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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.

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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.

Photo credit: Shawn Calhoun

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

What It’s Like to Be a Global Woman Entrepreneur

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Anisha Singh, Founder and CEO of MyDala.com, provides five pointers for women entrepreneurs in the making:

  1. Be proud to be a woman entrepreneur — stand out rather than be a part of the crowd.
  2. Believe in yourself — if you doubt yourself, so will others.
  3. Don’t quit — never, ever give up.
  4. Innovate constantly — innovation is the spice (and growth) of a business.
  5. Avoid distraction – focus on what you are good at and put blinders on to everything else.

Read the entire article:  Five Tips for Start-ups

Photo courtesy:  MyDala.com

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

National Women’s Business Council Helps Build Bridges for Women

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The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) has released its 2014 Annual Report, “Building Bridges: Leveraging Research and Relationships to Impact the Business Climate for Women.”

This report is a synthesis of our research and the implications of our findings for the women’s entrepreneurship ecosystem. Our [NWBC] research confirms that the full economic participation of women and their success in business can significantly contribute to job growth in this country and is critical to the continued economic recovery. But, they also highlight the disparities and challenges women entrepreneurs face in their business pursuits.

One summary mentioned in the report is how in September 2014, the Council explored the issue of women’s access to markets during their Public Meeting at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC — “An Afternoon with the National Women’s Business Council: Tea, Cookies, and #AccesstoMarkets,” which included three workshops to highlight opportunities for women in these marketplaces:

  1. Get Ready for Primetime – on government contracting
  2. Make Your Fortune from the Fortune 500– on corporate supplier diversity
  3. Go Global, Get Your Export On – on exporting

Access the report:  “Building Bridges: Leveraging Research and Relationships to Impact the Business Climate for Women.”

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Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Bounce Back From Whatever Challenges Come Your Way

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Debra Engelhardt-Nash

Debra Engelhardt-Nash was named one of the “The Top 25 Women in Dentistry,” amongst other extraordinary dentists, lab technicians, and researchers and educators recognized by Dental Products Report. In addition, she is the recipient of the 2015 Gordon Christensen Award, which acknowledges top lecturers in the dental industry.  But her life wasn’t an easy road to success.

For Nash, “a lot of extraordinary experiences” runs the gamut from childhood, when she and her mother were homeless and living out of a car, to adulthood, when she recovered fully from brain tumor surgery and regained the ability to walk without a cane, contrary to what doctors had believed. Mama’s truths instilled her with the resiliency to bounce back from whatever challenges life threw her way.

She’s come a long way.

Whether you are running a local or global business, and you experience hardship or challenges in your journey, you must pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and keep moving forward.

Read:  A Way With Words

Screenshot courtesy:  Debra Engelhardt-Nash

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

 

Global Air Freight Market to Outpace World Trade Growth in 2015

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Increase of cross-border trade has been indicated to be one of the major drivers for cargo traffic in the year.  According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), it expects global air freight markets to expand by 4.5% in 2015, outpacing the projected growth for world trade of 4%.

As an importer or exporter, you have a choice to ship by air or by ocean.  If you need to move product fast, air is a top choice.

Read:  Global air freight market to grow by 4.5% in 2015, says IATA

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Posted by:  Laurel Delaney


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