Plum Alley: Helping Women Entrepreneurs Succeed

I decided to semi-continue my unplugged theme for the rest of this week at minimum, meaning my time online (on the blog, in my inbox, and on social media) will be limited. Nathan’s hour for part-time have finally been decided (HOORAY! Only 25 more days!) so we’re working on the transition for this blog, The Gnarly Whale and life in general. In the mean time, I already have some posts scheduled to share some wonderful things with you that I think are worth checking out!

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This is a sponsored post. I will be compensated a gift card for the Plum Alley shop for this post. However, all opinions are 110% my own and I full-heartedly support Plum Alley and what they working to do. I absolutely love their mission and hope that you’ll check them out!

As most of you know, I’m a huge believer in chasing after your dreams – especially when it comes to self-employment. I’m also a huge believer in getting help when you need it and extending a helping hand when you can – especially when it comes to dream chasing. So when I was contacted to work with Plum Alley, there was no doubt in my mind that this was the perfect match for me AND my readers.

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A little about them, in their own words, from their Who We Are page:

Plum Alley brings to light women’s innovation, whether it takes the form of a product, project or service. Women are inventing across all sectors and we provide an integrated platform to optimize their success by raising funds, providing access to experts, and serving as an online store.

  • Commerce: Plum Alley features women entrepreneurs and a curated selection of their products, ranging widely from accessories to home goods to services. We showcase offerings that represent substance and discipline in creation and beauty. 
  • Crowdfunding: Plum Alley provides women entrepreneurs and innovators a way to raise money from a broad base of people. Crowdfunding is an efficient and inexpensive way to fundraise, and is a way to increase women’s access to capital. Products funded on Plum Alley crowdfunding can be subsequently sold using our commerce features. Our crowdfunding platform will be live September 2013. 
  • Experts: Plum Alley is also providing a seamless way to connect women innovators and expert advisors. Plum Alley’s panel of experts will represent various fields and areas of business needed for success.

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Something I’m really excited about? Their crowd-funding that will be launching in the Fall!

Plum Alley is working to help women innovators around the world by helping them raise funds for their businesses, personal projects or even non-profits.  How cool is that? If you already have an idea that you’d like to pursue crowd-funding for, you can submit your project idea to be a part of their launch in September. Not ready to share your idea, or maybe you just want to support some amazing women when it launches? You can sign-up for updates about the crowd-funding program here.

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And if you’re wanting to help support women-owner companies right away, head over to Plum Alley and check out their shop – there are TONS of beautiful products for your home, garden, closet, baby and more. By shopping here, you’re choosing to invest in a woman’s success and in the growth of her business. Essentially, you’re investing in someone else’s dream – and walking away with a beautifully crafted product. It doesn’t get much better than that.

If you’ve made a purchase on Plum Alley, I’d love to see it!

And if not, I’d love to see what you’re coveting!

all photos thanks to: Plum Alley

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Comments

  1. Such a great piece, I’m definitely going to check them out. Thanks for sharing!

  2. This is such a great idea, women supporting women, or people just supporting each other. There’s a saying we have in the organization I am a part of and that is “if other people succeed, we all succeed”. I believe that is very true, so we constantly try to improve the people below us and above ourselves. It’s about how we contribute to the team and to mission success. :I will definitely check out this site. I’m a huge supporter of indie businesses and artists on Etsy! -Jessica L