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Investing in Women Entrepreneurs Will Break Barriers to Exporting

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Over the next two years, Australia will serve as a champion to improve the capacity of trade promotion agencies in the APEC region to support women exporters says Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott Despoja.

While leading Australia’s delegation to the APEC Women and the Economy Forum (WEF) in Beijing, Ms. Stott Despoja said Australia’s foreign policy and aid program were targeting three persistent challenges to gender equality by addressing violence against women and girls, supporting women’s leadership and promoting women’s economic empowerment.

Ms. Stoff Despoja adds, “Research has shown that women face greater barriers to exporting – such as access to finance, resources and information.”

Read the news:  Investing in region’s women exporters

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Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Women Help Solve Big Challenges in Our World

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The International Women’s Hackathon (second one took place April 25-27th) is a crowdsourcing event to empower young women leaders in computer science.

By providing a fun and safe environment in which to explore computing, the hackathon encourages and supports university women around the world to become producers of future innovations in technology and help solve challenges in the world today.

The goal is to have hundreds of events around the world as the future women innovators help solve big challenges in our world.

Feel free to explore below:

Read the entire article:  International Women’s Hackathon 2014
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Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Welcome WELA

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The Women Entrepreneurship and Leadership for Africa (WELA) in Kenya aims to empower female executives in the small and medium enterprise (SME) segment. Kenyan female entrepreneurs will benefit from a mentorship program recently launched by industry lobbyists  and world renowned business think tanks.

For all Kenyan women entrepreneurs, this is a good way to rebrand your business, explore new markets and forge strategic relationships in order to grow.

Read more:  Kenya launches program to empower female entrepreneurs 

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(Have a minute?  Please vote for my new “Exporting” book, which has been nominated for the Small Business Book Award in Technology!  Click on the box below and then click VOTE.  Thanks so much in advance.)

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

50 Most Powerful and Influential Business Women in Ireland

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Who are the top women deal-makers and game-changers in the Irish business world? You can find out through the inaugural Sunday Independent 50 most powerful and influential business women in Ireland list, which provides a snapshot of the top executives at the helm of some of the country’s most innovative, fast-moving and profitable companies.

Congrats to all the women who made the list!

Read:  The 50 Most Influential and Powerful Women in Business [in Ireland]

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Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

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

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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

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