Archive for September, 2011

Influential Global Women Entrepreneurs Tweeting About Entrepreneurship

Here’s a list of global women entrepreneurs who are using social media platforms for sharing their entrepreneurial experience with others.

Most Influential Women Tweeting About Entrepreneurs

And one of our all-time favorite influentials is Anita Campbell, founder and CEO of Small Business Trends (as illustrated).  Congrats to Anita for making the power list!  You continue to both inspire and amaze us!

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

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Strengthening Women’s Role in the Global Economy

A great speech by a senior state department official on how to unlock a vital, undertapped resource in our world:  women.

She also makes the point that at the beginning of the 21st century, we are entering what she calls the participation age where every individual regardless of gender or other characteristics is poised to be a contributing and valued member of the global marketplace. But in order for that to happen, we have to remove the structural and social impediments stacking the deck against them, and particularly against women. We don’t have a person to waste, and we certainly don’t have …

Read:  Background Briefing on Women in the Global Economy

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

If You Don’t Fear Success, Then Go Global

Laura Fox, former director of marketing and customer service at the U.S. Small Business Administration, shares her advice on how to take your business global.  She currently runs marketing consultancy start-up:  Laura Fox Marketing Solutions.

A quick snippet of advantages to exporting:

  • “Made in the USA” still is a powerful message.
  • Lower costs for transportation and communications make exporting more cost effective.
  • Exporting allows you to stabilize seasonal markets and sales fluctuations.
  • Exporting allows you to diversify your sources of customers and revenues.

Read the entire article here.

Related articles:

14 Incentives for Importing/Exporting

Go Global or Die

How Export-Ready Is Your Business?

How to Create and Act-on An Export Business Plan

Illustration credit:  Enterprising Women Magazine

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

How Kenyan Businesswoman Succeeds After Receiving U.S. Training

Our sister organization, The Global Small Business Blog, under its parent organization GlobeTrade.com, just published their latest monthly e-newsletter, “Borderbuster,” (Issue No. 116 – sign up here) and it is only fitting for this blog post to mention the quote that was featured under the Wind Behind Your Sail section:

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” ~Winston Churchill

That said, two years ago, Eunice Mwongera (pictured left) decided to grow her Hillside Green Growers and Exporters Company, a family-owned fruit and vegetable business. A graduate of Nairobi University and former finance officer at the Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture, Ms. Mwongera, applied for the USDA Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology (Borlaug) Fellowship Program.

Within a year of completing her fellowship, Ms. Mwongera had successfully applied many of the business skills and concepts she learned. Not only had she succeeded in increasing export markets for Hillside Green from three to seven countries, but Mwongera also started her own poultry, rabbit, and fish farming operation. In addition, Mwongera modified her company’s strategic and export plans, aligned Hillside Green’s food safety standards with international industry standards, and adopted new technologies.

Learn more about Ms. Mwongera’s success story here and visit the Borlaug Fellowship Program here.

So back to Churchill’s quote above, yes, Mwongera is giving back after receiving U.S. training.  We are delighted to know and we wish her continued success with her business expansion initiatives.

Related article:

Eunice Mwongera of Hillside Green Growers Is Featured in World Bank’s Quarterly Publication

Photo courtesy here.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney


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