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Hello Government: Ease Red Tape for Women Entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia


According to Aisha Natu, who writes a weekly column in a local Saudi Arabia paper, current regulations and bureaucracy is hampering the development of businesses run by women in Saudi Arabia.  She says, “Women don’t only want to be seen, they want to actively participate and translate their aspirations into reality.”

About Aisha Natu:

She became the head of the board of directors for Eye to Eye Optics, a company that was started in 1990, and became one of the 27 fastest growing firms in Saudi Arabia. The company then split into three, which included optometry, training, and advertising and media.  She now runs the three companies, which has 100 employees.

Read the entire article:  Women investors seek support to fight red tape

Photo Credit: Mink

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Think Bigger About Your Global Potential

Changes are a coming for women.  More women are becoming entrepreneurs.  More women are expanding their businesses globally.  More women are thinking differently and bigger about their global potential.  More women are connecting with other women in different parts of the world to build their businesses.  And more women are living the life they want by choice.

… [a] study [published by The World Bank on Why Gender Matters] agrees, however, with everyone I spoke to about what women need, particularly globally, saying, “While the number of women operating their own business is increasing globally, women continue to face huge obstacles that stunt the growth of their businesses, such as lack of capital, strict social constraints, and limited time and skill.”

Read the entire article:  What Global Women Business Owners Need To Grow (a November 2013 article but still relevant)

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Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

2014 Was the Break-out Year for Female Entrepreneurs

Why has Forbes referred to 2014 as the break-out year for female entrepreneurs? Reasons are aplenty:

For example, nearly 20 percent of early stage “angel” funding was invested in women-led businesses in 2012 – a growth of 40 percent from the previous year. The number of women-led businesses with more than $10 million in revenue increased 57 percent – significantly faster than the growth rate of $10 million-plus businesses overall.

As the article below says, “Supporting female entrepreneurship is not only the right thing to do – it’s the smart thing.”

Agree?  If you do, like this page and share like crazy!  Can’t wait for 2015 — the year female entrepreneurs SOAR globally!

Doing Better: NC a leader in supporting female entrepreneurs

Photo courtesy:  Flickr

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Female Entrepreneurs Are Critical for Building a Stronger Economy


Below is a great interview that Jeremy Quittner, Staff Writer for Inc. and conducted with Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker at the recent Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Morocco.  They talk about immigration reform, why female entrepreneurs are critical for building a stronger economy, and how businesses can be agents for change.

Here’s one remark she makes in the interview:

What I am struck by is issues that I hear women talk to me about throughout my career, and the ones I am hearing women talk about here at this conference are the same. They are: How do I manage my time? How do I get better access to capital? I need a mentor. Where do I get an education? Or, I can’t afford to get an MBA because I need to build my business, so I need access to online education, or quick education. These are the same questions asked around the world.

Note: This is why in 2015 we are going to start offering online training to help women entrepreneurs grow.  Meanwhile, take a look at WEDAY.

Read the entire interview:  Penny Pritzker on Immigration and Why Female Entrepreneurs are So Critical

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Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Women Business Owners Are Encouraged to Happily Trade Overseas

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What do a lot of women think the key to success is in exporting?  Surprisingly enough, many think face-to-face meetings are critical because you cannot get your idea across in an email.  I don’t necessarily agree with that because if you do a fantastic job marketing your products via social media platforms (like this one, for example), customers will not only find you but be excited about buying from you.

One female business owner who I agree with, Suzie de Rohan Willner, chief executive for Fitflop, following a career in international sales for global fashion brand, said this about exporting:

Suzie told delegates there are a number of stages to successful trading internationally, starting with creating a strong brand identity, surrounding yourself by positive people and networking, finding a balance between creating strong foundations for your business while being flexible to accommodate foreign cultures, carrying out research and having confidence in yourself and your brand.

Read the entire article:  Women encouraged to join the export race

Two other related points:

  1. Be sure to have a look at the book I wrote on exporting and …
  2. I plan to begin a “How to export a product or service to everyone on the planet” series in 2015.  Watch for more news on this soon.  Can’t wait to have you participate.

Photo courtesy: Fitflop

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Women Entrepreneurs Light Up the Holidays

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In Manila, Bacolod, Tacloban, Pampanga, Batangas and Davao, more than 400,000 women small business owners participated in Sari-Saring Happiness Day.  Coca-Cola (part of the global 5by20 Program) launched it to brighten Christmas all over the Philippines.

“Christmas is the most celebrated season in the Philippines, so Coca-Cola mounted this campaign to recognize the women who light up our communities, and at the same time help drive sales to their businesses.  We have gone through a lot of challenges this year, so we want to send a reminder that even with the trials of every day, some truths remain the same—we can all derive happiness from sharing and spending time with the communities and the people who matter to us,” said Adel Tamano, Coca-Cola vice president for public affairs and communications. Training, financial services.

Read more:  Count on women entrepreneurs to brighten Christmas

Related post:  The Coca-Cola Company:  Empowering 5 Million Women Entrepreneurs by 2020

Screenshot courtesy:  Coca-Cola Philippines

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney


Take Your Business to the World


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

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