K-Tec Systems CEO Cathy Koch “Believed She Could, and So She Did”—with Help from wegg® and FedEx
“Every morning,” K-Tec Systems CEO Cathy Koch says, “I put on a bracelet that says: ‘She Believed She Could, and So She Did.’ I believe a woman must believe ‘she can’ from the day she opens her business.”
Koch’s U.S.-based K-Tec Systems manufactures and assembles custom-designed thermocouples and wire harnesses.
The Catalyst to Adding $5 Trillion to the Global Economy? Women Entrepreneurs
A new analysis by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) shows that if women and men participated equally as entrepreneurs, global GDP could rise by approximately 3% to 6%, boosting the global economy by $2.5 trillion to $5 trillion. However:
… unleashing the power of women entrepreneurs will require action from a range of groups,
Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle: Doing Meaningful Work and Making an Impact
Ms. Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, has returned to work after giving birth to baby Archie five months ago. What’s been on her mind and what has she been working on? Try a charity clothing collection, which has the mantra of: “Empower another woman and be part of her success story.
A new generation of female entrepreneurs are starting businesses in South Korea due to glass ceilings in a conservative country’s biggest companies. Frustrated in their climb up the corporate ladder in a male-dominated business culture, they choose to find another way up.
Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, does not have a subway system so taxies are a very popular way to get around. It is the women of Abu Dhabi who are taking the initiative and coming up with an efficient solution to help them get around: women-only family taxies that offer transportation,
Abstraction is a Big Problem, Especially When It Comes to Women Exporting
TXF talks to Makiko Toyoda, acting head of Global Trade Finance Program (GTFP) and Jessica Schnabel, global head, Banking on Women, Financial Institutions Group (FIG), the women who are spearheading the development of International Finance Corporations’s (IFC’s) latest initiative to raise access to trade finance for women-owned businesses to help them grow globally,
wegg® is grateful and thankful to the time, effort, and impact our esteemed sponsors have made to our nonprofit and to the hundreds, if not thousands, of women entrepreneurs and business owners who have also gained from their support to our programs.
The theme for International Women’s Day 2019 is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change.” All of these ideas are principles that wegg® has aimed to instill in the lives of women entrepreneurs year round, since 2008.
Meet wegg® Treasurer and Founding Board Member, Nancy Stachnik
“Wegg® makes amazing educational opportunities available to women! Where else would a person find access to so many experts? I truly believe women business owners who avail themselves of wegginars®, weggchats® and wegg® workshops, will find a path to taking their businesses global.
Starting Up and Taking a Personal Care Product Global with Jacqueline Smith
On Wednesday February 6th at 11:00 am CST, Jacqueline Smith will be leading our first weggchat™ of 2019 on Twitter. Smith is the CEO of Kiesque, and her chat will cover “Starting Up and Taking a Personal Care Product Global.”
Mark Zuckerberg: "I Wasn't Trying to Build a Global Company"
You can scratch your head and think, I’m no Facebook founder yet we all have one thing in common when we start a business. We take a leap of faith to do what we love and shoot obsessively for a successful outcome. In the case of Mr.
While Solange Nisingizwe was on vacation, she designed clothes for herself. When she returned to Switzerland, she met so many people who admired her outfits and were asking where they could get similar designs that she began making them on a small scale until the number grew.
Why Women Don't Start Businesses and How wegg® Can Help
In 2019, wegg® wants to help all women entrepreneurs, from the seasoned to the aspiring, achieve their business ambitions. We can help you go global, and assist with the obstacles that usually prevent women from reaching their full business potential.
What are some of the barriers women face when trying to start an entrepreneurial career,
See You in the New Year for our wegginar® with Laurel Delaney!
wegg® wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday! We will see you in the New Year, with wegginar® NO. 34 on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. This wegginar® will be presented by Laurel Delaney, President, wegg® and Founder, GlobeTrade.com. Join us at 11:00 am CST, noon Eastern for Laurel Delaney’s Global Trade Trends Report 2019.
Roll Up Your Sleeves and Do the Hard Yards to Go Global
Three trailblazing Australian entrepreneurs — Samantha Wills, Emma Isaacs and Lizzy Abegg — have built global businesses from the ground up. Do they have something you don’t? Highly unlikely. What they discovered in their global journey is this:
We just have to refuse to buy into the stories we tell ourselves about why we can’t,
Professor, Author, Thought Leader and wegginar® Presenter: Andy Molinsky
Andy Molinsky is a Professor at Brandeis University’s International Business School. Andy helps people develop the insights and courage necessary to act outside their personal and cultural comfort zones when doing important, but challenging, tasks in work and life. His work has been featured in HBR,
Everything You Need to Know from Our wegginar® with Cristina Bandal
This past Wednesday, wegg® had the pleasure of hosting the Industry Segment Manager of Retail and Consumer Goods for UPS, Cristina Bandal. Bandal lead one of our free online wegginars®, which provide monthly, accessible education to women entrepreneurs everywhere. Bandal’s talk covered how to overcome the obstacles that people face when trying to sell their products to the global market.
Panelists at the recent World Trade Organization’s Public Forum event in Geneva, chaired by UNCTAD Deputy Secretary-General Isabelle Durant, asked which data were necessary for formulating gender-responsive trade policies and how to improve their availability.
Analysis of global value chains – the complex international supply and manufacturing chains along which modern goods pass – can show the important part played by women in global trade but which is missed by trade statistics alone.
Girlboss to Launch New Social Network for Young Women Entrepreneurs
A recent Wall Street Journal article reports that, “Girlboss, a media company targeting women entrepreneurs, plans to introduce a paid, professional social-networking site called Girlboss Collective in January.” This new platform will be structured for the ever evolving career paths of millennial women,
Bob Marovich, Director of Development, wegg®, is one mighty talented individual. He has spent three decades in nonprofit fund development for colleges and universities, secondary schools, museums, public broadcasters, animal welfare agencies, social service agencies, out-of-school programs, and healthcare. His skills include grantwriting, annual fund,
Female Entrepreneurs Are the Engine of Global Growth
Bonnie Chui, contributor for Forbes, writes a thoughtful piece about how female entrepreneurs are going global and that new policy attention may close the gap. At wegg®, we are closing that gap — whether there is new policy attention or not.
We not only serve women entrepreneurs by educating them on how to go global,
The Female Entrepreneurs Institute has reported that there is a new generation of wildly successful business owners, who are all under thirty-five years of age. The ‘millennipreneur’ model of business has proven to be advantageous worldwide. The Institute explains,
President and CEO Julie Smolyansky on “Following Your Gut”
This past Wednesday September 12th, President and CEO of Lifeway Kefir, Julie Smolyansky lead a wegg® workshop about the importance of following your gut on business and personal endeavors. Her inspiring talk covered the journey of Lifeway beginning in her parent’s basement,
What It Means to be a Successful Global Negotiator
According to the report, “Changing the Narrative: Women as Negotiators and Leaders, “There is powerful evidence that women continue to struggle in their careers relative to men, both in their pursuit of senior leadership positions and of equal pay.” That’s why a lot of women are choosing entrepreneurship and business ownership: to avoid an obstacle that seemingly won’t go away and to take control of their careers.
On a global scale, women are less likely than men to start their own businesses. This is evident from the above graph, taken from the “Policy Brief on Women’s Entrepreneurship.” The data shows that in every EU country,
Unlocking the Full Potential of Women- led SMEs in Indonesia
In a recent East Asia Forum article, “Unleashing the capabilities of women-led SMEs in Indonesia,” author Naimah Talib reports that 43 percent of the 26 million small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) in Indonesia are women led or women owned (WSMEs). Not only do these WSMEs make up for ten percent of the country’s GDP,
Closing the Confidence Gap is Key for Female Entrepreneurial Success
In a recent Forbes article entitled, “What It Will Take For Women Entrepreneurs To Take Over The World,” author Carrie Kerpen explores what disadvantages women entrepreneurs face in our current market. Kerpen interviews Margaret Donnell, chief marketing officer of Capital One’s Small Business Bank,
Why Are There So Few Women Entrepreneurs in Rwanda?
A 2014 census report conducted by the National Institute of Statistics in Rwanda, revealed that only 26.8 percent of sole proprietorship establishments are owned by women, compared to 73.2 percent owned by men.
According to the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, In 2016, 97% of all exporters in the U.S. were small and medium-sized companies. The other statistic from this study that can’t be ignored is that only 12% of businesses that export are owned by women.
WEGG Welcomes Lucy Brooks to our Communications Team
We are delighted to announce that Lucy Brooks has joined our WEGG team as a Communications Intern. She will be responsible for editing written content, managing our social media accounts, and composing blog posts.
WEGG knows that women rule the world but did you know that in Nigeria, they also rule the sky? A Nigerian airline has taken a step to fight for women empowerment. The airline celebrated her first ever all female crew to fly one of her planes.
Listrak Helps You Reach New Global Customers, Drive Greater Revenue and Increase Profitability
Ever wonder how to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the marketing efforts from your team? You are not alone. Every small business owner struggles with that. You reach a point where you say to yourself, “I absolutely must automate the process!”
by Laurel Delaney, President, Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global (WEGG)
In a manifesto I authored in 2004, “Shaking Things Up. Making Things Happen,” I wrote, “In the future, there will be two kinds of enterprises: those that go global and those that die.” Companies should be going global,
If you are located in the United States, it is Memorial Holiday weekend where we honor those who have served our nation. We thought it would also be a good time to catch up on easy and productive listening to a few fantastic WEGGinars™ we have hosted over the past couple of months,
Kathrin Bussmann Offers Tips and Advice on Global Podcasting
Kathrin Bussmann, Ph.D. is someone that everyone should know. She is Founder and Principal of Verbaccino and has been hosting the famous Worldly Marketer Podcast for as long as I can remember, more than 100 episodes,
Building Confidence in Global Women Entrepreneurs Ensures They Will Thrive in the Business World
As we are fully aware through our work at WEGG, opportunities for women entrepreneurs have been growing globally at a fast pace. Take India, for example, where the number of women entrepreneurs is mushrooming, but it is very small when compared to the opportunities the market has to offer.
Wait Till You See How Your Little Business is Going to Change
In 1984, Rosemary McFadden was the first woman president of any stock or futures exchange in the United States when she became president of the New York Mercantile Exchange, a.k.a. the NYMEX. Why is this relevant to WEGG? Because Rosemary went on to manage a staff of over 400 people,
Going Global Combined with Creativity Is About Imagining What is Possible
In the video above Julia Knight, founder of Julia Knight Collection, talks about how to make the ordinary extraordinary. In her WEGGinar™, she discusses what led her to start her business and grow it global.
Are you based in India and thinking of starting a business? StartupWind, Inc., a digital platform for ideation, design thinking, business model canvassing and business planning — has on-boarded over 6,000 women entrepreneurs across India as a platform partner of IIM Bangalore’s Women Startup Programme that will provide training,
How a Wicked Road Trip to Minturn, Colorado Inspired a Thriving Global Design Business
There are some who dream of starting a business and others who dare to do it and that’s Julia. In her case, she aspired to be a great hostess but instead created an artful collection — bowls, platters, trays, cake stands,
Export Success with Women Entrepreneurs In Ireland Remains High
It shouldn’t surprise you that women entrepreneurs and business owners in Ireland are leading the way in exports and Enterprise Ireland CEO Julie Sinnamon (pictured far left) is behind the push to get more Irish businesses into global markets.
Insider Tips from CamMI Pham on Sharing Great Quality Content Online
CamMi Pham, Partner, ThinkRenegade, gave an insightful presentation on “Dare to be BOLD! Here’s How” for WEGG early in the month. In case you missed it, dare to sign up because it is free of charge thanks to our generous sponsors,
Rebecca Herwick is the President and CEO of Global Products, Inc (GPI). She has over 35 years experience in distribution and manufacturing of promotional and licensed products and over 19 years experience in international distribution of non-refrigerated commodities.
What do you do when your brand recognition is low despite the fact that you have thousands of customers all over the world? That was the challenge Intuit had but in their case, they have more than 46 million customers. Yes, that’s right —
WEGG: Clearing the Path for Women to Take on the World
Through collaboration and a passion to help small businesses succeed, EXIM Bank and Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global (WEGG) were able to arm KOVAL Distillery with the resources and support needed to exceed its global business growth goals.
Are you out to change the world? We are. The IBM WolfPack is an innovative technical team dedicated to making it easy for you to find the right platform, tools, and education so you can change the world.
The WolfPack Live series is your chance for you to work hands-on with our experts,
The Challenges and Rewards to Taking a Business Global
There are many things to think about before you sell and market your products or services overseas — from finding customers, to sealing a business deal, to getting paid. Yet, if you overcome the challenges to taking a business global, the rewards can be enormous.
Twitter followers: 963K. Instagram followers: 66.5K. That merely touches the iceberg of CamMI Pham’s global fan base. How did she do it? Join us Wednesday, February 7 from 11:00 a.m. Central time until 12:00 p.m.
Genecia Alluora Luo (pictured), founder of Soul Rich Woman (SRW) network and former Miss Singapore tells Việt Nam News reporter Phương Uyên that her mega mission is to empower Southeast Asian women to succeed in business. Her aim is simple: change their lives for the better.
As we enter into a new year, WEGG will continue its focus offering top notch education programming via its popular monthly WEGGinars™ and on-the-ground workshops but we will also look into building an online platform that facilitates “access” to key movers and shakers in international trade and encourages more knowledge sharing peer-to-peer.
Whether it is managing revenue management as a brick and mortar retailer, wondering what the state is on the driver shortage, or tracking significant new tariffs — all of these affect supply chain networks. Here are four global supply chain trends to watch in 2018.
GES: Keen to Support Women Entrepreneurs In Every Possible Way
The “Road to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) Series in Odisha, India,” brings together industry leaders, start-ups, serial entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors as well as enablers of the innovation ecosystem such as government, international agencies and industry associations not only from India but across the globe.
We go a bit off topic today, although our next WEGGinar™ is about harnessing the power of diversity and inclusion, with an important post about sexual harassment. Leading sociologists Frank Dobbin from Harvard University and Alexandra Kalev from Tel Aviv University—who are experts on workplace culture and corporate diversity programs,
Empowering Women Entrepreneurs Changes the Outcomes for Future Generations
At the MEDays Forum panel “Bolstering Growth Through Gender Equality,” nine women were featured from different parts of the world and from different industrial sectors. The session was moderated by Aghadeer Jweihan, the director of the office of Jordan’s Princess Taghrid Mohammad and an entrepreneur.
In recent years, the rate of women entrepreneurs has been growing at a percentage at least double that of their male counterparts. And as Elaine Pofeldt for CNBC says, “the Golden Age for women entrepreneurs has finally begun. The stars have aligned to help trigger the trend as robust ecosystems churn out enterprising females equipped with inspiration,
According to the National Association of Women Business Owners, as of 2015, there are more than 9.4 million women-owned businesses in the United States, employing nearly 7.9 million people and contributing $1.4 trillion into the economy. When it comes to starting and growing a business,
Women Who Are Trying to Build Something and Take it Global
Alexis Castellano and Jill Slater won the popular Facebook show theSkimm Get Off the Couch contest through efforts at their FASTEN company. FASTEN design and technology is unique around the world and they aren’t just gaining popularity in the U.S.
WEGG Unlocks Export Opportunities for Women-Owned Businesses
Michael Froman, former U.S. Trade Representative, had it right when he said it is important for women-owned businesses to be able to export their products because studies have found that women-owned firms that export not only earn more, but also employ more people and are,
The WEGG Library For All Things Related to Exporting
Are you aware of our library of vast resources at Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global (WEGG)? Below is a snapshot of presentation decks where the presenters freely share their work, which means you have a choice to listen to the WEGGinar™ recording and/or review the presenter’s slides,
What Do Women and Whiskey Have in Common With Going Global?
What do women and whiskey have in common with going global? Plenty. Because our next on-the-ground WEGG event takes place at the famous KOVAL Distillery in Chicago on Tuesday, September 19 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Central time where Dr.
Jeff Deiss Talks About Winning the Trade Game with Export Finance
Jeff Deiss, Regional Export Finance Manager, Northern California | International Trade Finance Manager-Western US | US Small Business Administration – Office of International Trade | US Export Assistance Center (www.sba.gov/international) recently gave a substantial WEGGinar™ on “
Women Entrepreneurs Are at the Forefront of Transformation
According to the 2017 Bank of America Women Business Owner Spotlight, an annual study of more than 1,000 small business owners, women entrepreneurs expect BIG cracks in the glass ceiling over the next 20 years, with a majority believing that women will match or exceed men in a number of areas,
Xiomara Creque-Bromberg Follows Up on Her July 12 WEGGinar™
On our July 12th WEGGinar™, “How to Finance Your Exports,” we ran out of time and had a couple of remaining questions that we didn’t have a chance to address. Below, Xiomara Creque-Bromberg, Export Finance Manager,
Business Women of India, Their Perseverance is Priceless
Note: Don’t miss our next WEGGinar™ 9/6/17 on “How to Win the Trade Game With Export Finance,” and presented by Jeff Deiss, Regional Export Finance Manager, Northern California | International Trade Finance Manager-Western US US Small Business Administration –
Global Businesswomen Succeed in Breaking Obstacles of Discrimination
Many women have succeeded in breaking the obstacles of discrimination to become what they are today with the help of their positive attitude, undying spirit, smarts, and perseverance. Yet, every entrepreneur has a very different outlook on entrepreneurship.
From India’s best women entrepreneurs such as Kiran Majumdar,
India-based Yes Bank (private sector) has received $150 million funding from the US government and Wells Fargo to increase lending to support women entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises in India.
Female Entrepreneurs Are About to Transform the Global Economy
The World Bank (WB) unveiled a new program, the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, that is designed to boost women entrepreneurs in developing countries and fight the norms that hold them back, such as uneven access to loans and shaky property rights.