Apr 13
Behind the Design: Hidden Easter Eggs in Takes Heart

Up close, Takes Heart reflects the diverse facets of the entrepreneurial journey. Each tile – with unique shape, color, and texture – tells a story of perseverance, creativity, and resilience. Some tiles gleam with polished perfection, while others bear the marks of roughness and mistakes. Yet, it’s in this mosaic of experiences that the true […]

Apr 12
Takes Heart: An Interactive Heart Celebrating KC’s Women-Owned Businesses and Women+ Entrepreneurs

“Takes Heart” is more than just an artwork; it’s a symbol of empowerment, support, and celebration for women-owned businesses and women+ entrepreneurs in Kansas City. This interactive heart, created by artist Laura Crossley, serves as a beacon of inspiration and a catalyst for positive change within the local business community. Celebrating Women-Owned Businesses At its […]

Apr 09
Conscious Shopping: How Your Purchases Can Make a Positive Impact

In a world where consumer choices carry significant weight, the concept of conscious shopping has emerged as a powerful tool for driving positive change. By aligning our purchasing decisions with our values, we have the opportunity to support causes we care about, empower marginalized communities, and promote environmental sustainability. Let’s take a look at conscious […]

Mar 29
Women Supporting Women Empowering Women Uplifting Women

These phrases capture the essence of the Takes Heart project and the broader mission of empowering women+ entrepreneurs. Here’s how these themes resonate throughout this project: Women Supporting Women Women Empowering Women Women Uplifting Women These themes of women supporting, empowering, and uplifting each other are central to the ethos of “Takes Heart” and reflect […]

Mar 15
How does Takes Heart work?

Takes Heart is an art and awareness project created by Laura Crossley. Through interactive, digitally connected artwork, Laura connects the community to women-owned businesses. New awareness of surrounding businesses and make it possible to support these businesses and alleviate the impact that the funding gap has on business growth for women entrepreneurs. The high […]

Mar 01
Empowering Women Entrepreneurs: Laura Crossley’s Mission For ‘Takes Heart’

In the bustling landscape of entrepreneurship, where innovation meets passion, there stands a beacon of empowerment and support for women+ entrepreneurs: Takes Heart. Drawing from a varied background encompassing strategy, marketing, and creative disciplines, Laura Crossley offers a unique viewpoint rooted in gender equality in the business realm. Takes Heart is an interactive art piece […]

Feb 16
Inspiring Action: How You Can Get Involved with ‘Takes Heart’ Across the US

In the heart of every community lies the potential for change, and with the “Takes Heart” initiative, individuals across the US have the opportunity to be part of a movement that celebrates, supports, and empowers women-owned businesses. Whether you’re in the heart of a bustling city or nestled in a small town, here’s how you […]

Jan 25
How Women Entrepreneurs are Overcoming Financial Challenges

Women entrepreneurs consistently face funding challenges. This great post by SCORE breaks down the obvious advantages of funding women+ entrepreneurs alongside some shocking approach differences that you should consider when prepping pitches or seeking new opportunities.

Jan 21
Primer, paint, and way more primer

I got ahead of myself with the primer. There, I said it. I was so excited to start getting paint on this thing that when Elin and I started hitting this thing with primer, I progressively rationalized my way out of priming it at all. Which…was…wrong. It needs primer. Obviously. Despite that, I jumped into […]

Jan 15
The 2024 Impact of Women-owned Businesses Report

The impact that women-owned businesses make on the economy is undeniable. Across the US, women own 14,017,000 businesses representing 39.1% of all businesses, employing 12,164,000 million people and generating $2.7 trillion. See all the stats and insights in the latest report from WIPP Education Institute, Corewoman, Ventureneer and Wells Fargo.