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Monday, March 27, 2017

Indiana Stepping It Up to Support Women-Owned Businesses

There are 162,000 women-owned businesses in the state of Indiana, which is about 30 percent of all privately-owned businesses in the state. The support of state and local programs is important to women-owned businesses because about 90 percent of them have no other employees than themselves. Indiana offers many such programs but feels they can do even more to support women-owned businesses.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Women-Owned Restaurants Up 40-Percent in This State

Restaurants owned by women are on the increase, and in this state, they are up 40 percent, according to Kathy Deck with the Center For Business & Economic Research at the University of Arkansas. Women restaurant owners in Arkansas have been rapidly growing.

Monday, March 20, 2017

The First Woman CEO of a Major Cruise Line Has Just Designed the World's Coolest New Cruise Ship

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo is the first woman to be named CEO of a major cruise line, Celebrity Cruises. That's an accomplishment in itself, but Lisa has gone way beyond that by also designing a new 2,900-passenger ship that is scheduled to launch next year.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Women-Owned Businesses Protesting Donald Trump

Women across the country watched in horror as Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton a "nasty women" during the final presidential debate. Why? Clinton was answering a question about how she would raise taxes on the rich to resolve the country's debt problem. She stated, "My Social Security payroll contribution will go up, as will Donald's, assuming he can't figure out how to get out of it." Trump interrupted her by saying, "Such a nasty woman." Women-owned businesses have found an effective way to protest against Trump's comment.

Monday, March 13, 2017

7-Eleven Launches Women's Franchise Initiative Competition

7-Eleven Women's Franchise Initiative Competition

7-Eleven, Inc. is having a give-away contest exclusively for women entrepreneurs. One deserving woman will be awarded a 7-Eleven fee-free franchise, a value of up to $190,000.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Women Can Break the Financing Barrier By Taking These 3 Steps

There are an estimated 11 million women-owned companies that generate more than $1.6 trillion in revenue, according to Forbes. In past nine years, their businesses have increased by 45 percent. But financing continues to be a barrier for them.

Monday, March 6, 2017

This Female CEO's Software Startup Received $400K Support From BDC Capital

Caitlin MacGregor is the founder and CEO of Ontario, Canada firm, Plum. The female-led technology company was founded in 2012 and develops software that helps hiring managers match applicants who are the right fit, reducing turnover from the very beginning. A $400,000 investment by BDC Capital helped her company go from fledgling startup in 2012 to a leader in Canada’s tech sector.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Maker of Brawny Towels Again Featuring Strong Women on Its Packaging

Strength Has No Gender, says the make of Brawny towels. In celebration of Women's History Month, Georgia-Pacific’s Brawny paper towels will once again feature four strong women who have inspired others with their accomplishments in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Monday, February 27, 2017

Trump Proposal to Eliminate Violence Against Women Act Will Have Devastating Effects on Women Everywhere

The Violence Against Women’s Act (VAWA) was passed in 1994. Funding for this program has provided benefits and protection for women everywhere who are victims of violence. Trump wants to eliminate it. The result would be devastating for all women, but particularly those most vulnerable, including black women, and Native American women on reservations.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

How Trump's Hiring Freeze Will Hurt Opportunities For Women, Veterans and Minorities

President Jimmy Carter tried it. President Ronald Reagan tried it. Now President Donald Trump is trying it. It's called a hiring freeze on federal jobs, and it is part of Trump's "100-day action plan to Make America Great Again." But many fear it will hurt job opportunities for women and veterans.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Roe v. Wade Plaintiff Dies at Age 69

Roe v. Wade was a famous Supreme Court decision in 1973 that legalized abortions in the U.S. The landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court on the issue of abortion prompted a national debate that continues today about issues including whether, and to what extent, abortion should be legal. The anonymous plaintiff in the case, “Jane Roe,” recently died at the age of 69. Her real name was Norma McCorvey.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Woman Goes From Living in Her Car to Selling Her Art to Celebrities

Tiffanie Anderson, artist and painter for celebrities

Tiffanie Anderson knew she had a special talent when she was 20 years old. She believes her talent as an artist was inherited from her grandparents, who were also artists. But making a living as an artist was another matter, leaving her for a time living out of her car.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

MGM Resorts International Honored for its Support of Women-Owned Businesses

MGM Resorts International was just named one of America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises in 2016. The company joins a prestigious group of 59 companies that have been recognized by The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) for providing women-owned businesses with opportunities for economic participation.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Why Women Entrepreneurs Can Count On "Count Me In" For Support


Count Me In For Women's Economic Independence is the nation's leading not-for-profit organization that provides tools, resources, and community support for women entrepreneurs. The nonprofit, founded in 1999, has helped hundreds of women entrepreneurs seeking to grow their micro businesses into million dollar enterprises.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

President Trump Wants to Eliminate These 5 Programs That Offer Support and Grants to Women

Donald Trump with a smirk

According to exit polls, 53 percent of white women voted for Donald Trump. In light of Trump's recent budget cut plans that will eliminate five federally funded programs that serve women, as well as minorities and low-income people, you have to wonder how that same 53 percent would vote today.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

These Cities Were The Best And The Worst Places For Women-Owned Businesses in 2016

Well, the year is over, and it's time to start out the new year with new ideas that will help women become successful business owners. An American Express OPEN-commissioned report revealed that more than 9.4 million women-owned businesses currently operate in the U.S. They represent nearly a third of all privately held companies in the nation. Location is everything. Where are the best cities to start a business?

Friday, January 20, 2017

Teen Mom Beats Cancer and Other Odds and Starts Her Own Company

Deona Hooper is 42 years old and is the Founder/Editor-in-Chief of Social Work Helper Magazine. Life is good now, but it certainly did not begin that way for Hooper. She had to beat incredible odds to get to where she is today, including beating cancer.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Wine Company Owner Carves Her Own Niche in a Male-Dominated Industry

Sherrijon Gaspard is one of more than 60 black-owned wine producers in an industry dominated by white men and about a third of which are women. She became interested in wine about four years ago, but wanted to create something fun, and something that would appeal primarily to women. She did. It is called Vina Sympatica sparkling wine.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Women Are Less Likely to Experience Gender Pay Gap in These 20 High Paying Jobs for 2017

The bad news is that the gender gap in pay for women still exists. The good news is that women can earn highly competitive salaries in certain fields, and in some fields, they represent a high percentage of the workforce.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Beer Is Not Just For Men -- Ask Professional Brewer Kim Collins

Indiana native Kim Collins has been brewing beer since 2012 for 5 breweries in Colorado. Her company is Guardian Brewing Company where she has made over 100 unique craft beers, including joining 5 other breweries in creating special Inauguration Day beers.

Friday, January 6, 2017

This Woman Will Lead One of NASA's Newest Discovery Missions

NASA recently announced their plans for two new Discovery missions, and one of those missions will be led by a woman. The purpose of the new missions is to explore asteroids, the oldest parts of our solar system.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

These 5 Women Changed Our Lives Forever

When people talk about inventors, they usually mention men such as Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell. Yes, their inventions changed our lives. Women, too, throughout history have been inventors whose discoveries changed our lives forever. Just look at these 5 women.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Two Women Entrepreneurs Win a Whopping $425K Deal on Shark Tank


Sarah Lee and Christine Chang are glowing after winning a $425,000 deal on Shark Tank. They are founders of a natural Korean beauty company called Glow Recipe. At first, the sharks thought they were just distributors, until the two entrepreneurs explained how their experience in the beauty world led them to create their products using the best ingredients from Korea.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Women Owned Businesses With Experience Just Need The Cash -- WomenVenture Can Help

So many businesses owned by women were started by women who have a great deal of experience and a proven capacity to succeed. All they need is the money! Yet traditional lenders often ignore them. WomenVenture will not. In fact, women with experience are just the kind of clients that WomenVenture is looking for.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Bet You Didn't Know These 10 Well-Known Companies Were Started By Women

Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, Founders of Proactiv
Consumers buy products and services every day without giving a thought as to who started or owns the company that produces the products. With more than 9.4 million companies being owned by women, the chances are pretty good you will be buying something at some time that is made by a company that is woman-owned.