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Women Test Out Entrepreneurship in Africa’s Maritime Sector

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In the blue (ocean) economy, women are riding the wave of Africa’s maritime sector. Women have an unrivaled opportunity to drive the industrialization of Africa’s oceans, according to Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the African Union chairwoman of the 54-member African Union.

“Women have come together and … those who work in the industry … want to see how they can be entrepreneurs in the industry,” says Dlamini-Zuma.

Learn more:  Why women must ride the wave of Africa’s maritime sector

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Colleagues On Tap Eager to Export Concept to Other Countries

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Jayne Graham, who came up with the idea of Colleagues on Tap (COT) five years ago after working at home herself for many years, sold her business to concentrate on her coaching and consultancy practice, 20:20 Consulting. Durham-born entrepreneur Jo Cameron purchased COT from Graham and has ambitious plans to grow the company exponentially both in the UK and abroad.

COT helps home-based small business owners come together on a regular basis in an office environment for the day. Once there, they are able to share experiences, peer mentor one another and combat the isolation of working alone.

“Once you look abroad it becomes a mind-blowing opportunity which is my ultimate aim. I [Graham] have strong links in Australia and America and this is an export opportunity I am eager to take to those countries.”

Read more: Colleagues on Tap Set for International Expansion Thanks to Durham Entrepreneur

Photo courtesy:  Colleagues on Tap

Women’s Participation in Exporting

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We are excited to learn that the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) is working on an extensive study, “Women’s Participation in Exporting,” which will:

Initiate the creation of a dataset similar to the data analyzed by Barbara Orser in her 2011 paper in the 2015 fiscal year. The SBA Office of Advocacy has expressed interest as well; together, the NWBC and the Office of Advocacy have opened discussions with Census about “contracting” this research to their office. A report analyzing the data would potentially commence in FY2016.

Together with NWBC, we know that encouraging women-owned, women-led firms to internationalize represents an economic development opportunity.

NWBC says:

Without accurate information about the influence of gender, opportunities for growth and international trade may not realize their full potential, possibly leading to sub-optimal economic welfare.

We look forward to working with the NWBC to help make this project a success and will share with all of you progress updates as they become available.

Screenshot courtesy:  Canadian Women Entrepreneurs, Research and Public Policy:  A Review of Literature

Helping Move the Needle for Women Entrepreneurs Worldwide

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Alicia Robb (pictured), senior fellow, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, attended her first ever Startup Weekend Women’s Edition in South America.  Startup Weekend is a program of Up Global that starts on a Friday night with roughly 100 people in a room, about half of whom pitch a business idea over the course of a 54-hour weekend event in cities all over the world.  What the experience taught Alicia is that gender-specific entrepreneurship support is a global need.  (Note:  That’s what WEGG is about.)

When the program began, the first pitch was made by a man. By pitch three, Alicia was squirming in her seat, and after pitch five, well, you better read the article to find out what went on.

Women Founders:  Step Up, Speak Out, Lean In

Screenshot courtesy:  Kauffman Foundation

One more thing, to gain insight into the role that unconscious bias plays in early-stage entrepreneurship, read:  Why Are There So Few Women Entrepreneurs?

Meet Our New Board of Directors for Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global (WEGG)

WEGGIn order to meet the needs of fast-growing women-led/owned business owners and entrepreneurs like yourself, we are changing the formal structure of WEGG and will announce more about it soon.  It takes a village to accomplish great things in our world so I’d like to take a moment to introduce you to our new Board.  With International Women’s Day today, this is great time to feel proud to be a woman and for WEGG to make this announcement.  After all, the women of the world make it happen not just today, but everyday.

The following individuals have committed to building WEGG into an educational organization where every women business owner and entrepreneur can learn everything imaginable about how to take a business global — wherever she might be located.

Laurel Delaney

Laurel J. Delaney is founder and president of Chicago-based GlobeTrade.com, a management consulting company that helps entrepreneurs and small businesses go global. The United States Small Business Administration has recognized Ms. Delaney as a world-renowned global small business expert by naming her the Illinois Exporter of the Year. She is the author of … read more.

Laura Fairman

Laura Fairman is the Founder and Lead Designer of Blue Canvas, a web and graphic design consultancy. For 14 years Laura has enabled small and mid-size businesses to have confidence in all facets of their online and printed marketing.  Laura is motivated by … read more.

Patti Ross

Patricia Ross is President and Founder of Patricia Ross & Associates, Inc., a consulting company that provides one-on-one coaching to individuals who are interested in building key business relationships and strengthening their leadership skills. She helps clients create and implement a strategy for successful career growth.  Ms. Ross was formerly … read more.

Nancy Stachnik

While working her way through Mundelein College as a bank teller, Nancy discovered she had a knack for numbers. This led to a long and rewarding career as a community banker in Chicago. A seasoned veteran of the rollicking financial M&A … read more.

Kati Suominen

Dr. Kati Suominen is Founder and CEO of both the equity crowdfunding platform TradeUp Capital Fund and the trade research firm Nextrade Group, LLC.  She is also Adjunct Professor at UCLA Anderson School of Management and Adjunct Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).  She previously served as Fellow … read more.

A big welcome to these new Board members, each of whom brings the kind of intellect, creativity, commitment and energy that WEGG needs to to grow in the future.

Photo courtesy:  WEGG

 

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

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Our mission with Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global (WEGG) is to educate women business owners and entrepreneurs worldwide on how to go global so they can run healthier businesses and create a new future for themselves, their families and their community.  We are thrilled that The White House is also working to enable women business owners to export their products:

It is important for women-owned businesses and firms to be able to export their products. Why? 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. – Source:  Unlocking Export Opportunities for Women-Owned Businesses | The White House

Watch for more information from us at WEGG as we roll out new programs that educate women business owners and entrepreneurs on how to go global!

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Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Women Are in Power in the Chinese Year of the Sheep

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Out with the Year of the Galloping Horse (that’s my year by the way), and in with the Year of the Sheep, timid, with new hopes, new dreams and new aspirations.  What does the Year of the Sheep have in store for women?  According to The Philippine Star:

This is the year of womanpower, what with the southwest direction (signifying women) being lucky. The gentle loving hands that rock the cradle will surely rule the world. Female energy is at its peak, which may point to a woman ruling the presidential race in 2016 in a possible scenario of last-minute changes.

What else does the Year of the Sheep bring to all of us?  Find out here.

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Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Brilliant Female Foreign Policy Minds Exist. Let’s Unearth Them.

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As the New York Times article Binders Full of women Foreign Policy Experts states, “brilliant female foreign policy minds exist in spades — it’s just a matter of how we get them on the op-ed page and on television talking about their expertise on a level equal to men. The stakes are high, not only for gender parity, but for our perceptions of the world.”

Let’s work together to break barriers for women — whether in the media, taking a business global or elsewhere.  We need to own our expertise and go after whatever we want to accomplish in life.

Are you with me?  If so, give a Tweet!

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Posted by:  Laurel Delaney


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