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Women Who Export Earn More, Employ More and Are More Productive

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According to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman:

Studies have found that women-owned firms that export not only earn more, but also employ more people and are, on average, more productive than women-owned firms that do not. In addition, women-owned businesses that export their goods and services average $14.5 million in receipts, compared to just $117,036 for women-owned businesses that do not export. Clearly, exporting has very real advantages.

Mr. Froman is meeting with a wide variety of women business owners to learn about their businesses.  Rest assure, I emailed him (5/3/14) to offer my help and my book for educating women on how to export.  Let’s hope we hear from him and can make some progress.  I will keep you posted.

Here’s another great comment from Mr. Froman:

The OECD reports that creating greater economic opportunities for women—including connecting them to global markets—will help increase labor productivity, and higher levels of female employment will widen the base of taxpayers and contributors to social protection systems, which are increasingly coming under pressure due to population ageing. At the end of the day, we all win when we expand women’s economic participation.

Meanwhile, read the entire post by U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman: Unlocking Export Opportunities for Women-Owned Businesses

Photo credit:  Flickr

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Video-Blogging: Talk to the World Through Your Business

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Jaeny Baik (www.jaenybaik.com)

Today we are featuring a practical article from former TV host Jaeny Baik on 10 tips for creating compelling video blogging for your business.  Video-blogging is a great global marketing tool for websites because people the world over have a voracious appetite for videos. Here’s a glimpse of Jaeny’s first tip:

1. Keep it simple. You don’t need fancy equipment — your smartphone will do. For brief video blogs, you can record on your smartphone — get an adapter to put it on a tripod so you can have both hands free. While you can record sound without an external mic if you’re within arm’s length, you could add a microphone that works with your smartphone. And you can use iMovie or YouTube’s editing or other basic editing software on your smartphone to make quick edits and post to your YouTube channel.

If you do not have video-blogging in place for your business, you better get on it:

But entrepreneurs and small businesses lacking the resources to commission professional videos risk being left behind in a trend that, according to Cisco, is projected to see video comprise more than two-thirds of all global mobile data traffic by 2018. – Source:  “Entrepreneurs learn to create videos a must-have for website marketing

Read more:  10 Tips for Video Blogging for Your Business

Photo courtesy:  Jaeny Baik (be sure to visit her website)

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

 

To Succeed, Women Must be Confident and Competent

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Is lack of confidence holding women back?  Authors Katty Kay and Claire Shipman (pictured) make a good argument in The Atlantic that it is:

Even as our understanding of confidence expanded, however, we found that our original suspicion was dead-on: there is a particular crisis for women—a vast confidence gap that separates the sexes. Compared with men, women don’t consider themselves as ready for promotions, they predict they’ll do worse on tests, and they generally underestimate their abilities. This disparity stems from factors ranging from upbringing to biology.

Read the entire provocative article:  The Confidence Gap

Photo credit:  Heidi Gutman/ABC

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Success Stories Through Entrepreneurship

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Eleven women from India overcame hardships by becoming entrepreneurs. Sakubai Lokhande, is one such entrepreneur, who comes from a tiny village in Maharashtra and started making brooms and ropes. She says:

“I come from a very poor background and hit the bed many a night on an empty stomach.”

Read about how Sakubai and others overcame adversities and became entrepreneurs: Industry Body Felicitates Grassroots Women Entrepreneurs

Photo courtesy:  Flickr

8 Tips From a Turkish Television Star

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President Barack Obama with Baybars Altuntas.

What does a television star have to do with growing global?  Plenty and through an interview, I had a chance to bring it all out. First though, it started with having the perfect combination of collaborating on a book deal (“Planet Entrepreneur“), being a member of the same global entrepreneurial membership organization (World Entrepreneurship Forum) and wanting to stay in touch with an amazing human being:  Baybars Altuntas.

That’s how I pulled off interviewing Baybars (http://baybarsaltuntasnotes.com/about/), who in addition to being a Turkish star, is an global entrepreneur, best-selling author, angel investor, columnist, president of Deulcom International-Economist 100 Franchise Brand of Turkey-president of the Business Angels Association of Turkey, executive board member of the European Trade Association for Business Angels & Seed Funds (EBAN) and the World Entrepreneurship Forum’s ambassador to Turkey and the Balkan countries.

Here’s what came out of our discussion.  You’ll find eight tips for becoming a global entrepreneur.

Read the entire interview:  An Interview With Turkish Star, Global Entrepreneur and Best-Selling Author, Baybars Altuntas

Photo courtesy Baybars Altuntas

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Female Beef Producers Talk Exports

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Two female beef industry leaders, Josie Angus and Prue Bondfield, both exceptionally knowledgeable on the opportunities and challenges involved with exporting produce, talk exports.

Josie Angus runs Signature Beef, a family beef company in Australia that has grown to successfully brand and market to customers in 24 countries internationally.

Prue Bondfield, along with her husband David, runs Palgrove Charolais.  They are strong in Australian beef cattle genetics and are focusing on exports of genetics and beef to Asia, having successfully marketed genetic product into a number of other export markets already.

Learn more:  Leading female beef producers talk export opportunities

Photo credit:  Alexandre Dulaunoy

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

(Note:  This post does not reflect our view on the treatment and welfare of animals.)

Women Carry the Weight of Water on Their Backs in Developing Countries

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According to Gemma Bulos in her article “Water, Dignity and Sustainable Livelihoods for Women in Kenya,” women outnumber male entrepreneurs in developing economies because they face higher barriers to entry in the formal labor market and have to resort to entrepreneurship as a way out of poverty.

From Africa to Asia and elsewhere around the globe, the containers, the clothes, and the scenery may be different but the experience is the same. Women carry the weight of water on their backs, literally and figuratively. Worldwide, it is estimated that on a single day women can spend over 200 billion collective hours fetching water. It is difficult to imagine how little water some families, like this one in Kenya, have available on a daily basis – less water than two flushes of our Western toilet. Consider the opportunities lost for women and girls when their day is spent on water-related chores.

Read the entire article here.

Photo courtesy:  One Laptop Per Child

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Gains in Women’s Status and Gender Equality Worldwide

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The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program released Women’s Lives and Challenges: Equality and Empowerment since 2000 (PDF, 18171K), a report that assesses gains in women’s status and gender equality worldwide.

This report, among the most extensive recent assessments of women’s status, looks at women’s progress in four continents and more than 45 countries.  Women’s Lives and Challenges evaluates trends in women’s employment, domestic decision-making, exposure to violence, and access to education and health care.

Learn more:  USAID to Release Women’s Lives and Challenges Report

Illustration credit:  The DHS Program

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney


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