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Take Your Business to the World

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If you are based in Yorkshire (Northern England), it’s your lucky week on these upcoming programs.  UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), starting on Monday, (11/10), will offer expert insight into global trading opportunities.

Organized by the Forward Ladies, one of the key focuses on November 13th will be the role of women in global trading.  Aimed at female business leaders who wish to take their business to the world, the conference is designed to help both newcomers and experienced exporters who wish to take the next step in international trade.

Let’s go girls — start exporting and impact our global economy!  To learn more, visit: Help For Female Business Leaders Who Want to Export and to find out about the UK Trade & Investment’s Export Week, visit here (quick list can be found here).

Photo Credit: russelljsmith

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Big Tomato Goes Big on Exporting Creamware

From the Big Tomato Company

From the Big Tomato Company

Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, UK- based Big Tomato Company was founded by Gloria Daniel.  Since 2003, Big Tomato Company have manufactured award winning, modern English creamware in the heart of the Staffordshire Potteries selling to over 400 leading design and lifestyle stores worldwide.

Gloria will be sharing her story at an upcoming conference to encourage more women-led enterprises to export.  Exports at the business have gone from being 7.5 per cent of turnover in 2011 to around 17.5 per cent today.

Gloria says, “Before we started exporting, the biggest barriers to looking at overseas markets were probably psychological.”

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills’ (BIS) small business survey in 2012, found 18 per cent of businesses are women-led, about 860,000 SMEs.

Read more:  Longton’s Big Tomato Company shares exporting experiences

Photo courtesy:  Big Tomato Company

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Are You Attending the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2014?

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The 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, in its fifth year, will convene thousands of participants on November 19-21 in Marrakech, Morocco, and will highlight the impact of technology on modern entrepreneurship. The 2014 Summit takes place during Global Entrepreneurship Week, making it the largest of the thousands of entrepreneurship events taking place around the world that week.

Are you attending?

To learn more and to register, visit:  Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2014  (Read the news.)

Photo courtesy:  GES

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Laurel Delaney’s Export Readiness Talk

Meet Sara Murray, a Most Promising Woman Entrepreneur 2014

British entrepreneur Sara Murray, 45, has been named one of Fortune magazine’s ‘Ten Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs 2014’ for her creation of buddi, the tagging system originally designed to locate lost children.

Now used by more than 100 local authorities in the UK to help monitor the vulnerable, it has also been taken up by police forces on three continents to keep track of offenders.  Murray set up the firm in 2005 after temporarily losing her child in a supermarket.

Congratulations Sara!  We are very proud of you.

Read the entire article:  Sara Murray is named one of the ‘Ten Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs 2014′

Photo courtesy:  buddi

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

(Note: I am giving my second webinar for WIPP on Developing Export Sales and Distribution Tuesday, October 14th at noon ET.  Feel free to participate (it’s free). For more information and to register, visit: http://www.wipp.org/events/event_details.asp?id=454556)

Enabling Women Entrepreneurs to Make Better Use of Technology to Grow Their Businesses Globally

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Recently, the U.S. Department of State announced a new partnership between Ernst & Young (EY) and the Bureau of Information Resource Management’s Office of eDiplomacy at the Department of State outlining a public-private partnership that will directly benefit women entrepreneurs in four Latin American countries as part of the Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Americas Initiative (WEAmericas).

WEAmericas was launched  in 2012 by President Obama at the Summit of the Americas. WEAmericas leverages public-private partnerships to encourage inclusive economic growth in the Western Hemisphere. The initiative reduces barriers and increases opportunities for women entrepreneurs to start and grow small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) by improving: access to markets; access to capital; skills and capacity building; and leadership opportunities.

Under the partnership, EY will contribute to the long-term impact of four interactive technology workshops called “TechCamps” which the Department will conduct over the next six months.  These workshops will enable women entrepreneurs in those countries to make better use of technology to grow their businesses [globally].

Learn more:  U.S. Department of State and Ernst & Young (EY) Announce Partnership in Support of Women Entrepreneurs in the Americas

Screenshot courtesy:  EY

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Jack Ma Says Chinese Women Are Becoming Superwomen

Jack Ma, Alibaba

Jack Ma, Alibaba

At the Clinton Global Initiative’s 10th annual meeting in New York on September 23rd, Jack Ma, founder of the Alibaba Group (pictured), says:

“I admire Chinese women because a large number of them are both responsible mothers and successful entrepreneurs,” said Ma, adding that Chinese women have become superwomen, many of whom depend on Alibaba’s entrepreneurship platform.

China-based e-commerce giant Alibaba, which went public on the New York Stock Exchange this month, has female employees which account for 40 percent of Alibaba’s staff, and nine out of the 30 co-founders of the company are females, accounting for nearly 30 percent.

Read the entire article:  Jack Ma Urges Chinese Women to Pursue Career Dreams

Photo Credit: World Economic Forum

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

The Ministry of Commerce and Supplies (MoCS) Puts in Request: Women Entrepreneurs Should Increase Exports

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The Ministry of Commerce and Supplies (MoCS) in Singha Durbar, Kathmandu recently met with women entrepreneurs associated with the Federation of Women Entrepreneurs Association Nepal (FWEAN) to discuss export potentials and transit issues with neighboring India and Bangladesh.

What came out of the meeting?

In the meeting, officials of the ministry requested women entrepreneurs to increase export of products with maximum value addition.

Further, MoCS wants to support women entrepreneurs on the development of products that have a competitive edge.

Read more:  Women entrepreneurs told to raise value addition in export

(Separately but related to exporting, great to connect with many of you on the WIPP exporting webinar.  I’ll be presenting the next one (complimentary) 10/14.  Be sure to join in!)

Photo courtesy:  FWEAN

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

 

 


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