You're partners in life and in business. A "couple-preneur," some might even call you a power couple. Anyway you describe it, as the female half of the pair, you're trying to keep it all together. And you're ready to join a COMMUNITY that understands you!
Hi, my name is Doreen Ashton Wagner.
I've been an entrepreneur in partnership with my husband for almost 20 years. Married for 25, and together in total for 32 years. We’ve had ups and downs – huge earnings, disappointing losses, cancer scares, family drama… And made lots of mistakes along the way. In spite of it all, we managed to grow happier, healthier and wealthier in our life together.
There were many lessons we learned about being in love and in business together. So many friends and business colleagues have asked us our "secret" that we decided to create the this ForLoveAndBusiness.com community! It's FREE to belong; just sign up with your email in the box above!
Along the way, you'll have the option to participate in Virtual Town Halls, Coaching Circles and Online Workshops. We're planning in-person events and retreats too! Some will have a fee, but our basic premise is that you ALWAYS get lots of value, regardless.
Experience the benefits of belonging to a tribe of women entrepreneurs who live with, work with and love their spouse and business partner. Because what’s the point of being in business if you can’t enjoy the fruits of your hard work with those you love?
You’re the boss
It’s YOUR business and he helps you run it.
He’s an advisor
He works elsewhere and helps out as your “silent partner”…
He’s the boss
You’re the supportive woman, helping him run the business.
You’re equal partners
You run the business together.
Women entrepreneurs are different. We're not just about business. We're about LOVE too.
Many chose to create a business out of necessity; leaving their inflexible corporate jobs to be closer to their families, We're caregivers in the home and in our businesses as well. What we do inevitably revolves around our loved ones. How does this affect the way we run our businesses? Nurture our relationships? And take care of ourselves? It's time we talk about those things. Because for women entrepreneurs LOVE has lots to do with BUSINESS.
The Amex 2015 State of Women-Owned Businesses report says women-owned firms surpassed 9.4 million enterprises – 30% of American businesses.
In business with a loved one
In 2014 Statistics Canada reported 15.7% of businesses were majority owned by women and 19.7% (almost 1/5!) were equally owned by a woman and man.
Fear of failure
70% of women executives report feeling inadequate; we are more likely to fear failure and to have lower perceptions of our abilities than men...
Women thrive in a tribe
95% of the women entrepreneurs we have talked to want more resources to grow their business. Join us!
Virtual & Live Events with your tribe
Meet other women entrepreneurs who share your values and your struggles. Women who, like you, are ready to create a better life for themselves and those they love. We offer a variety of ways to connect:
Check out our latest posts and musings about running a business with a loved one...
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