Award-winning Charlotte author Chia-Li Chien to present at the Urban Rebound Competition and Conference on Oct. 29, 2012

by Chia-Li Chien | Oct. 23, 2012


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CHARLOTTE – Chia-Li Chien, successful business owner and award-winning author and columnist, will present to participants in Business Building Workshops at the Urban Rebound Competition and Conference on Monday, October 29, at the Westin Charlotte in Uptown Charlotte (601 South College Street).

Chien is one of five presenters at the conference, which is sponsored and hosted by the Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence, Inc.

The Urban Rebound Competition and Conference is designed to assist women entrepreneurs to:

  • LEARN from nationally renowned small business experts with marketing, finance and management tools you can use now to position business for success;
  • MEET women who have built their ideas into million dollar successes as they share their insights on how to get growing;
  • PITCH their business for a chance at a spot in Count Me In’s Business Accelerator Program, designed to help business owners reach $250,000 in revenues within 18-36 months; and
  • CONNECT with motivated women entrepreneurs from the greater Charlotte area and all over the country in a variety of sectors – women ready to grow and support each other in next steps toward success!

Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence, Inc. ( is a leading 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping women grow their micro business into million dollar enterprises.

Chien has recently released her second book, Work Toward Reward. The book is available on at

Work Toward Reward guides small business owners toward gaining more value for their business by

  • Answering many of the questions small business owners have in terms of how to build equity value in the company without sacrificing the quality of their financial independence;
  • Serving as a comprehensive guide to assist business owners in making strategic decisions to grow in equity value, allowing them the option to cash out with favorable and optimum timing;
  • Helping businesses be more efficient and profitable, and therefore create more meaningful jobs, which will help the local community and national economy.

Work Toward Reward will also show owners how to avoid being in the one-third of all businesses that close without the owners receiving their deserved cash and business value.

Chia-Li Chien, CFP®, PMP, is CEO and chief strategist at Value Growth Institute, which is dedicated to helping private business owners increase the value of their firms, and faculty member of the American Management Association. Her blog and newsletter was recently named a top small business resource by the New York Times “You’re the Boss” blog. She is available for consulting, speaking engagements and workshops. She can be reached at, or

As an influential rainmaker in the Chinese and other Asian communities, Chia-Li Chien is often sought for her opinion and counsel. She is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC), Charter Trust and Estate Planner (CTEP) and a Project Management Professional (PMP). Prior to her financial career, Chien held various management and executive positions in Fortune 500 companies. Besides serving business owners, she is an active contributor to the community and non-profit organizations. She is currently serving as President-Elect of Financial Planning Association (FPA) of Charlotte and Chair of the Pro Bono Advisory Committee for the FPA on the national level.

Chien’s previous book, Show Me The Money/Run Your Business like a Prosperous Investor, was a Best Book Awards Finalist by USA Book News. In addition, Show Me The Money was named runner-up of its annual competition honoring the best books of the 2010 holiday season.


Chia-Li Chien, Work Toward Reward
When you’re finished, make sure you have something to show for your efforts.

In Work Toward Reward, Chia-Li Chien, Succession Strategist at Value Growth Institute and award-winning author of Show Me the Money, presents the results of her Business Value Drivers Study. This two-year study reveals challenges business owners face and the Mission Critical Activities crucial to building a business in value.
Chia-Li Chien Chia-Li invited business owners to participate in the study, answering questions such as:
$ Why are you in business?
$ What have you created from your business (job, lifestyle, 3x to 5x value)?
$ What gets you going in the morning?
$ What keeps you up at night?
$ What are the most common problems in your industry?
Chia-Li Chien, CFP®, PMP; Chia-Li “like JOLLY!” Succession Strategies for Women Entrepreneurs. Using examples of business owners she interviewed in the study, she illustrates the successes and challenges of their businesses to inspire and motivate us to focus on value creation through Mission Critical Activities—and how those activities can transform not only a business, but communities and even our world as well.
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Chia-Li Chien, Work Toward Reward, Kindle
Work Toward Reward helps you start building your business in value, and when you are ready, cash out with the reward you deserve after the risks you’ve taken and the years you’ve spent!

(In praise of Show Me the Money) “With empowering advice for understanding true business value, attaining financial independence and knowing when to quit, Show Me the Money is a fine guide to making a profit.”

John Burroughs, Midwest Book Review, Oregon, WI


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