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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.

One of WEGG’s members, Sonat Birnecker Hart, president and co-owner of KOVAL Distillery, hosted a WEGG workshop and also presented at the event. KOVAL Distillery produces organic whiskey, liqueurs and specialty spirits that are sold throughout the US, Europe, Canada, Australia and Asia.

Ms. Hart says:

“We recognized that as our export business grows, it would behoove us to have a system in place to be able to send over more product and build stronger relationships with our partners. Having the support of EXIM Bank allows us greater flexibility to meet the needs of our growing markets, while providing us with the security to aim higher,” Sonat explained.

The two organizations, EXIM Bank and WEGG, will continue to work together and cultivate these opportunities for women entrepreneurs throughout the US.

WEGG’s work revolves around educating and helping women entrepreneurs and business owners export their products and services throughout the world.

Read more about how EXIM Bank and WEGG are clearing the path for women to take on the world.


Upcoming WEGGinar Feb 7Note: Don’t miss our next WEGGinar™ 2/7/18 on “Dare to Be Bold!  Here’s How” and presented by CamMI Pham, Partner, ThinkRenegade. Register here. Event is free of charge but you must register in advance to attend.

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, on average, more productive than women-owned firms that do not. Through exporting, women also energize our economies.

We’ve said it time and again that exporting has very real advantages and puts women business owners on a path toward greater growth and profitability.

Read more about how women worldwide are unlocking export opportunities for their businesses.

Note: Don’t miss our next WEGGinar™ 11/1/17 on “UPS Takes the Guesswork out of Global Shipping” and presented by Andrea Cervini, UPS Illinois, Small Business Marketing Manager (  Register here:
Event is free of charge but you must register in advance to attend.

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. Sonat Birnecker Hart will talk about “The Top 3 Export Lessons Learned from a Chicago Distillery.”  The program also includes a tour of KOVAL Distillery.

Dr. Birnecker Hart is owner and president of Chicago-based KOVAL Distillery, and has spearheaded product development, distribution, and marketing. With over 50 awards, including gold medals on both sides of the Atlantic, KOVAL is considered one of America’s leading craft distilleries. Recently earning the title, Illinois Exporter of the Year, KOVAL has demonstrated a focus on international distribution and growth abroad with availability throughout the EU, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, South Korea, and in the coming months, Taiwan and China.

The event is hosted by Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global (WEGG) and in collaboration with ICNC/SBDC.  WEGG thanks its sponsors for making this educational program possible:  UPS, IBM and BAL.

To learn more and to register (it’s not too late … a few seats left), visit:

We look forward to seeing you there!

Note: Don’t miss our next WEGGinar™ 10/11/17 on “Navigating Global Business Travel in 2017,” and presented by Stephanie Lewin, Global Immigration Attorney at Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP (  Register here:
Event is free of charge but you must register in advance to attend.

WEGG Women: Going Global is Affordable and Accessible

Why is it easier than ever now to take your business global?  Does exporting present challenges for women business owners and entrepreneurs?  What factors influence a woman business owner to go global?  Is there an organization that fosters global growth for businesses in a simple, engaging and affordable manner?

To find out the answers to these questions, read more.


Note: Don’t miss our next WEGGinar™ 5/10/17 on “How to Improve Your Website For Global Customers,” and presented by John Yunker, Co-founder of Byte Level Research, author of “Think Outside the Country.” Register here:
Event is no charge but you must register in advance to attend.


Women Are Leading the Global Entrepreneurial Revolution


Women are leading the charge in taking their businesses global and the United States is a frontrunner with other nations following suit.

Our friend and colleague Rieva Lesonsky, CEO and cofounder, GrowBiz Media says:

I’ve [Rieva Lesonky] seen this firsthand over the past three years as I traveled to Brazil, India and Turkey, meeting scores of international women entrepreneurs at various states of business ownership, from startup to global expansion. The good news is these women don’t have to go it alone. There are organizations [such as WEGG] and events to help them come together, solve common challenges and exchange support.

Read more:  What Global Women Business Owners Need to Grow


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: Event is no charge but you must register in advance to attend.


Spread the Good Word: WEGG Is Set to Help Women Business Owners Export

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It’s official!  Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global (WEGG) has been launched and is committed to helping women-owned and women-led businesses increase their access to knowledge about exporting their products or services, grow their revenue, create jobs, and make an even more impactful contribution to their families and the economy.

Read the news (11/18/15):  New Education-based Nonprofit to Help Women Business Owners Export

Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 9.58.19 AMAnd be sure to sign up to receive information about our first webinar scheduled for Wednesday, January 6, 2016.  We call these educational webinars WEGG Wednesdays and they will take place the first Wednesday of every month in 2016 with the goal to help you take your business to the next level of growth through exports.

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

Women and Global Trade

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The Obama Administration is committed to boosting global trade for women entrepreneurs and business owners.  They also want to create new export opportunities for them.  Here’s why:

  • Pay more. Average pay at women-owned exporters is approximately 1.6 times higher than average pay at non-exporting female-owned businesses. This “exporter premium”—the amount by which exporters pay more than non-exporters—is larger than the equivalent premium for male-owned businesses, suggesting that increasing export participation by women-owned businesses may be one route to higher middle-class incomes.
  • More productive. Women-owned businesses that export are, on average, over 3.5 times more productive than women-owned businesses that do not export. In addition, women-owned exporters are also about 1.2 times more productive on average than male-owned exporters.
  • Hire more. Women-owned businesses that export employ an average of 42 people, compared to just 8 employees on average at their non-exporting counterparts.
  • Earn more. Women-owned businesses that export report average sales of $16.3 million, compared to $816,000 in average sales for women-owned businesses that do not export.

WEGG will play a major role in raising the number of women exporters.

To learn more about the Obama Administration’s mission to encourage women to participate in the U.S. and global economy, visit:  Women and Trade

WEGG Mission

Our mission is to educate women business owners and entrepreneurs worldwide on how to go global so they can run healthier businesses and create a new future for themselves, their families and their community.

Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. EIN/Tax ID #47-2956522.

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