June 8, 2011: Daisy Swan & Associates Hosts 'Entrepreneurship: What It Takes and Do You Have It', Panel Discussion and Networking Event

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Unique and Inspiring Event, to be held in Santa Monica, CA, Features Five Panelists Speaking from Experience about the Challenges and Opportunities of Starting a Business

It's clear that entrepreneurship is our way out of this recession - whether people are heading out on their own while still working, or want to be a more innovative and proactive contributor in their current workplace...

On Wednesday, June 8, 2011 from 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM, Daisy Swan, MA, CPCC, “The Los Angeles Career Counselor & Coach” (http://www.daisyswan.com), will host a panel discussion and networking event entitled “Entrepreneurship: What It Takes and Do You Have It”, at the Working Village in Santa Monica, CA. The event will include a panel discussion of five panelists, who will be speaking about how they started their businesses and the challenges and opportunities that they have experienced. This will be an opportunity for event guests to hear the truth about working for yourself, from a variety of people who have transitioned from employee to employer.

While there are many resources available to help new businesses get going, and that provide information on how to do so, this June 8 event also addresses the fundamental and initial dilemma that all business owners must face: Whether or not striking out on their own is the right move for them, and if it is, where and how best to start the process.

“It's clear that entrepreneurship is our way out of this recession – whether people are heading out on their own while still working, or want to be a more innovative and proactive contributor in their current workplace – it’s essential to hold on to that bigger view of what's ahead of us,” says Daisy Swan, MA, CPCC, founder of Los Angeles-based career and life coaching firm, Daisy Swan & Associates.

An April 2011 article on Small Business Trends (http://smallbiztrends.com/2011/04/small-business-up-and-up.html), discussed the findings of the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity (http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/jobless-entrepreneurship-tarnishes-steady-rate-of-us-startup-activity.aspx), which had been released in March 2011. This year’s index found that the entrepreneurship activity rate for the entire country, rose from 0.30 percent to 0.34 percent (from 300 out of every 100,000 adults, to 340 out of every 100,000 adults) , from 2009 to 2010. The report also states that the rate for new employer firm starts has fallen from 0.13 percent to 0.10 percent, between 2007 and 2010, leading Kauffman to the conclusion that people are indeed “going solopreneur”.

Daisy Swan’s June 8 event attendees will hear about the panelists’ trials and tribulations in launching businesses of varying kinds, and the accompanying ups and downs of entrepreneurship. The panelists will be discussing the steps that they took in order to follow their passions and to create their own autonomy. Attendees will learn about what it takes to get going, and to keep going, and will receive a realistic picture of what to expect, how long the process takes, and what not to do when launching a business.

Daisy Swan continues, “We all learn from our mistakes. At this event, attendees will hear about others’ mistakes and successes, so that they can hopefully avoid making a few of their own mistakes – and cut straight to those successes.”

The June 8 event panelists include: Amy Swift Crosby, founder of SMARTY (http://smartypeople.com/), a women's entrepreneurial network based in Los Angeles; Natalie Compagno, owner of Traveler's Bookcase (http://www.travelbooks.com/), an indie bookstore devoted to travel located in West Hollywood; Chris Woodward, president of Henry Woodward Communications, a Los Angeles-based corporate marketing and public relations firm, and creator of My PR Tools (http://www.myprtools.com/); Reisha Fryzer, founder of Farm Box LA (http://www.farmboxla.com/), a business that delivers organic fruits and vegetables to your front door; and, Josh Crosby, a World Champion rower, ACE certified trainer, coach and fitness consultant, and creator of Indo-Row™ (http://www.indo-row.com/), a growing international fitness program.

Daisy Swan will moderate this panel, while adding information and recommendations for how others can make a similarly successful jump. The panel discussion will be followed by an open networking period, and light refreshments will be served. Working Village is located at 212 Marine Street (between 2nd and Main Streets), Santa Monica, CA 90405.

Tickets for this event are $35 per person through May 31, and $45 per person June 1 on, and at the door. Tickets can be purchased, here: http://www.daisyswan.com/career-coaching/resources/calendar-of-events.

About Daisy Swan, MA, CPCC
Daisy Swan is a career strategist, coach and counselor, known for her compassionate and straightforward approach. For the past 20 years, Daisy has helped hundreds of clients find more rewarding careers and life paths. She has had her own career private practice for more than 15 of those years, working with people from senior executives, engineers, attorneys and IT professionals to writers, producers and actors. During that time, she has also counseled hundreds of students at several major universities, bringing her career counseling expertise to students who need help preparing for career transitions and job searches.

Daisy has appeared on NBC’s daytime coaching program, “Starting Over,” as well as ABC’s “ABCNewsNow.com.” She has been interviewed for articles in the Los Angeles Times and LA Weekly, as well as for features on Yahoo! HotJobs, Washingtonpost.com, and numerous other media outlets. Daisy has presented at USC, UCLA, the American Society for Training & Development’s International Conference & Exposition, and for corporate groups and other organizations.

Daisy is available for interviews and/or comment, as well as speaking engagements, as a life coach and career expert. For more information about Daisy Swan & Associates or the June 8 event, please call 310.820.8877, email anna [at] daisyswan [dot] com or visit http://www.daisyswan.com.

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