Archive for September, 2014

Jack Ma Says Chinese Women Are Becoming Superwomen

Jack Ma, Alibaba

Jack Ma, Alibaba

At the Clinton Global Initiative’s 10th annual meeting in New York on September 23rd, Jack Ma, founder of the Alibaba Group (pictured), says:

“I admire Chinese women because a large number of them are both responsible mothers and successful entrepreneurs,” said Ma, adding that Chinese women have become superwomen, many of whom depend on Alibaba’s entrepreneurship platform.

China-based e-commerce giant Alibaba, which went public on the New York Stock Exchange this month, has female employees which account for 40 percent of Alibaba’s staff, and nine out of the 30 co-founders of the company are females, accounting for nearly 30 percent.

Read the entire article:  Jack Ma Urges Chinese Women to Pursue Career Dreams

Photo Credit: World Economic Forum

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

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The Ministry of Commerce and Supplies (MoCS) Puts in Request: Women Entrepreneurs Should Increase Exports

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The Ministry of Commerce and Supplies (MoCS) in Singha Durbar, Kathmandu recently met with women entrepreneurs associated with the Federation of Women Entrepreneurs Association Nepal (FWEAN) to discuss export potentials and transit issues with neighboring India and Bangladesh.

What came out of the meeting?

In the meeting, officials of the ministry requested women entrepreneurs to increase export of products with maximum value addition.

Further, MoCS wants to support women entrepreneurs on the development of products that have a competitive edge.

Read more:  Women entrepreneurs told to raise value addition in export

(Separately but related to exporting, great to connect with many of you on the WIPP exporting webinar.  I’ll be presenting the next one (complimentary) 10/14.  Be sure to join in!)

Photo courtesy:  FWEAN

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

 

 

Getting Started in Exporting. Are You Ready?

ShipmentsReadyForExport

Reminder – please join me at a webinar I am giving this Thursday, September 18th at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT (plan on about an hour for the webinar). Here are the six things I will cover:

1.  Why this is the best and easiest time ever to export!
2.  What you need to do to get your business export ready
3.  How to craft a back-of-the napkin export business plan
4.  How to create a social media and networking presence
5.  How to market your business worldwide
6.  How to use e-commerce sites as stepping-stones to export success

To learn more and to register, visit:  Export NOW 110:  Getting Started in Exporting.  Are You Ready? – Women Impacting Public Policy
(http://www.wipp.org/events/event_details.asp?id=454554)

I look forward to connecting with you on Thursday!  Please share with anyone you think might benefit from the webinar – thanks!

Related post:  Please Join Laurel Delaney For An Export Webinar (9/18/14)

Photo Credit: Lance Cunningham

Posted by: Laurel J. Delaney

Investing In Women Is Fair and Right and Makes Sense (and Here’s Why)

Samoa

Samoa

According to Samoa International Trade Centre (ITC) executive director Arancha Gonzalez, women put back 90 per cent of their earnings into the community compared to 40 per cent with men.  “It’s a statistic that shows why investing in women is not just fair or right but actually makes sense,” says Gonzalez.

Further, “because women re-invest in the communities so heavily they are a powerful instrument to achieve development.”

According to Gonzalez, only one per cent of the global procurement market goes to women.  The Samoa program will help women’s groups produce enough quantities, with the necessary quality standards, packaging and labeling.

I just love the quote that is mentioned in the article:

“The Body Shop founder, the late Anita Roddick, said many years ago: “If you can’t see the face of the farmer in what you are doing, then what you are doing is wrong.”

Read more … Women Invest 90% Back Into Communities

Photo courtesy:  NeilsPhotography

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

 

 


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