The Big Whisper

A media platform and community dedicated to helping women build thriving businesses.

Alison
Modern Media
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Project Description

WELCOME!

We’ve come a long way as women, yes, yet we still have a ways to go. Only 4% of women-owned businesses generate over $1MM in revenue per year. 

Our mission at The Big Whisper is to share learnings, strategy tools and resources, and make connections to inspire, support and help the rising generation of female entrepreneurs build thriving businesses.

WHAT WE'RE SOLVING FOR

I created The Big Whisper because I didn’t see a media outlet out there that covered topics that resonated with me in a deeper, more substantive way as both an entrepreneur and as someone who seeks an overall fulfilled life.

I was also really frustrated by the pervasive dialogue in media about the Unicorn business, this idea that in order to thrive as a business you have be an “overnight” success, you have to have 10x overnight growth, you have to be disrupting something, you have to be VC backed, you have to have and know your path to exit.

HOW WE'RE SOLVING THE PROBLEM

WE'RE USING MEDIA TO CHANGE THE CONVERSATION AROUND ENTREPRENEURSHIP 

Too much entrepreneur-oriented media focuses on the “overnight success” stories, on the idea of being a Unicorn.

There aren’t enough stories about the builders of today who are changing things for tomorrow. By the time we read those stories they’re positioned as “overnight successes” yet those folks have been putting blood, sweat and tears in for at least 10 years+, usually, at minimum.

We invest in uncovering and sharing the stories of emerging women entrepreneurs and giving them a platform. We focus on the builders--who are usually not out seeking marketing attention because they are so busy building products and businesses that work. These builders are the ones with real in-the-trenches wisdom to share and help the rising generation of women entrepreneurs. Media generally hasn’t viewed these stories sexy but we find them SEXY AF.

WE'RE GIVING BACK AND CREATING A NEW SYSTEM AS WE WORK TO FIX THE CURRENT SYSTEM 

A portion of all profit proceeds of The Big Whisper goes to Women’s Campaign International a non-profit that leads after-school programs for underserved teenage girls in the US and around the world. Their workshops focus on confidence building, mentorship and leadership skills training in order to help girls overcome personal and societal obstacles to become leaders and agents of change in their communities and our future.

WE ARE ABLE TO STICK TO OUR MISSION BY RELYING ON MULTIPLE SOURCES OF REVENUE

We are part media, part community, part consultancy, part commerce.

JOIN THE COMMUNITY

We offer membership options to support early-stage women entrepreneurs at different phases and with different needs on their entrepreneurial journey. Membership details below.

HOW YOUR CONTRIBUTION WILL HELP 

The funding we raise will go toward:

  • Helping us invest in creating more quality content to change the conversation around entrepreneurship and help more women build $1MM+ businesses
  • Developing more tools and resources to give strategy and guidance to women who are building their businesses
  • Supporting the teenage girls who participate in Women's Campaign International programming

ANY CONTRIBUTION YOU MAKE WOULD MEAN *SO* MUCH <3 <3

Updates

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11/05/2018
Big Whisper Strategy Cards
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Chris Bruffee
11/05/2018
Big Whisper Strategy Cards
$45
Nicole Greene
11/05/2018
Big Whisper Strategy Cards
$100
11/05/2018
Monetary Contribution
$20
nancy m goldberg
11/05/2018
Monetary Contribution
$360
11/02/2018
Big Whisper Strategy Cards
$45
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Big Whisper Strategy Cards
$45
Emily Hunt
11/02/2018
Monetary Contribution
$20
Jessica
10/31/2018
"You Got This Girl" Download
$25
Gal Ben-Dor
10/31/2018
Monetary Contribution
$30
Monetary Contribution

Whatever you're able to give, we'd be so grateful. Your contribution will help us provide women entrepreneurs with more tools, resources and experiences to build thriving businesses.

23 Supporters
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$25
"You Got This Girl" Download

Want a little extra dose of motivation when powering up your phone? Gift this *personalized* phone backdrop download to yourself or to a friend (or multiple friends!) for that extra bit of "You Got This" affirmation. 

Learn more about the artist at: www.rothbyrnscreative.com and Instagram and www.instagram.com/rothbyrnscreative

9 Supporters
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$45
Big Whisper Strategy Cards

Are you feeling the entrepreneurial inspiration and have the seedlings of an idea? Get this limited edition deck of cards developed by Alison from working with over 65 entrepreneurs to help originate your business idea. This deck of cards was specifically designed to ask the questions you need to be focusing on at this exact moment in time to get your idea going, to help you develop your strategy and align with yourself in a self-guided and fun way.

25 Supporters
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$125
Limited Edition Big Whisper Print

We commissioned artist Meg Forsyth to develop a limited edition piece that channeled how she felt about The Big Whisper. Below is a background about the piece and what inspired her.

By happenstance, some years ago I encountered a palm reader that told me I have the mark of a healer—vertical lines on the Mound of Mercury—that plump little pillow of tissue below the pinky finger. Looking back on this, I have always imagined that if my life had taken a different path, I may have ended up as a surgeon. Grafting meshes, surgical enhancements, stimuli to different organs and structures of the body are deeply fascinating to me. The interventions we use on the body to improve it, heal it, or otherwise alter it have been in practice for millennia. My work intends to investigate the intersection of accumulated (sometimes mystical) human knowledge and its application in the contemporary world.

For The Big Whisper, I considered the human ear and the concept of sound healing therapy, a practice that has been in use for thousands of years. Ancient tribes and cultures have long believed that certain instruments have specific healing powers. The didgeridoo in Aboriginal culture, the gong in Asia, and the Jewish shofar are some examples. Because sound is an audible wave of vibrating atoms (pressure), it is thought to influence all matter to various degrees. Sound can be used to heal, as is the case when one summons Delta brain waves with the Universal Om, or used to destroy, as we have seen in the recent use of sonic weapons like LRAD against Somali pirates. Even the sound frequencies emitted from cellular devices have now been linked to the severe decline in bee populations. Sound is special because it is a powerful invisible force, and that is how I see the Big Whisper project.

Note: the piece here does not come framed

2 Supporters
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$200
Women Entrepreneurs Celebration Box

Our mission at The Big Whisper is to support women entrepreneurs who are helping to create a healthier world through business.

We’ve put together this package with some of our favorite Big Whisper company goodies.

Purchasing this reward gives you the triple three: 1) get some goodies for yourself (or spread the love with a friend!) 2) support system-changing women entrepreneurs 3) support The Big Whisper and 4) support Women's Campaign International. (okay, so it's the quadruple four!)

Includes:

Junes bag 

It’s a fact. Women support. They shoulder. They carry. And now, you can carry the bag that supports them back. Founded in El Paso, Texas, Junes works with a female sewing co-op in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico to offer a sustainable income for the women there. Then, for every bag purchased, a donation is made to help empower and protect women from violence, through the Global Fund for Women. 

TONIC CBD Chill Tonic 

Brittany Carbone founder of TONIC is on a mission to empower women-led #cannabis businesses and bring more CBD/cannabis-based wellness remedies to the world

Six Degrees Society One Month Free Membership for You and Friend 

Six Degrees Society is a membership community that offers diversified monthly programming for women to connect and empower one another in-real-life. At each event you get 2-3 curated matches with new women to take the guesswork out of networking.

Laws of Nature $10 Gift Card

Laws of Nature Cosmetics® is on a mission to provide women of every skin tone with safer, non-toxic high-quality beauty options to help them lead healthier lives. Included in this box is $10 to use toward any one of their mineral-based foundation blends in your perfect shade. All Laws of Nature lines are plant-based and formulated with high-performance botanicals, designed to nourish your skin while also providing coverage.

AMG Snacks

Up-and-coming wellness snack brand AMG Snacks is dedicated to creating delicious food for active individuals who want healthy snacks for themselves and their families.  The women-run company uses only simple, organic ingredients to make its Energy Bites perfectly proportioned and textured for everyone to enjoy. 

30-Day Money Cleanse by Ashley Feinstein Gerstley

Take control of your finances and de-stress your relationship with money! Like food, money is something all of us use but none of us talk about―creating a stressful relationship that most of us suffer from, obsess over, and try to avoid altogether because it feels too impossible to manage. No matter your income, understanding and CONTROLLING your own financial position will allow you to not just exist securely but to be happy and free in your choices.

You’re Not Lost by Maxie McCoy

If there's one phrase women’s leadership expert Maxie McCoy hears over and over again in talking to young women, it's "I'm so lost." Not only do they doubt the direction their lives are going—they don’t even know where to start making changes. This book provides a straight shot of encouragement to change that.

$75 off WTF Am I Doing With My Life?: An 8-week career coaching boot camp for under-fulfilled overachievers

Created by life and career coach and former Google Executive Megan Hellerer, this is a unique opportunity to access Megan's coaching methodology, previously available only to private clients! If you have ever asked yourself this very WTF question, feel unfulfilled, stuck, lost or just straight up know you can have a more impactful, purposeful and conscious career+life, this is the place to invest in yourself in a structured and guided way, beyond talk therapy and yoga mats.

3 Supporters
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$275
Business Foundations Toolkit

WHO THIS IS GREAT FOR:

Budding founders who are building a business and/or considering building a business and are looking for resources, affirmation and connections with like-minded entrepreneurial women

WHAT YOU GET:

Business Foundations Toolkit

Our How to Build a Business Workbook and a full pack of business foundations templates to guide planning and growth as you build your business

  •  Digital Community

Access to our digital member community to chat with other like-minded women entrepreneurs, ask questions, gather resources, share updates and learnings

    2 Supporters
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    $775
    Business Roadmapping Strategy Experience

    **NOTE** this offering is typically $1,075 ($300 savings through the campaign)

    WHO THIS IS GREAT FOR:

    Founders and side hustlers looking to clarify their strategy, organize business priorities, and hone their focus to guide their next steps

    WHAT YOU GET:

    • Business Roadmap Session with Alison

    Guided roadmapping prep worksheet PLUS 2-hour work session with Alison to develop next phase business roadmap and organize business priorities; You walk away with a roadmap and action plan

    • Business Foundations Toolkit

    Our How to Build a Business Workbook and a full pack of business foundations templates to guide planning and growth as you build your business

    •  Digital Community

    Access to our digital member community to chat with other like-minded women entrepreneurs, ask questions, gather resources, share updates and learnings

    • Advisory Check-ins

    Two 30-minute accountability and level-setting check-ins with Alison

    • Community Experiences 

    Invitations to events and Big Whisper community experiences 

    0 Supporters
    Select this reward
    $2,000
    "The Grower" Annual Membership

    WHO THIS IS GREAT FOR:

    Founders who have established customer-market fit and are starting to have more consistent revenue and are looking to organize and build establish their next phase growth strategy

    WHAT YOU GET:

    Everything in the Originator membership plus:

    • Marketing Strategy

    Guided marketing strategy prep worksheets PLUS 2- hour starter marketing strategy session to develop marketing experiment plan to gain learnings and initial growth; you walk away with a next phase marketing strategy and action plan

    • Monthly Advisory Sessions

    Three monthly one-hour business advisory strategy sessions with Alison to check-in on and adjust business strategy and priorities

    • Introductions

    Three curated introductions

    •  Unlimited E-mail Access

    Unlimited e-mail access to Alison for a full business quarter, to ask any questions and gut-check

    2 Supporters
    Select this reward
    $7,000
    Canvas by Meg Forsyth

    Big Whisper Inspired Canvas by Meg Forsyth

    Circular Sound (2018)

    Acrylic on 200GSM Fabriano Paper

    44.5 x 63.4 inches

    Signed on verso

    0 Supporters
    Select this reward

    Rewards

    Monetary Contribution

    Whatever you're able to give, we'd be so grateful. Your contribution will help us provide women entrepreneurs with more tools, resources and experiences to build thriving businesses.

    23 Supporters
    Contribute
    $25
    "You Got This Girl" Download

    Want a little extra dose of motivation when powering up your phone? Gift this *personalized* phone backdrop download to yourself or to a friend (or multiple friends!) for that extra bit of "You Got This" affirmation. 

    Learn more about the artist at: www.rothbyrnscreative.com and Instagram and www.instagram.com/rothbyrnscreative

    9 Supporters
    Select this reward
    $45
    Big Whisper Strategy Cards

    Are you feeling the entrepreneurial inspiration and have the seedlings of an idea? Get this limited edition deck of cards developed by Alison from working with over 65 entrepreneurs to help originate your business idea. This deck of cards was specifically designed to ask the questions you need to be focusing on at this exact moment in time to get your idea going, to help you develop your strategy and align with yourself in a self-guided and fun way.

    25 Supporters
    Select this reward
    $125
    Limited Edition Big Whisper Print

    We commissioned artist Meg Forsyth to develop a limited edition piece that channeled how she felt about The Big Whisper. Below is a background about the piece and what inspired her.

    By happenstance, some years ago I encountered a palm reader that told me I have the mark of a healer—vertical lines on the Mound of Mercury—that plump little pillow of tissue below the pinky finger. Looking back on this, I have always imagined that if my life had taken a different path, I may have ended up as a surgeon. Grafting meshes, surgical enhancements, stimuli to different organs and structures of the body are deeply fascinating to me. The interventions we use on the body to improve it, heal it, or otherwise alter it have been in practice for millennia. My work intends to investigate the intersection of accumulated (sometimes mystical) human knowledge and its application in the contemporary world.

    For The Big Whisper, I considered the human ear and the concept of sound healing therapy, a practice that has been in use for thousands of years. Ancient tribes and cultures have long believed that certain instruments have specific healing powers. The didgeridoo in Aboriginal culture, the gong in Asia, and the Jewish shofar are some examples. Because sound is an audible wave of vibrating atoms (pressure), it is thought to influence all matter to various degrees. Sound can be used to heal, as is the case when one summons Delta brain waves with the Universal Om, or used to destroy, as we have seen in the recent use of sonic weapons like LRAD against Somali pirates. Even the sound frequencies emitted from cellular devices have now been linked to the severe decline in bee populations. Sound is special because it is a powerful invisible force, and that is how I see the Big Whisper project.

    Note: the piece here does not come framed

    2 Supporters
    Select this reward
    $200
    Women Entrepreneurs Celebration Box

    Our mission at The Big Whisper is to support women entrepreneurs who are helping to create a healthier world through business.

    We’ve put together this package with some of our favorite Big Whisper company goodies.

    Purchasing this reward gives you the triple three: 1) get some goodies for yourself (or spread the love with a friend!) 2) support system-changing women entrepreneurs 3) support The Big Whisper and 4) support Women's Campaign International. (okay, so it's the quadruple four!)

    Includes:

    Junes bag 

    It’s a fact. Women support. They shoulder. They carry. And now, you can carry the bag that supports them back. Founded in El Paso, Texas, Junes works with a female sewing co-op in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico to offer a sustainable income for the women there. Then, for every bag purchased, a donation is made to help empower and protect women from violence, through the Global Fund for Women. 

    TONIC CBD Chill Tonic 

    Brittany Carbone founder of TONIC is on a mission to empower women-led #cannabis businesses and bring more CBD/cannabis-based wellness remedies to the world

    Six Degrees Society One Month Free Membership for You and Friend 

    Six Degrees Society is a membership community that offers diversified monthly programming for women to connect and empower one another in-real-life. At each event you get 2-3 curated matches with new women to take the guesswork out of networking.

    Laws of Nature $10 Gift Card

    Laws of Nature Cosmetics® is on a mission to provide women of every skin tone with safer, non-toxic high-quality beauty options to help them lead healthier lives. Included in this box is $10 to use toward any one of their mineral-based foundation blends in your perfect shade. All Laws of Nature lines are plant-based and formulated with high-performance botanicals, designed to nourish your skin while also providing coverage.

    AMG Snacks

    Up-and-coming wellness snack brand AMG Snacks is dedicated to creating delicious food for active individuals who want healthy snacks for themselves and their families.  The women-run company uses only simple, organic ingredients to make its Energy Bites perfectly proportioned and textured for everyone to enjoy. 

    30-Day Money Cleanse by Ashley Feinstein Gerstley

    Take control of your finances and de-stress your relationship with money! Like food, money is something all of us use but none of us talk about―creating a stressful relationship that most of us suffer from, obsess over, and try to avoid altogether because it feels too impossible to manage. No matter your income, understanding and CONTROLLING your own financial position will allow you to not just exist securely but to be happy and free in your choices.

    You’re Not Lost by Maxie McCoy

    If there's one phrase women’s leadership expert Maxie McCoy hears over and over again in talking to young women, it's "I'm so lost." Not only do they doubt the direction their lives are going—they don’t even know where to start making changes. This book provides a straight shot of encouragement to change that.

    $75 off WTF Am I Doing With My Life?: An 8-week career coaching boot camp for under-fulfilled overachievers

    Created by life and career coach and former Google Executive Megan Hellerer, this is a unique opportunity to access Megan's coaching methodology, previously available only to private clients! If you have ever asked yourself this very WTF question, feel unfulfilled, stuck, lost or just straight up know you can have a more impactful, purposeful and conscious career+life, this is the place to invest in yourself in a structured and guided way, beyond talk therapy and yoga mats.

    3 Supporters
    Select this reward
    $275
    Business Foundations Toolkit

    WHO THIS IS GREAT FOR:

    Budding founders who are building a business and/or considering building a business and are looking for resources, affirmation and connections with like-minded entrepreneurial women

    WHAT YOU GET:

    Business Foundations Toolkit

    Our How to Build a Business Workbook and a full pack of business foundations templates to guide planning and growth as you build your business

    •  Digital Community

    Access to our digital member community to chat with other like-minded women entrepreneurs, ask questions, gather resources, share updates and learnings

      2 Supporters
      Select this reward
      $775
      Business Roadmapping Strategy Experience

      **NOTE** this offering is typically $1,075 ($300 savings through the campaign)

      WHO THIS IS GREAT FOR:

      Founders and side hustlers looking to clarify their strategy, organize business priorities, and hone their focus to guide their next steps

      WHAT YOU GET:

      • Business Roadmap Session with Alison

      Guided roadmapping prep worksheet PLUS 2-hour work session with Alison to develop next phase business roadmap and organize business priorities; You walk away with a roadmap and action plan

      • Business Foundations Toolkit

      Our How to Build a Business Workbook and a full pack of business foundations templates to guide planning and growth as you build your business

      •  Digital Community

      Access to our digital member community to chat with other like-minded women entrepreneurs, ask questions, gather resources, share updates and learnings

      • Advisory Check-ins

      Two 30-minute accountability and level-setting check-ins with Alison

      • Community Experiences 

      Invitations to events and Big Whisper community experiences 

      0 Supporters
      Select this reward
      $2,000
      "The Grower" Annual Membership

      WHO THIS IS GREAT FOR:

      Founders who have established customer-market fit and are starting to have more consistent revenue and are looking to organize and build establish their next phase growth strategy

      WHAT YOU GET:

      Everything in the Originator membership plus:

      • Marketing Strategy

      Guided marketing strategy prep worksheets PLUS 2- hour starter marketing strategy session to develop marketing experiment plan to gain learnings and initial growth; you walk away with a next phase marketing strategy and action plan

      • Monthly Advisory Sessions

      Three monthly one-hour business advisory strategy sessions with Alison to check-in on and adjust business strategy and priorities

      • Introductions

      Three curated introductions

      •  Unlimited E-mail Access

      Unlimited e-mail access to Alison for a full business quarter, to ask any questions and gut-check

      2 Supporters
      Select this reward
      $7,000
      Canvas by Meg Forsyth

      Big Whisper Inspired Canvas by Meg Forsyth

      Circular Sound (2018)

      Acrylic on 200GSM Fabriano Paper

      44.5 x 63.4 inches

      Signed on verso

      0 Supporters
      Select this reward