Archive for February, 2010

Housewives Turned Global Entrepreneurs

What drives women to become entrepreneurs and how do these motivations differ from those of men?  Some feel the greatest discrepancy lies in the work-family balance factor.

Snippet from article:

I’m beginning to wonder: maybe the glass ceiling that currently exists isn’t such a bad thing after all. It is allowing women to experiment and explore their own boundaries, which without this barrier may not have driven women to this economic frontier as fast as it has today. Women are destined to run large businesses and corporations and this will be the next step; women will soon be asked: “What is it that made you choose to grow your business into a global Fortune 500 company?” Instead of: “Why entrepreneurship?”. Women are currently at the centre of their household domains and are approaching the centre of their very own public corporate domain.

The future is definitely looking very bright for young female entrepreneurs …

Read the entire article here.

What’s your motivation for growing your business global?

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

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How to Leverage Government Export Assistance to Expand Your Overseas Sales

If you are a U.S.A. manufacturer and wish to learn more about Exim Bank’s capabilities to help you grow your business globally, then listen up.

“Exports Live!” Seminar Series Successfully Brings Ex-Im Bank to Small Businesses

More than 1,500 attended a half-day interactive seminar series created by five federal agencies to demonstrate how local businesses can successfully leverage government export assistance to expand sales of U.S. goods and services in foreign markets and increase their bottom lines. The first seminar kicked in New York City’s Marriott Marquis hotel on Oct. 5, 2009 and was followed by similar sessions in Boston (Oct. 6), Miami (Oct. 26), Houston (Oct. 27), Chicago (Nov. 10), Los Angeles (Nov. 16), Seattle (Nov. 17), and Detroit (Dec. 11). The eight-city “Exports Live!: Real Deals, Real Profits” series reviewed strategies and partnerships used by local small and medium-size businesses that have already discovered how to increase profitability through exporting.

For all upcoming trade seminars visit:  www.exim.gov/seminars.

Women small business exporters

go here!

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Women Don’t Always Get a Fair Shake In Our World

We’ve come a long way from the discrimination and struggles faced in the previous century when it came to getting an education and finding a job, but the sad reality is that when you look at the hard facts, there is still a fair amount of inequality when it comes to women’s role in the working world.

Here are ten eye-opening stats to see where women really are in the working world and get some inspiration to see where changes need to be made and where advancements can be lauded for this generation and the next.

  1. Women comprise 46% of the total U.S. labor force.
  2. Women make only 77.5 cents for every dollar that men earn.
  3. The more education a woman has, the greater the disparity in her wages.
  4. Women may work longer to receive the promotions that provide access to higher pay.
  5. Women business owners employ 35% more people than all the Fortune 500 companies combined.
  6. Women account for 46% of the labor force, but 59% of workers making less than $8 an hour.
  7. Only 53% of employers provide at least some replacement pay during periods of maternity leave.
  8. Four in ten businesses worldwide have no women in senior management.
  9. Women earned less than men in 99% of all occupations.
  10. Minority women fare the worst when it comes to equal pay.

Read the entire feature here:

The Gender Gap: 10 Surprising Stats on Women in the Workplace

Photo credit:  A few good women

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Take Your E-Commerce Brand to International Success

No matter how fantastic your service or product offering, if it doesn’t resonate with the locals it may as well not exist.  Here are ten tips to take your e-commerce brand to international success.

1. Strategy and planning

2. Think about the platform

3. Localisation

4. Merchandising and content

5. SEO

6. Marketing

7. Fulfilment

8. Checkout and transaction processing

9. Legal and regulatory issues

10. Resourcing

Read the entire article here.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Positioning Your Business for Global Growth

Recently, the Business and Professional Women – Amman (BPWA) held its second Corporate Ambassadors Program (CAP), “Green Businesses: Sustainability as a Business Strategy.”

The conference brought together leading experts in the field of sustainability and business growth from the U.S. and Jordan.

The one-day conference allowed for extensive dialogue between the panelists and the audience.

The first panel, moderated by Hala Al Ayoubi, former president of the BPWA, focused on general concepts of sustainability as a business strategy and included all three U.S. Corporate Ambassadors. They offered insights into the international perspective of going green, positioning your company vis-à-vis the media and community stakeholders, and highlighted green business with revenues of at least $1 million created by women entrepreneurs.

The second panel, called “Green Initiatives and Policies in Jordan,” was moderated by Suzanne Afaneh, a member of the BPWA and director of communication and CSR at Zain Telecommunication.

The third panel was a practical session that allowed each speaker to share tips for incorporating sustainable practices into their business.

The program highlighted techniques for positioning and marketing a business for growth, and included two case studies.

To learn more, go here.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

What The World Needs Now is More Women Leaders

While women worldwide are making gains in all levels of government, the most recent Pew Global Attitudes survey of 46 countries and the Palestinian territories finds that publics around the world express mixed opinions about women and political leadership.

The countries of Western Europe, North America and Latin America generally include the highest proportions of respondents who rate men and women as equally good political leaders. Roughly two-thirds in Argentina (68%) express that view, while 17% say men are better leaders and 9% prefer women. In the United States, fully three-quarters say men and women make equally good political leaders, and that opinion is even more widespread in Western Europe.

In Sweden, the highest ranking country in terms of female political empowerment, fully nine-in-ten say men and women are equally good leaders. In Kuwait, on the other hand, where women were given the right to vote and to run for office for the first time in 2005, only one-third say men and women are equally good as political leaders while more than six-in-ten (62%) say men are better.

Read more about the fascinating results here.

Chart source: Pew Research Center

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Hello World, It’s Icy Cold in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

Thought you would appreciate these stunning photos I captured today at the lakefront in Rogers Park (seven miles North of downtown Chicago), Illinois, U.S.A.  As cold as it is today (upper 20s), with the sun shining bright, it makes for a magnificent day to take a crisp walk, ice skate or downhill ski.

Wherever you are in the world, we say “hello” and  hope you are enjoying your weekend.  Back with you soon.

Photo credit:  Laurel Delaney.  Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Desperately Seeking Women Entrepreneurs In India

Dr. Andrea Smith-Hunter, a professor at Siena College in the United States, is writing a book on women entrepreneurs globally and needs our help to get it done.  To broaden her research effort, she is specifically seeking women entrepreneurs from India (such as Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, pictured; but you can be running any size enterprise) to complete this survey which takes approximately 10-15 minutes.

We hope you will take the time to participate in this study as soon as possible.  Preliminary results from her research will be made available on June 30, 2010.  The book, “Women Entrepreneurs in the Global Marketplace,” will be published by Edward Elgar Publishing in late 2010.

The goal of the study is to provide the world with additional insight on all women entrepreneurs globally.

More from Dr. Smith-Hunter:

You were selected as a part of representative sample of women business owners to complete the online questionnaire. Through the information obtained, we hope to learn more about the economic success of women business owners. We hope that the information obtained will assist women business owners like yourself, regarding the challenges they face when initiating the start up, or the continuous operation of the business.

The questionnaire should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.  We wish to make clear that the answers you provide will be kept completely confidential. Your participation in this study is voluntary.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone (518) 782-0220, or by e-mail:  ahunter(at)siena.edu.

Again, go here to take the Women Entrepreneur Survey.  More about the survey here in a news release.

We thank you in advance for your kind participation.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney


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