Shaping the Future of Women in Business Worldwide

Grand Hyatt, Beijing

Grand Hyatt, Beijing

According to The United Nations, “the Asia-Pacific economy would grow by an additional $89 billion annually if women were able to achieve their full economic potential.”  Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is the premier forum for facilitating economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment in the Asia Pacific region.

The APEC Women Leadership Forum has its program coming up soon – August 20 – 22nd.  They will discuss on how to enhance business networking, congregate role models to mentor next-generation leaders, explore new growth strategies to harness sustainable growth, and challenges and opportunities faced by women in business, at the Grand Hyatt Beijing.

Learn more:  The Forum (August 20-22, 2014) 

Submit your application (by-invitation-only event) here.

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Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Businesswomen Are Ready to Become Global Players

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The timing has never been better for businesswomen to get out of their own backyards and transition from local, regional or niche-market players into global players.  Here’s why.

Women Are Ready to Take on the World

The key:  It is evident that through export activities, women-owned firms grow more rapidly, hire more people, create more jobs and are more productive.

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Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Women Buck the Trend in Sri Lanka and Become Entrepreneurs

Sri Lankan women.

Sri Lankan women.

To achieve economic empowerment, women entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka yearn for a successful career.  They also help their families, and the country, prosper.  Women entrepreneurship can contribute to a country’s development process in a number of ways.

At an individual level, it creates employment opportunities for women.  Women seek entrepreneurship for many reasons.  While some women start a business based on an idea or innovation, or due to an unsatisfactory experience as an employee, others are compelled to start their own business due to ‘forced unemployment’ – either from a layoff or due to lack of marketable skills.

Whatever the reason, entrepreneurship empowers women.

Read the entire article: Unlocking potential of women entrepreneurs

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Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Stepping Stones to Prosperity for Kenya Women

Empower Kenyan women.

Empowering Kenyan women.

It goes like this.  A New York-based social enterprise Bird & Stone sells jewelry and sends 15 percent of its profits to the SiSi Fund.  SiSi Fund:

A micro-finance fund in Kitale, Kenya run by a nonprofit, it helps women, especially widows, get loans of anywhere from about $100 to $450 and learn business skills to start micro-enterprises ranging from fruit and vegetable stands to hair salons.

Why do Kenyan women need money moreso than others in Kenya?

Women, particularly widows, in Kenya, face a hard road.  When a woman is widowed, she traditionally doesn’t inherit her husband’s land.  Instead, the land,  along with all of his possessions, go to his brothers or other family members.

So the funding provides a three-pronged solution for women who need to get back on their feet to make a living, take care of their family and start a micro-enterprise.

Learn more:  Jewelry Startup Funds Micro-Loans in Kenya

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Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Opportunities Exist in the Middle East for Women Business Owners

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Sarah Hildersley, Regional Coordinator – South West, Overseas Business Networks Program, Business West , talks about her time in the Middle East and the opportunities which exist for UK companies.

It’s important to highlight that women can do business in the Middle East. However, you should factor in the need to dress quite conservatively – I used to take a pashmina to meetings in Jordan, where it simply meant there would be less risk of giving mixed messages. It certainly helped reduce unwanted attention in the souks.

Read the entire article:  Women Doing Business in the Middle East

If you wish to contact Sarah, email her at:  sarah.hildersley@businesswest.co.uk.

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Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Resources for Women Who Export

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Women business owners face unique challenges as they look to exporting.   But let me share a tip with you on how to overcome those challenges.

In early 2012, the State Department asked me to write an article about women energizing world economies. In it, I talk about my experience in starting and running a global business, Globetrade.com, and serving as a consultant to countless global women business owners. My key point: In order to gain self-confidence and overcome social attitudes, women need to network continuously, support each other, look for role models, update their knowledge and skills, and have a clear vision of what they wish to accomplish.

Based on my experience, there are five things that are important before you venture out in the world to do business internationally.  I cover a few of them below along with offering a bunch of resources for women business owners and entrepreneurs alike who export.

Read:  Laurel Delaney:  Resources for Women Business Owners Who Export – The Story Exchange

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Do Not Hesitate: Move Into New Markets

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As a woman business owner, are you cautious when it comes to taking risks?  You are not alone.  Many business women are but when big risks lead to big rewards, female leaders must develop a different attitude if they are going to increase their growth prospects.

According to a US survey many female business owners struggle to find an appropriate balance between risk and caution. The survey of nearly 250 women by the Commonwealth Institute South Florida found female leaders and owners are optimistic about growth for their businesses in 2014. But while they express interest in expanding product lines and moving into new geographies, most hesitate to take a financial risk.

Read more:  Hesitancy can hinder women’s success

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Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Beijing, Tianjin and Heibei Province Women Entrepreneurs Collaborate

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Women entrepreneurs in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province are willing and able to actively participate in a new type of collaboration.   The three associations of women entrepreneurs sought to implement the Beijing, Tianjin and Heibei Province collaborative development strategy, a joint initiative of the three women entrepreneurs, and signed the “Women Entrepreneurs Association of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei letters of intent” Agreement.

The move aims to combine the three regions’ women entrepreneurs respectively with the advantages of modern industrial division, to build an efficient communications platform for member companies to strengthen economic exchanges and cooperation and to promote resource integration and industrial docking. It also encourages women to participate in social welfare undertakings, to assume social responsibility, and jointly promote development.

Read the entire article:  Female Entrepreneurs to Participate in Regional Cooperation – All China Women’s Federation

Related:  Women of China – All China Women’s Federation

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Posted by:  Laurel Delaney


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