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Your Start-Up Business: Go With What You Know

For some people, failure is crushing, and they’ll do anything to avoid facing it by rationalizing. I like to face it head on, diagnose the cause of the problem and find a way to solve the problem and never repeat the mistake again. Over the years, I’ve had many people try to moderate my ups and downs, but experiencing the ups and downs is actually what makes me strive for excellence. Smoothing them out only kills my motivation. Read Article

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Extraordinary Women TV Interview

Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner is an internet television talk show featuring in-depth, one-on-one conversations with successful women from all walks of life — Canadian and international — who share their dramatic and extraordinary insights on how they “made it”. Shannon marries her media expertise with her coaching prowess to unlock what inspires their hearts — and the secrets of their success. Clip coming soon.

How to get the most out of your next conference (Special to the Globe by Andrea Lown)

Like many conferences, DWEN brings together powerful and inspiring entrepreneurs across industries with investors and business advisers. But the value with this particular event is combining these ingredients with an exotic destination, elements of local culture and group adventures to famed sites like the Taj Mahal, for example. This environment creates a once-in-a-lifetime, shared experience that cultivates friendships and business relationships at lightning speed. Read Article Photo gallery: view photos

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Search for ‘the dress’ lead to online niche

“It was after searching Craigslist that she realized the limitations to finding a used dress online. There was often information missing in postings, pictures weren’t always available, or when they were they weren’t high quality. That’s when she decided to build a destination for brides buying and selling used wedding gowns. She launched the company in 2008.

Lown said describing SmartBride as ‘Craigslist for weddings’ was her “short and snappy” elevator pitch right out of the gate. “It told people exactly what we did in under three seconds, leaving us time to explain how we were different and better,” she said. She said it helped people understand the concept immediately…” Read Article

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BNN’s THE PITCH: Andrea Lown pitches

“Brides and bridal shops now have a place to buy and sell dresses, decorations and accessories. Andrea Lown, Founding Partner,, has bootstrapped the business since 2008 but now she’s looking for $125,000 in capital to take it to the next level. ” Watch the Pitch and the Judges’ verdicts.

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THE CHALLENGE: Filling a founder’s shoes, temporarily

“Andrea Lown had wanted to hire someone to take over while Leah Andrew took a shortened, six-month maternity leave. But they haven’t been able to find someone with the right skills, and who would work for only a few months, to fill her shoes. “It’s difficult to find someone who can replace the pieces of what Leah does on a short-term basis,” Ms. Lown says. While Ms. Lown is responsible for product development, advertising and customer service…” Read Article

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The rising stars of Toronto’s young entrepreneurs scene

“On Oct. 20, 2011, the team from Report on Small Business invited dozens of enterprising owners to attend a networking event. Meet some of Toronto’s finest young up-and-comers with big ideas and grand ambitions. ” Read Profile

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The Law of three feet

“At a past Sprout Up event, Andrea Lown, founder of Toronto based SmartBride Boutique, a wedding classifieds site, talked about “the law of three feet.” Anyone who comes within three feet of her hears about her startup idea. Whether she’s on the bus, in line for a coffee or at a party she is constantly talking about her idea to strangers and getting their feedback, even if they don’t fit her company’s target demographic of women 24 to 34 years old.” Read Article

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Andrea Lown E-Commerce Camp Expert Panel

Ecommerce Camp Toronto enables Canadian retailers to share ideas and drive online innovation.

“if a retailer doesn’t do a good job of selling their products online, vendors may just do it themselves. Lown referenced a article which explained how even the sex trade has been affected by these new online selling tools. Sex trade workers have been cut out the middle man (their pimps) by creating their own web page and Facebook pages. Lown said that because of these new online tools, “pimpin’ ain’t easy.” Read Article

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Smarter choices for the bride on a budget

“When Andrea Lown was planning her own wedding, she discovered that ordering a dress is a huge challenge when you have a budget. The upside was it gave her the inspiration to start SmartBride Boutique, an online boutique that combines the power of the Web with the experience that consumers want when shopping for a dream dress or other wedding items. The Toronto-based startup has been described as a Craigslist for weddings by providing a place for buyers and sellers to connect online.” Read Article

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The Business of Savvy Brides: Her Story

“Leah Andrew and Andrea Lown wanted to have their (tiered) cake and eat it too. While planning their own weddings they were curious how they could create their perfect day without breaking the bank.” Read Article

Andrea Lown Inspires Female Entrepreneurs

Inspiration: Why is a True Labour of Love

“I had the privilege of working with some remarkable women this summer who have shown me what it means to truly love your job. What I find so inspiring about watching Andrea and Leah work together is not only their great and often hilarious rapport with each other, but also their tireless efforts to make their company a success” Read Article

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NBC Miami South Florida Today – “MacGyver Bride” (June 19, 2010)

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The Morning Show on South Florida Live – “Bridal Survival” (June 16, 2010)

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24H Vancouver – “Always be prepared” (Feb 10, 2010)

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When Hustling Goes Too Far (December 1, 2011) by Nicholas Montgomery

“Entrepreneurship is a game of high stakes. Few entrepreneurs actually reach the top, but for those who do, the rewards are huge. You have to be full time. Doing it part time, even full time, won’t cut it. So you’ve got to be hustling all the time. A recent Sprouter article recently outlined about how Andrea Lown of SmartBride uses “The Law of Three Feet” to tell anyone about her startup” Read Article

The “Connector” (June 7, 2010) by Erin Bury

“Last year I met a really cool female entrepreneur named Andrea Lown who started SmartBride Boutique, a classifieds site for everything to do with weddings. I immediately admired her drive, passion, and spunky sense of humour (the title on her business card is “Married”).” Read Article

How to produce and host a live video event

“With the Royal Wedding quickly approaching, Leah Andrew and Andrea Lown, founders of Toronto-based startup developed an online webcast to kick-off their “Princess for a Day” contest.” Read tips and tricks for hosting an online event.