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Boss Daughter

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Women entrepreneurs worldwide are carving out a niche for themselves in unconventional businesses.  Take Aakanksha Bhargava.  She joined her father’s logistics business in 2007, and for the longest time, subordinates did not take her seriously.  Fast forward to 2017 and she is the undisputed boss.  Yes, the boss daughter, but still the boss, and over the last decade, she has helped grow the business exponentially.

“I worked hard to change the perception of the people as well as the fortunes of the company,” she said. Bhargava asserted there are no differences between a woman and a man when it comes to business.

And then there’s the founders of cow-based sustainable living company A2 Naturals, run by Shivali and Radhika Miglani and their mom.

“Extensive R&D into merging the traditional with the modern led to developing a range of cow-based, daily-use products,” said Radhika, adding that the quirkiness of her business is often frowned upon.

Pointers from the article:

  • The success of a woman lies in supporting other women
  • A mom can be the strongest pillar of support.
  • Take the plunge [business ownership] and you will see the miracles.
  • The hurdles [to starting a business] are just in the mind.
  • Always do what you feel you need to do.
  • There are no differences between a man and a woman when it comes to business.
  • There is nothing a woman can’t do.  Absolutely, it’s an open secret!
  • Being a woman [ global] entrepreneur makes me feel more in control of my life.
  • In our office, the smartest women surround me.

Read more here.

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Executing an Idea You Strongly Believe In Globally

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It’s that time of year when you reflect on your accomplishments, celebrate your successes, and plan a path for the future.  One thing we all need as we delve into 2017 with our global dream is a healthy dose of inspiration. Hopefully, we are giving you a little of that here at WEGG but in case you need more, read the article below for stories about how women overcame challenges and grew their businesses beyond borders.

screen-shot-2016-12-04-at-11-41-02-amIn 2017, may you be globally ambitious!  We look forward to learning, growing and inspiring one another together in the new year.

Read more:  Women entrepreneurs whose stories inspired us in 2016

Screenshot:  Nadia Chauhan, Parle Agro, one of the women business owners featured in the article above.  That’s also a quote from her site.

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Talented Women Taking on the World of Mariachi

Mariachi is a folkloric tradition as macho as it is Mexican. Eight years ago (2008), Mireya Ramos and Shae Fiol sought to up-end convention and founded Mariachi Flor de Toloache, New York City’s first and only all-female mariachi band. With their bandmates Julie Acosta and Eunice Aparicio, the musicians traded in traditional mariachi skirts for homemade suits and created an empowering space for women while staying true to the music and spirit of mariachi.

In 2015, the group was nominated for 2015 Latin Grammy in Best Ranchera Album Category!

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Note: Don’t miss our next WEGG webinar 11/2 on “Introduction to Value Added Tax (VAT) When Doing Business Overseas,” and presented by Britta Eriksson, co-founder, president and CEO, Euro VAT Refund, Inc.  Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6659176058705524994. Event is no charge but you must register in advance to attend.

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Against All Odds: How a 27-Year Old Grew a Company Into a Global Empire

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Perfect timing.  Considering the current political firestorm taking place between USA presidential candidates Trump and Clinton, here’s a different twist.  Julie Smolyansky (pictured), the C.E.O. of Lifeway Foods, recalls the moment that fueled her drive to prove critics wrong when her father suddenly had a heart attack and passed away in 2002.  At the time, Julie had been working with her father for five years.  Here’s the comment she received:

“There’s no way that a 27-year-old girl can run this company. That’s it. It’s done,” he [one of her late father’s friends] told her. The line galvanized Smolyansky. “That really fueled me and inspired me to prove him wrong. I found the courage to ignore him and to keep moving forward.”

Since then, revenue at Lifeway Foods has increased six-fold under Julie’s leadership and expanded across the United States and internationally. The global company now has a market capitalization of about $250 million.

Get inspired.  Read the full story:  How a Sexist Comment Drove One Female Entrepreneur to Build a $250 Million Empire

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Note: Don’t miss our next WEGG webinar 11/2 on “Introduction to Value Added Tax (VAT) When Doing Business Overseas,” and presented by Britta Eriksson, co-founder, president and CEO, Euro VAT Refund, Inc.  Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6659176058705524994. Event is no charge but you must register in advance to attend.

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Women Inspiring Other Women and Opening Paths For Them

Kristelle Siarza, CEO, Siarza Social Digital

Kristelle Siarza, CEO, Siarza Social Digital

According to the U.S. Census Bureau 2012 survey of business owners, 39 percent of New Mexico businesses were women-owned and the top ones brought in over $362 million in revenue in 2015.  That percentage is expected to rise to a solid 40 percent in 2017.

Women have come a long way in the workplace, not just in leadership roles, but in the industries where jobs are available.

Find out who inspires them:  Women business owners talk about who inspires them

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Note: Don’t miss our next WEGG webinar 9/14 on “8 Critical Lessons to Ensure a Successful International Product Launch,” and presented by expert Alison Larson, founder of WorldBlazer Consulting. Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4126297091592158468. Event is no charge but you must register in advance to attend.

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A Global Affair to Remember at TAK Tea

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Thirty-five year-old social entrepreneur Zahra Karmali poses inside her shipping container turned community project store with a cup of TAK tea on 17th Avenue S.E. in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  She’s plying her [global] trade on the diverse community’s main drag.

Her launch, along with others, is all part of Emerge Market, an incubator for local entrepreneurs who are launching businesses, everything from handmade goods to ethnic foods.

What was the impetus that led Marmali to start her business?

It was thanks to a 2004 trip to Tanzania that she rediscovered her spark when she met a street child named Aziz Mathew. “He asked me for five cents,” she says. “He said with five cents he could buy his roti and chai, he could buy peanuts, he could pay for security to watch him when he slept on the street.”

Inspiring people.  Amazing stories.  Changing lives.

Learn more:  TAK tea, a tiny International Avenue business a truly global affair

Photo courtesy:  Calgary Herald

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Note: Don’t miss our next WEGG webinar 8/24 on “Reach Multilingual Markets: Creating Content, Developing Effective Partnerships, and Utilizing Translation Technology,” and presented by expert Jennifer Murphy, Director of Marketing, Eriksen Translations, Inc. Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8702241284561995012. Event is no charge but you must register in advance to attend.

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Two Chicago Businesswomen Nail It on Taking Their Business Global

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International expansion offers growth and the opportunity to not only scale a business, but to diversify as well.  And you don’t need a big investment to pull it off.  Here are two cases to prove it.

Chris-Tia Donaldson, founder of Chicago-based Thank God It’s Natural, a line of hair care products for textured hair, grew her global audience through social media—the international orders and distribution requests flowed in from there.  The question for Chris was never should I do this [go global]; it was more, where should I go first?

Jamie (pictured) and Stephanie Kaplan, the sisters who founded Chicago’s Pinch Provisions, which makes “emergency” kits packed with miniature beauty products, bandages and other essentials, saw the opportunity to grow their business internationally fairly quickly but the key to exporting the kits was based on which regulations they thought they could meet as quickly as possible.  They launched in Canada, France and then the U.K., with Australia focused on next.

Chris and the Kaplan sisters offer the following four tips when taking a business global:

  1. Decide where to expand.
  2. Navigate compliance.
  3. Build a retail strategy.
  4. Cross barriers (whether it be language, cultural or currency fluctuations).

Read more:  How two scrappy Chicago beauty companies are nailing international expansion

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Note: Don’t miss our next WEGG webinar 6/8 on “Avoiding Scams, Fraud & Deceit in Your International Business: How to Conduct Effective Due Diligence,” and presented by expert Louise Kern. Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3785897085114894084. Event is no charge but you must register in advance to attend.

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Who Run the World? Girls!

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Beyonce has said when she sang, “Who run the world? Girls.”  Disagree?  I doubt it.

Women increasingly inhabit top-ranking roles in traditionally male-dominated industries, lead the international mission for girls’ education and advance the conversations on topics like wage equality.

So today’s post is all about giving you inspiration — awakening a can-do spirit within you that makes you want to run out and rule the world!

Read:  25 Inspirational Quotes by Powerful Women — here’s a sample:

“What I do for my work is exactly what I would do if nobody paid me.” — Gretchen Rubin (pictured), author of “The Happiness Project.”

Note:  Don’t miss our next WEGG webinar 4/13 on how to negotiate an awesome foreign distributor agreement and presented by expert Doris Nagel.  Register here.  Event is no charge but you must register in advance to attend.


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