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Business Growth Expert Cynthia Renee Frazier
Cynthia is a woman who has mastered the power of creative thinking. She is an author and mentor in the field of marketing and promotions. Cynthia teaches women business owners how to experience phenomenal growth so that they can create a legacy of significance and enjoy the choice they made to become a business owner. A seasoned entrepreneur with over 25 years of preparation, Cynthia is considered an expert in online and offline networking for success. A baby boomer who was encouraged to “get a good education” so you can “get a good job”, Cynthia is now a virtual girl with a goal to have the company she and her daughter co-founded, the Energy Tour Café, on auto pilot by 2010. Cynthia has a keen eye for remaining on the leading edge of technology and product development. She is dynamic, innovative, and energetic. She is a true people person and she is not afraid of change. Cynthia’s philosophy can be summed up in a quote by Will Rogers, “Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.”
The road to entrepreneurship for Cynthia has been a winding curvaceous bumpy road that twists through 25 years of preparation. Cynthia has always wanted to be an entrepreneur. She took business classes in high school, and she talked about having her own business with everyone who would listen. Yet, as a baby boomer, Cynthia was encouraged to “get a good education” so that she could “get a good job” so that she could “have a nice retirement.” Cynthia was also encouraged to get married and focus on the family.
With her heart set on owning a business, Cynthia completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and started driving down the path of wife and stay at home mother. During that time, Cynthia turned a ten-year corner to be one of the youngest women ever to be elected to a school board. She also served on the board of directors for The American Red Cross, The Girl Scout Council, and The Salvation Army. As successful as this was - so successful in fact that Cynthia received many awards, certificates, was recognized by the NAACP for outstanding leadership and received a resolution from the California State Senate, her desire was to own her own business.
At forty, Cynthia found herself divorced, no job, and no place to live. Her heart was still set on having her own business “someday”, but those words rang in her ear. “Get a good job.” So she put her drive in reverse, completed a Masters in Instructional Technology and began teaching college part time. She went on to open a Learning Center for the Toro Company where she taught a number of classes onsite. When The Toro Company laid off over 600 people, Cynthia saw an opportunity to follow her dream of business ownership. She took everything she had and opened a franchise. Her business was successful, but not successful enough to remain open.
Giving up was never an option for Cynthia. She read John Maxwell’s book Failing Forward, which forever changed her concept of failure. More determined than ever to succeed at entrepreneurship, Cynthia teamed up with her daughter to start a business services company. Their goal was to become the most sought after marketing company on the West Coast. In 2006, they discovered the Count Me In campaign and joined hundreds of thousands of women who declared a commitment to be a million-dollar company by the year 2010. At that time, they re-wrote their business plan and took their company online. Today, the Energy Tour Cafe is poised to be one of the most sought after Internet Marketing companies Internationally. Today, the words in Cynthia's ear have been replaced with Will Rogers’ words, “Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
- Masters - Instructional Technology
- Bachelor of Science Degree - Business Administration
- Associates Degree - General Education
Affiliations and Awards
- NAWBO - National Association of Women Business Owners ¡V IE Board of Directors
- NAFE - National Association of Female Executives
- WECAI - Women¡¦s E-Commerce Association International
- ASTD - American Society of Training and Development
- School Board Trustee, Los Nietos School District
- Board of Directors, and Board VP, Spanish Trails Girl Scout Council
- Board of Directors, Rio Hondo Chapter American Red Cross
- Board of Directors, San Bernardino County Child Advocacy Program
- California State Senate Resolution
- Lifetime Member - National Girl Scout Council
- Trailblazer Award - NAWBO-IE
- Distinguished Service Award - NAACP, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
- Outstanding Service Award - Los Nietos Board of Education
Forth Coming Book
- 101+ Plus Proven Growth Strategies for the Small Business Entrepreneur
E-Books and Articles
- 12 Steps to Membership Networking Results
- 7 Steps to Your Own Internet Radio Show
- 11 Building Blocks to Phenomenal Business Growth
- How to Grow Your Business When You Don¡¦t Play Golf
- What Will Be Will Be - Why Women Lag Behind in Business Growth
- Weak Words – Speak Your Way to Business Growth
Education and Resources
- Business Women's Growth Summit - www.BusinessWomensGrowthSummit.com
- Energy Tour Cafe - www.EnergyTourafe.com
- Business Divas Travel - www.BusinessDivasTravel.com
- Christian Women Talk Radio - www.ChristianWomenTalkRadio.com
- A Festival of Influence
- Authors, Speakers & Publishers Express
- Walk the Walk for Financial Freedom
- Marketing Bootcamp
Partial proceeds benefit our charitable partner – The Pajama Program – a 501(c)3 non- profit that provides new pajamas and books to children in foster care.
Listen to Cynthia talk about Web 2.0!
What is it that makes women business owners such a hot market? Numbers!
- One in 18 adult women in the U.S. is a business owner. Across the nation, 5.7% of all adult women are entrepreneurs.
- Women-owned businesses employ one in seven working Americans.
- As of 2005, there are an estimated 15.6 million privately held majority or 50% women-owned businesses in the United States.
- Women business owners are the fastest growing market with over $3 trillion in purchasing power.
- More than 90% of women business enterprises intend to do business with Fortune 1000 companies in the next three to five years. This includes those who are currently marketing to Fortune 1000 companies and those who are not.
- Forty-four percent (44%) of the revenues of women's business enterprises with $1 million or more in sales and 60% for companies with revenues below $1 million, comes from the small business community.
- Minority owned business suppliers are growing at a rate of 30 percent compared to a mere 7 percent for others.
- Source: Center for Women's Business Research
Where are the opportunities for women? Numbers!
Women have both the financial capacity and the passion for social change. Personal Wealth: Women control 51% Average Income: By 2020, women have the capacity to achieve parity with men Consumer and Business Spending: Women currently direct more than $7 trillion; women influence 80% of all purchases, 80% of checks Family Finances: Women control 75%
Philanthropy: Women play an unprecedented role making contributions to almost twice as many charitable organizations as men and leaving bequests to such organizations in greater numbers than men.
What Numbers! Need improvement for women?
Women lag significantly behind when it comes to elected office.
- Of the 535 seats in the current US Congress, women hold 16%
- Of the 315 Statewide seats, women hold 24%
- Of the 1,145 mayors of US cities with over 30,000 16% are women
- No women of color serve in the Senate
- Of the 86 women serving in the US House of Representatives, 23% are women of color
Source: Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University
How Cynthia can help the media
- If you are looking for stories on business growth or women in politics, she can share resources and contacts
- Cynthia writes freelance articles for several publications and has a reputation for writing clean and compelling copy
- Cynthia has access to other experts and contact information on women in business and women in politics
- Cynthia can provide expert commentary, background and story ideas on small business growth, women in politics, Web 2.0, and Internet strategies
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Contact Info: Call 909-714-9339 or email cynthia@EnergyTourCafe.com