Media TOPS Magazine, Lexington, KY
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Veteran Women Igniting The Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE)
Meet this month’s V-WISE Leading Lady! Deleskia Butler is a small business owner, Army veteran, and graduate of V-WISE Chicago 2013 and Boots 2 Business 2014. Her business, Distinctive Women, Entrepreneurial Women Making a Difference, is a woman and veteran owned business.Distinctive Women provides informational resources, establishes networking opportunities, and promotes health and fitness for all women pursuing a goal. The company helps professional women participate in small networking groups, improve personal marketing strategies and skills, and become part of an enterprise where women are making a difference.
How It Happened: “I decided that I wanted to start my own business about 5 years ago. As retirement approached, I decided that I wanted to do something different and be my own boss and make a difference in other people’s lives.”
In the Army, Butler served as a Chief Warrant Officer 3 (CW3) and recently retired on July 1, 2015. According to Butler, her experience of being in the military has helped her to become a successful entrepreneur:
“Attending the ‘becoming an entrepreneur’ seminars for veterans was a big stepping stone for me. That, along with my leadership skills and my love of meeting new people, has helped me become an entrepreneur.”
Distinctive Women recently became a Veteran Owned Business and can submit bids for government contracts. Butler is recruiting skilled women, both business owners and non-business owners, to co-partner and help the organization grow.
Butler enjoys networking with all professional women and creating support channels. She also hopes to open up a workout boutique in the near future. In her spare time, Butler teaches hip hop cycle classes and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Her life motto is, “This too shall pass!”
Deleskia Butler is a business woman, military veteran, and leading lady of V-WISE! Check her out at www.mydistinctivewomen.com.
Distinctively Empowering Women: A Fresh Face Friend Article on Distinctive Founder/Organizer Deleskia (Donna) Butler
Distinctive Women Presents: Women History Month Expo 2014
(Louisville, KY, February 12, 2014)– Each year, March is designated as National Women’s History Month to ensure that the history of American women will be recognized and celebrated in schools, workplaces, and communities throughout the country.
Distinctive Women has chosen to celebrate Women’s History Month with a Distinctive Shopping Expo. The event will be held March 2nd at the Holiday Inn, Louisville East, 1325 Hurstbourne Parkway, Louisville, KY 40222 from 12pm to 4pm.
We are pleased to announce Sharron Johnson will deliver the keynote address at our event. Our theme is “Celebrating Women Of Character, Courage & Commitment “to recognize great contributions of women. Sharron Johnson, Director of the Women Business Center of Kentucky. In her role she provides small business counseling, business and strategic planning, procurement assistance, coaching, roundtables and training for new and existing small businesses. She is dedicated to developing leadership, independence and entrepreneurship for the Women of Kentucky.
The agenda will include various exhibits displays, Shopping, Styles on Any Budget Mini Fashion show, ElderServe Line Dancing, door prizes, fun, and networking.
For more information about the Distinctive Women, membership packages, and networking opportunities please visit http://www.mydistinctivewomen.com.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 13, 2013
Contact: Deleskia Butler
(502) 509-5521 Distinctivewomen2013@gmail.com
THE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EXPO
LOUISVILLE, KY—Distinctive Women presents The Christmas Shopping Expo. Don’t just give ordinary gifts this Christmas. Come out and shop for Distinctive and Unique gifts with our Distinctive Vendors!!!!!
WHAT: The Christmas Shopping Expo
WHEN: Saturday, December 14, at 12:00 PM-4PM
WHERE: Holiday Inn Louisville East 1325 Hurstbourne Parkway, Louisville, KY
PURPOSE: Distinctive Women Vendors will have unique and distinctive products on display and for sale. An opportunity to do some affordable Christmas shopping.
FEE: FREE TO PUBLIC
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Deleskia Butler, Founder/Organizer Distinctive Women, Entrepreneurial Women Making a Difference
Phone: (502) 509-5521
Distinctive Women Presents: Living A Healthy Lifestyle Health Fair
(Louisville, KY, September 23, 2013)- Distinctive Women is announcing Stacy Cohen will serve as the keynote speaker at its Annual Living A Healthy Lifestyle Health Fair. The event will be held September 28th at the Wick’s Pizza Parlor in 225 State Street, New Albany Indiana 47150. The agenda will include a Zumba for the family, blood pressure checks, ear screenings, and several vendors that will speak on healthy products and services.
“We are pleased to announce Stacy Cohen will deliver the keynote address at our event. Our theme is Living A Healthy Lifestyle” to promote health and wellness. Stacy is the Outreach Coordinator at Norton Healthcare, Centers for Prevention and Wellness. Stacy has been a Registered Nurse for 18 years, and has been working for Norton since May. Her nursing career began as an Oncology Staff Nurse at Norton Healthcare for nearly 5 years, and then she subsequently worked managed care for 14 years. Stacy is glad to be back at Norton Healthcare, in a position she’s passionate about, health and wellness.
Stacy’s passion motivated her to start a running/walking team, ROAM – Runners On a Mission, in January of 2005 (www.RunnersOnAMission.net). Their mission is to promote cardiovascular fitness and healthy lifestyles. She is currently on a mission to implement programs to address/prevent childhood obesity with The Runners On A Mission Foundation, Inc., a 501c3 non profit organization. The Foundation is planning their first incremental mini-marathon, AIM for Kids in April 2012.
Because of her dedication and commitment to running, Stacy was named “SuperWoman” by the Kentuckiana Healthy Woman Magazine. Her community involvement includes serving on the University of Louisville School of Nursing Alumnae Board, the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement Committee, member of the River City Chapter of Business and Professional Women, and member of the Louisville Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc.
For more information about the Distinctive Women, membership packages, and networking opportunities please visit www.mydistinctivewomen.com
About Distinctive Women
Our mission is to provide a worldwide social enterprise referral system for women pursuing entrepreneurship. Women veterans transitioning from the military who want to start a business, currently established professional women with a desire to grow their business or clientele and women who are employed by an agency that can provide educational assistance, certifications or discounted services to other entrepreneurial women. Promoting referrals and providing discounts to members of Distinctive Women will also enhance the growth of their business.
A Distinctive Woman is Powerful, Ambitious and Health Conscious
SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES
Grants & Loans
Small Business Administration (Office of Women’s Business Ownership)
(www.sba.gov/womeninbusiness) – The SBA is doing more than ever to help level the playing field for women entrepreneurs, who still face unique obstacles in the world of business. At every stage of developing and expanding a successful business, the Office of Women?s Business Ownership is here to counsel, teach, encourage and inspire. Check out their “Hot List” of outside resources.
(www.count-me-in.org) – This is a new fundraising organization that raises money from women for women. Loans are given from $500 to $10,000 (for first time recipients the maximum amount is $5,000). Count-Me-In looks like a great resource with funding consideration based on experience over credit history. Check them out! The CEO, Nell Merlino, started Take Our Daughters To Work Day in 1993.
Federal Money Retriever?
(www.fedmoney.com) – The premier grants and loans.database software containing information on all U. S. federal government grant and loan programs. There is a cost for the software, but the site allows you to research some of the grant dollars that are available. They have a specific category for grants available for women at: http://www.fedmoney.com/grants/su0232.htm
The Women’s Funding Network
(www.wfnet.org) – Promotes the development and growth of women’s funds that empower women and girls by fostering strategic alliances among women, donors, communities and institutions.
NBC Supplier Diversity Program Website
(www.nbcsourcing.com/supplierdiversity/) – This is not so much a funding opportunity, but a procurement opportunity specifically for women and minority owned businesses. The National Broadcasting Company has launched its Supplier Diversity website to inform Minority-owned and Woman-owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) of NBC’s Supplier Diversity Program, and also permit MWBE suppliers of high-quality goods and services to register their companies online. The website is is a way for us to increase the number of MWBEs we do business with. NBC owns and operates TV Stations in the following locations: Washington, DC; Los Angeles, CA; Dallas, TX; Chicago, IL; Philadelphia, PA; Hartford, CT; Miami, FL; San Diego, CA; Providence, RI; Columbus, OH; Raleigh, NC; Birmingham, AL.
American Association of University Women
(www.aauw.org) – This foundation is one of the largest private sources of funding for graduate women in the world, supports aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented.
The Ada Project for Women (TAP)
(http://tap.mills.edu) – Includes information on conferences, discussion groups, organizations, fellowships, grants, and notable women in computer science.
Financial Women International
(www.fwi.org) – Provides information on professional growth, information sharing, peer networking, mentoring, leadership development, and career advancement for women.
You will encounter scams in the way of: telephone calls to entice you, infomercials that look like TV programs with celebrities, “You’re Invited” seminars that offer a big-time sales pitch. Don’t ever give out information like your credit card number or bank account number. Do ask questions (you’re entitled) and make sure you get the answers. Please be careful! Bookmark these resources so they are there when you need them:
Federal Trade Commission (www.ftc.gov) – this is the federal government’s complaint department. If you have been “taken” by a scam or suspect a scam, let this department know and they will investigate. Check here for other investigations that have led to scams and learn how to avoid them (link to Consumer Protection and follow to Internet & E-Commerce).
National Fraud Information Center (www.fraud.org) – a division of the non-profit National Consumers League, this site is dedicated to educating consumers about scams and how to avoid them. Check out the Internet Fraud Daily Report with up to the minute on-line scams.
North American Securities Administrators Association (www.nasaa.org) – any individual or organization who wishes to protect themselves from securities fraud will find the information on this site useful. Entrepreneurs will find valuable information on franchising and raising capital in the “Help for small business” section.
ScamBusters (www.scambusters.org) – keeps you posted on what to watch out for. This site has earned the Forbes “Best of the Web” designation and has also appeared in the print version of Forbes’ Best of the Web.
U.S. Department of Justice (http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/cybercrime/index.html)
Federal Bureau of Investigation (www.fbi.gov)
How To Avoid Internet Investment Scams (http://www.sec.gov/consumer/cyberfr.htm) – an article by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission… well worth checking out.
National Financial Fraud Exchange – can be reached by telephone at (800) 822-0416.
Amber Grants – The Amber Foundation Grants began in 1998, launched in conjunction with the entrepreneurial community for
women, WomensNet.Net, to honor the memory of a young woman who died in 1981, at the age of 19. The purpose of the Amber Grants is to help other women achieve the dreams that Amber could not in her short time with us. Grant deadlines revolve several times a year.
Eileen Fisher’s Business Grant Program for Women Entrepreneurs – Eileen Fisher, who started her company with $350 and a vision, is
offering a Business Grant Program for Women Entrepreneurs. Five woman-owned companies will be awarded with grants of $10,000 each. At least one of the grants will go to a start-up organization 0or an organization that’s less than three years old), and the rest will go to organizations that need funds to grow. Only whollly woman-owned business are eligible for this grant.
Happy & Healthy Mompreneur Fund – 10% of direct purchases from their site go into the fund, up to $500 annually. Each year,
one mompreneur will be chosen as a recipient of the grant funds. Applications will be accepted year-round. One momprenuer will be chosen annually to receive up to $500 towards starting/expanding a business.
Intuit Love a Local Business – Each month, five local businesses will be randomly selected to receive $1,000 small business grants. Based on the power of your words, one of them will have their grant increased to $5,000.
Kellogg Company – They are looking for promising new food, packaging, or processing technologies; partially or fully developed new products, as well as
innovation collaboration opportunities. Submitting non-confidential innovation proposals is simple and streamlined. All Great Innovation proposals will receive a response within six to eight weeks. Kellogg is not obligated in any way to pay for submitted innovation. If Kellogg Company does decide to use your innovation and it is not protected by a patent or copyright, Kellogg may, in its sole discretion, grant you an award, not to exceed $5,000.
Scholarships4moms.net – This site awards 10,000 scholarships. Open to U.S. residents 18 years or older. One winner will be selected for a scholarship by a random drawing from all eligible entrants by the deadline.