Melissa Cloeter

About
I am CEO of Own It Ventures, an online business ecosystem for women entrepreneurs.  Own It Ventures provides a forum for women to scale up their companies through an online membership group, yearly conferences, quarterly roadshows, webinars, networking.  If you need to connect with angel investors, retail buyers or the media to grow your business, you need to be with Own It Ventures.  It's more than a lifestyle, it's business. 
Interests
Spending time with family and friends, golf, travel, conversation with interesting people, politics, or reading a good book.
Upcoming WebinarsPast Webinars
The Tuesday Morning Entrepreneur Java Session
When:
Tuesday, May, 21 2013
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM (Eastern Time)
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Topic: Pour a cup of coffee and join us for an hour at the monthly, Tuesday Morning Entrepreneur Java Session. This virtual meet is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to get to know each other, network, and learn from guest presenters and each other. Bring your questions & topics to the table, and welcome to the Own It Ventures network. Being an entrepreneur is tough enough; you don’t have to Own It by being alone.
Description: One of the biggest challenges women entrepreneurs have expressed, is the feeling of being alone. Own It Ventures is starting the month Tuesday Morning Entrepreneur Java Sessions to bring an opportunity for women (& men) to connect, learn, network and from time to time, hear a guest presenter on a topic of interest and relevance to entrepreneurs. What is even better? You don't have to leave your office. Have a subject you want discussed? Submit it to info@ownitventures.com. Would you like to be a guest presenter or have a recommendation? Submit your recommendation and why to info@ownitventures. Own It Ventures is a business network for women are serious about growing their companies. We specialize in helping women get prepared for raising capital, media buzz and retail distribution; and then connect to Investors, the Media and Retail Buyers. www.ownitventures.com
The Tuesday Morning Entrepreneur Java Session
When:
Tuesday, April, 23 2013
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM (Eastern Time)
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Topic: Pour a cup of coffee and join us for an hour at the monthly, Tuesday Morning Entrepreneur Java Session. This virtual meet is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to get to know each other, network, and learn from guest presenters and each other. Bring your questions & topics to the table, and welcome to the Own It Ventures network. Being an entrepreneur is tough enough; you don’t have to Own It by being alone.
Description: One of the biggest challenges women entrepreneurs have expressed, is the feeling of being alone. Own It Ventures is starting the month Tuesday Morning Entrepreneur Java Sessions to bring an opportunity for women (& men) to connect, learn, network and from time to time, hear a guest presenter on a topic of interest and relevance to entrepreneurs. What is even better? You don't have to leave your office. Have a subject you want discussed? Submit it to info@ownitventures.com. Would you like to be a guest presenter or have a recommendation? Submit your recommendation and why to info@ownitventures. Own It Ventures is a business network for women are serious about growing their companies. We specialize in helping women get prepared for raising capital, media buzz and retail distribution; and then connect to Investors, the Media and Retail Buyers. www.ownitventures.com
How to get into the Sharkette Tank & Product Pitch Tank
When:
Thursday, March, 14 2013
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (Eastern Time)
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Topic: Ever wonder what it would be like to pitch your business in the Shark Tank? Have you ever stopped in the middle of a retail store to envision seeing your product on the shelf or display rack? On March 20, 2013, the Sharkette Tank, Media Pitch Room, Retail Buyer Area & Product Pitch Tank is happening at the Own It Ventures Conference & Pitch Expo. In preparation, we are holding a series of Virtual Meets. Learn what to expect & how to prepare for pitching success.
Description: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to pitch your business in the Shark Tank? Have you ever stopped in the middle of a retail store to envision seeing your product on the shelf or display rack? Learn how to pitch to investors, the media and retailers for success at the next Own It Ventures Conference & Pitch Expo on March 20, 2013. On March 20, 2013- the Sharkette Tank, Retail Buyer Area & Product Pitch Tank is happening at the Own It Ventures Conference & Pitch Expo. You could be pitching to TWENTY-FIVE Investors, including Kevin Harrington from the Shark Tank & Chairman of As Seen on TV; or Retail Buyers from Whole Foods Market, Wegmans, Harris Teeter, Bloomingdales & others. The Media attending include Forbes, Huffington Post, USA Today, Entrepreneur.com, BlogHer & others. In preparation, we are holding a series of Virtual Meets. Learn what to expect and how to prepare for pitching success.
Get Your Investor Pitch Deck Ready
When:
Wednesday, March, 13 2013
8:30 AM to 9:30 AM (Eastern Time)
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Topic: Is your 10-page Investor Deck ready for the Sharkette Tank? Learn tips on what information your pitch deck needs to cover, how to present and what questions you need to be prepared to answer. You must be already registered to pitch at the Own It Ventures Conference & Pitch Expo to participate in this Virtual Meet.
Description: You must be registered to pitch at the Own It Ventures Conference & Pitch Expo to participate in this Virtual Meet. Own it Ventures Conference & Pitch Expo- March 20, 2013 at the Graduate Center- City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue. Four pitching rooms are open for women entrepreneurs to market their companies & products to Angel Investors, the Media & Retailers for funding options, media buzz & distribution. The Sharkette Tank happens in the afternoon when the top 5 companies pitch to a room of investors from Golden Seeds, NY Angels, 37 Angels, Delaware Crossing, TechLaunch, Jumpstart NJ & Kevin Harrington from the Shark Tank. 908-852-4200, www.ownitventures.com, info@ownitventures.com Own It Ventures is a network for women entrepreneurs to market their companies to Investors, Lenders, the Media & Retail B
Your 10 Page Retail Pitch Book/Deck
When:
Thursday, February, 28 2013
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (Eastern Time)
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Topic: Is your 10-page Retail Pitch Book/Deck ready for the Retail Buyer Room & the Product Pitch Tank? Learn tips on what your pitch book/deck needs to cover, how to present and what questions to expect. You must be registered to pitch at the Own It Ventures Conference & Pitch Expo to participate in this Virtual Meet.
Description: Is your 10-page Retailer Pitch Book/Deck ready? Learn tips on what your pitch book/deck needs to cover, how to present and what questions to expect. You must be registered to pitch at the Own It Ventures Conference & Pitch Expo to participate in this Virtual Meet. Own it Ventures Conference & Pitch Expo- March 20, 2013, Graduate Center- City University of New York, 365 Fifth Ave. Four pitching rooms for women entrepreneurs to market their companies & products to Angel Investors, the Media & Retailers for funding options, media buzz & distribution. The Product Pitch Tank happens in the afternoon when the top 6 products pitch to retail buyers from Wegmans, Whole Foods, Bloomingdales, Kevin Harrington from the Shark Tank and Chairman/Founder of As Seen on TV and AJ Khubani, CEO of TeleBrands. 908-852-4200, www.ownitventures.com, info@ownitventures.com Own It Ventures is a network for women entrepreneurs to market their companies to Investors, Lenders, the Media & Retail Buyers.
Your 10 Page Investor Pitch Deck
When:
Thursday, February, 28 2013
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
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Topic: Is your 10-page Investor Deck ready for the Sharkette Tank? Learn tips on what information your pitch deck needs to cover, how to present and what questions you need to be prepared to answer. You must be already registered to pitch at the Own It Ventures Conference & Pitch Expo to participate in this Virtual Meet.
Description: Is your 10-page Investor Deck ready for the Sharkette Tank? Learn tips on what your pitch deck needs to cover, how to present and what questions to expect. You must be registered to pitch at the Own It Ventures Conference & Pitch Expo to participate in this Virtual Meet. Own it Ventures Conference & Pitch Expo- March 20, 2013 at the Graduate Center- City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue. Four pitching rooms are open for women entrepreneurs to market their companies & products to Angel Investors, the Media & Retailers for funding options, media buzz & distribution. The Sharkette Tank happens in the afternoon when the top 5 companies pitch to a room of investors from Golden Seeds, NY Angels, 37 Angels, Delaware Crossing, TechLaunch, Jumpstart NJ & Kevin Harrington from the Shark Tank. 908-852-4200, www.ownitventures.com, info@ownitventures.com Own It Ventures is a network for women entrepreneurs to market their companies to Investors, Lenders, the Media & Retail B
How to get into the Sharkette Tank & Product Pitch Tank
When:
Thursday, February, 28 2013
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM (Eastern Time)
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Topic: In preparation for the upcoming Own It Ventures Conference & Pitch Expo on March 20, 2013 and the pitching rooms, we are holding a series of virtual meetings to prepare and answer questions. Join us if you plan to attend & are registered. This virtual meet is about getting prepared for the investor rooms, including what to have in your deck and practice time with an investor ( 9 - 10 AM). From 10 -11 AM- practice your retailer pitch to a retail expert and get feedback from retail experts.
Description: In preparation for the upcoming Own It Ventures Conference & Pitch Expo on March 20, 2013 and the pitching rooms, we are holding a series of virtual meetings to prepare and answer questions. Join us if you plan to attend or are curious and learn about what to expect and how to prepare for pitching success. This virtual meet is about getting prepared for the investor rooms, including what to have in your deck and practice time with an investor ( 9 - 10 AM). From 10 -11 AM- practice your retailer pitch to a retail expert and get feedback from retail experts. Own It Ventures Conference & Pitch Expo is a one-day event for women entrepreneurs to market their companies and products to angel investors, retail buyers and the media. Enter 4 pitching rooms and walk away with connections, funding opportunities, new distribution and media coverage. Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). www.ownitventures.com for details & to register.
What to expect and how to get to the Sharkette Tank & Product Pitch Tank
When:
Tuesday, February, 26 2013
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (Eastern Time)
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Topic: In preparation for the upcoming Own It Ventures Conference & Pitch Expo on March 20, 2013 and the pitching rooms, we are holding a series of virtual meetings to prepare and answer questions. Join us if you plan to attend or are curious for a virtual meet about what to expect and how to prepare for pitching success. 7 - 8 PM is about the Sharkette Tank, your Investor Pitch and your Investor Deck. 8 - 9 PM is about the Product Pitch Tank, the Retailer Pitch and your Retailer Pitch Deck.
Description: In preparation for the upcoming Own It Ventures Conference & Pitch Expo on March 20, 2013 and the pitching rooms, we are holding a series of virtual meetings to prepare and answer questions. This virtual meet is about getting prepared for the investor rooms,the Sharkette Tank, your Investor Deck (7 - 8 PM). From 8 - 9 PM is about the Retailer Rooms, your Retail Product Deck and the Product Pitch Tank. Own It Ventures Conference & Pitch Expo is a one-day event for women entrepreneurs to market their companies and products to angel investors, retail buyers and the media. Enter 4 pitching rooms and walk away with connections, funding opportunities, new distribution and media coverage. Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). www.ownitventures.com for details & to register.
Preparing for pitching and the Conference & Pitch Expo
When:
Tuesday, February, 19 2013
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (Eastern Time)
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Topic: Be prepared for the March 20th Own It Ventures Conference & Pitch Expo by learning key tips in the Pitching Rooms and an overview of the day. This virtual meet is for those who are registered, thinking about registering or simply curious. 7 -8 PM is on the Investor Pitching Rooms and 8 - 9 PM is on the Retail Pitching Rooms.
Description: In preparation for the upcoming Own It Ventures Conference & Pitch Expo on March 20, 2013 and the pitching rooms, we are holding a series of virtual meetings to prepare and answer questions. This Wednesday, join us if you plan to attend or are curious about the Conference for a virtual meet about what to expect and how to prepare for pitching success. The first 30 minutes will be tips and the remainder will be Q & A. Please pass along to anyone you know who may benefit.
Test for Thursday's Webinar on Franchise
When:
Thursday, May, 17 2012
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM (Eastern Time)
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Topic: "The Franchise Business Relationship- Deal Breakers & Makers" Sponsored by Bederson & Co. & Fox Rothschild, the session is for Franchisors & Franchisees to understand each other & grow. Tips on building a solid Franchise Business, why it’s important to have a good relationship with each other, and what to consider when buying a Franchise will be discussed. FREE May 17, 2012. 9 – 10 AM EST.
Description: The Franchise Business Relationship- Deal Breakers & Makers Do you want to grow your Franchise business, sell more Franchises, or buy a Franchise? Learn tips on building a solid Franchise Business, why it’s important to have a good relationship with each other, and what to consider when buying a Franchise. Hosted by Own It Ventures, sponsored by Bederson & Co. & Fox Rothschild. The Experts: Toni Klimowicz, Partner, Bederson & Co. For over 20 yrs, Toni has provided support to entrepreneurial start-ups & women-owned businesses in the industries ranging from manufacturing, medical practice and insurance to retail and wholesale food. Elizabeth (Liz) Sigety, Partner, Fox Rothschild. For over 20 yrs, Liz has been practicing finance & franchise law in PA & NY. As co-chair of the firm’s Franchising, Licensing & Distribution Group and a lawyer practicing in the Technology & Venture Finance Group, she focuses on corporate, venture finance, franchising, licensing & distribution mat
6 Steps to Build Product Demand & Sales By Using Social Media
When:
Friday, March, 9 2012
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM (Eastern Time)
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Topic: For the Product-Based Entrepreneur or Inventor who needs to build product demand and sales, Social Media is the way. Learn six steps to implement social media strategies and watch your sales grow.
Description: Hosted by Own It Ventures and presented by Rosie Taylor, owner of Rosie Media. Rosie will reveal six steps to promote your product and build sales by using Social Media. For the entrepreneur who has Distribution In Large Retail Stores as a business goal, Social Media is the most cost effective marketing tool to generate demand that retailers consider when evaluating a new product or product line. Rosie is a Communications Specialist and an authorized Duct Tape Marketing Consultant. She empowers small businesses to do big things by using a proven system based on strategy before tactics. Her experience includes: Creating and maintaining several external websites and an intranet, implementing the City's first entry into social media on Twitter, and assisted in the development of social media policy and plan. www.rosiemedia.com. Own It Ventures is a business ecosystem for women entrepreneurs who want more than a Lifestyle Business. www.ownitventures.com, 908-852-4200
New Year's Resolution 101- Get You & Your Company Organized Without Going Crazy
When:
Thursday, January, 26 2012
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM (Eastern Time)
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Topic: Discover 12 Ways To Get Yourself and Your Company Organized Without Going Crazy. This is a HUGE issue for entrepreneurs as our budgets are tight, our time is limited, our attention span is disjointed, and we need things done immediately. Too often, we are juggling it all with results being less than perfect or nothing gets accomplished. To those who are saying, 'Yes, that is me," you need this Own It Ventures Webinar.
Description: Hosted by Own It Ventures, OIV Members & Partners, Donna Miller & Janet Neal will facilitate. Donna is Founder & President of Above & Beyond, she will begin. Janet is the New Business Development Manager for Above & Beyond and will conclude. Donna has inspired, coached, and supported business owners, entrepreneurs and corporate leaders since 1984. Her strategy for differentiating the business from its competition includes providing consistently superior service, creating win-win relationships, and going above & beyond expectations. Donna embodies a rare combination of risk-taker and strategizer that allows her to see "the forest through the trees." Janet is known for seeing a need, then finding a solution. She has spearheaded numerous quality & work/life balance initiatives. A trained educator, Janet built a successful career in sales, marketing, training, and coaching before founding and running the Professional Women’s Center in Montclair, NJ.