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National Women’s Business Council Helps Build Bridges for Women

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The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) has released its 2014 Annual Report, “Building Bridges: Leveraging Research and Relationships to Impact the Business Climate for Women.”

This report is a synthesis of our research and the implications of our findings for the women’s entrepreneurship ecosystem. Our [NWBC] research confirms that the full economic participation of women and their success in business can significantly contribute to job growth in this country and is critical to the continued economic recovery. But, they also highlight the disparities and challenges women entrepreneurs face in their business pursuits.

One summary mentioned in the report is how in September 2014, the Council explored the issue of women’s access to markets during their Public Meeting at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC — “An Afternoon with the National Women’s Business Council: Tea, Cookies, and #AccesstoMarkets,” which included three workshops to highlight opportunities for women in these marketplaces:

  1. Get Ready for Primetime – on government contracting
  2. Make Your Fortune from the Fortune 500– on corporate supplier diversity
  3. Go Global, Get Your Export On – on exporting

Access the report:  “Building Bridges: Leveraging Research and Relationships to Impact the Business Climate for Women.”

Screenshot courtesy:  NWBC

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Bounce Back From Whatever Challenges Come Your Way

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Debra Engelhardt-Nash

Debra Engelhardt-Nash was named one of the “The Top 25 Women in Dentistry,” amongst other extraordinary dentists, lab technicians, and researchers and educators recognized by Dental Products Report. In addition, she is the recipient of the 2015 Gordon Christensen Award, which acknowledges top lecturers in the dental industry.  But her life wasn’t an easy road to success.

For Nash, “a lot of extraordinary experiences” runs the gamut from childhood, when she and her mother were homeless and living out of a car, to adulthood, when she recovered fully from brain tumor surgery and regained the ability to walk without a cane, contrary to what doctors had believed. Mama’s truths instilled her with the resiliency to bounce back from whatever challenges life threw her way.

She’s come a long way.

Whether you are running a local or global business, and you experience hardship or challenges in your journey, you must pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and keep moving forward.

Read:  A Way With Words

Screenshot courtesy:  Debra Engelhardt-Nash

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney


Global Air Freight Market to Outpace World Trade Growth in 2015


Increase of cross-border trade has been indicated to be one of the major drivers for cargo traffic in the year.  According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), it expects global air freight markets to expand by 4.5% in 2015, outpacing the projected growth for world trade of 4%.

As an importer or exporter, you have a choice to ship by air or by ocean.  If you need to move product fast, air is a top choice.

Read:  Global air freight market to grow by 4.5% in 2015, says IATA

Photo Credit: caribb

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Sizzle and Sparkle on SME Exports

Laurel Delaney has published a book on exporting.  Photo courtesy:  Richard Chapman/Chicago Sun-Times.

Laurel Delaney has published a book on exporting. Photo courtesy: Richard Chapman/Chicago Sun-Times.

A big thanks to reporter Sandra Guy (@SandraGuy) at the Chicago Sun-Times for the wonderful interview she did with Laurel Delaney:  The Sitdown:  Laurel Delaney see plenty of sparkle for Chicago exports.

Be sure to read the the first part of the interview that starts with We are converting … because it involves Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global (WEGG)!

Can’t wait to share what we have in store for WEGG.  Stay tuned.  Happy 2015!

Photo courtesy:  Richard Chapman/Chicago Sun-Times

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