Archive for June, 2017

Investing in Women-Owned Businesses Will Enhance Africa’s Productivity

It is the objective of Synergy Systems Consults (UK) Limited, a company that specialises in promoting and identifying partnership and investment opportunities within Africa, to influence dynamic changes in terms of exporting international expertise that will enhance productivity in Africa. For example, the Association of Certified Protocol Practitioners in Nigeria (ACPPN) is a non-profit and non-governmental organization aimed at promoting and raising the standards of protocol practice in Nigeria and sharing best practices globally.

Another initiative is the empowerment of women, which has a great potential to boost economic growth and facilitate the goal of an inclusive sustainable development throughout Africa.  Social, cultural, legal and gender specific barriers tend to deprive women of engaging in specific industry supply chains.  There is a need to promote the successes and transformative framework for women that will eliminate barriers and build stronger economies.

Investing in women-owned business and assimilating them into corporate supply chains can also contribute significantly to the world’s economy. Today’s economy records less than one per cent of spending by large businesses on suppliers as produced by women-owned business, generating new employment opportunities and so on.

To strengthen competitiveness, a country must focus on women’s empowerment to achieve an innovative and growth-oriented environment.

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Note: Don’t miss our next WEGGinar™ 7/12/17 on “How to Finance Your Exports,” and presented by Xiomara Creque-Bromberg, Export Finance Manager, Minority and Women Owned Business & Multiplier Outreach Division, Office of Small Business, Export-Import Bank of the United States.  Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4467897765873413377.
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Lack of Capital for Women Business Owners Might Lead to Forced Creativity

Ottawa, Canada researchers Clare Beckton and Janice McDonald are eager to try to determine if factors such as a lack of access to capital make women more likely than men to devise inventive new ways of doing business out of necessity, such as taking a business global.  That could be construed as forced innovation or creativity.  It’s time to find out.

“When you are underfunded and perhaps don’t have resources, you get pretty darn creative,” she says. “It forces innovation. Given that we know that access to capital is very challenging for women entrepreneurs, has that limited access to capital shaped outcomes in terms of how they’ve approached innovation? We’re not saying that those two are necessarily linked. We’re just wondering, are they? If so, in what way?”

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Note: Don’t miss our next WEGGinar™ 7/12/17 on “How to Finance Your Exports,” and presented by Xiomara Creque-Bromberg, Export Finance Manager, Minority and Women Owned Business & Multiplier Outreach Division, Office of Small Business, Export-Import Bank of the United States.  Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4467897765873413377.
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The Story of Happy Beginnings: Women Entrepreneurs

In this post we focus on:  Why women don’t see themselves as entrepreneurs; five challenges faced by women entrepreneurs; gender differences in perceptions and propensity to start a business; and, diversity in innovation.  It’s really a story of happy beginnings about and for women entrepreneurs.  Read on.

1. Why women Don’t See Themselves as Entrepreneurs (The New York Times)

This article addresses why don’t more women become entrepreneurs?

Key point at the end:

She [Sheila Lirio Marcelo, the founder of Care.com] also advised women to develop thicker skin. “Men tend to shake off rejection more quickly than women,” she said, “but it’s absolutely true that entrepreneurs are made or broken by how they bounce back from adversity.”

2. Empowering Equality:  5 Challenges Faced by Women Entrepreneurs

This article focuses on what holds women entrepreneurs back? Why are women-owned firms less likely to also be growth-oriented firms?

3. Seeing the World with Different Eyes:  Gender Differences in Perceptions and the Propensity to Start a Business

Across countries, women own significantly fewer businesses than do men. The authors in this paper show that this is due primarily to the fact that “the propensity to start businesses of women is significantly lower than that of men. The lower propensity of women, in turn, appears to be highly correlated to women’s lower average levels of optimism and self-confidence, and higher fear of failure.”

4. Diversity in Innovation – Working Paper (Harvard Business School)

In this paper, the authors document the patterns of labor market participation by women and ethnic minorities in venture capital firms and as founders of venture capital-backed startups.

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Note: Don’t miss our next WEGGinar™ 7/12/17 on “How to Finance Your Exports,” and presented by Xiomara Creque-Bromberg, Export Finance Manager, Minority and Women Owned Business & Multiplier Outreach Division, Office of Small Business, Export-Import Bank of the United States.  Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4467897765873413377.
Event is no charge but you must register in advance to attend.

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Diversity is Correlated with Business Performance

Many people think that if you can build a case on global diversity, things will shift and improve.  That’s not necessarily true.  The reality is that a lot more work needs to be done.

In the interview below with McKinsey’s Rik Kirkland, Harvard Kennedy School professor of public policy Iris Bohnet talks about what is working—and what is not—when it comes to building a more equitable workplace. An edited version of her remarks follows.

Here’s a snippet on one of Kirkland’s remarks relative to diversity and inclusion:

Based on that evidence, maybe we shouldn’t be quite as shocked that diversity training doesn’t have the impact that we were hoping it could have. Because even though you and I might agree now that we will be inclusive tomorrow, it is hard to follow through on those virtuous intentions.

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Note: Don’t miss our next WEGGinar™ 6/7/17 on “Go! Go! Global With Sourcing Products,” and presented by Jodi Bondi Norgaard, speaker, consultant and founder of Go! Go! Sports Girls and JB Norgaard Enterprises, Inc.  Register here:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7576894438194026755.
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