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How Remarkable Women Entrepreneurs Worldwide Meet Their Dreams


Author Rania Habiby Anderson, who wrote Undeterred: The Six Success Habits of Women in Emerging Economies, spent over four years researching and interviewing more than 250 successful female career women and entrepreneurs in developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.

Anderson’s objective with the book is to understand the key traits that caused these women to be successful while so many of their peers failed to meet their dreams.

Below, Anita Newton, VP of corporate marketing at Adknowledge, interviews Anderson on what U.S.-based entrepreneurs can learn from these remarkable women.

Read more:  The No. 1 Trait of Successful Women Entrepreneurs Around the World

The Rise of the Modern, Independent Asian Woman


While the world has heard the stunning prediction that two-thirds of the global middle classes will be Asian by 2030, totally changing the economic polarity of the developed world, there’s been little focus on modern, independent Asian women (MIAW) — 25-40 year-olds.  In New Zealand, for example, premium food and beverage exporters have a lot to gain from this new demographic.

[MIAWs] are a very significant group more in evidence in some markets than others. They are focused on making the most of their good educations, getting careers, and building their lives on their terms rather than traditional expectations.

Read more:  Feeding Asian’s modern, independent women

Women Are Disrupting the Global Wine Industry

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Women entering the wine business are disrupting the global wine industry to make wines that are both more accessible and responsibly produced.

Oddly enough, women, however, have been traditionally excluded from the world of wine, making them more likely to create boundary-pushing wines that defy traditional categories.

Two women who fit this bill are Mika Bulmash (below left), CEO of Wine for the World and international development specialist, and Ntsiki Biyela (right), the first black South African female winemaker at Stellekaya, a boutique winery in
Stellenbosch. Bulmash has rethought how distribution should work, making it her mission to create sustainable Screen Shot 2015-08-01 at 5.40.11 PMeconomic development by importing responsible producers of exceptional wine in untraditional regions to the US market. Biyela’s superb, award-winning wines have made her a rising star in the industry.

Interesting note.  Once a year, Wine for the World releases a private collaborative wine label that partners a top US winemaker with standout talent in emerging markets to create limited-edition blends that push the status quo of their respective regions. The latest blend, releasing in fall of this year (2015), is a collaboration between renowned Napa winemaker Helen Keplinger and Ntsiki Biyela.

Screenshot of wine courtesy of:  Wine for the World


There Can Be No Robust Growth Without Gender Equality

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According to Mari Kiviniemi, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Deputy Secretary-General, investment in women boosts economic development, competitiveness, job creation and GDP — and that’s why we launched WEGG.  Read the latest OECD Yearbook 2015 by OECD and catch Mari’s article on gender equality.

Investing in the Future
OECD Yearbook 2015

Why a push for gender equality makes sound economic sense (turn to Page 20) by Mari Kiviniemi

Mari states: “Governments and businesses have a key role to play in reducing the gender gap, but they cannot act alone. Each and everyone of us is personally responsible as well. Both men and women must engage, commit and embrace this effort.”

Screenshot courtesy:  OECD Yearbook 2015

Attracting and Promoting Women Entrepreneurs in Cross-Border Trade

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Women play a big role in regional, national and international trade, competitiveness and economic growth.  Governments, private sectors and nonprofits such as WEGG can contribute and support women in economic leadership and global trade..

For example, women entrepreneurs in Uganda have asked their government to address the issues of non-tariff barriers (NTB), saying they hinder women’s participation in cross border trade.  NTBs are a form of restrictive trade where barriers to trade are established and take a form other than a tariff.  Non-tariff barriers might include quotas, levies, embargoes, sanctions and other restrictions.

Uganda Women Entrepreneurs Association Ltd. (UWEAL) indicates there is need for concerted efforts to address the challenge of NTBs, to come up with solutions and to attract and promote more women in cross border trade.

Read more:  Non-Tariff Barriers Failing Cross-Border Trade

Screenshot courtesy:  UWEAL


Best Resources (Sites) for Women Entrepreneurs in 2015

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We are thrilled, honored and humbled to make the prestigious Top 20 list of resources for women entrepreneurs in 2015.

Here’s what StarterPad said about Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global (WEGG):

As the name suggests, the mission behind Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global is to introduce women-owned businesses all over the world to the global opportunity. They want to empower every woman worldwide to go global. Originally started in 2008, the website …

Learn about the other great resources and sites mentioned for women entrepreneurs in the StarterPad list:  20 Best Sites for Female Entrepreneurs in 2015

We’ll say it for you:  We rock!

Illustration courtesy:  StarterPad

Only 2 Percent of Women-Owned Businesses Export Goods and Services

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According to Pamela Hamamoto, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the US to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva:

… that the majority of WOBs [women-owned businesses] are in fact small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), accounting for one-third of SMEs. Yet only 2% of those WOBs actually export goods and services. ‘This is not just a women’s issue,’ she said, ‘men and women must work together to achieve real progress.’

What that tells us is there is a whole heck of a lot of room for improvement to help women get out of their own backyards and conduct business worldwide through platforms like WEGG.  WEGG is on a mission to educate women business owners and entrepreneurs worldwide on how to expand their businesses globally.  Watch for programs to make that happen — coming soon.

Read the entire article:  Women’s empowerment:  good for business, development and men

Screenshot courtesy:  International Trade Centre

Accept and Deal With Challenges: Global Success Will Come Your Way

Screenshot:  Linda Bi, President, Chicago Expert Importers

Screenshot: Linda Bi, President, Chicago Expert Importers

It’s clear that thanks to technology and the Internet, all businesses are becoming global.  That’s what Linda Bi, President of Chicago Expert Importers (CEI) says in the Chicago Sun-Times article (6/28/15).  CEI is a top importer of casting components in the mobile home/RV axle manufacturing industry. Over the years, Bi expanded the business into areas including, but not limited to: sporting goods and forklift- and school-bus components, to importing parts to also providing sourcing, logistics and warehousing and distribution, leading the 17-employee company to $40 million in yearly revenue — a sixfold increase from where it stood when Bi’s husband died 15 years ago.  Bi’s tip for success:  “Accept and deal with the challenges.”

Screenshot:  Shea Soucie, co-owner of Soucie Horner, Ltd. (Chicago)

Screenshot: Shea Soucie, co-owner of Soucie Horner, Ltd. (Chicago)

Shea Soucie is another prime example of women leading the charge in global trade.  Soucie is co-owner of the custom residential design firm Soucie Horner, Ltd., at 208 W. Kinzie St. in River North (Chicago), started a new business, SHIIR to import fine rugs and decorative carpets and sell them across the country and worldwide.  The company started exporting in 2013 to specific clients, such as a hotel in Delhi, India, and a super-yacht that travels the world.  Soucie’s tip for success:  “Look for female mentors in groups like the Women Presidents’ Organization —”

In the same Chicago Sun-Times article, WEGG is mentioned:

Only 12 percent of businesses that export are owned by women, which shows there’s room for growth, says Laurel Delaney, Executive Director of Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global, a new nonprofit organization that aims to boost the number of women business owners in exporting.

Read the entire article:  Women At Work:  ‘All Business Becoming Global,’ Chicago Importer Says

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