Empowering Women Entrepreneurs Changes the Outcomes for Future Generations

At the MEDays Forum panel “Bolstering Growth Through Gender Equality,” nine women were featured from different parts of the world and from different industrial sectors. The session was moderated by Aghadeer Jweihan, the director of the office of Jordan’s Princess Taghrid Mohammad and an entrepreneur.  The Forum took place in Tangier (Morocco), considered the ‘Davos of Africa.’

Ingrid Bouterse-Waldring, the first lady of Suriname and the panel’s chair, stressed that encouraging female entrepreneurs has benefits that are not merely financial: Empowered women change the outcomes for future generations. For single mothers, self-employment allows them the greater flexibility needed in their schedules to care for children.

Several points that came out of the Forum:

1.  Women need to be bolder.
2.  Women should be running big [global] companies.
3.  Women need to think bigger.
4.  Women need to support other women (similar to what WEGG offers).

Read more about how the MEDays Forum looks to spur economic growth by empowering women.

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Note: Don’t miss our next WEGGinar™ 12/6/17 on “Harnessing the Power of Diversity and Inclusion:  Creating a Workplace that Works” and presented by Joselyn DiPetta, Google and Managing Partner at Present Possibility. Register here:
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1837790091765976835
Event is free of charge but you must register in advance to attend.
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Women Entrepreneurs: A Global Phenomenon

In recent years, the rate of women entrepreneurs has been growing at a percentage at least double that of their male counterparts. And as Elaine Pofeldt for CNBC says, “the Golden Age for women entrepreneurs has finally begun. The stars have aligned to help trigger the trend as robust ecosystems churn out enterprising females equipped with inspiration, know-how and funding.”  We could not agree more.

Ms. Pofeldt goes on to say that a microcosm of the trend is CNBC’S inaugural Upstart 25 list, where 10 of the company fledglings were founded by women in a host of industries — from neuroscience to finance to retail.

Meanwhile, in the 40 economies participating in the sweeping Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) survey in both 2011 and 2016, women’s entrepreneurship rates rose by 13 percent on average, while male rates increased by 5 percent, according to lead author Donna Kelley, a professor of entrepreneurship at Babson College, which prepares the report with Baruch College.  The growth has been very swift in recent years.

Learn more about why women entrepreneurs will be the economic force to reckon with in 2017 and in years to come.

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Note: Don’t miss our next WEGGinar™ 12/6/17 on “Harnessing the Power of Diversity and Inclusion:  Creating a Workplace that Works” and presented by Joselyn DiPetta, Google and Managing Partner at Present Possibility. Register here:
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1837790091765976835
Event is free of charge but you must register in advance to attend.
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Women Entrepreneurs Are Crushing It

According to the National Association of Women Business Owners, as of 2015, there are more than 9.4 million women-owned businesses in the United States, employing nearly 7.9 million people and contributing $1.4 trillion into the economy.  When it comes to starting and growing a business, women entrepreneurs are crushing it.

If there’s anything that defines women entrepreneurs, it’s their ability to figure out everything from how to write a business plan to launching an app to — yes — taking a business global.

When you are ready to launch and grow your business, keep these six tips in your back pocket from women who’ve done it before.

  1. Build a network early.
  2. Hire help early.
  3. Listen to advice, but make your own decisions.
  4. Go global early [not in the article but Laurel Delaney’s advice :-)]
  5. Go for it!
  6. Be confident.

Learn what women entrepreneurs have done to crush it.

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Note: Don’t miss our next WEGGinar™ 11/1/17 on “UPS Takes the Guesswork out of Global Shipping” and presented by Andrea Cervini, UPS Illinois, Small Business Marketing Manager (https://global.ups.com/how-to-ship-internationally/). Register here:
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3272777010361474561.
Event is free of charge but you must register in advance to attend.
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Women Who Are Trying to Build Something and Take it Global

Alexis Castellano and Jill Slater won the popular Facebook show theSkimm Get Off the Couch contest through efforts at their FASTEN company. FASTEN design and technology is unique around the world and they aren’t just gaining popularity in the U.S. market but the international market is gaining momentum as well.

When asked what inspires them most?  Jill comments, “Other women business owners are my inspiration. I’ve been so inspired by the incredible community of women in business and how supportive we are for each other. It’s an amazing network of women who get up every day and are trying to build something.”

Alexis adds, “My daughters are my inspiration. I’m doing what I’m doing because I believe so passionately in our products, and I want my girls to know that whether we would succeed or not, we have already succeeded by not letting this go.”

Get off your couch 🙂 and read more … 

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Note: Don’t miss our next WEGGinar™ 11/1/17 on “UPS Takes the Guesswork out of Global Shipping” and presented by Andrea Cervini, UPS Illinois, Small Business Marketing Manager (https://global.ups.com/how-to-ship-internationally/).  Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3272777010361474561.
Event is free of charge but you must register in advance to attend.
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WEGG Unlocks Export Opportunities for Women-Owned Businesses

Michael Froman, former U.S. Trade Representative, had it right when he said it is important for women-owned businesses to be able to export their products because 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. Through exporting, women also energize our economies.

We’ve said it time and again that exporting has very real advantages and puts women business owners on a path toward greater growth and profitability.

Read more about how women worldwide are unlocking export opportunities for their businesses.

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Note: Don’t miss our next WEGGinar™ 11/1/17 on “UPS Takes the Guesswork out of Global Shipping” and presented by Andrea Cervini, UPS Illinois, Small Business Marketing Manager (https://global.ups.com/how-to-ship-internationally/).  Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3272777010361474561.
Event is free of charge but you must register in advance to attend.
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Female Entrepreneurs Face Common Challenges Worldwide

What do women entrepreneurs from Tajikistan and Milwaukee have in common?  They both face common female-owned business challenges worldwide.

Tahmina Karimova owns Ozara, a handicrafts (as shown above) company in Tajikistan.  She is one of four women from Tajikistan visiting Milwaukee, Wisconsin through the International Visitor Leadership Program, part of the U.S. State Department.  Kimberly Kane runs Kane Communications Group in Milwaukee.

The idea behind the program is to strengthen foreign relations by facilitating  conversations among local people and their visiting counterparts. Each year nearly 5,000 people come to the United States through the program, launched in 1940.

“One of the benefits for me is that every country, even one of the most advanced countries in the world, has its own problems,” said Karimova who spoke through an interpreter. “We were coming here with the idea that America is a paradise. However, we are finding out very quickly that there are many problems including female problems. It’s not all as perfect as we thought before.”

Read more … ‘We realized we all have common problems,’ says female entrepreneur from Tajikistan visiting Milwaukee.

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Note: Don’t miss our next WEGGinar™ 10/11/17 on “Navigating Global Business Travel in 2017,” and presented by Stephanie Lewin, Global Immigration Attorney at Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP (www.balglobal.com).  Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6874264726093775875.
Event is free of charge but you must register in advance to attend.
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The WEGG Library For All Things Related to Exporting

Are you aware of our library of vast resources at Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global (WEGG)?  Below is a snapshot of presentation decks where the presenters freely share their work, which means you have a choice to listen to the WEGGinar™ recording and/or review the presenter’s slides, and we also feature a couple of useful articles to accelerate your growth.

Find all 19 of our WEGGinars™ to date (September 30, 2017) here.  And, of course, don’t miss our next one below.

Meanwhile, let us know what topics you want covered in 2018.  We are already busy at work on many of them (e.g., international labelling, how to be bold in the global marketplace!, global trends in 2018, etc.)  Please email me your ideas at (ldelaney@womenentrepreneursGROWglobal.org) because we want to make sure we are helping you grow your business globally as quickly and efficiently as possible.  Thanks so much!

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Note: Don’t miss our next WEGGinar™ 10/11/17 on “Navigating Global Business Travel in 2017,” and presented by Stephanie Lewin, Global Immigration Attorney at Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP (www.balglobal.com).  Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6874264726093775875.
Event is free of charge but you must register in advance to attend.
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Super Success: The WEGG+ICNC Export Workshop Held at KOVAL Distillery

Thank you to all who attended our super successful WEGG+ICNC Export Workshop hosted at KOVAL Distillery in Chicago, September 19, 2017. Participants learned what it takes to successfully sell products overseas. The photos are for your enjoyment.

We are already at work planning our next on-the-ground WEGG workshop — stay tuned.  Meanwhile, thank you to our sponsors:  UPS, IBM and BAL.  Without their support, this program would not have been possible.  And thank you to all of you for your continued interest, support and enthusiasm to our mission.

Up next?  See below.  Learn insights from expert Stephanie Lewin on what you can and can’t do on global business travel these days.

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Note: Don’t miss our next WEGGinar™ 10/11/17 on “Navigating Global Business Travel in 2017,” and presented by Stephanie Lewin, Global Immigration Attorney at Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP (www.balglobal.com).  Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6874264726093775875.
Event is free of charge but you must register in advance to attend.
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