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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Do You Know Where Your Local Women's Business Center Is? -- Nearly Every City Has One

Women's Business Center

Women-owned businesses are growing like crazy. They have grown faster than the rate of small businesses, according to the annual American Express OPEN report. Between 1997 and 2014, the report states, the number of businesses in the United States increased by 47 percent but the number of women-owned firms increased by 68 percent -- 1-1/2 times the national average. Women's Business Centers are spreading to help continue their support and growth for women-owned companies.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Walmart's Women in Factories Grant Program Wants to Help 60,000 Working Women

Walmart Grants For Women in Factories Program
The Walmart Foundation has an aggressive goal to help 60,000 women who are working in 150 factories in India, Bangladesh, China, El Salvador, and Honduras. The program, called Grants For Women In Factories, is generously funded by $10 million to ensure the goals are met by the year 2016.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Why Women's Entrepreneurship Day Is Important

Women's Entrepreneurship Day
November 19, 2014 was an important day for women entrepreneurs across the globe. It was the very first Global Women's Entrepreneurship Day. It was held at the United Nations in New York City to recognize and honor women entrepreneurs who are driving economic growth in 144 countries.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund Gives the Green Light to Minority Women in Healthcare Fields

 Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund

Since 2010, minority women pursuing degrees and careers in the healthcare field have received a big green light from the Go Red Multicultural Scholarship grant. The education grant comes from the generosity of Macy's and the American Heart Association. Eligible women have until December 31, 2014 to apply for the scholarship.

Friday, December 5, 2014

SBA Oversight Allowed Women-Only Contracts to Go to Men

Maria Contreras-Sweet, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has women-owned businesses fighting mad, not because of what they did, but because of what they did NOT do. And it's costing women-owned businesses billions.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Why Valerie Jarrett is the Most Powerful Black Woman in America

Valerie Jarrett

Her name doesn't come up when asked who are the most powerful women in America. She is never listed in Forbes Magazine’s annual list of “The United States’ Most Powerful Women.” But she is by far considered the most influential woman and African-American in Obama's inner circle. Her name? Valerie Jarrett.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Why Are Women-Owned Businesses Losing Billions of Dollars? You Won't Believe the Answer!

Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., is a strong supporter of legislation that will give women business owners greater access to government contracts.
It all started in the year 2000 when the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) created the Women-Owned Small Business Program (WOSB) that would allow federal agencies to set aside contracts specifically for WOSBs. The government stated that it's goal was to reward 5 percent of its prime contracting dollars to women-owned businesses. Guess what? It hasn't happened!

Why women are losing billions

The government has only reached 4.3 percent of it's 5 percent goal of government contracts awarded to women-owned businesses, according to the SBA. One reason might be that many of the contracts have been given to firms that aren't even eligible according to Congress' set-asides guidelines. Many feel this reflects a lack of good management of the WOSB program by the SBA.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Find Out Who Made the Latest TNJ's 25 Influential Black Women in Business Awards List

Every year, The Network Journal of Black Professionals and Small Business News awards 25 black women in business for their professional achievements. The award and recognition honors the impact they have made in their profession and in their communities.

What they all have in common

These remarkable women are business owners, corporate presidents, CEOs, or other senior executives. They come from corporate environments, government, health care, education, non-profit and more. What they all have in common is the fact that they have worked hard, had a positive attitude, and remained focused and determined in their efforts to succeed. Check out some of their comments.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

First Woman Ever to Head the U.S. Postal Service as Postmaster General

Megan Brennan, Postmaster General

The United States Postal Service just announced that a new Postmaster will soon be taking over the reigns of the organization. The organization's current COO, Megan Brennan, will soon take a big step into the position of Postmaster General. She will become the first woman to head the postal service, succeeding Patrick Donahoe who is retiring.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Kentucky Training Program for Women and Minority Entrepreneurs Teaches Them How to Run And Grow A Business

There's a big difference between knowing how to do what you do in your career field and actually running a business in that industry. As a business owner, women and minorities in particular can use all the help they can get in learning how to step from business employee to business owner. In the state of Kentucky, the Lexington Minority and Women Contractor Training Program may be just the thing they need.

The Lexington Minority and Women Contractor Training Program is a 10-week teaching and training program designed for women and minorities who already own their own business but want to learn how to grow and take that business even further. The program meets just once a week but packs a lot of training into that time span. Business owners will learn how to manage cash flow, how to keep financial records, payroll practices, and even contracts. These are just some of the important skills necessary to run a successful businesses.