by Diane Cunningham
Reviewed by Gary W. Silverman, CFP®
Gary Silverman owns a fee-only financial planning firm in Wichita Falls, Texas. He is the editor of the financial newsletter Personal Money Planning, writes the newspaper columns Your Money and Biz2Biz, and hosts the cable talk show, Money Cent$. Contact him at www.PersonalMoneyPlanning.com.
Diane Cunningham is a speaker, author, consultant, leader, and friend. She was an entrepreneur before she could even pronounce the word. As a business woman, an executive coach, and the founder of the National Association of Christian Women Entrepreneurs, Diane has personally lived and counseled others through all of the ups and downs of running a business.
Dear Female Entrepreneur, my friend, is a small book of 31 personal notes (one for each day of the month) from one friend to another. While she doesn't know the reader personally, she becomes their friend because she knows the entrepreneur in them, the female in them, the humanity, spirituality, and power in them.
As Diane says in her introduction, "I wrote it for me. I wrote it for the days when I need to scream, want to quit, and feel completely incompetent. I wrote it for my colleagues and friends who have taken the leap to be an entrepreneur or a small business owner."
As such, it would be a help, an inspiration, and an encouragement to the female entrepreneurs you know. And given that the economy has created so many new ones and tested all of the veterans, Dear Female Entrepreneur certainly has an audience today.
If you know a woman who is in the process of starting up her business, or who has been going through the trials that ownership brings, then I suggest this book without reservation.
Diane Cunningham (2010)