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Steffany Boldrini

Posted on 24 April 2010

Cool Single CEO Steffany Boldrini Entrepreneur Ecobold

Steffany Boldrini, Founder of Ecobold

Single Entrepreneur Spotlight

Steffany Boldrini

San Jose, CA

Founder of EcoBold

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My business and how I got started:

I do video reviews of green products, I wanted to share with the world how many great things are out there that are not only good for the environment, but also for our health. The initial idea wasn’t to showcase them through videos though. I was looking for a business partner for over one year and could not find one, so I had to re-strategize the business plan and decided to do video reviews. It has taught me that if you want something badly enough, you’ll find ways to make it happen.

2. Why my product/service is better than the competition:

Because it’s unique, you’ll see the benefits of each product, how it works and what makes it green! Plus you’ll learn a lot about what’s going on with conventional products.

3. A typical day for me:

Emails throughout the day, shoot a video, do social networking, PR, go to an event in the area, research about the next company, edit at night. Coffee is my best friend.

4. What I love most about my business:

All the products and companies. They’re great people who really want to make a difference and won’t compromise on the quality of their product.

5. I’m cool because:

Just because!

6. If my friends nominated me for an award, it would be “Most Likely to…”:

Hmm I need to ask them.

7. A movie made about my life it would be named:

The Green Girl Next Door.

8. Strangest thing you’d find in my fridge, wallet or closet:

In my wallet I’ve a list with a few possible names for my kids (if I ever have them!), I started it when I was about 10.

9. Personal qualities I admire most in others:

Humbleness, if they care about their family, doing good to others when possible.

10. Three things I hope to accomplish in the next five years:

Be the driving force behind making all products sustainable, safer and chemical free.
Be on the cover page of Time.
Own a Tesla Roadster!

Want to connect with Steffany? Follow her on Twitter and Facebook!

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Gabriel Shaoolian

Posted on 15 April 2010

Gabriel Shaoolian, Founder and CEO of Blue Fountain Media

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Gabriel Shaoolian

New York, NY

Founder and CEO of Blue Fountain Media

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1. My business and how I got started:

I started Blue Fountain Media, a website design and online marketing company, out of a studio apartment in the west village, NYC area. I literally walked up and down the street, walking into businesses of all sizes and telling them that they needed an effective web presence that would drive more sales, and maintain customer loyalty. I faced a lot of rejection, but I was persistent. Business began with a trickle, but as I built a stable of very satisfied clients, the word of mouth led to more and more business.

Today, just seven years later, we have more than 80 employees and serve a wide range of clients that include start ups to Fortune 500 companies including The National Football League, Procter & Gamble, The United States Mint, Oppenheimer Funds and The United Nations.

2. Why my product/service is better than the competition:

Every website project we work on is based on the idea of improving our client’s business; getting them more business through the web, increasing their sales, clientele base, and building their brand online. We treat our client’s website business as our own, and produce tangible and measurable results for them. This is how we’ve maintained our client relationships and have grown with their success.

3. A typical day for me:

Insanity. Starts with two cups of coffee and ends with a shot (preferably vodka). From the moment I wake up until I finally leave my office: there are new ideas to hear, new clients to pitch, current clients to work with, articles to write and, on top of all of that, the duties involved in managing the finances and personnel of an 80+ person company. I’ll say one thing: it’s never boring.

4. What I love most about my business:

The satisfaction of seeing my clients succeed and the pride in seeing how far my employees have grown professionally. This we don’t joke about.

5. I’m cool because:

If you answer this question: you aren’t!

6. If my friends nominated me for an award, it would be “Most Likely to…”:

I’d like to think succeed or die trying.

7. A movie made about my life it would be named:

Mary Poppins, only kidding.  I can’t think of any non-cheesy titles, but how about High Anxiety 2.0 (any takers?)

8. Strangest thing you’d find in my fridge, wallet or closet:

Typical bachelor fridge. If you have to ask, don’t!

Want to connect with Gabriel? Find him on Twitter, Linked In and Facebook!

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Marla Russo

Posted on 09 April 2010

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Marla Russo, President and Founder of Bella Public Relations

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Marla Russo

New York, NY

President and Founder, Bella Public Relations

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1. My business and how I got started:

I started my agency in April 2002. Bella is a boutique agency located in NYC specializing in beauty, fashion, health/lifestyle and entertainment. At a young age of 24, I decided to start my own company. Before then, I worked in a large PR firm for almost 3 ½ years and then moved on to a smaller agency where I stayed for about four months.  I always knew one day I was going to work for myself, one way or another.  Before my PR career started, I was studying at the Lee Strasberg school for acting while I was finishing up my BA at Hofstra University .  After a few years of auditioning and doing small plays in the city, I started working at a PR Firm and fell in love with the trade! It was my calling! The rest is history :)

2. Why my product/service is better than the competition:

At Bella, my clients truly feel they have their “own in-house PR” with us.  I still have clients that have been with me since day one I started Bella: 8 years and that says a lot about our client relationship.  We are always available to our clients and they absolutely love our creativity!

3. A typical day for me:

Going to the gym in the morning (yes, I’m a morning person) arrive at the office 9:30ish….pitching new biz, managing the office, constant brainstorming ideas with the Bella girls, and finding ways to make Bella more successful.  Usually leave the office at 6:00 and head out to events and parties.  Entertaining and meeting new people is very important to do in this industry: it’s all about networking! :)

4. What I love most about my business:

Few things: My girls who have become my family and of course great success for our clients. Our pink chandelier in the office and most importantly, big wins!

5. I’m cool because:

My family thinks so :)

6. If my friends nominated me for an award, it would be “Most Likely to…”:

Make things happen!

7. A movie made about my life it would be named:

“Follow your gut”

8. Strangest thing you’d find in my fridge, wallet or closet:

Food: obviously in the fridge! Even though I’m 100% Italian I prefer to eat out every night!

9. Personal qualities I admire most in others:

The people that are in my life, I admire everything about them!

10. Three things I hope to accomplish in the next five years:

Bella becomes bigger, starting a family and staying healthy!

Want to connect with Marla? Check out Bella PR!

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Michael Moran

Posted on 02 April 2010

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Michael Moran, Founder of Curry Simple

Single Entrepreneur Spotlight

Michael Moran

Atlanta, Georgia

Founder of Curry Simple

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1. My business and how I got started:

I am a serial entrepreneur and now own multiple businesses. The most well known to date is the Thai food brand I developed in 2006 called CurrySimple. After ten years of searching for the big idea I found it while working at a Thai restaurant. CurrySimple solves the problem of cooking Thai food at home with restaurant quality sauces that are made in Thailand and easy to prepare at home.

2. Why my product/service is better than the competition:

CurrySimple sauces are better than the competition because they are true restaurant quality products. We do not cut corners in the development and use the latest packaging technology to ensure the quality. 

3. A typical day for me:

I start off the day by trying to sleep as late as possible. This is usually around 8 am. I check emails, tweets and Facebook messages on my laptop while laying in bed. Around 10 am I will go to the gym to workout and clear my head. Do a little work then grab lunch. Come home and work some more on whatever project I feel most motivated to do. Most days I will work until 10 pm. I wouldn’t really call it work as I love what I do. By 11 pm I am usually enjoying a drink with a friend or date.

4. What I love most about my business:

I love my own business because it allows me the flexibility to be creative. I have always been motivated to become successful and have had to fight hard for everything I have. It is a great feeling to follow my dreams instead of working for someone and creating theirs.

5. I’m cool because:

I don’t care what others think of me. I play by my own rules and do what I want.

6. If my friends nominated me for an award, it would be “Most Likely to…”:

Help a friend in need.

7. A movie made about my life it would be named:

Did he really do that?

8. Strangest thing you’d find in my fridge, wallet or closet:

In my closet I have a packed suitcase that has 3 days of clothes in it. This is due to my over spontaneous addiction to travel. 

9. Personal qualities I admire most in others:

I have found the qualities that I admire have changed as my lifestyle has changed. Currently I look for people that are supportive and honest. This is more difficult to find than you might think. As an entrepreneur your days and life are like a roller coaster. To have someone there to support you is a huge help!

10. Three things I hope to accomplish in the next five years:

In the next five years I plan to live part time in Bangkok, start at least five more small companies and buy my mom the Mercedes that I promised her when I was five years old.

Want to connect with Michael? Follow him on…

Facebook, Twitter, Curry Simple, or his website!

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Ashley Bodi

Posted on 29 March 2010

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Ashley Bodi, Co-Founder of BusinessBeware.biz

Single Entrepreneur Spotlight

Ashley Bodi

Sarasota, FL

Co-Founder, Business Beware

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1. My business and how I got started:

When I started working for the family businesses out of college my Dad and I had thrown around an idea of creating a site for business owners where they could warn each other about difficult customers.  After seeing the other side of how some customers treat business owners I knew something needed to be done, so Business Beware was born.  I think being on the other side of a business really opens your eyes and you realize “the customer is not always right.”

2. Why my product/service is better than the competition:

Business Beware is not like some of the typical blacklist sites you see out there where it’s just a place to rant and rave.  It’s like a reverse Better Business Bureau where customers have the chance to file a rebuttal if they choose to.  It’s a way for both sides to hopefully work out the situation and communicate with each other.  With Business Beware we don’t list people publicly or allow information to be placed in search engines like other sites may do.  We are about keeping it professional, clean and making it known that we are not a consumer bashing site.

3. A typical day for me:

A typical day is heading into the office getting stuff done I need to do for the family businesses and then switching into Business Beware mode.  Since we send out letters to customers that have a complaint filed against them I make sure everything gets sent out and get back with both parties.  Every day I touch base with my awesome programmer Shelley to make sure everything is up to speed.  Everyday I am talking with new people, partners and guests we are interviewing that Saturday on the radio show.  I always end the day with a nice run or workout to stay stress-free and to think about what I have coming up for the next day.

4. What I love most about my business:

I love the fact that I get to help businesses from all over but also getting the chance to learn about these amazing businesses. It’s unreal what you can learn from other people and their business.  That is a huge reason we started the “business spotlight” section on the site so we can tell others stories of how and why they started their company.  I love the fact that every business owner that I talk to loves what we’re doing with Business Beware and thank us for providing this service to them.  What more could you ask for, you get to do what you love and help people at the same time?

5. I’m cool because:

I’m simple and I’m not afraid to be me.

6. If my friends nominated me for an award, it would be “Most Likely to…”:

Actually this was discussed the other day…They would vote me to be most likely to be rich.  My goal is not to be rich and that is not what I set out to do with Business Beware. I just realized I wanted to do what I loved and help people along the way.  I think some confuse being rich with having a drive to want to be somebody or to never give up.  It’s about putting in the extra hours and not letting the bumps in the road cause you to come to a halt, it’s about overcoming the obstacles to get to where you want to be.

7. A movie made about my life it would be named:

“The Many Adventures of Bodi”  Because no matter where I go (especially when flying) I always have something interesting or funny that happens to me.

8. Strangest thing you’d find in my fridge, wallet or closet:

I think the strangest thing you would find in my closet is a sumo wrestling costume that I still have from a few years ago I wore for a halloween party.

9. Personal qualities I admire most in others:

Honesty, Genuine, Compassion and Sense of Humor.

10. Three things I hope to accomplish in the next five years:

I hope to make Business Beware the best it can be and continue to be a driving force for business owners.  I also hope to create a documentary and write a book!

Want to connect with Ashley? Follow her on…

Facebook, Twitter, Website, and Ashley’s Radio Show!

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Networking Event

Posted on 21 February 2010

I have had quite a few requests for organizing some sort of networking event for the readers of SingleStartups and would love some feedback! PLEASE VOTE to let me know what ideas and geographical areas are of interest to you. While you are there, you will have the option to sign up for an interest list to be included if an event is planned.

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