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The Upside Potential of an Interconnected World

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At a recent Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University, President Barack Obama says people succeed and communities prosper when they have the skills and resources needed to start their own businesses [and go global we might add!].

Women, minorities and those “locked out” by the existing social order, which the president described as “people who aren’t part of the old boy’s network,” can become empowered entrepreneurs when they can turn their ideas into reality, he said.

He added:  “I believe all of you represent the upside of an interconnected world.”

Read more:  Obama:  Entrepreneurship helps women, minorities around the world

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next_up_13July_2016_wegginarNote: Don’t miss our next WEGG webinar 7/13 on “China Exports: Growing Brand Recognition Locally First,” and presented by expert Nicole àBeckett, President of Mercatura Global. Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1045496295028407041. Event is no charge but you must register in advance to attend.

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And one more thing!  If you are based in Chicago, don’t miss a great LIVE event on July 13th  where one of our past WEGG presenters, Louise Kern, will be discussing Saving Your #$%:  Due Diligence in International Transactions.  To find out more and to register, visit: http://calendar.itagc.org/docs/ITAGC_Calendar_8255.pdf (fee involved).  Be sure to mention WEGG when you register to get your special discount.

Best Resources (Sites) for Women Entrepreneurs in 2015

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We are thrilled, honored and humbled to make the prestigious Top 20 list of resources for women entrepreneurs in 2015.

Here’s what StarterPad said about Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global (WEGG):

As the name suggests, the mission behind Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global is to introduce women-owned businesses all over the world to the global opportunity. They want to empower every woman worldwide to go global. Originally started in 2008, the website …

Learn about the other great resources and sites mentioned for women entrepreneurs in the StarterPad list:  20 Best Sites for Female Entrepreneurs in 2015

We’ll say it for you:  We rock!

Illustration courtesy:  StarterPad

Meet Our New Board of Directors for Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global (WEGG)

WEGGIn order to meet the needs of fast-growing women-led/owned business owners and entrepreneurs like yourself, we are changing the formal structure of WEGG and will announce more about it soon.  It takes a village to accomplish great things in our world so I’d like to take a moment to introduce you to our new Board.  With International Women’s Day today, this is great time to feel proud to be a woman and for WEGG to make this announcement.  After all, the women of the world make it happen not just today, but everyday.

The following individuals have committed to building WEGG into an educational organization where every women business owner and entrepreneur can learn everything imaginable about how to take a business global — wherever she might be located.

Laurel Delaney

Laurel J. Delaney is founder and president of Chicago-based GlobeTrade.com, a management consulting company that helps entrepreneurs and small businesses go global. The United States Small Business Administration has recognized Ms. Delaney as a world-renowned global small business expert by naming her the Illinois Exporter of the Year. She is the author of … read more.

Laura Fairman

Laura Fairman is the Founder and Lead Designer of Blue Canvas, a web and graphic design consultancy. For 14 years Laura has enabled small and mid-size businesses to have confidence in all facets of their online and printed marketing.  Laura is motivated by … read more.

Patti Ross

Patricia Ross is President and Founder of Patricia Ross & Associates, Inc., a consulting company that provides one-on-one coaching to individuals who are interested in building key business relationships and strengthening their leadership skills. She helps clients create and implement a strategy for successful career growth.  Ms. Ross was formerly … read more.

Nancy Stachnik

While working her way through Mundelein College as a bank teller, Nancy discovered she had a knack for numbers. This led to a long and rewarding career as a community banker in Chicago. A seasoned veteran of the rollicking financial M&A … read more.

Kati Suominen

Dr. Kati Suominen is Founder and CEO of both the equity crowdfunding platform TradeUp Capital Fund and the trade research firm Nextrade Group, LLC.  She is also Adjunct Professor at UCLA Anderson School of Management and Adjunct Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).  She previously served as Fellow … read more.

A big welcome to these new Board members, each of whom brings the kind of intellect, creativity, commitment and energy that WEGG needs to to grow in the future.

Photo courtesy:  WEGG

 

Take Your Dream to the Next Level: Build a Global Business

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Meet the new enterprising kid on the block:  American DreamBuilder: The Women’s Business Creator, brought to us by Bluedrop Performance Learning, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. and Thunderbird School of Global Management.  The goal for American DreamBuilder is to provide thousands of women with online (cloud-based) business training to create and grow their own businesses.

Clinton Global Initiative Announces New Program to Train Thousands of Women Entrepreneurs

Senator Hillary Clinton Highlights Importance of Supporting Women-Owned Businesses

“American DreamBuilder will give women the skills they need to take their dreams to a new level. It will be designed to not only build business knowledge, but the confidence to put that knowledge into action,” said Kellie Kreiser, Executive Director of Thunderbird for Good.

Read the news here.

Photo courtesy:  Theodore Scott

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Hello High Potential Global Women Entrepreneurs!

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Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network conference Istanbul, Turkey (2013)

Do we have news for you today!  The world’s first gender-focused, global entrepreneurship index based on the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (GEDI) was announced at the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network annual event In Istanbul, Turkey (2013).

The Gender-GEDI is the only global index to measure high-potential female entrepreneurship based on individual aspirations, business environments and entrepreneurial ecosystems. High-potential women entrepreneurs are defined as “innovative, market expanding and export oriented.”  That’s us — I might add!

“Unleashing the power of female entrepreneurship can have a dramatic effect on a country’s economy. The research clearly supports the assertion that key things need to be fixed in order for female entrepreneurship to survive and flourish,” said Karen Quintos, chief marketing officer (CMO) and senior vice president Dell. “Increased access to knowledge, networks, capital and technology are critical if countries are to empower female entrepreneurship and create a culture of success.”

In a nutshell, here are the key points from the report:

  1. Index provides diagnostic tool for countries to expand opportunities for women entrepreneurs
  2. U.S. named best place to be a female entrepreneur, ranked No.1 out of 17 countries surveyed
  3. Research shows no single determinant to entrepreneurial success – best performing countries demonstrate success across wide variety of categories

Other highlights:

•  No single determinant of success
•  Economic development is not enough
•  Lack of knowledge holds back business growth
•  Access to finance is crucial
•  Effective networking can open doors
•  Technology enables business growth
•  Not all rosy at the top
•  Room for optimism

Bottom line:  The determinants of success for female entrepreneurship are not just personal strengths and aspirations, but a result of the environment in which they operate.

Access the executive summary and full report:  Women Powering Business | Dell

Photo courtesy (and with permission from Dell).  See all the photos (absolutely fabulous!) from Dell’s Istanbul event here.

Post by:  Laurel Delaney

In India, Here’s What Can Happen to Your Daughter, Sister, Girlfriend or You

We Condemn!

We Condemn!

In sadness to the recent rape of a 23-year old female student in New Delhi by six men on a public bus, we feature this piece by Ranjani Iyer Mohanty, a writer and editor based in India.  Her articles have appeared in the International Herald Tribune, the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Wall Street Journal.

Our condolences to the female student’s family on this tragic episode.

Read:  How to Fix India’s Male-Superiority Complex || The Atlantic

Illustration credit:  The Atlantic

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Happiness Through Individual Initiative Equals Entrepreneurship

KateMiddletonHappiness through individual initiative — better known as entrepreneurship — is something Princess Kate Middleton (pictured and learn more about her effect on the world here) is very familiar with.  After all, did you know:

When Kate was five, her mother, like many aspiring entrepreneurs, saw a niche that could be filled to help others in her situation. As described on the website of the family business, PartyPieces.co.uk, “Carole Middleton founded Party Pieces in 1987 after finding it difficult to source fun, simple party products for her children’s parties.”

And so the global entrepreneurial journey began for the Middletown family.

Now that Kate is expecting a first child, her mom can leverage sales at her UK party store by planning the world’s largest virtual baby shower for her daughter.

Meanwhile, read the entire article:  The Entrepreneurs’ Princess

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Worldly Women, Crowdfunding Works

Kickstarter is becoming the cool way for projects to raise money.

Take musician Amanda Palmer, she managed to raise more than $1 million for a new album through a Kickstarter project, making it the seventh project to break the million-dollar mark in the crowdfunding platform’s history.  She ended up with 24,883 backers and did it in three days.  Yes, you read that right.

Amanda Palmer

Even before signing up with Kickstarter, Palmer had already spent more than $250,000 (as shown above) recording her new album.

What does all this say?  Where there’s a will with talent, there’s a way.

Read the entire article over at VentureBeat.

Related article: Amanda Palmer’s blog (if you have an aversion to profanity, skip a visit to the blog).

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney


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