Thursday, November 27, 2008

Women in Business - - Survey

Dear Members of Women in Business,

This survey is designed for members of the group Women in Business on FB.
Please take the time to respond to the short survey. Your response will help in making WIB a more resourceful place for you.

To respond, please go to:

Thank you for your participation.

Dr. Cheryl Cottle
Program Administrator

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Importance of Social Networking - - Great for Women in Business

Social networking helps us to form friendships, access job opportunities, form business arrangements, keep connected to family all over the world, form love relationships, as well as facilitate business development. Programs such as Facebook, MySpace, and LinkedIn facilitate social networking.

I am an avid fan of Facebook and I find it to be great. It is user-friendly and it affords you with great opportunities. You can form networks by joining others through their circle of friends, or you can also request people to join your circle of friends. This connection enables you to connect with many people. It is a multi-layered approach to building your network. In addition, there are many groups of which you can also become a member. If you are innovative and like to coordinate, you can also create a social networking group to bring people with similar interest together. On Facebook, I manage a group for women entrepreneurs call "Women in Business". It is an interesting group comprising of both women and men from our global village. It provides opportunities for networking, advertising and marketing your product or services. It is also a great platform for learning and sharing.

Here is a video on how social networking works and its implications.

Please go to:

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

CPC: Website Design and Development

Cottle's Professional Consulting web site design and development services are comprehensive and designed to meet your needs; including small business entrepreneurs, large businesses, organizations, government and community-based organizations, students, academics and educational institutions.

If you are thinking of introducing a web site to your business development plan or you are a professional looking to enhance your marketability, our customized, client-focused web design and development services can offer you the e-solutions you need. Our dynamic and impacting web designs will separate you and your web site from all the template generated web sites that exist online today.

We also offer services in the following areas:

  1. Blog Designs
  2. Blog Writing
  3. Copy Writing
  4. Logo Design
  5. FaceBook Fan Page
  6. FaceBook Group Design
  7. Twitter Page Design
  8. We also offer coaching to meet your Branding Needs
Cottle's Professional Consulting is committed to your success, and to developing your online presence that will draw visitor traffic and increase user commitment. To meet these goals: Your Web Site, Blog, Fanpage, Group, Online Community, Twitter and YouTube require a strategic approach to design and marketing.

To learn more about this service, please go to:
If you are interested in having this service, please write to us at: Cottle's Professional Consulting

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Cottle's Professional Consulting - - Professional Development Services

Cottle's Professional Consulting, professional development services are geared towards individuals entering the workplace, making a career change or pursuing their academic or professional goals. We also work with you if you want to develop your skills and knowledge in a number of areas. High school graduates can also benefit from our services by gaining valuable tools to assist them in planning their academic and career objectives and by gaining an effective plan for accomplishing those objectives.

Cottle's Professional Consulting also extends its services to community-based organizations and government agencies whose mandates are to provide professional development services to their clients. We can work with you to design and deliver an effective program to meet the needs of your clientele.

Are you a professional looking to market yourself? We assist you in developing the professional image and portfolio that will make you to stand out from your competition. We also give you the tools that will help you to highlight your skills and expertise in your field. We will also teach you how to dress for success, and to communicate effectively.

To learn more about Cottle's Professional Consulting, professional development services and how we can be of service to you, visit us at:http://www. We can be contacted

Cottle's Professional Consulting - - Business Development Services

Our business development services are designed for individuals developing a small or medium size business. Community-based organizations and government agencies interested in delivering business development programs to the community can also find our expertise of service. This comprehensive service will help you to better manage your business portfolio and assist you in achieving your business goals.

Cottle's Professional Consulting designed this service to assist you at all levels of business development. You can benefit from our services by gaining valuable tools to define your business objectives, register your business, develop an effective business plan, and implement your business idea. Our services are geared towards helping you to maximize your resources and achieve the success you desire.

You can also participate in one of our workshops or seminars. Our educational forums lead you through the steps required to design and develop a business plan, along with other valuable tools to build your business. Each of our sessions are small, so you can interact with other entrepreneurs and gain advantageous knowledge through the collaborative learning setting that is created.

To learn more about Cottle's Professional Consulting and our business development services visit us at
Interested in receiving our services, you can write us at:

Monday, November 3, 2008

CPC Women in Business

About CPC Women in Business

CPC Women in Business is an online community of women entrepreneurs who have come together to network, educate, empower and develop themselves to create and manage their businesses more successfully in a supportive environment. It is a global community where women regardless of race, class, religion, age, culture, and geography, but bounded by their entrepreneurial spirit, passion, creativity and innovation and a need for independence and to contribute to the economy that they belong. Women regardless of the business sector and the size of business are welcome to join and participate. This community web-forum is a platform where members can collaborate with each other by sharing their experiences and expertise in business development to generate new ideas and create new knowledge or information from which each member can construct new ways of building or enhancing their individual business venture ─ each contributing to and learning from the joint information gathering system. It also relies upon the active participation of its members to make this community a powerhouse for knowledge creation and business resources for women in business.

CPC Women in Business mission is to meet the needs of the members, by utilizing a holistic approach to business development, with education as the core of our business developmental process. Through this approach, we hope to empower, motivate, and better prepare women to grow their businesses into the success that they envisioned. Our mission is to ultimately facilitate growth by providing a supportive environment that is engaging and socially friendly where practical assistance is openly offered by women ─ to ─ women to empower and promote their business.
We also provide opportunity to motivate and inspire each other on a daily basis due to our incentive programs. In addition, efforts are made to represent every member that is a part of our space, and recognize that every one can contribute to the development of the space and to each other and themselves. CPCWIB is a user-friendly forum designed with practical spaces for asking questions and receiving assistance.

CPC Women in Business is specifically designed for women in all fields of business, in Canada, United States of America, Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, and other regions of the world. Our members include consultants, virtual assistants, educators, coaches, fashion and accessories designers, hair stylist, online business owners, shop owners, and many more businesses.
To read more go to:

To join CPC Women in Business please go to:

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Women in Business - - Referral: It’s Impact on Business

A referral is an effective marketing tool for increasing a business’s clientele, and when supported by the media, it can have a powerful impact on the company’s production, profit and visibility. You can follow the effect of Michelle Obama’s endorsement of the dress she wore on “The View” and the escalating effect of her endorsement. When Michelle Obama was asked on “The View” where she got her dress, she shared the information and viewers went on a search for it. Michelle Obama’s endorsement catapulted customers’ need for the dress thus torpedoing the designer’s visibility, production, and income. Although Donna Ricco was a successful designer, over night, Michelle Obama’s endorsement made her one of America’s sort after designer, as women search for the “Tank Leaf Print Dress”.

Women in business over all need referrals to increase their clientele and grow their business. Referrals help to increase sales, maximize one’s visibility, and validate the business woman. It is an essential ingredient that is needed to make a business successful.

See for more information on how Michelle Obama’s referral influenced the designer’s business:

  1. Check Out Line: Michelle Obama, Retail Saviour? By Brad Dorfman·
  2. Michelle’s “View” Dress is a big hit.
  3. The dress by Anne Schroeder Mullins “Michelle Obama's $148 Dress A Fashion Smash”·
  4. Michelle Obama's dress on 'The View' catches retailer off-guard by Allison Ross.
  5.“The 'Michelle Obama dress' phenomenon” by Jamie Sotonoff.
  6. Everyone wants Michelle Obama's dress.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

About Me

My name is Dr. Cheryl Cottle, and I am the designer of this blog; Cottle's Professional Consulting. Through this forum, I will be blogging about issues that bridge my consulting business website and Facebook where I created a group "Women in Business". I will be highlighting what we do at CPC as well as bring issues that impact women in business.
I hope that you will find our services at Cottle's Professional Consulting (CPC) of interest to you.

Dr. Cheryl Cottle
Chief Consultant of Cottle's Professional Consulting

CPC: Organization Development

Cottle's Professional Consulting services in organization development, is a comprehensive service designed to assist organizations; including government agencies, community-based organizations, and corporations to meet their objectives. We offer services that will help you to effectively manage your organization's portfolio.

If you are thinking of introducing computer technology into your organization, our expertise in the adoption, diffusion, and infusion of computer technology can be of great assistance to you. We also offer our services to organizations that are restructuring their computer technology system to better facilitate their operations.

Cottle's Professional Consulting also offers organizations comprehensive training in a number of areas, including; leadership skills development, strategic planning, decision making, managing diversity in the workplace, culture of the organization, train-the-trainer, and project design, to list a few. Training can be customized to meet the needs of your organization. Our training programs in computer technology will also enhance your staffs' skills and proficiency in various software and other office management tools.

The strategies that we utilize are supported by our many years of experience and the research conducted by Dr. Cottle in the field of Information Technology and Computer Technology Adoption. Dr. Cottle's research and expertise includes working with organizations within various business sectors and industries; and encompasses organizations in North America and the Caribbean.
To learn more about how we can be of assistance to you and your organization please write to us at or visit us at:

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Cottle's Professional Consulting - - Education Services

Cottle's Professional Consulting educational service is a comprehensive program designed to assist all types of educational institutions meet their educational development needs. We offer training in curriculum development, program design and development, designing lesson plans, instructional technology, curriculum evaluation, research, and other educational programs.
Schools in both the private and public sectors can access and benefit from our expertise and professionalism.

Teacher Training and Development:
School administrators seeking teacher-training and development can access our services in curriculum, teaching and learning and integrating computers in the curriculum.

To learn more about how we can customize a training program to meet your specific training needs please go to:

For more information on how our service can be of benefit to you, write to us at

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Cottle's Professional Consulting

Cottle's Professional Consulting provides a wide range of services for the successful development of individuals, organizations and businesses. Our expertise in the field of education, business development, organization development, human resource development, research, computer training, the implementation of information technology, and research, is utilized to aid our clients in the realization of their potential. Our expert and professional services have been carefully designed and is strategically implemented by Dr. Cheryl Cottle and her team of experienced professionals. Cottle’s Professional Consulting services are guaranteed to provide you with the tools for your success.

For more information on our services write us at

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Women in Business

Women in Business is a group on Facebook. It is an information-sharing environment that looks at the issues and challenges that women face when conducting a business venture. It is a platform from which women in business can learn from each other as well as network with each other to sustain and build a successful business.

Cottle's Professional Consulting: Information Forum is intended to extend the discussion, and to provide resources to help us to grow our business. It looks at women in business from a global perspective, therefore women regardless of geographical location and culture are encouraged to join and participate. Men are also encouraged to participate because they are often our partners in business, business support activist, and husbands. In this regard it is an open forum transcending, gender, age, race, economics/class, education, culture, and sexual orientation. See Women in Business on Facebook.

CPC Business Development Services - - A Woman-Focused Program

While Cottle's Professional Consulting business development services are designed to meet the needs of organizations, our services are also geared to individuals. Although our business portfolio is packaged to meet the needs of clients regardless of gender, we pride ourselves in developing programs specifically designed to meet the needs of women in business. As a woman entrepreneur, I identify with the challenges that women face when embarking on a business venture. Therefore, I have incorporated a woman-focused element into my company by hosting seminars and workshops targeted to the needs of women.

We also offer seminars and workshops on business development specially design for women. Our educational forums are informative, interactive and interesting. We lead you through the steps required to design and develop a business plan, and provide you with other valuable tools to build and sustain your business. Each of our session is small, so you can interact with other entrepreneurs and gain advantageous knowledge through the collaborative learning setting that is created.

Our services for women include: Business Planning, Computer Training, Integration of Computer Technology into Business, Technology Needs Assessment, Training Needs Assessment, Marketing, E-Commerce, and other strategies to build and sustain a business.

To learn more about our business development services, seminar and workshops for women go to our website.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Challenges Women in Business Face!

Research shows that one of the primary challenge that women in business face is access to financial resources in order to grow their business. However, there are other issues that impede businesses of women. Some are:

  • Economics' access to funding through financial institutions

  • Inability to qualify or meet banking institutions' requirements

  • Having to hold two or more jobs to make money to manage their business

  • Children and other family responsibilities

  • Dealing with divorce and learning to be independent and financially independent

  • Dealing with the loss of a loved one, and learning to cope and develop a business at the same time

  • Finding an adequate location for one's business

  • Inability to pay for space rental

  • Dealing with health issues and managing a business

  • Developing a clientele

  • Developing reliable referrals

  • Education barriers

  • Insufficient training

  • Other barriers : You can add to the list
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