Park City TV - K&K + Women's Business Center

Happy Friday!!

This morning, Kellie and I hosted our 4th segment with Park City TV's Mountain Morning Show! (you can catch the segment via PCTV's live stream here.)

Our monthly segments are aimed at promoting women in business and celebrating the many successful women in our community who own their own businesses.

K&K June 2014 Segment

K&K June 2014 Segment

For this month's show, we focused on how to start your own business. Many times you may have great ideas but don’t know what to do with them. We showcased three steps to get you started today. And, we also featured free services available from the Women’s Business Center, a program of the Salt Lake Chamber that can help you in all stages of your business. We meet with the WBC in prep work for our segment - they're AMAZING! The services they offer are so valuable, and the best part is it's free! Check out this previous blog post about our meeting.

Scroll down to view our tips on starting your business today! Wahoo!

Feel free to send us any questions or comments. We'll be sure to help as best we can.

xo,

K&K


K&K's 3 Steps to Start Your Own Business:

1. Business plan

  • What are you going to sell or what service do you provide?
  • How are you going to sell it/service?
  • Why? How’s your product going to stand out? Why is this service needed?
  • Know your customer – what do they like, who are they, how old are they, how do they spend income?

2. Financing

  • How are you going to finance the business? Loans? Personal funds?

3. Register Business

  • State of Utah makes it pretty easy – go to osbr.utah.gov – OSBR stands for one stop business registration.
  • Set up an account and follow instructions based on what type of business your forming (LLC, s corp, c corp, non profit)
  • Federal EIN number

3 Free Services Women’s Business Center Offers Entrepreneurs:

1. Jump Start Training

  • First and third Wednesday of every month

2. One-on-One Consultation

  • Market Research

  • Business plans

  • Funding

  • Cash flow projections

  • Financial projections

  • Hiring/human resource

  • Proof Materials

3. Trainings

  • Mostly free/ minimal fee
  • Professional experts
  • Six Focus Areas: Finance, Sales/Marketing, Management, Gov. Procurement, International Trade, Business Planning, Social Media Strategy

Other Info

  • WBC meet with clients all over the state of Utah
  • Consultations over the phone/ Skype options
  • Hoping to expand to online training

Our Favorite Fall Outfits

Fall is here!!!

I mean Starbucks released their PSL {ahem, THE Pumpkin Spice Latte} yesterday so that must mean it's officially Fall, right? Typically, I'm a summer gal; one who loves the warmth and sunshine. But this year I think I'm ready for Fall - cooler weather, layers, sweaters, boots, and pumpkin everything. To celebrate, we've compiled a list of our must-try Fall fashions.

Some of these are questionable picks, at least in my 'would-i-actually-wear-that' book, so let us know
'YAY or NAY' to these fall trends.

xo,

K&K


1. BLACK  - If you follow our blog regularly, you know that neutrals are the key to our hearts. I love the simplicity in color palette coupled with the interesting take on volume. These are my favorite of the bunch (that's why I put them first - ha!) So, YAY or NAY - would you actually wear this?

2. FALL SKIRTS - I'm digging the trend of transitioning spring/summer skirts to fall. Tights are always the epitome of fall fashion, so I'm saying YAY to these. Tell me you're thoughts, YAY or NAY - would you actually wear this?

3. PANTALOONS AKA PANTS - I like to think of these as the anti-skinny jean. If you pair wide pants correctly, I think they look very high fashion and sophisticated. The look is like you took your grandmas favorite pair of pants from the '70s and threw on some awesome shoes from Nasty Gal. YAY or NAY - would you actually wear this?

3. SLOUCHY LAYERS - I'm obsessed with this look. Mostly, because it combines comfort and warmth with fashionable pieces. Also, Kel is always a fan of the green army-inspired jacket. With these looks, I can get behind it too! Tell us, YAY or NAY - would you actually wear this?

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3. BELL BOTTOMS - Ok, I remember hearing that these bad boys were making a comeback. But, it's been a few seasons and it seems like the skinny-jean is still Queen. However, in-or-out, I still love these pants. Maybe it's the 90s girl in me who went through middle school/high school wearing these. You know, even cutting the sides of my pants to make them flair? HA! Paired correctly, I'm totally down with these. What do you think - YAY or NAY, would you actually wear this?

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Rompcakes Look Book

Hi everyone!!

After a few months of crazy days working to get our Rompcakes off the ground, we finally have a little bit more time to catch up on the blog. First things first, as you know, we love promoting Women in Business and female entrepreneurs! One of the ways we do this is by giving you a sneak into our lives and our first business and brand - katieandkellie. Come along on our crazy journey! There are sure to be moments of bliss, chaos, frustration, and many mishaps along the way, but let's do it together. We can change the world.

But, seriously, I believe we can. Let's do this!

xo,

K&K


GOAL: LOOK BOOK

THE PROCESS
As you may know, I (Katie, speaking) have experience in PR and marketing. One of the ways we're working to get our name and brand to consumers is through social media. We're huge proponents of using free social media to build brand awareness. Kellie and I also worked together to decide that we would love for our Rompcakes to be sold throughout the US (and maybe one day internationally!) in existing stores. Instead of building a brand focused on creating brick-and-mortar services, we want to be an e-store that sells our products to dance wear and fitness boutiques. Because of these needs, we decided we needed to create a LOOK BOOK. A look book is something we can easily send (think PDF files) to potential customers, clients and community influencers on social media.

HOW
I'm going to be honest here, I created our Look Book through Microsoft Word. I also have the much better design program, InDesign, installed on my macbook, but for what I wanted to do Word provided the easier medium. To create the Look Book, we compiled our favorite photos of our product from our most recent photo shoot. Then determined the verbage for the book. Our tone for katieandkellie is very hip, cool, and now; so we made sure the words and the way we presented the words matched the tone of our brand.

TA-DA - DONE!
katieandkellie LOOK BOOK
{click the link to view}

Now, go out and accomplish at least 1 thing today that will help you and your business.

Have an idea but not sure where to start? Check out our post about our meeting with the Women's Business Center - and stay tuned for a great 'How to Start a Business' clip from our monthly segments with Park City TV!
 

Generation Nice

Image via The New York Times

Image via The New York Times

We like to share inspiring and interesting stories on our blog, so when we came across this article in the New York Times we felt it fitting to share. The article - Generation Nice: The Millennials are Generation Nice - has an interesting perspective on our age group.

Essentially, we're the most diverse group of young adults in the history of the world. We fill the spectrum in areas like ethnicity, religion, social status.

We're more open to ideas and tend to be more liberal and open to change, making us all-around 'nicer' to others than previous generations. One of my favorite excerpts from the article hits close to home,

The generation that gave us Occupy Wall Street has embraced its own modes of entrepreneurship, found across the broad spectrum of “creatives,” from stylists to techies, who reject the presumed security of the corporate job and riskily pursue their own ventures, even if it means working out of their parents’ basement.

I'm grateful that I don't live in my parents basement but I definitely resonate with describing myself as a "creative" for lack of a better term to describe all my crazy side jobs. Do you relate to this article? I really do think our generation is slowly changing the world (for the better)!

{another trait of Millennials is unwavering optimism and narcissism - hahaha!}

xo,

K&K

Desiderata

Hi everyone,

Happy Monday!

Today we're sharing one of our favorite poems - Desiderata by Max Ehrmann. The poem was written in 1927, yet it still resonates strongly to this day. I love it's simplistic yet encouraging view on life. And, think it's perfect for a Monday. Many people despise Mondays (admittedly, sometimes they do suck) but the best thing about Mondays is that it's a fresh start to the work week. An invigoratingly new opportunity to chase your dreams. Mondays are for the go-getters, the dream-chasers, the get-shit-done peeps. So, Happy Monday, and read this poem for an instant boost in energy. You got this!

xo,

K&K

{p.s. included our favorite stanza of the poem below, click on the link above for the whole thing - totally worth the read.}

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
— Max Ehrmann