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The Entrepreneur’s Source: The Guiding Light Behind our Commitment to Empowering Women in Business

The One and Only Lori Tyll – The Guiding Light Behind The Entrepreneur’s Source Ongoing Commitment to Empowering Women in Business

For 35 years now, The Entrepreneur’s Source has been helping to make entrepreneurial dreams come true for hundreds of thousands of individuals.  Over that period of time, we’ve seen a lot of changes…some of them historical, some of them life changing and others, well, little more than a blip. We’ve seen the rise of the personal computer and the cell phone. We’ve seen once seemingly invincible corporate giants stand on the brink of catastrophe…and most importantly, we’ve seen (and been a part of) the explosive growth of franchise ownership.

In the 35 years of being in business, Lori Tyll, one of our most pivotal game-changers, has been part of the organization for 20.

The Entrepreneur’s Source (TES) has seen a lot of changes through the years and we’re proud to have had a role in some of them. Consider women in business. When TES began Career Transition Coaching in the 80’s, women had already made huge strides in the business world, but many were still struggling. Back then, the world of Career Transition Coaching was still largely dominated by men.

“We found that more and more women were eager to become coaches in 2003-2004,” says Lori Tyll, VP of Operations and overall princess-of-all-trades with The Entrepreneur’s Source. “They were eager to work, but many of them were facing challenges with networking and marketing themselves.”

Tyll dug a little deeper and here’s what she found: Many of the female coaches with TES were trying to make their careers work with their family life.

“These women were trying to fit meetings in while they were making lunch. They were talking to clients while they had a kid on their hip or while they were putting children to bed. They really didn’t have opportunities to network and they just weren’t sure how to market themselves.”

It’s a struggle Tyll realized she had faced herself! As the mother of two, Tyll often found herself and her family moving across the country in pursuit of her husband’s corporate career.

“I had always worked part-time, even as my husband worked and my children were in school,” Tyll remembers. “But I was worried about my kids being gone from home and there I’d be…all alone. I didn’t want to wake up one morning and have nothing of my own!”

It was that realization that led Lori to answer Terry Powell’s employment ad 20 years ago! Terry Powell, the visionary founder of The Entrepreneur’s Source, hired Tyll on the spot and understood her desire for a work/life balance where she could thrive…after all, it was one of the very bedrocks he built TES upon: the idea of working to live, not living to work.

Tyll realized, “If I’m feeling this way, then there have to be so many other women feeling this way too.” As she spoke to more and more women at the annual TES conferences, Tyll found that there was an unmet need.

Working with Judy Stoleson, a successful Phoenix-based Alternative Career Coach, the two women formed Women Empowered by Business in 2005. “I kind of came at it from the corporate side of it while Judy could really connect with the women, being a Career Transition  Coach herself,” says Tyll. “She was one of the first female coaches with TES and she was our first female Regional Developer. Judy really knew what was going on in the field.”

The idea was simple: Women Empowered by Business (WEBB) would promote successful entrepreneurship among women by providing opportunities and resources designed to educate, empower, and enlighten them as they embrace the challenges of business ownership.

Tyll says the challenges faced by women were often different than those faced by men.

“We found that our women coaches did not have time to go out to a seminar. That’s when it struck me that they needed something they could do at home from their computer.” WEBB began as monthly, hour-long networking conference calls. Many times Terry Powell himself would talk with the coaches; other times WEBB turned to another strong source for advice on helping women in business: successful women from the world of franchising.

The small non-profit started gaining momentum. As more women gained confidence and the skills they needed, they were able to approach and attract more women on the path to entrepreneurship — both as franchisees and as Alternative Career Coaches. WEBB began organizing events – including teams in support of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.  Over four years, WEBB managed to raise over $80,000 for the cancer fighting organization.

As Women Empowered by Business expanded, Tyll noticed growth in a very unexpected segment: “A lot of men were coming to our session.” For years, the business of franchise coaching was dominated by men. Men also held most of the Regional Development positions. “What we found was, that some of the male Regional Developers found it hard to effectively connect with the female coaches. They were like, ‘Don’t be so nurturing, just go out there and do it.’ Some of the men just couldn’t relate with them well.” WEBB turned out to be a way for male Regional Developers and Alternative Career Coaches to begin to understand women better. “The WEBB sessions really helped them work with their female clients more effectively and with more understanding.”

By 2013, Lori Tyll “semi-retired” and by that point The Entrepreneur’s Source had grown and expanded to such a degree (especially within the virtual world!) that weekly WEBB calls were put on hiatus. Tyll is still very active with TES, organizing events like the annual conference…and she keeps the needs of ALL TES coaches in mind. She thanks Terry Powell for all of it.

“Terry let me grow through the years. He listened to me and he listened to these women too. He has really let me do some things that we really didn’t expect.” WEBB, like most of The Entrepreneur’s Source’s foundations, was founded on advice Powell lives by: “Don’t limit yourself. Anything you can imagine, you can achieve.”

Are you a woman interested in learning how you, too, can become empowered as part of The Entrepreneur’s Source family?    Get started by exploring your I.L.W.E – your ideal income, lifestyle, wealth and equity.


A Valentine’s Day Love Letter

Dear Dreamers,

Another Valentine’s Day is about to come around and I have to ask this question: “HAVE YOU GIVEN YOURSELF A GIFT?”

After all, a Valentine, whether it’s a card, a box of chocolates, or even a bouquet of flowers, is a sign of commitment. It’s saying: YOU ARE IMPORTANT TO ME!  So this Valentine’s Day, The Entrepreneur’s Source wants to make sure you don’t forget yourself when it comes around to giving love-tokens. After all, you deserve to live your dreams, too.

Having been blessed with the vision that became The Entrepreneur’s Source back in the early 1980’s, I can’t tell you how fantastic it is to still be an active part of the vision and continued growth today. I still live with the same life philosophy I used to create this business: considering the possibilities…pondering the options…discovering the dreams.

That’s what The Entrepreneur’s Source is all about — Your possibilities. Your options. Your dreams.   Your POD.  We’ve been helping people just like you for 35 years now…helping them on the journey from employment to empowerment…and helping them do it at their own pace.

Our Alternative Career Coaches are the heart of that journey. They work with people just like you…people who are considering the possibility of self-employment through franchising…but want to do it in their own time. How does The Entrepreneur’s Source accomplish that? It’s simple really. We listen. We listen to your goals about the I.L.W.E. (income, lifestyle, wealth, equity) you want to build for yourself and your family.

If you’ve been dreaming, it’s time you gave yourself the gift of permission to take things a step farther. In the spirit of National Entrepreneurship Week (Feb. 16-23), decide to begin that journey of discovery and potential self-employment and let one of our Alternative Career Coaches give you a call. They understand what you’re going through because they’ve been there too.

At The Entrepreneur’s Source, we have the same mindset as you. That’s why we can help. We’ve shared the struggle. To this day, I fight against the corporate hierarchy mindset so that we can maintain the entrepreneurial spirit here at TES.

As we look forward to all the possibilities of our future, I encourage you to look forward to your own future possibilities and remember – the future is now.

Happy Valentine’s Day Dreamers!


Terry Powell


The Entrepreneur’s Source Celebrates Their 35th Anniversary

The Entrepreneur’s Source Celebrates 35th Anniversary by Honoring Coaches, Franchisor Partners, and Above All, Their Clients. Visionary Founder Terry Powell Stays True to His Calling While Keeping His Eyes on the Future

The spirit of entrepreneurism is the back-bone of thriving economies and The Entrepreneur’s Source® (TES), North America’s leading alternative career coaching franchise, is leading the charge from Employment to Empowerment®.

The Entrepreneur’s Source® is proud to celebrate its 35th anniversary in 2019.   And according to Visionary Founder Terry Powell, TES is celebrating the only way they know how – by focusing on the future and helping alternative career clients do the same.

“We are committed to empowering others to succeed – it’s what we do here at TES,” said Terry Powell.

Helping alternative career clients realize their Career 2.0 while transitioning away from the Battered Career Syndrome® is what sets The Entrepreneur’s Source® apart.

“This unwavering focus on ‘Your Success is Our Only Business’ has been our defining mission  since we launched TES as the first and only true career transition coaching referral network in 1984,” continued Powell.   “We were the first company to focus our attention on the 95% of aspiring entrepreneurs who weren’t immediately ready, willing and able to start a new business but were looking for the education, awareness, and discovery needed to explore new possibilities.   Over the decades, we’ve helped tens of thousands of clients realize their dreams of being self-sufficient by taking control of their future.”

Powell added that maintaining an entrepreneurial mindset is another of many key factors responsible for the great success TES has experienced.  However, he said it is also one of the most difficult to maintain.

“Embracing the Entrepreneurial Operating System has allowed us to attract team members with a strong desire to join an entrepreneurial team,” said Powell. “This has been critical to our success as the vast majority of clients we help are looking to leave corporate America and the corporate hierarchy mindset. So, the last thing they want to experience when working with our coaches is yet another corporate hierarchy experience.”

Powell and all alternative career coaches who are part of the TES franchise family are successful because they focus on individuals eager to move past the battered career syndrome fueled by a corporate hierarchy mentality.  These individuals are part of the “95%” described above who prefer a coaching experience offering education, awareness, and self-discovery.  The Entrepreneur’s Source® listens to them and takes them on a journey of discovery.

The results speak for themselves – 35 years of helping individuals realize that an effective career transition isn’t about buying themselves a job.   It’s about learning how to build their optimal Income, Lifestyle, Wealth, & Equity by controlling their own careers.

“We are very proud of our 35 years of history and client success. We have never been a company that embraces status quo,” said Powell.

Speaking of not embracing the status quo, another critical component of TES’ 35 years of success is tied to the game-changing technological experiences TES has created for its coaches and clients.   One example is the one-of-a-kind  Start a Business Weekend® virtual expo. This online expo allows potential franchisees the opportunity to explore over 170 possibilities  and to connect with a TES alternative career coach…all from the comfort of their own home (and as always, without any cost to them as the seeker). Another innovative online tool is FranchiseMatch®. This simple tool takes less than five minutes and allows you to start the conversation with your coach around what possibilities may be best to explore.

“Empowering others for us is constantly keeping your eyes on the vision of the future and adapting to the changes that have taken place to keep us and our clients on the forefront of career transition and success,” said Powell.   “We’re proud of everything we’ve accomplished so far and are eager to get started on our next 35 years of empowering others!”

The Entrepreneur’s Source® network of franchise coaches offers a full range of services to individuals seeking alternate career options and to franchise businesses looking to increase performance. For more information about The Entrepreneur’s Source®, please visit http://www.EntrepreneursSource.com/

About The Entrepreneur’s Source®. Established in 1984, The Entrepreneur’s Source has been North America’s leading alternative career coaching franchise dedicated to the entrepreneur for more than 35 years. Today, with more than 120 offices in the United States and Canada, The Entrepreneur’s Source® continues to dominate the $1.5 billion-dollar Business Coaching/Consulting franchise market in North America.

The Entrepreneur’s Source® is a trademark of TES Franchising, LLC.  All rights reserved.



The Entrepreneur’s Source: I.L.W.E. – What is it?

The Entrepreneur’s Source: I.L.W.E. – What is it?  It stands for Income, Lifestyle, Wealth and Equity—each of these components plays a vital role in achieving overall happiness and satisfaction in your life.

Getting your Goals, Needs and Expectations on-track. One of the tactics The Entrepreneur’s Source employs to aid you in defining your Goals, Needs & Expectations is the determination of your I.L.W.E.:

  • Income is defined as: Your re-occurring short term earnings through employment and investments. What do you envision your income to be in the next 3 to 5 years?
  • Lifestyle is defined as: a manner of living that reflects your values and attitudes. What do you envision your lifestyle to be in the next 3 to 5 years?
  • Wealth is defined as: the state of being rich and affluent; having a plentiful supply of material goods and money. How do you envision your wealth portfolio in the next 15 to 20 years?
  • Equity is defined as: the interest in assets you have built up. What assets will you own that will provide you and your family with long-term equity over the next 10 to 20 years? 

“When we ask our clients why they want to start a business, the number one response isn’t money: it’s lifestyle. Being your own boss and earning unlimited income potential is all great, but the priceless possibility of being able to have the life balance you can’t achieve in corporate America is often more important to aspiring entrepreneurs”.  Terry Powell, Founder of The Entrepreneur’s Source

From Employment to Empowerment® – The Coaching Advantage 

A coach will help identify your transferable skills by learning about your professional background, including previous roles you’ve had, what you enjoyed and what you didn’t enjoy, to begin painting a picture about your profile and skillset. If in fact self-employment is a viable option, a coach will help to establish your specific goals for business ownership based on your I.L.W.E. Some questions a coach will help you to answer might include:

  • What’s your income target that you would like to have as a result of being involved in the business?
  • What are your lifestyle goals? Do you want to work Monday to Friday, nine to five?
  • Do you want to create and invest in a business that will allow you to build wealth and start to create a positive financial situation for you and your family?
  • How much equity do you want to be able to build up in a business, so to that point it’s going to be worth something to someone else?

Each of these components is a vitally important piece in defining your overall goals, needs and expectations in order to find the best business opportunity fit.

So ask yourself:

Are you currently hitting or exceeding your income expectations?

Are you living the lifestyle of your dreams?

What about your wealth or equity: Is it growing or declining? 

How much control do you have over your destiny?  An Entrepreneur’s Source Coach can help you paint the “big picture” of your life through a discovery and education based process.  If you’re curious about exploring alternative career options and would like to discover Your Career 2.0  with The Entrepreneur’s Source®, contact us today!