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About Ali Brown

The Making of Business Phenomenon Ali Brown

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An unstinting faith in her own ability and destiny has helped Ali Brown become one of the most successful female entrepreneurs of her generation. As founder and CEO of Ali International, LLC, a company which was recently named to the 2009 *Inc 500*, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, she has created a dynamic multimillion dollar enterprise that is devoted to empowering women around the world. Through the power of entrepreneurship Ali helps close to 40,000 members start and grow their own businesses.

The birth of an entrepreneur

Ali’s entrepreneurial plans were hatched in the offices of a small New York City ad agency. She found herself frustrated at not being able to change and improve things, and her ideas fell on deaf ears. Then, in 1998 Ali made the decision that changed her life forever. She quit her job.  “I finally realized that I should be an entrepreneur! I was working in a tiny company and was doing everything from talking to clients, to servicing accounts, to getting coffee for people, and fixing the fax machine.  That was when I realized that I had the skills I needed to do this on my own.”

Without a mentor or coach to guide her, Ali immersed herself in books and courses on marketing, success, and prosperity. Using a hand-me-down computer gifted by her younger brother, she harnessed the power of online marketing to build her business. It appealed to her because it was low-cost, had a broad reach, and she could work from home.

Bouncing back from bottom

Although happy at being free from the chains of corporate America this was a difficult period for the budding entrepreneur. She was having trouble finding clients, didn’t know how to market herself, and was flat broke. “I remember one night going to the ATM. I was due to meet some friends for drinks and I couldn’t even take out a $20 bill, my balance was $18.56. I will never forget that. And I had to call them and cancel and go home. I had maxed out my credit cards. I had just been putting all I had into my little startup business.”

Ali hung in there. The thought of working again for someone else’s dollar was too painful to bear, and how she coped during this difficult time serves as a perfect illustration of how to find success if you really want it. “I trusted myself. This was my path. I listened to my heart and knew that this was what I was supposed to do.  Soon enough I figured it out.” And that’s when the business started to move in the right direction. Ali’s skill and proficiency at marketing her business via email newsletters or “ezines” earned her the title of the Ezine Queen, and she started to attract such prestigious clients as New York Times Digital, Adweek Magazines, Scholastic Books, and Dun & Bradstreet. But the best was yet to come.

The gamble pays off

The moment when Ali realized that her risks would be rewarded was when she created her first e-book titled “Boost Business With Your Own Ezine.” She posted it online and sent it to the small email list she had at the time. Scared stiff, she feared her clients might reject her because she was selling to them. So she took some time out and went to the gym. On her return she saw her inbox full of orders. It was her ‘eureka’ moment. “I’ll never forget that feeling, there were dozens of orders. And I realized, I’m not working! I had done the work, and now I’m getting paid, paid, paid. I thought, I want to do more of this! I was euphoric, and I said, ‘Well, I don’t want to work so hard for hours-for-dollars anymore. I want to do more of this passive income generation.’”

Since that day, Ali fast became a foremost authority in driving sales and marketing via e-mail publishing. Success has seen Ali and her businesses profiled in such prestigious publications as Entrepreneur Magazine’s Business Startups, Personal Success magazine (U.K.), Success for Women magazine, and the Sydney Morning Herald.  Her marketing advice has been featured in the books Small Businesses Give Big (2009, Alma Publishing), Birthing the Elephant: A Woman’s Go-for-It Guide to Starting and Growing a Successful Business (2008, Ten Speed Press), Mastering Online Marketing (2007, Entrepreneur Press), and The Official Get Rich Guide to Information Marketing (2007, Entrepreneur Press). And TV has caught on too. Ali has been a guest on various ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, and NBC morning shows around the country, and also on the HGTV network.

Ali’s authoritative and fascinating business building insights are big draws on the international stage as women all over the world seek her expertise. Ali hosts entrepreneurial events that change lives and her workshops are unlike any other seminars on the planet. Everyone from stay-at-home Mom newbie business owners to fully fledged savvy business divas are given Ali’s innovative success tools to help them take their businesses and lives to whole new levels.

Rapid Expansion

Ali is the inspirational driving force behind a rapidly expanding business empire that now includes the Ali Magazine, Ali Boutique, and Millionaire Protégé Club®. The highly successful and groundbreaking Ali Magazine is business, beauty, life, and style for the entrepreneur. The publication has been a resounding success with members and is now set to bring much-needed glamour to the business world as it goes national. Ali Boutique is an innovative retail concept that was launched in Fall 2008. Many lines sold out within hours such as Ali Flip cameras in 6 delicious designs or sumptuous jewelry pieces at affordable prices. The extensive range of Ali branded treats and must-have accessories are in continual high demand and are now set for further exposure in their very own on-line store.

After several years of annual business coaching programs to thousands of members it was time to establish a club for entrepreneurship. In November of 2008 Millionaire Protégé Club®, Ali’s business coaching club launched. Here her passion for helping other women succeed has no boundaries. Although her career has been full of many outstanding triumphs what fills the legendary entrepreneur with most pride are the achievements of the members of her new entrepreneurial club. “Nothing makes me more proud or excited, sometimes to the point of tears, when I see them have a big breakthrough, share a success story that changed their lives or multiple their income in ways that could only have imagined.”

Going global

The unstoppable Ali Brown is set to leave an indelible mark in the minds of women across America and around the world in 2009, as she expands her empire. Through it she’ll take more women on the exciting journey of entrepreneurship to experience the freedom of choices for their families that they have always wanted.

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