Author: Laura Loving

Women Who Inspire: Marcie Allen

                  NAME: Marcie Allen AGE: 40 OCCUPATION: Music Industry Entrepreneur WHO SHE IS: Marcie Allen is the President of MAC Presents, a NYC-based sponsorship agency that negotiates high-profile partnerships between the world’s leading brands and artists. She is a dynamo matchmaker in the music industry and perfect at pairing corporate with cool. Marcie has strong roots in Nashville. Her grandfather, Bill “Hoss” Allen, was a famous disc jokey in the 1950’s, known for playing rhythm, blues and jazz and standing behind his beliefs in the segregated South. Marcie married a lawyer working in one of the city’s top firms and established herself as the toast of Nashville’s thriving music scene. She orchestrated sponsorship deals for talent like Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum. She was content living and working in her hometown. Then suddenly, her marriage of six years ended. Facing a nasty divorce — in a town where everyone knew her name — was motivation enough for Marcie to pack her truck and move to an apartment in …

7 Big Returns on My Intern Investment

An entrepreneurial artist and burnt-out mommy trying to keep her businesses going — that was me in a nutshell. My daughter was just three months old when I hired a part-time nanny and decided to return to work in my studio. If I ran to work, didn’t bathe, talk to anyone, exercise or eat, I could get in four solid hours of work a day. After dedicating myself to this schedule for six months, I saw little progress. I ended up throwing my back out and was confined to a chair for two work days. Not to mention that I was now running late on projects for the first time ever and my commission list was on hold. I knew I needed help and something had to change. Four different people suggested getting an intern. I didn’t listen at first; I’d had interns before with mixed results — they can be more of a cost than a cure. Example: I once had an intern make $300 worth of color copies from a black and white document. Yeah. However, …