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Jennifer Kalita Founder & Principal Consultant of The Kalita Group & Strategic Women.com

Jennifer Kalita has been a communications and business consultant, writer, speaker and strategist for more than a decade. She empowers entrepreneurs, women in business, and baby boomers in transition to live a life In Business and In Balance™, and has educated thousands of entrepreneurs in all facets of business launch, development, and promotion.

She is the founder of and Principal Consultant at The Kalita Group (www.thekalitagroup.com) and Strategic Women (www.strategicwomen.com), as well as a contributing writer and Creating Boomer Buzz national PR columnist at Second50Years.com.

Jennifer shares her formula for living In Business & In Balance™ in Inspirations to Realizations, Volume III, and also helps overwhelmed entrepreneurial moms in The Business Mom Guide Book, where real-world strategies for managing businesses and families (and doing both well) are revealed.

Throughout her early career, Jennifer worked with award-winning, high-profile marketing and public relations agencies in the Baltimore --Washington, D.C. corridor. She then took her expertise to the small business arena in 1998, to show entrepreneurs and independent service providers how to achieve tangible results with intangible communication.

Jennifer has developed and taught teleseminars on a variety of marketing and public relations topics for small business owners, and she has authored numerous e-books and business development programs, including:
• The PR Survival Kit
• The Home Office Parent
• Goals Happen
• Mastering the Business Side of Your Business
• The Ultimate Alliance: A Strategic Path to a Better Bottom Line
• Maximizing Opportunities: Leadership Skills for Nonprofit Survival
• Defining Ourselves at 30: Women & the New Finish Line

A graduate of Loyola College in Maryland, Jennifer resides in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area with her family. She volunteers her time and talent to provide pro bono services to women in crisis, as well as to national organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, the American Diabetes Association, and The Hear Well Foundation.

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Strategic Networking: Success in 7 Letters

Let me first tell you that I don\'t like the term “networking.” For many boomer women, it conjures up negative memories of networking in the 80s, when you hurled business cards at 100 strangers, d…Let me first tell yo…Let me first tell you that I don\'t like the term “networking.” For many boomer women, it conjures up negative memories of networking in the 80s, when you hurled business cards at 100 strangers, dumped the 100 cards you received in return into a drawer, and didn\'t truly connect with anyone. Networking has come a long way, baby. Think of it as relationship-building, rather than networking, because that\'s the goal: really connecting with people. Women are natural-born relationship-builders, so this is an arena where we have a serious business advantage. People do business with people…

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Balancing Your Network for a Better Bottom Line

The beauty of boomer women in business is their collective spirit of collaboration. Rather than being intimidated by a potential business competitor, boomer women will often seek out ways to cross-pro…The beauty of boomer…The beauty of boomer women in business is their collective spirit of collaboration. Rather than being intimidated by a potential business competitor, boomer women will often seek out ways to cross-promote, pool resources, and support one another. They understand that there is enough business for all of us, and the more they work together, the greater the demand for their particular product or service. And this is a good thing...when you carefully select the women with whom you align yourself. And while there are magnificent, talented, brilliant boomer women that you\'d be smart to connec…

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Entrepreneurship: The Boomer Woman?s Perspective

While there are numerous aspects to being a successful entrepreneur that transcend life stage, there are challenges and opportunities unique to being a boomer woman in business. Being aware of your in…While there are nume…While there are numerous aspects to being a successful entrepreneur that transcend life stage, there are challenges and opportunities unique to being a boomer woman in business. Being aware of your individual perspective as a boomer entrepreneur is important because it will help you navigate your business more effectively. Unlike younger entrepreneurs, boomers have a wisdom that comes from a life lived and lessons learned. You know who you are and what you have to offer...and that it has value. You also have more work experience, as you may have been in one industry for thirty years and see…

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Positioning Strategies for Boomer Women

Many boomer business owners think they\'re good at what they do, and they\'re right. The problem is that a lot of other boomer entrepreneurs are, too. Competence and even excellence are only one p…Many boomer business…Many boomer business owners think they\'re good at what they do, and they\'re right. The problem is that a lot of other boomer entrepreneurs are, too. Competence and even excellence are only one part of the successful entrepreneurial equation. In a crowded marketplace, how will you differentiate yourself? The short answer is positioning, which basically amounts to the perception you create among your prospects that you are the ultimate solution to their needs. You need to give as much thought and planning to how you will position yourself as you do to profit margins, as I can promise y…

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Entrepreneurial Points of Promotion

If you build it, they will come...but you have to let them know it\'s there, provide directions, and give them an incentive to make the drive. No matter how fantastic your service, or phenomenal your …If you build it, the…If you build it, they will come...but you have to let them know it\'s there, provide directions, and give them an incentive to make the drive. No matter how fantastic your service, or phenomenal your product, you can\'t sell something to people who don\'t know it exists. Some fundamental Ps of Promotion include: Assess what\'s involved. There\'s an old adage that you "pay for advertising and pray for publicity." While advertising is an important part of your promotional mix, so too are public relations, marketing materials, and community outreach. Think "action." Think about w…

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Look Before You Leap

Many boomer women get so excited about parlaying their passions into sustainable businesses that they sometimes forget to do the legwork needed before jumping into entrepreneurship. While this process…Many boomer women ge…Many boomer women get so excited about parlaying their passions into sustainable businesses that they sometimes forget to do the legwork needed before jumping into entrepreneurship. While this process may seem tedious at first, and something that is simply delaying your dream, evaluating the marketplace, your skill set, and how the two fit together proves to be empowering, illuminating, and undoubtedly saves you lost time, energy and money. When you think you\'ve done enough research, do some more. You simply can\'t ask enough questions or do enough digging when it comes to starting a solid…

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The Importance of a Plan

Because a solid foundation is essential to a strong entrepreneurial start, months and sometimes even years of preparation are critical for any budding entrepreneur, let alone a savvy boomer woman such…Because a solid foun…Because a solid foundation is essential to a strong entrepreneurial start, months and sometimes even years of preparation are critical for any budding entrepreneur, let alone a savvy boomer woman such as yourself. From building up financial reserves to crafting a well-researched business plan, boomer business owners must dig the well long before they\'re thirsty. Thinking they were eventually planning on starting a business some day anyway, all too often boomer women get fed up with office politics, jump the corporate ship, and land amid the initial icy waters of entrepreneurship. With no p…

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What Your Childhood Entrepreneur Can Teach You

Financial guru Suze Orman taught us to look at our first "money memory" from childhood to help us understand how we view and handle money in our adult lives. Now, let\'s take a look at your "childhood…Financial guru Suze …Financial guru Suze Orman taught us to look at our first "money memory" from childhood to help us understand how we view and handle money in our adult lives. Now, let\'s take a look at your "childhood entrepreneur" memory, and get a sense of what your now-boomer self can learn from her inner entrepreneur. The more successful business owners I talk to, the more I see clear evidence of an entrepreneurial spirit as far back as elementary school. Rather than a simple stroll down memory lane, there is something to learn from looking back as you continue moving forward. When meeting with LifeB…

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Entrepreneurial Tech Talk

We women entrepreneurs like our work. We\'re great networkers and natural relationship-builders. We welcome the opportunity to pitch our services to a prospect. We send out one heck of a newsletter. O…We women entrepreneu…We women entrepreneurs like our work. We\'re great networkers and natural relationship-builders. We welcome the opportunity to pitch our services to a prospect. We send out one heck of a newsletter. Our customer service is the best in town. And, we\'re forever reading articles and attending seminars to educate ourselves about how to run things more effectively and efficiently. But when it comes to conversations about “backing up the system” and “customer management software” our eyes glaze over and we begin to wonder if reindeer really do know how to fly. The truth is that th…

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5 Free Things You Can Do to Jump Start Your PR Today

You\'re a woman in business which, by definition, means you\'re one clever time and resource manager. You can balance the books, walk 3 miles a day, and volunteer at the blood bank in a single bound…You\'re a woman in b…You\'re a woman in business which, by definition, means you\'re one clever time and resource manager. You can balance the books, walk 3 miles a day, and volunteer at the blood bank in a single bound. And all while running a business. But who knew that running your business would be the easy part? Your service is top-notch. Your product almost sells itself. Making sure people know all that, however, is the hard part. Growing your business is what keeps you hopping. Women don\'t just wait for business to come our way; we go out and claim it. We network. We volunteer. We educate. We …

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Entrepreneurial Checkpoints

Entrepreneurship is an exciting and worthwhile endeavor. Profiting from your expertise (instead of allowing your employer to rake it in), setting your own schedule, and calling your own shots all ma…Entrepreneurship is …Entrepreneurship is an exciting and worthwhile endeavor. Profiting from your expertise (instead of allowing your employer to rake it in), setting your own schedule, and calling your own shots all make for a very pretty picture. It\'s no wonder then that starting one\'s own business has become a very popular endeavor in recent years. Before you jump in, however, it\'s important to recognize that not everyone is cut out to be self-employed, be it because of life circumstances or personality types. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to be here. It\'s about understanding that we…

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