WHO ARE WE ...AND WHY ARE WE HERE?
The Collective (of Us) is a small business accelerator and collective braintrust curated and led by Cyndie Spiegel for women founders and small business owners. Part synergistic mastermind, part strategic group coaching, we’re committed to collaboration as fuel for sustained success.
Between 2007 and 2016, the number of women-owned firms increased by 45%, compared to just a 9% increase among overall businesses. This means that the number of women-owned firms has continued to thrive, growing five times faster than the national average over the last 9 years.*
There are more women-led businesses now than ever in history. Unfortunately, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’; 20% of small businesses fail in their first year, and 50% of small businesses fail by their fifth year. While overall women-owned businesses made gains at a faster pace than their male counterparts, their businesses are still dramatically smaller. Women continue to face obstacles to growth.
Starting a business on your own is far less daunting with a resourceful community of strong women to support you. The Collective (of Us) is a high impact community that translates into sustained strategic growth for it's members.
WHO ARE OUR PEOPLE?
The Collective (of Us) is for collaborative women in various fields and stages of their businesses and lives seeking accountability, growth, and real [read: specific] business strategy and coaching.
Our women are ready to get their business shit together while sharing their expertise with other badass women. We're here to get work done, authentically and intentionally.
Behind every successful woman is a group of powerful women teaching, empowering, listening and connecting her. The Collective's In-House Council is this group.
These women are experts in their fields who generously share their collective wisdom and professional knowledge while teaching others about the operational aspects of running a small business.
Expert SEO Guidance for Small Businesses
Myrna Plaisir Daramy is a tech savvy creative powerhouse who is Co-Founder / CEO of Mezzohead Media Corporation and the mind behind Newlybride.com. Myrna spent her career deep in the world of digital analytics, strategic branding, Technology Management, and SEO with over 13 years of experience working with luxury bridal brands. Her natural ability to clarify the blurred lines between technology application and spontaneous creativity is what makes her one of the most insightful digital marketing strategists today.
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Expert Sourcing + Manufacturing Guidance for Product Entrepreneurs
A leader in the "maker's movement," Liz Long has worked with thousands of entrepreneurs to bring their product ideas to life. Liz demystifies topics like design, sourcing, and quality control, and provides a step-by-step formula for turning concepts into successfully manufactured goods.
Liz is the creator of Learn to Make a Product, the "in-house sourcing expert" at Maker's Row, and has a decade of experience running her own product-based business, Bag the Habit.
Erika Velazquez Alpern
Public Relations Expert and Founder of Tactile
Erika Velazquez Alpern founded Tactile to #changetheratio in business. The agency helps ambitious women build ambitious brands and launches products that aim to support women globally.
Before diving headfirst into running an agency, she spent close to a decade in brand marketing and communications across media, tech, and the arts. She was the VP of Marketing & Communications for The New Republic, led brand marketing for The Guardian and NewsCred, built an artist program for AOL and was the brand manager across all of their media properties.
Brand & Web Designer for Creative Small Businesses
Laura Huebner is a graphic designer and owner of Dotted Design, a boutique design studio that creates visual brands for small businesses they can be proud to share. Through beautiful and functional design, Laura builds brands that truly share the core of what they do and connect with their audiences. She places timelessness above trends and helps businesses learn the strategy design can provide rather than simply seeking to make something pretty.
Attorney for Creative Businesses
Nakia D. Hansen is a New York State-licensed attorney and digital strategist. Currently practicing at Odegard Law, a boutique NYC firm, Nakia works with creatives, visionaries, entrepreneurs, and game-changers to solve their legal problems and level up their hustles. Her practice areas include intellectual property (trademark, copyright), business formation, contracts of all sorts, internet/social media law, and e-commerce. She also handles negotiations and strongly worded letters for when things start getting tough.
Nakia enjoys helping people strategize about what's next and best for their business while avoiding legal landmines. She holds two law degrees so you know she's serious about her sh*t. Prior to Odegard Law, Nakia founded her own legal strategy consultancy, crafted Planned Parenthood's first social media strategy, and provided legal services to Philadelphia's homeless men and women.
CYNDIE SPIEGEL is a Brooklyn-based small business consultant and coach. She is also the founder of The Collective (of Us), a curated small business accelerator supporting women in leading profitable businesses driven by equal parts strategy and wisdom.
Her mission is to empower 100,000 women in building BOLD businesses by the year 2020.
Prior to building a successful coaching and speaking practice, she spent fifteen years in the New York fashion industry working in senior roles for brands like Coach and Narciso Rodriguez. Her no-bullshit perspective on overcoming imposter syndrome and embracing fear; inspires women globally to build bold, profitable businesses.
Cyndie is also an adjunct professor at Parsons, the New School for Design and a 500 RYT certified yoga teacher. She is a sought-after speaker for creative conferences around the country and has been featured in Forbes, Glamour Magazine, Teen Vogue and The Huffington Post.
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