7. Ali Brown, Founder and CEO of Ali Brown International
In 1999, Ali Brown started her first company from a shoebox-size apartment in NYC and from there it evolved into an enterprise that, today, is worth millions. Brown is the founder and CEO of Ali International LLC, a company that provides online marketing tools and strategies, coaching, seminars, and instructional literature for women in business who want to increase their wealth.“I had no idea I ever wanted to be an entrepreneur…” – Ali Brown (Source: Ali Brown)Brown’s entrepreneurial journey started abruptly after leaving her job at a New York advertising agency. Using a second-hand computer gifted by her younger brother, and reading any marketing book she could get her hands on, Ali discovered how to use online marketing to build her startup — from her kitchen table. While she was free from the trappings of corporate America, she endured a difficult startup journey.
Instead of giving up, Brown persevered and decided to figure out entrepreneurship one day at a time. Soon her proficiency in online marketing improved and her email newsletters earned her the title of “Ezine Queen”. Her client roster began to grow.
Today, Ali International LLC has over 65,000 members in both online and offline programs while Brown has personally received honors including: Inc. 500 fastest growing company, Enterprising Women of the Year by Enterprising Women Magazine, Stevie® Award for Women Helping Women, Forbes’ Women to Watch and more. Connect with Ali on Twitter.
The Spirit of Entrepreneurs
It takes a special type of person to handle the risk and commitment that comes with building a business from the ground up. Here’s a look at the inspiration and innovation that fuels today’s leading entrepreneurs.
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