Christine Emmick - Pittsburgh, PA -January 2, 2009
It's no secret that life is tough on single Moms. Single Mothers have the least amount of resources and because of their financial status, and many would never consider starting their own business. According to three decades of research conducted by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics "Single mothers have the lowest level of adjusted income and consumption of any households examined." (Ref:http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2005/may/wk3/art02.htm)
Connie Valadares, owner of Vita Hair for Life in Sewickley, shattered that statistic by joining forces with Melanie Ansell. Ansell's company, Business Builders, specializes in helping would-be entrepreneurs become successful business owners. "I didn't have a retirement plan, unless I was going to braid hair on the beach when I was eighty," says Valadares.
She was an unemployed single mother of two when Business Builders founder Melanie Ansell helped her see the opportunity. It's not as simple as printing up some business cards and placing an ad in the business yellow pages. For any entrepreneur to be successful a comprehensive business plan is required. Without the right plan, a business would never get a business loan, and most single mothers are too busy working to dedicate the time to develop that plan. Ansell helped Valadares develop a plan that would work for her. "She showed me (the numbers) and I was like, ‘Wow, I think I can do this!'"
Some female entrepreneurs will find special women business grants and other types of small business grants, as well as the traditional SBA loans, but it helps to have a banking expert in your network to navigate the financial waters. Ansell developed Business Builders to just that, help entrepreneurs make their dream a reality with the necessary business plan, financial strategy and marketing approach for their vision.
Business Builders is providing pertinent financial information, credit history improvement tips and marketing strategies to help business owners get the financing they need in an upcoming free seminar. January 8, 2009, from 7 to 10 p.m., Business Builders will be at Dave and Busters Restaurant at the Waterfront in Homestead. Appetizers will be provided and seating is limited and registration is required. For more information or to register for the free seminar, call Derek Banas at 412-848-3229 or just visit the Business Builders website at www.mybusinessbuilders.net.
Christine Emmick is a freelance business writer and a Pittsburgh area native.