Make Mine a Million $ Business

If you feel your business isn’t growing fast enough, it may be time to look for outside help. Take the example of Kimberly Martinez and her business, Bonitas International. Finding herself unemployed shortly after September 11, 2001, Kimberly decided it was time to go out on her own. After a few months of searching, she found an idea she felt she could really build a business around. Her sister-in-law, a pediatric nurse, had begun to make necklaces to wear her work ID on. When coworkers saw the necklaces, they immediately wanted to buy their own. Kimberly recognized that a real business was already growing, so she convinced her sister-in-law to leave her job and start a company.

 The business launched in January 2003, offering fashionable holders for employee ID badges and eyeglasses. By 2005 the company was definitely growing, but it was still short of reaching the $1 million mark. Kimberly received an email from a friend about a Make Mine a Million $ Business (M3) event.  Kimberly decided to attend and to apply for the M3 Competition. Ultimately, Kimberly was chosen as a competition winner, and the M3 experience was the push she needed to get beyond $1 million.

Make Mine a Million $ Business is a program of Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence; and founding partner, OPEN from American Express. Count Me In introduced the program to help women entrepreneurs grow and build sustainable enterprises, create jobs and develop innovative products and services.  The Make Mine a Million $ Business Award provides a combination of coaching, financing and marketing tools that women entrepreneurs need to help grow their businesses from micro to millions. Count Me In launched the dynamic movement of Make Mine a Million $ Business with a goal to inspire one million women entrepreneurs to reach annual revenues of $1 million in the next decade.

Membership is free and will give you access to the tools and resources you need to grow your business.  To learn more about what the Count Me In Community offers, visit their Features page and join for free!

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