Archive for October, 2009

Women Are Productive Global Economic Agents

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A very thoughtful post by Manuel Bueno, NextBillion.net, Development through Enterprise:

It still baffles me that there are not more BoP businesses making use of women’s skills to enhance their economic and social bottom lines. For example, looking at the details of the many fellowship opportunities or upcoming conferences (a list of which was recently provided by Francisco Noguera), the role of women is barely touched upon, if at all. Yet the earning power of women globally is expected to reach $18 trillion by 2014 – a $5 trillion rise for current income. That is more than twice the estimated 2014 GDP of China and India combined. This is a huge lost opportunity, which I already mentioned in one of my posts some time ago and which is creating important business opportunities. To start with, women are productive economic agents that can contribute valuable assets to the commercial efforts in any company. As members of local communities …

read the entire commentary, “The BoP Community Has To Do Much More for Women,” here.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

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Homepreneurs See Global In Their Future

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BusinessWeek’s recent article The Rise of the Homepreneur highlights the increasingly important role that home-based businesses play in the US economy.  The article references an Emergent Research study on homepreneurs, which is based on data from the Network Solutions Small Business Success Index (SBSI) . 

If you’re a home-based business, you’re not alone.  Home-based businesses account for over half of all US businesses.  And more importantly, these home-based businesses as a sector employ more people than the venture-backed industry, including firms like Microsoft, Intel and Google.

For all you globetrotters, take note:  Homepreneurs’ influence doesn’t stop at the US border.  Digging through additional data from the SBSI survey, we found that US home-based businesses increasingly see global as the way of the future.  In fact, 35% of all homepreneurs (entrepreneurs whose home-based businesses contribute at least half of their total household income) see their industry becoming more global.  Outsourcing production and reaching new markets are two reasons that small businesses – both home-based and non-home based – give for broadening their scope to the international marketplace.

Posted by:  Carolyn Ockels

Five Best Practices That Make Going Global Happen

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I have concluded that right now there are five (5) best practices that make going global happen:

1.  Innovation.

2.  Technology.

3.  Global entrepreneurship.

4.  Sustainability practices.

5.  Green initiatives.

If you follow these practices, watch your business grow global.  Read more here.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

We Are Women; Hear Us Roar

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An excerpt from a recent Huffington Post headlined, “Water and Women:  A Gender Crisis, a Global Opportunity:”

The world finally seems to be awakening to the inherent power that women possess – energy and talent that is needed to address the many challenges that face our planet.  This past March – also known as International Women’s Month – President Obama said, “We will not sow the seeds for a brighter future or reap the benefits of the change we need without the full and active participation of women around the world.”  Goldman Sachs used the month to publish its landmark “Womenomics” report which found that investments in women correlates to real economic growth in developed and developing countries.

Read more here.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Women in the Lead: Globally

WomenInTheLeadIn working with one of our clients, Verio, the global leader in hosting, we are developing wonderful resources that help SMBs go global (web hosting is a key consideration by the way).  When you have time, check out the latest newsletter edition which covers:

5 Tips to Lead Your Company Out of a Downturn (video)

7 Ways to Strategically Use Social Media and Social Networking to Grow Your Business

Work Your Website:  7 Tips for Turning Global Browsers into Buyers

These resources will continue to be available at WEGG on the right sidebar under the ACCESS badge (just click on it).  We hope you find the information useful to growing your business globally.  If you do, please let us know (we welcome constructive feedback) and feel free to spread the good word on to others who might benefit from the information.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Women Nobel Laureates in the World

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The Nobel Prize has been awarded to women 36 times between 1901 and 2008. Only one woman, Marie Curie, has been honoured twice, with the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics and the 1911 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. This means that 35 women in total have been awarded the Nobel Prize between 1901 and 2008. This year, that number changes.

We have two more American women (and a gentleman) to add to the list in 2009 for winning the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. They are:

Elizabeth H. Blackburn (1/3 of the prize) — University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA

Carol W. Greider (1/3 of the prize) — John Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA

Jack W. Szostak (1/3 of the prize) — Harvard Medical School; Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Read more about it here. And we are confident more women Nobel Laureates will be announced in 2009 and for many years to come.

Our heartfelt congratulations to all three for overcoming obstacles and persevering until they achieved their desired outcomes. What a wonderful accomplishment that will help all of us worldwide because as we understand it, their work has set the stage for research suggesting that cancer cells use telomerase to sustain their uncontrolled growth. Scientists are studying whether drugs that block the enzyme can fight the disease.

Press release (10/5/09).

Illustration: A conceptual diagram showing the protein component of telomerase (hTERT) in grey and the RNA component (hTR) in yellow.

Photo credits: here.

Added October 13, 2009:  First woman — Elinor Ostrom — wins Nobel Prize for economics!

Posted by: Laurel Delaney

Women Who Shake Up The World To Make It Better

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Five hundred (500) women from 45 countries are gathering in Miami, Florida, U.S.A. this week on a mission: to make the world better.

The International Women’s Forum (IWF) runs Wednesday through Friday, and will include top women leaders from the fields of government, business, research, innovation and science.

Here’s a snapshot of one of the women who will be honored:

Dr. Sylvia Earle (pictured), an acclaimed marine biologist, has swum with fish in just about every ocean in the world.

She’s explored miles and miles of coral reefs, scaled undersea mountains, walked untethered on the sea floor and holds the world record for the deepest underwater dive in a submersible vessel.

During her lifetime, she has spent 7,000 hours diving under the sea, a watery realm she has passionately championed for half a century.

And at 74, she is still shaking up the world about the endangered blue part of our planet.

Read more here.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Women Entrepreneurs Gain Skills and Knowledge to Succeed in Global Marketplace

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AMIDEAST, America-Midwest Educational and Training Services, Inc. and the Cisco Entrepreneur Institute are collaborating to provide training that will help translate the region’s entrepreneurial potential into new jobs and economic growth.

“The Cisco Entrepreneur Institute fits closely with AMIDEAST’s commitment to providing training and educational opportunities for young men and women seeking to gain skills and knowledge that will enable them to be successful in the global marketplace. We look forward to making these resources available to support individual and institutional advancement and the development of new ideas in the public and private arena.”

Read more here.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney


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