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Meet Maki


Baby blanket available at Maki International.

Haven’t heard of Maki?  Oprah hasMaki International, founded by Martha Dudenhoeffer Kolodny, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization working with women throughout Ayacucho, Peru.

Maki International provides the framework for creating, exporting, and selling the beautiful knit goods and handicrafts made using the Peruvian women’s existing talents and traditions. We also offer programs in various life subjects and career opportunities to participants.

Eager to learn more?  Don’t wait.  Visit Maki International to see how you can contribute and get involved.  To order the blanket, as shown above, visit here.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

U.S. $1.5 Billion in Contracts for Women-Owned Businesses Worldwide


A new initiative aims to change the fact that women-owned businesses around the world receive only a fraction of the money that large organizations spend each year on new business contracts.

A half-dozen of the big guys – from IBM to Coca-Cola to Wal-Mart – will award $1.5 billion in contracts to women-owned businesses between 2013 and 2018.

Let’s track it ladies so you can grow your businesses!

In addition to the funds, other large firms and nonprofits are pledging assistance in the form of training, mentoring and strategy development to help women business owners grow and compete more effectively, Elizabeth Vazquez, CEO and co-founder of WEConnect, a women-focused non-profit behind the initiative.

Read the entire article:  Global firms commit $1.5B for women-owned businesses

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Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

The Mighty World Entrepreneurship Forum 2012

©Laurel Delaney, “Lyon, France”

I am getting ready to attend the 5th edition of the World Entrepreneurship Forum in Lyon, France where thought-leaders from around the world (200 participants from 59 countries) gather to discuss this year’s theme:  entrepreneurial ecosystems.

It is well recognized that entrepreneurs cannot succeed in a vacuum. They need customers, partners, suppliers, employees, legal, financial and educational institutions, as well as governmental bodies and proper infrastructure.  Ecosystems are made of environment, actors and interactions.  This year the participants of the forum will discuss this thematic through an around-the tour of ecosystems highlighting:   Highly resource-endowed ecosystems …  read more here.

The World Entrepreneurship Forum is the first global think-tank devoted to entrepreneurship creating wealth and social justice.  Full disclosure:  I am a charter member of WEF.

You can track the event’s activities (in some cases LIVE) at the World Entrepreneurship Forum website (

World Entrepreneurship Forum Twitter handle:  @WEntFr

And mine is:  @LaurelDelaney

I’ll do my best to report out.  If I get too busy, I’ll share my findings when I return to Chicago.  Meanwhile, have a great week!

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Happiness Through Individual Global Initiative

Happiness through individual initiative — better known as entrepreneurship — is something the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton is very familiar with.  After all, did you know:

When Kate was five, her mother, like many aspiring entrepreneurs, saw a niche that could be filled to help others in her situation. As described on the website of the family business,, “Carole Middleton founded Party Pieces in 1987 after finding it difficult to source fun, simple party products for her children’s parties.”

Read the entire article:  The Entrepreneurs’ Princess

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Season’s Greetings From Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global!

© Laurel J. Delaney, 2011

Wishing you a Happy Holiday season
and a New Year filled with hope and promise.

The Battle of the Sexes in Our New World of Work

This article, “The End of Men,” by Hanna Rosin published in The Atlantic has absolutely nothing to do with exporting or taking a business global but it does offer an interesting report on the unprecedented role reversal now under way (e.g., earlier this year, women became the majority of the workforce for the first time in U.S. history— and its vast cultural consequences on a worldwide basis.

Read the entire article here. The comments are worth noting too.

Photo:  Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in their famous “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match (1973)

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Hello World, It’s Icy Cold in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

Thought you would appreciate these stunning photos I captured today at the lakefront in Rogers Park (seven miles North of downtown Chicago), Illinois, U.S.A.  As cold as it is today (upper 20s), with the sun shining bright, it makes for a magnificent day to take a crisp walk, ice skate or downhill ski.

Wherever you are in the world, we say “hello” and  hope you are enjoying your weekend.  Back with you soon.

Photo credit:  Laurel Delaney.  Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Homepreneurs See Global In Their Future

Image from andrewjuderajanathan

BusinessWeek’s recent article The Rise of the Homepreneur highlights the increasingly important role that home-based businesses play in the US economy.  The article references an Emergent Research study on homepreneurs, which is based on data from the Network Solutions Small Business Success Index (SBSI) . 

If you’re a home-based business, you’re not alone.  Home-based businesses account for over half of all US businesses.  And more importantly, these home-based businesses as a sector employ more people than the venture-backed industry, including firms like Microsoft, Intel and Google.

For all you globetrotters, take note:  Homepreneurs’ influence doesn’t stop at the US border.  Digging through additional data from the SBSI survey, we found that US home-based businesses increasingly see global as the way of the future.  In fact, 35% of all homepreneurs (entrepreneurs whose home-based businesses contribute at least half of their total household income) see their industry becoming more global.  Outsourcing production and reaching new markets are two reasons that small businesses – both home-based and non-home based – give for broadening their scope to the international marketplace.

Posted by:  Carolyn Ockels

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