Groovy Grab Bag: Labs, Empires and Clubhouses

by Jennifer

Building a business is hard freakin’ work. Anyone who wants to believe differently is, ummm, not being truthful (at the very least). As my friend Amber notes, working hard is way different than hard work.

Still…business construction takes guts, commitment and focus.

A few mentors along the way to help you figure out the nuts and bolts, help you find your voice and provide communities where you fit in are more priceless than the perfect chandelier in a new house. Have I got a group of ladies that are gonna fill this bill and more. Time to dive into the grab bag and see who our guests are this week!

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kickstartlabs logo1 300x177 Groovy Grab Bag:  Labs, Empires and ClubhousesTara Gentile is all about right-brained businesses and helping them make money. She does in this in many ways including her fabulous Art of Earning guide, but what has got me all excited right now is her KickStart Labs adventure. The site says it better than I could…“Kick Start Labs is where cutting-edge business thinking meets practical resources for marketing, branding, sales, and development.” Annndddd…to kick it off (hee hee I crack myself up icon smile Groovy Grab Bag:  Labs, Empires and Clubhouses ) you can register for a FREE 10-part course on better blogging.

she takes on the world cover 66x66 Groovy Grab Bag:  Labs, Empires and ClubhousesNatalie McNeil started a little blog in 2008 to capture her business and life adventures: building a business while traveling the world. Holy schmoly, how it has grown! She Takes on the World is an amazing community with fabulous contributors and almost endless resources. There is so much good stuff here it is hard to know where to start (because the “Start Here” is under construction at this moment)…so I recommend the “Empire Building” part of the blog. There are really great posts on all parts of your business construction. Rather get inspired with a book in hand? You can! “She Takes on the World” Groovy Grab Bag:  Labs, Empires and Clubhouses is hot off the press. I got my copy as soon as it came out and am currently devouring it (ok, not really eating it – but you knew that right? Right?)

When I Grow Up clubhouse 66x66 Groovy Grab Bag:  Labs, Empires and ClubhousesAnyone who calls herself the “When I Grow Up Coach” has my vote right outta the gate. Michelle Ward is that coach. She has all kinds of stuff to help you as you figure out what you wanna be – including making that move into building a business from corporate (sometimes) purgatory. One piece of what Michelle offers is the Clubhouse – group coaching at a whole new level. It is all about finding the best team for you and rockin’ your creative business. Really – how can you not love a program that has Team Coolness, Team Badass and Team Amazeballs? That doesn’t even touch on the great stuff that is actually included (you can go here to check that out).

I gotta tell ya – I am pretty much in awe of all these powerhouses. As you do your own business construction, think of them as your project supervisors, your expert engineers, your building inspectors…except maybe wwwaaaayyyyy nicer and a whole lot less stuffy. Oh, and I bet they smell better, too icon smile Groovy Grab Bag:  Labs, Empires and Clubhouses

YOUR turn…who inspires you in your business construction? Share it in the comments!

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Heather Thorkelson April 30, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Jennifer, this is a GREAT list! I love all three of these awesome women. Being someone who runs a location-independent business from South America, I also highly recommend The Suitcase Entrepreneur, Natalie Sisson, who is just an excellent resource for people who want to run successful businesses from unconventional lifestyles. Furthermore, I think excellent web copy is crucial and in that department, you can’t get much more amazeballs than Alexandra Franzen. (to use Michelle Ward’s term… :) And finally, I know he’s not a she…but for general butt-kicking inspiration, I love me some Johnny B Truant. These cats are all catalysts for my business! Thanks for a great post.


Sheila April 30, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Jennifer, thanks for this list of powerhouses – you are wise in acknowledging the benefits of collaboration and recognizing that successful people have a team of support, mentors and coaches! We do not get there alone, no one is a self-made success, I am so grateful for my team of compadres!


Erika May 1, 2012 at 1:05 pm

I agree, it’s so important to ask for help and accept it. Sometimes we get so focused on doing everything ourselves that we end up getting nothing done because it’s just too much. I mean we didn’t come to this world by ourselves, so why would anything change when we grow up? :)


Christie Halmick | Jewels Branch Creative May 1, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Jennifer – I’ve been inspired by all three of those ladies. Also, Erika Lyremark, Marie Forleo, Laura Roeder, Lynda from, Andrea Lewicki of, and so many more!


Heather Lentz | We Be Healthy May 1, 2012 at 3:55 pm

I signed up for the Better Blogging Course before I finished reading your blog. I just started the Hustle Your Business Bootcamp with Erika Lyremark of Sometimes we just need help in creating our business. Thanks for this great list. ;-)
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Sarah Yost May 1, 2012 at 4:12 pm

I’ve never heard of Natalie Mcneil, but I will check her out. Stat. My biz building heroes: Laura Roeder, Marie Forleo, Danielle LaPorte, Alex Franzen, Dyana Valentine, Erika Lyremark.


Yvette May 1, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Jennifer, thanks for sharing these resources, you are so right these gals are powerhouses. I’ve been inspired by so many business mavens Sandy Grason, Erika Lyremark, Marie Forleo, Barbara Corcoran, Angela Jia Kim’s…so many ah-mazing savvy business babes. And yes you are right, no self-made success is accomplished by your lonesome. Great post!


Anastasia Valentine May 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm

YES! Every time I get to take a peek in your Groovy Grab Bag I am even more amazed. There is a huge trust factor here Jennifer because you choose incredible resources and people to be featured and you KNOW they provide the most amazing service. Tara, Michelle I already knew of and genuinely respect as peers and recommend them to anyone! Nathalie is a new introduction and I can’t wait to get to know her and more about what she does.

I think we need to see some branded Groovy Grab Bags on your site to buy :)



Amber May 2, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Your groovy grab bags are so awesome!

This week I got crazy inspired by some sweet up and comers that totally motivate me to up my game like Katrina Patron via Create + Connect and Sarah Jenks. Super cool stuff coming out of super cool new places!

And thanks for the shout out on keeping it easy! ;)


Kathleen May 2, 2012 at 10:58 pm

Jennifer! each week your grab bag totally grabs me! I am in awe of your ability to find the very BEST resources that are soooooo helpful! I can hardly wait to connect with these women. And you are RIGHT sister… when you say building a business is freakin hard work! Can’t believe it! and… we are doing it! I am watching you blossom into your greatness here!


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