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Female Entrepreneurs Face Common Challenges Worldwide

What do women entrepreneurs from Tajikistan and Milwaukee have in common?  They both face common female-owned business challenges worldwide.

Tahmina Karimova owns Ozara, a handicrafts (as shown above) company in Tajikistan.  She is one of four women from Tajikistan visiting Milwaukee, Wisconsin through the International Visitor Leadership Program, part of the U.S. State Department.  Kimberly Kane runs Kane Communications Group in Milwaukee.

The idea behind the program is to strengthen foreign relations by facilitating  conversations among local people and their visiting counterparts. Each year nearly 5,000 people come to the United States through the program, launched in 1940.

“One of the benefits for me is that every country, even one of the most advanced countries in the world, has its own problems,” said Karimova who spoke through an interpreter. “We were coming here with the idea that America is a paradise. However, we are finding out very quickly that there are many problems including female problems. It’s not all as perfect as we thought before.”

Read more … ‘We realized we all have common problems,’ says female entrepreneur from Tajikistan visiting Milwaukee.

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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, Chairperson and Managing Director of Biocon Limited to CEOs like Indra Nooyi (pictured) of Pepsico, women have forayed into almost every field to work shoulder to shoulder with men, setting new benchmarks in their respective streams.

Take Indra Nooyi’s quote:

“Most companies target women as end users, but few are effectively utilizing female employees when it comes to innovating for female consumers. When women are empowered in the design and innovation process, the likelihood of success in the marketplace improves by 144%!” — Chairman and CEO, Indra Nooyi, Pepsico

Entrepreneur India lists nine famous quotes from India women entrepreneurs.  These are worth a read for a healthy dose of inspiration.

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Note:  The latest on Indra Nooyi.

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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.  WB has raised $325 million from numerous countries, with $50 million coming from the United States and other contributions from Germany, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, China, the United Kingdom, South Korea, and the Netherlands.

Less than a third of global businesses are owned by women, and the initiative aims to grow women-run enterprises across Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. It will also help facilitate loans to entrepreneurs, ranging in size from between a few hundred dollars to several hundred thousand dollars, depending on the applicant’s needs. World Bank officials said they hope to make the capital available later this year or in early 2018.

We cheer on the WB because it has a long history of providing support to women who are challenged by economic disadvantages.  For example, they launched the Women’s Leadership in Small and Medium Enterprises (WLSME) program, supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Read more about how the WB will help women globally to reach their full potential here.

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Helping Young Girls, Women Entrepreneurs, and Business Owners Take on the World

At WEGG, we are all about educating women entrepreneurs and business owners on how to go global but we also are fearless in helping young girls become strong and take on the world too.

We believe that it is at a young age when girls develop confidence and the ability, through encouragement, to speak up and demand what she wants in life.

We are a strong proponent of encouraging young girls to take risks — push boundaries, color outside the box, rock the boat — early on, so they can get comfortable with the possibility of failing, recovering fast, and not being perfect at everything.

These characteristics toughen a young girl and give her the confidence she needs to start a business, go places, shake things up a bit, and take on the world.

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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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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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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.
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Ladies: The Future Belongs to Us

Four badass women discuss how intersectionality — the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group — will save the feminist movement.  It starts by asking the question:  What does feminism that embraces a wide variety of women’s experiences look like? In the article below, women themselves talk about this issue without interference or reinterpretation from a reporter.

Read more:  The future is female.  So how do we get there?

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Are Women Willing to Wait As Long As 170 Years to Establish Parity with Men?

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According to the latest report by the World Economic Forum (WEF), women may have to wait as long as 170 years to establish parity with men when it comes to pay and employment opportunities.  Who needs that?  It is a fact that no country in the world has closed its gender gap.  The only way around this barrier is for women to start more businesses, and here at WEGG, we hope with our help they take them global.

Take the UK, for example, where in an effort to ramp up women starting businesses, they are working with Facebook and Enterprise Nation, a network of small businesses, to deliver training to 10,000 women business owners across the country.  Facebook claims that only 20 percent of the country’s 5.4 million small businesses are currently started by women.

What the ultimate goal here?  To give women access to new online and offline training resources to provide them with the digital skills and mobile tools necessary to grow their business.

It is a well-quoted figure that equality for women in the labour force would add $28 trillion to the global economy by 2025.

Read more here.

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