ABC’s Secret Millionaire Ali BrownBy
For good reason, Ali Brown is commonly called by the name “Ezine Queen.” She is becoming the voice of women and the face of successful business. Brown works in the direct marketing industry and is CEO and founder of Ali International LLC, an organization that empowers female entrepreneurs all over the world. She began her first venture in 1999 in her small New York City apartment and has since developed a 50,000-plus member following in her on and offline programs.
During the past three years alone, Brown has received numerous honors. In 2009, her company was ranked on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies. The following year, she was included in the Ernst & Young Class of Entrepreneurial Winning Women and Enterprising Women magazine named her their Enterprising Woman of the Year. Brown also won the Stevie® Award for Women Helping Women and the Step Up Women’s Network Commitment to Philanthropy award.
Business News Daily has dubbed her “The Entrepreneurial Guru for Women” and Forbes included her on their Women to Watch list. Brown has been a featured expert in both Investor’s Business Daily and the New York Post. She has also received exposure on various morning television shows, ABC News Now, E!, and Fox Business Network. Her feature role on the season one finale of ABC television show Secret Millionaire was arguably her largest exposure to-date.
It all started in 1998, when Brown made the bold decision to become an entrepreneur. Being a millionaire did not come easily because she had no one to guide her. At one point, she had less than $20 in her bank account. However, she persevered, immersing herself in books about marketing and how to achieve success.
Brown taught herself how to grow her business through online marketing. Trusting that she was on the right path, she used email newsletters, also called e-zines, to market her business. Her efforts landed her projects with big players like Dunn & Bradstreet and Scholastic Books. Other women began asking her questions about her achievements, which led her to create an e-book explaining how to use e-zines to achieve business success.
The success of this venture led Brown to offer entrepreneurial business, success, and marketing strategies. She then developed seminars, programs, events, and courses. Brown mentored women business owners and eventually created Elevate®, a membership program that provides coaching and education for beginning and experienced entrepreneurs.