/Geri Stengel

About Geri Stengel

Geri Stengel is president of Ventureneer, a marketing research company targeting small business. Geri is a regular Forbes contributor, consultant, Kauffman facilitator and the author of Forget the Glass Ceiling: Building Your Business Without One.

5 Office Design Trends to Boost Happiness and Productivity

Business leaders, entrepreneurs and human resource professionals agree: Office design can increase happiness and productivity. At a minimum, workplaces should be comfortable and functional. At their best, they should be authentic places that help people stay engaged, remain productive and thrive. The 360 Steelcase Global Report: Engagement and the Global Workplace found the most engaged and satisfied workers are also the most

By | March 7th, 2017|Productivity, Wellbeing, Workplaces|

9 Proven Ways to Secure Funding with an A+ Business Plan

Rarely can a business raise funding without a thoroughly researched business plan. Entrepreneurs must convince investors they are on the road to success, that they've mapped the terrain and know how to conquer challenges. The management team, core business idea, market, and financials are critical, but how you convey those elements to venture capitalists (VCs) and angel investors can be just

By | February 16th, 2017|Startup Culture|

How to Choose the Right Coworking Space for You

Looking for a coworking space that's right for you? With over 10,000 coworking locations globally, allowing people to share equipment, ideas and knowledge, the options are many — which means you may have some work to do to decide which one's right for you. Coworking is appealing to startups, small businesses, freelancers, creatives, and remote workers.  Spaces come in all shapes and

By | February 7th, 2017|Startup Culture, Workplaces|

Why Adding Personality to the Office Boosts Engagement

The office does more than provide a place to work — it can also deeply impact your mood and your productivity. Employees who have control over their workspaces are happier, healthier and, ultimately, more productive, says Meredith Wells-Lepley, Ph.D., senior research associate at the Institute for Workplace Innovation in Daily Worth. Whether they share an office or enjoy a private office, employees need

By | February 2nd, 2017|Productivity, Wellbeing, Workplaces|

6 Habits of Top Achievers That Can Help You Get an Edge

Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek, recently came out with a new book, Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers.It’s based on his podcast for which he has interviewed more than 200 world-class achievers, such as Jamie Foxx and Arnold Schwarzenegger as well as athletes, a legendary Special Operations commander and black-market

By | January 12th, 2017|Productivity|

Ready to Launch a New Product? 7 Ways to Analyze the Market

Launching a company or developing a new product or service is a leap of faith for most entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs. With so much information to organize, financing to secure and staffing to consider, it’s critical to get solid footing from the beginning. As you formulate a business plan, you'll need to explain market needs, growth or lack of it, and trends

By | December 13th, 2016|Startup Culture|

6 Tips to Help You Perform Better Under Pressure

Science proves what we already know to be true: nobody performs well under pressure. Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most by Hendrie Weisinger and J.P. Pawliw-Fry finds that judgment, decision-making, attention and performance decline for everyone while under pressure. But, don’t despair. Some people perform better than others under pressure, and these people have a

By | December 6th, 2016|Productivity, Wellbeing|

Want to Be a Better Leader? Give Thanks Year-Round

Giving thanks year-round can lift your spirits now and throughout the year. Because while the beginning of the holiday season is joyful to many, it can jumpstart a season of anxiety and sadness for others. Expressing gratitude and focusing on the goodness in your life increases positive emotions, improves your health, builds strong relationships and ups your ability to deal with

By | November 22nd, 2016|Wellbeing|

8 Networking Tips for Startups

Remember that old saying, “It’s not what you know, but who you know?” Nothing could be truer for entrepreneurs and small business owners, especially those who are just starting out. It’s your network that will help you get your business off to the right start. Both the size and quality of your network matter. Research shows that entrepreneurs with larger

By | November 4th, 2016|Startup Culture|

Want to Disrupt and Innovate? Here’s a New Framework

I recently attended a SheWorx breakfast event in New York City and learned that if you want to disrupt and innovate, you need a framework. Mona Patel, CEO of Motivate Design and UXHires, spoke about the process she uses as shared in her book, Reframe: Shift the Way You Work, Innovate, and Think. We all know that following a design process

By | October 24th, 2016|Productivity|

Food Is the Way to an Employee’s Heart

>Small companies are taking a page out the employee benefit playbook of tech companies by providing free drinks and snacks to employees. Silicon Valley has lots of dough to provide free food throughout the day —  including meals— but chances are that’s beyond your budget.  Luckily, you can design a program that meets your budget and is a good investment.

By | October 19th, 2016|Productivity, Startup Culture, Wellbeing, Workplaces|

4 Surprising Benefits of Coworking Spaces

According to a Global Coworking Survey, the coworking industry has quadrupled during the last 5 years. Coworking spaces now number more than 10,000 globally, allowing people to share equipment, ideas, knowledge, and of course, space. They come in all shapes and sizes, but the best one for you will depend on your particular working style. Looking for a new place for you and

By | September 19th, 2016|Productivity, Startup Culture, Wellbeing, Workplaces|

“Let the Light In” to Boost Happiness + Productivity

Office workers exposed to more light at the office had longer sleep duration, better sleep quality, more physical activity and better quality of life compared to office workers with less light exposure in the workplace, reports a study by Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois. Other research finds that access to natural light makes employees not only happier, but more

By | September 15th, 2016|Productivity, Wellbeing, Workplaces|

Stand Up in the Office To Boost Wellbeing

“Is sitting the new smoking?” asks a headline in Forbes. Martha Grogan, cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic and others think that too much sitting is as bad for your health. Standing desks may or may not be the cure, but these desks have other important benefits. I spoke with Jennifer Carpenter, of Jennifer Carpenter Architect, who designs workspaces for corporations and

By | September 13th, 2016|Wellbeing, Workplaces|

9 Things to Consider Before Becoming an Angel Investor

Did you know that roughly 3% of all companies will raise money from accredited investors to start and grow their businesses? These companies hope to be the next $100 million, if not $1 billion companies to break onto the scene and disrupt their industry. But because many will not succeed, the SEC has limited this type of investing to wealthy

By | July 14th, 2016|Startup Culture|

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