Last week I was humbly honored by being included in and article written by Ms. A. Michelle Blakeley of Simplicity Inc9 Social Networking Sites for Women Entrepreneurs“. It has gotten so much buzz that I wanted to give you all a chance to read it for yourself. I share the stage with some great groups. However, you know there will always be someone who has something to say. While I’ve seen a majority of great comments and feedback, and a few people who challenge for these groups to stretch the norms, I’ve seen a tiny bit of negative feedback. To them I say, quite simply, BITE ME. LOL Look, there will always be a few who have issues with something. You can’t please everyone. I think Michelle did a great job. Plus she’s experienced these groups, so it’s not like she just went web surfing and decided to write about the first 9 that popped up.

I’m posting the article below. But before I do, I would like to clarify something. I reached out to a blogger this morning who challenged why these groups only focus on one kind of women. On first sight, I thought either my copy on my website was unclear (about the goals, vision and purpose of Empower Me) or maybe she hadn’t been to the site. Well, I called her (yes, on the phone) to introduce myself and we chatted. She said that there was something different about Empower Me that stood out from the rest. So for anyone out there that is under the impression that Empower Me is for Women Entrepreneurs only, or one race of women, but it’s not. Our target is the upwardly mobile professional woman, and that includes entrepreneurs, long time business owners, professionals (ie: CPA, attorney, physician, etc) and corporate professionals. It’s about women coming together to help one anther take their business & professional lives to higher levels. It’s not “business as usual” with the mixers and same old same old. Trust me when I say, there is so much more to come. Tune in to our show, the website, and this blog, to see what’s to come. Trust me, a lot of people are NOT ready for what’s to come.

Now, without further adieu, here’s Michelle’s article. Thank you Michelle, YOU rock!

http://amichelleblakeley.wordpress.com/2010/01/20/womensocialnetworks/

9 Powerful Social Networking Sites for Women Entrepreneurs

In Business Development and Infrastructure on January 20, 2010 at 10:00 am

What is the real power behind women entrepreneurs? A study by the Center for Women’s Business Research shows that women now own 40 percent of private firms, women-owned businesses generate about $3 trillion in revenue and employ 16 percent of the workforce; making them significant players in the national economy. In addition, the study found that 85 percent of women surveyed do not believe being a woman is detrimental to their business success, and 32 percent believe being a woman is beneficial.

There is power in being a woman entrepreneur. There is even more power in the collaborations that are formed among women business owners. Whether your product or service is exclusively for women or not, you simply cannot deny the intrinsic inclination to support each other and champion each other’s cause. Why not use that to our advantage? The real power in women entrepreneurs lies in our ability to connect, support and encourage each other straight to the top!

Below are 9 powerful social networking sites for women entrepreneurs. CAUTION: Your business could increase and expand if used wisely.

1. Empower Me! – From blogs to websites to networks and everything in between, there is something for every woman. @talentdiva

2. Diversity Woman – Executive network for women of all races, cultures and backgrounds.

3. International Black Women’s Collaborative – The perfect platform for creating new personal and business connections. Live Local and Think Global!

4. Ladies Who Launch – Find information on successful women entrepreneurs as well as resources for women. Ladies Who Launch is an online and offline social network that provides opportunities for women to move their businesses and personal goals forward. @ladieswholaunch

5. Minority Women on the Rise – profiles successful women entrepreneurs from coast to coast, who are successfully running thriving businesses. @sylviabrowder

6. Pink Magazine – PINK represents more than a color. It´s a badge of honor celebrating a global mission of equity and opportunity – a movement acknowledging all that women are today and will be tomorrow.

7. Savor the Success – is a social network that connects entrepreneurial, professional, and creative women while helping to build big dreams in a real way @savorthesuccess

8. Women Owned – information, tools, networking opportunities and advice that has helped hundreds of thousands of women. Women just like you – starting or growing their business.

9. Women’s Peer Network – Only join if you want to improve your business contacts. @thebizwoman

Remember, use these networks to help develop your personal support team, strong collaborations and collective influence. Connect with the appropriate people, your ideal potential clients, those who serve your ideal potential clients, decision makers and be sure to make a few friends!

Be mindful of the time you spend networking. Have a purpose, listen twice as much as you speak and give until your heart is content. Girl Power!

Do you know of more sites? Please add them to the comments.

A.Michelle Blakeley is the Founder and CEO of Simplicity, Inc.; a progressive small business development firm. She manages her clients’ business expectations and prevents information overload via Micro Business Therapy™ and Micro Business Action Plans. She is featured in Forbes.com as one of 30 Women Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter and the host of Simple Truths: Intelligent. Insightful. Informed. on BlogTalkRadio.com.