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Social Entrepreneurs Push for Progress on a Global Scale

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The Schwab Foundation recently announced that 31 individuals have been named its Social Entrepreneurs of the Year 2015 — an award that honors individuals who are pushing for progress on a variety of issues affecting underserved communities.  The awardees will become part of the broader Schwab Foundation community of Social Entrepreneurs, which includes more than 300 outstanding social entrepreneurs from 60 countries.

Hilde Schwab, Co-Founder and Chairperson of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship says:

“Social entrepreneurs are visionaries but are also realists, and are ultimately concerned with the practical implementation of scalable solutions.”

She goes on to say:

“The 31 outstanding social entrepreneurs we have selected into the Schwab Foundation community this year are designing transformative models in collaboration with government and business partners to generate truly inclusive growth. As such, social entrepreneurs represent an integral and dynamic community of the World Economic Forum.”

RosanneHaggerty2015One awardee is Community Solutions which “helps communities become better problem solvers, so they can fix the expensive, badly designed systems that low income people must rely on every day.”  (Source:  Community Solutions).  Ms. Rosanne Haggerty (pictured) is co-founder and CEO of Community Solutions and is on a mission to end homelessness and strengthen communities.

Congrats to the awardees and a big thank you to Schwab Foundation for recognizing innovative approaches to progress and the potential for global impact.

Read more:  Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship Announces Social Entrepreneurs of 2015

Complete listing of awardees.

Screenshot courtesy:  Schwab Foundation

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The Buck Stops in Barbados With Women Who Export

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Two winning entrepreneurs from a Women’s Entrepreneurship Day breakfast hosted in Barbados, Nadaline Cummings of Caribbean E-Waste Management and Marcia Weekes of Step By Step Productions, are pioneers in exporting in non-traditional sectors.  Take Marcia, for example:

Marcia Weekes is a pioneer in the film industry in Barbados, producing films through her company, Step by Step Productions, since 2008. Her first film,Hush, played to thousands of secondary school students in Barbados and to sold-out crowds at the Olympus Theatres. She had similar success with her Hush 2 and Hush 3 movies, and her movie Chrissy was nominated for Best International Film at the Bronze Lens Film Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. She has exported her films to the Caribbean and the diaspora.

Congratulations to both award winners.  We are very proud of you!

What this tells us is that whether it is Marcia in Barbados or Mary from Chicago, women are ready to export and only need knowledge and access to markets to go beyond the borders.  WEGG will provide both.

Don’t forget to sign up for more information on our first WEGG webinar “Getting Started in Exporting: Ready Your Business for Growth” on Jan. 6, 2016.

Read more:  Wowed by the women

Spread the Good Word: WEGG Is Set to Help Women Business Owners Export

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It’s official!  Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global (WEGG) has been launched and is committed to helping women-owned and women-led businesses increase their access to knowledge about exporting their products or services, grow their revenue, create jobs, and make an even more impactful contribution to their families and the economy.

Read the news (11/18/15):  New Education-based Nonprofit to Help Women Business Owners Export

Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 9.58.19 AMAnd be sure to sign up to receive information about our first webinar scheduled for Wednesday, January 6, 2016.  We call these educational webinars WEGG Wednesdays and they will take place the first Wednesday of every month in 2016 with the goal to help you take your business to the next level of growth through exports.

Stop At Nothing to Get Your Story Told Worldwide

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Racing Nellie Bly is based on historical characters, Nellie Bly (a writer, industrialist and inventor) and Elizabeth Bisland (a journalist and author). In 1890, these rivaling journalists from New York City raced each other in opposite directions to beat the record around the world in eighty days.

Barbara Wadkins discovered Bly and Bisland long before they were popular and wrote a spec script for a feature film. It came very close to getting picked up by several companies, but never quite hit. But she continues to tell the story so others can benefit from the heroes these women were.

A little history on Nellie:

Nellie Bly embraced the changes. She pushed the envelope of investigative reporting and stunt journalism, making front-page headlines. Bly loved the electric excitement in the air. Joseph Pulitzer, publisher of The New York World, found in her his secret weapon to compete for outrageous headlines. Bly masterminded incredible schemes, donned elaborate disguises, aked exotic accents — in short, she stopped at nothing to get her story.

Here’s a clip from the Barbara’s site to get a better idea about Nellie:

Nellie Bly “held her breath until she turned blue” in the offices of her editors. She had been routinely writing front-page articles that had caused readership to surge. With her fan base growing, Bly was always searching for new ideas to top her own records. Restless and wanting something bigger, she had an idea that she believed would grip audiences around the world.

A little history on Elizabeth:

Elizabeth Bisland, on the other hand, loved things the way they were. She was a beautiful, snooty, high-society essayist who believed in ladylike behavior and did not allow her byline to appear on her scholarly articles. Bisland resented and feared the changes Bly was spearheading.

In the end, who wins?  I’ll let you find out because their adventures are worth exploring and offer many life lessons for all of us.

Thanks Barbara Wadkins for sharing their story with us.  And keep on telling your story!

Read more at:  Nellie Bly:  Rule Breaker Races Around the World

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Access to Finance a Major Concern of Women Entrepreneurs in Malaysia

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One of the strategies for Credit Guarantee Corporation (CGC) BizWanita-i, is to focus on entrepreneurship, especially women entrepreneurs.  CGC claims to power SMEs in Malaysia.

Johari [Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani] said CGC’s facilities like BizWanita-i would help women entrepreneurs obtain loans from the financier. Earlier in his speech, Johari said access to financing was repeatedly identified as one of the major concerns of women entrepreneurs and BizWanita-i was much welcomed in improving their access to financing.

For eligibility requirements, visit:  https://www.cgc.com.my/bizwanita-i/

Read more:  Malaysia can meet 3.1pc fiscal deficit target 

Screenshot courtesy:  Credit Guarantee Corporation


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