Don't Call it a Come Back

    Many companies make the mistake of adopting the "business as usual" approach. Although they may have great success, eventually the new car smell wears off. Remaining popular, in demand or a top favorite brand with customers is not easy. So the savvy CEO knows that it's critical to always be evolving AND paying attention to external signals. Some of you favorite brands have miscalculated their longevity, misjudged market trends, and made assumptions that ultimately killed their business. Will you be like them? I hope not. Tune in today to find out what brand killers to avoid, how to keep your company in the front of customers minds, and how to avoid becoming obsolete..

    We'll also talk about several headline makers about companies who were once viewed as promising rising stars, who experienced very real wake up calls, and how you can avoid the same fate for your company with smart decisions, careful planning and getting help where needed.

    Listen live or catch the podcast replay on our Show page.

    • 29 min
    {EPISODE 9 Mogul Chix Chat} Differentiate Your Company or Die

    {EPISODE 9 Mogul Chix Chat} Differentiate Your Company or Die

    There’s an old saying that goes “don’t try to reinvent the wheel” meaning once you know what it is you want to do/sell/produce, find a company already doing it successfully, and try to improve upon it. Well, that can work for some. Look at companies like AirBNB who took on the hotel industry. Or Uber who took on the cab industry. In some cases, you can disrupt or improve on a product. But in worse case scenario, you end up with a company that’s a copycat “me too” in the eyes of customers. Your company ends up so commoditized that you’re seen as an option instead of the prize pick. Because so many playing fields have been mowed, raised and leveled thanks to technology and globalization, business owners have to constantly ponder how to make themselves stand out as the go to in their industry.

    Ask yourself 2 questions:
    - What are you doing better than your competitors?
    - Why should customers choose your company over others that offer the same thing?

    In this episode of Mogul Chix Chat I share my top tips on differentiating your company and keeping from becoming irrelevant.

    • 28 min
    {EPISODE 7 Mogul Chix Chat} Master Your Niche!

    {EPISODE 7 Mogul Chix Chat} Master Your Niche!

    Everyone wants to dominate a niche, because after all, if you’re the go to authority in a specific niche, you can literally write your own ticket. The sky really is the limit. The problem is, there are so many “me too” brands out there that it becomes frustrating for consumers and clients to make selections when they’re in a crunch. So they tend to go with convenience (ie who’s cheaper, closer, faster, easier). And sometimes an entrepreneur will talk themselves out of a niche for the opposite reason. They hear the chatter that nobody else is doing it, the time to educate consumers on a product or service presents challenges, or people may shy away from it because it’s untested or too new. But if we all sat back and let all of that gloom and doom talk get into our heads, we’d never innovate let alone launch anything.

    Business is a great deal of trial and error, and the only way to learn if something will be a it is to get out and test the market. Entrepreneurs put themselves out on a limb every day. Those that try and fail AND learn, live to fight another day and introduce another product. Look at Elon Musk of Tesla. People thought he was insane trying to build these electric cars. Well guess what, there’s now a market for it. He never gave up even as competition joined the field.

    My guest Marilyn Smolenski of Nickel and Lace and I talk about how to strategically bring your idea to market, set the standard for the category, and dominate your niche.

    • 42 min

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