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Oct 8, 2016 8:05 EST

Racine, WI: Victorious Women Magazine is a quarterly print and digital publication filled with women sharing their inspiring stories of victory over life’s challenges

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Semone

United States
 
 
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Semone’s story

I have always enjoyed sharing my own personal stories of victory with other people to encourage them in their time of need. By the time I was in the seventh grade I was known by my teachers and peers as the optimistic student. I believed that no matter how difficult a situation presented itself in my life, I would look for the good and build on that. I began to notice that people from all walks of life were naturally drawn to me because of the compassion and genuine love I carried for people who desperately needed a hug through uplifting words. In 2011 while living on a single parent income, I used my creativity, encouragement skills and entrepreneurial spirit to design business cards, brochures and flyers for family and friends. What started out as freelance jobs quickly turned into a nice part time work with a steady cash flow. In 2013, I placed and a promotional advertisement for my printing services in a local magazine. The publisher was impressed with my graphic design skills and offered me a position with his business. I accepted the offer and quickly learned the logistics of the media industry. In addition to providing graphic design services, I became proficient in marketing, creating ad templates, and customer relations. In 2014, while I worked at the North Chicago, IL publication company I began to realize that I could use my creativity, enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit about magazines to create and sustain a profitable business. In 2015, I started Victorious Women Magazine. In 2015, I started Victorious Women Magazine. Victorious Women Magazine is a quarterly print and digital publication filled with women sharing their inspiring stories of victory over life’s challenges. Each issue features a victorious female teenager in the spotlight who’s doing something positive to change their community and restore hope. The publication also includes an advertising section for businesses, organizations and event planners to promote their products and services. In less than a year by publication has grown from being only available in a print format, distributed at one location to three digital magazines, marketing on three social media platforms, interactive website access, magazine distribution to ten retail locations, forty two subscribers, (twenty paid subscribers), Victorious Women Magazine is available to patrons in Kenosha Public Library magazine device As a woman, mother and business owner it is exciting to do what I love, love what I do and have a positive impact on woman from all walks of life. What I enjoy most about my life and career is being able to help other women live their dreams, help come out on the other side and be victorious. I have a vision for my publication to blossom into a huge global industry. I have been recognized for being an emerging entrepreneur of the year. I have worked with the Center for Teaching Entrepreneurship located in Milwaukee, WI on a variety of projects. 

This loan is special because:

This loan will significantly increase magazine publication and exposure to a bigger audience.

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Business Description

We are living in very tough times and there’s a minimal number of publications available in my region that’s offering a combination of inspiration, clean entertainment, and relevant information to people. I have been faced with many challenges through out my life, but have always found something good in it to build from. I’ve shared many stories of victory with numerous people who’ve been inspired and empowered to not give up or give in.

In 2013, I was a graphic designer for my friend’s magazine company in North Chicago, Illinois. I began to realized that I could use my creativity, enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit about magazines to create and sustain a business.

In 2015, I started Victorious Women Magazine. Victorious Women Magazine is a quarterly print and digital publication filled with women sharing their inspiring stories of victory over life’s challenges. Each issue features a victorious female teenager in the spotlight who’s doing something positive to change their community and restore hope. The publication also includes an advertising section for businesses, organizations and event planners to promote their products and services.

Victorious Women Magazine restores hope, offers relevant and valuable information and provides an opportunity for businesses to gain maximum exposure.

The biggest challenge for my business is not being able to distribute my publication in more locations.

My customers are business owners, charitable organizations, event planners, readers, Supermarkets, malls, hairdressers, and women who are interested in submitting their articles to be featured in my publication.

In less than a year by publication has grown from being only available in a print format, distributed at one location to three digital magazines, marketing on three social media platforms, interactive website access, magazine distribution to ten retail locations, forty two subscribers, (twenty paid subscribers), Victorious Women Magazine is available to patrons in Kenosha Public Library magazine device.

My goal is to have Victorious Women magazine blossom into a huge global industry.

I am most proud about my ability to create a strong bond with my readers. I believe this is a vital tool to build my brand and foster loyalty.

What is the purpose of this loan?

Victorious Women Magazine has the potential to reach readers from around the world. One of the largest retail bookseller chains in the United States expressed an interest to add Victorious Women Magazine to their store’s inventory and make it available to their customer database. In order to make this happen I need to obtain a publication bar code form Ingram. With a Kiva loan I can purchased a bar code for $400. My business revenue will increase from 5% to 15%. I will gain maximum exposure for my publication and use Ingram distribution services to handle the delivery portion.

Victorious Women Magazine is using software that is outdated. In order to increase productivity of sales it would be ideal to upgrade to the current operating systems and software packages. With a Kiva loan a $1000 will be used to purchased Adobe Photoshop and Windows multimedia software. Upgrading my software will allow me to maintain and grow the digital version of my publication. Instead of it taking a week to create a digital version of my publication, it will decrease to a couple of hours. My production costs will be cut by 7%.

I invest a large amount of time into the graphic design portion of my publication. I select vivid colors, clear photographs, eye catching images and font that bring Victorious Magazine to life! The paper grade and brand name ink that is used to print my publication gives it a professional look. My goal is to create a stunning cover page that stands out from the other magazine of a book shelf or publication device. A Kiva loan will help me maintain the growing demand for my publication. I will use $700 to purchase supplies and restock my inventory.

During my journey as an entrepreneur I learned that participating in business expos as an exhibitor has been very beneficial to the growth and development of my publication. I would like to continue my participation in upcoming business expos and conferences. With a Kiva loan I will be able to use $400 to pay for exhibitor booth and application fees. My business revenue will increase by12%.

With a Kiva loan my business will be greatly impacted and enriched with valuable working capitol and gain the momentum to necessary to create a sustainable jobs.

My life will benefit from a Kiva loan by enabling me to utilize new tools to increase my income as the primary provider for my family.

My family’s life will be tremendously impacted with a Kiva loan. We will be able to experience a prosperous lifestyle that promotes empowerment of families in achieving poverty eradication.

About Victorious Women Magazine, LLC

Industry: Services
Years in operation: 1 year – 3 years
Website: victoriouswomenmag.com

A loan of $2,500 helps a woman-owned business gain working capital and upgrade equipment to expand her business.

Contact Information:

Semone

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