Archive for February, 2013

Advancing Women Entrepreneurs in Malaysia


The Association of Bumiputra Women Entrepreneur Network of Malaysia (WENA), established in 2003, aims to have 500 young Bumiputera women entrepreneurs by year-end, from the current 350.

“We want to attract new members through networking sessions, the social media, training and via engagement with government agencies,” says WENA President, Nuraizah Shamsul Baharin.  She goes on to say, “We have a great talent pool of entrepreneurs doing amazing things in various industries. But what we have yet to do is extensively highlight and promote these women leaders.”

WENA is a not-for-profit association, dedicated towards championing women’s right in business and profession.

Read the entire article here.

Visit WENA’s Facebook page.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Women Are Creating Businesses at a Fast Pace In Our World


For the first time in 13 years, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) study of 59 economies shows that women are creating businesses at a greater rate than men in three economies and in four others, the rates are nearly equal.

In Ghana, Nigeria and Thailand the rate of nascent women is higher than men and in Brazil, Ecuador, Uganda and Switzerland the start-up rates by gender are equal. While in the other 52 economies the rates of women’s start-up are lower than men, sometimes up to 6x lower, this is generally good news, perhaps signaling a positive trend. This equalization follows decades of legislative, policy and socio-cultural changes that have gradually empowered, supported and trained women to perceive opportunities and believe they have the capabilities to start businesses.

Find out why this matters:  How Women Entrepreneurs are Transforming Economies and Communities

Illustration credit:  Babson College

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney


Women Make Global Trade a Force for Good


The world is no longer flat but truly a valuable place for everyone to conduct business.  And WEConnect International, a non-profit organization that helps women business owners succeed in the global marketplace, is helping to facilitate the opportunity.

Globally, women now earn at least $12 trillion annually, a number expected to rise to $18 trillion by 2014, according to the Boston Consulting Group. American women spent around $108 billion last year on apparel, according to NPD Group, and the United States imported over $100 billion’s worth of apparel from overseas, around 40% of it from China alone.

Read the entire article:  Doing Business Across Borders | Women in the World Foundation

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Florida Has It Right: Helping Women Business Owners Export


The Florida Women’s Business Center will present a breakfast seminar this Tuesday, February 5th to help local businesses identify resources to take their products and services global such as through trade missions, grants and export assistance.

Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll will address the conference, which also will feature a panel and talks byBusinessWomenROCK representatives from the Small Business Administration, Enterprise Florida and the Department of Commerce.

The seminar starts 8:30 a.m. at the Wyndham Hotel in Boca Raton (U.S. 75.00 fee).

For more information and to register visit:  Florida Women’s Business Center News

Illustration credits:  Florida Women’s Business Center News

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

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