Oprah Just Featured Products Made by 23 Women (Yes, Lady Gaga Is One of Them) in Her Gift Guide

The media queen released her 2019 holiday gift guide – and a third of it is brought to us by women entrepreneurs. The holiday shopping season is nearly upon us. Ahead of that, Oprah released a list full of recommended gift-able goodies — many of them made by women. Every year, the media mogul publishes a list of her “favorite things” that could serve as ideal presents. Of the 79 items she featured for the 2019 holidays, 23 of them are brought to us by women-owned businesses. Some of those female founders are familiar to us — like Sara Blakely, the billionaire behind undergarment company, Spanx. And some of them are international household names for other reasons, like singer Lady Gaga, actress Sarah Jessica Parker and former FLOTUS Michelle Obama. A hemp spa treatment set is made by Gloria L. Williams for customers’ pampering needs. ($150 per set) CEO Denise Lee and her team are offering a simple sweatshirt to comfort-loving customers. ($135 each) These black pants come from the Sara Blakely-founded brand best known for its undergarments. ($110-$128 each) A DIY cheese and charcuterie board made by Boo Simms and Sarah Simms Hendrix lets you assemble the appetizers yourself...

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This story was written in collaboration with Forbes Finds. Forbes Finds covers products and experiences we think you’ll love. Featured products are independently selected and linked to for your convenience. If you buy something using a link on this page, Forbes may receive a small share of that sale. You could get a big TV or a bunch of smart gadgets this Black Friday, but one of the best ways to save this year is by cashing in on one of these impressive mattress deals. Worried about taking the leap and buying a new mattress online without ever laying down on it? Don’t worry, all major brands offer at least a 100-night trial (if not more). Sleep on it for a month or two, see if you like it, and if not, get your money back. The Leesa is my go-to mattress when anyone asks which bed-in-a-box they should get. It keeps you cool. It’s not overly cushiony and it’s not unforgivingly firm. It’s the Goldilocks of mail order mattresses. What I love about Leesa is that no matter what the conditions I’m sleeping in, I wake up refreshed and feeling, not just good, but great. The memory foam is supportive in all the right places and the cooling gel actually does what it...

By now you’re familiar with the famous CanCooker, but it’s important to know that the awesomeness

By now you’re familiar with the famous CanCooker, but it’s important to know that the awesomeness doesn’t stop at the original convection oven-style steamer. There’s plenty to be excited about from CanCooker, which is why we thought we should highlight 10 of their most popular featured products. So without further delay, these are the things to get your hands on if you want to take the CanCooker to the highest level. This is the sort of thing you need when you’re making a meal for 12 or more. The Original CanCooker makes a meal easy to prepare, easy to enjoy and easy to clean. When you need something for small meals, appetizers, and desserts, the Companion CanCooker makes the most sense. It has a great price point, too, so it’ll help convince you the size is worth it! Having the perfect-sized burner for a CanCooker is only going to help reach peak performance. The Multi-Fuel Cooktop is convenient for any outdoor adventure. We weren’t kidding when we said a “perfect-sized burner” isn’t needed. The Gravity Grill Combo proves you can cook just about anything with a CanCooker and an open fire, and still have room to spare ...

Graduating Secured Credit Cards to Full Featured Products

In Mercator Advisory Group’s research on secured cards, we noted how the market changed since the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 (CARD Act) eliminated a series of unfair practices. Before the regulation, the market was filled with hard money lenders who took advantage of borrowers with sky-high interest rates and even worse junk fees. Things like application fees, activation fees, and risk fees tainted the product. The CARD Act cleaned up the business, and now top lenders, from Bank of America, Chase, Discover, and US Bank, offer worthwhile cards, with interest rates ranging from 11.65% to 24.99%, and reasonable, in-range fees.  Mastercard and Visa also came out with more rigorous standards for their franchisees. We peg the U.S. market at almost 5 million cards today, with the potential to embrace 500 percent more, given the number of low-banked, underbanked, and unbanked in the market. Working in credit for decades often brings friends and acquaintances with questions about “what is the best card for me to get?” Many times my answer is something along the lines of a Chase Freedom card, which I like because it carries an excellent reward str...

Deciding which customer relationship management (CRM) system is right for your business takes time and can

Deciding which customer relationship management (CRM) system is right for your business takes time and can be complicated, especially if it’s the first time your business is choosing software to manage customers. You may not be sure how much you need to spend or how to choose the one that fits your business’s needs best. We’re here to save you time by going over some of the most popular free and open source CRM solutions and when you should consider paid systems (find out how we chose the featured products here). Free CRM software companies earn revenue primarily by enticing businesses to purchase premium expansions which unlock better features or support structures. As such, the following free systems, while coming without any restrictions, should be considered “freemium” systems, in that they come with a limited set of features and offer more with more expensive plans. Freshsales is a cloud-based CRM solution that helps businesses across a variety of segments and verticals manage contacts, leads, and develop customer success strategies. The software was the third most popular free CRM according to our methodology and functions with macOS, Windows 10, and any web browser (OS a...