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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 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

Sizzle and Sparkle on SME Exports

Laurel Delaney has published a book on exporting.  Photo courtesy:  Richard Chapman/Chicago Sun-Times.

Laurel Delaney has published a book on exporting. Photo courtesy: Richard Chapman/Chicago Sun-Times.

A big thanks to reporter Sandra Guy (@SandraGuy) at the Chicago Sun-Times for the wonderful interview she did with Laurel Delaney:  The Sitdown:  Laurel Delaney see plenty of sparkle for Chicago exports.

Be sure to read the the first part of the interview that starts with We are converting … because it involves Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global (WEGG)!

Can’t wait to share what we have in store for WEGG.  Stay tuned.  Happy 2015!

Photo courtesy:  Richard Chapman/Chicago Sun-Times

Due to Challenges in India, Women Become Entrepreneurs

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An all-women fish-pickle unit based in Chennai-India, operated and owned by Sea Dot, a self-help group of female fish workers whose communities were shattered by the tsunami of Dec. 26, 2004, has become a way to build back lives for the women’s families after the destruction of their houses and fishing boats.

Many of the women involved in Sea Dot have no other skills then to do what they are doing so the thought of losing their jobs is scary but not as frightening as what they have already been through with the tsunami.

What the women have learned in the course of rebuilding their lives is how to run a community business efficiently and become entrepreneurs:

In 2008, the women took charge of the unit, overseeing its official registration in the name of their self-help group and bar-coded to identify their products worldwide. They divided responsibilities for purchase of raw materials, managing accounts, marketing, maintenance, quality control and redress grievances.

There’s no turning back on thriving.  Read the entire article:  Women of the Tsunami Face Business Survival Test

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

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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

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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

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Posted by:  Laurel Delaney


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