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Friday, May 27, 2016

This Bank Has $20 Million Available For Woman-Owned Business Loans

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Small businesses owned by women are often unable to get business loans from traditional financial sources like banks. One bank, however, not only recognizes this struggle but has also created a pot of $20 million just for women business owners.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

New YouTube Video Shows Ridiculousness of Stereotypes About Women in Technology

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Reshma Saujani, Founder, Girls Who Code
In 2015, only 25 percent of all computing jobs in the U.S. went to women. It's called the "gender gap" and it is found in all STEM jobs (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). It's nothing new, but one non-profit organization decided to use humor to highlight just how ridiculous gender gaps really are.

Monday, May 16, 2016

From Healthcare to Haircare -- How This Former Nurse Built a Profitable Haircare Business from YouTube

Courtney Adeleye, founder of Mane Choice
Many entrepreneurial businesses are successfully launched because the owner wants to solve a problem. If they are very good problem-solvers, the customers will come. That was the case with former nurse, Courtney Adeleye, who was just trying to get her natural hair healthy. Little did she know that her hobby would turn into a full-fledged business.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

British Woman Fired for Refusing to Wear Heels -- Then Gets Even!

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Nicola Thorp
Apparently, some companies are still stuck in the era when women wore high heels to work. But firing them for refusing to wear heels is just beyond belief. Yet that is exactly what happened to Nicola Thorp.

Monday, May 9, 2016

5 Black Women CEOs of Major Companies and Organizations That You Probably Don't Know About!


It's always a big deal when a woman becomes a CEO of a major Fortune 500 company because this is something that rarely happens. Therefore, it's even a bigger deal if that woman is African American, Asian, Hispanic or Native American because again, that rarely happens! But Fortune 500 company or not, there are several African American women CEOs of big, influential, and well-known companies and organizations.

Women Breaking Stereotypes By Making Great Strides in Every Industry

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A new report by American Express on the state of women-owned businesses reports an increase of 45 percent from 2007 - 2016 in the number of businesses owned by women. To put this increase into perspective, businesses nationwide grew by 9 percent during the same period of time. What is even more amazing is that women are breaking apart stereotypes by creating their own businesses in what used to be male-dominated industries.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Rosalind Brewer, CEO of Sam's Club, Giving Away $8.8 Million to Women and Minority Business Owners


Women, minorities and veterans who own their own businesses are considered part of America's underserved. This is exactly the target group Sam's Club has pledged to help with their Sam's Club Giving Awards program.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Strong Women -- 6 Lessons Women Can Learn From Dolly Parton

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Yes, Dolly Parton turned 70 recently, and she has a lot to say to women about being strong and brave and making a living. Dolly is a singer-songwriter, actress, author, businesswoman, and humanitarian, as well as a superstar in country music. But she is also an entrepreneur.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

SBA Assistance Helps Increase Services to Women Entrepreneurs in Western North Carolina

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A grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration Women’s Business Center (WBC) Program has made it possible for The Western Women’s Business Center (WWBC) in western North Carolina to expand its services. They are now able to help not only women entrepreneurs but also low-income communities, people of color, veterans and artists.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Woman Buys College Campus With No Money Down -- Find Out How She Did It

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When entrepreneur Vonda White decided to buy a college campus, she knew she had a challenge ahead of her. Her goal was to open a summer camp for child development, but financing would be very difficult. She was quite surprised when she was able to get a loan at 4 percent interest and no money down. How did she do it?

Sunday, April 3, 2016

USDA Announces Funding for Women in STEM Fields

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Women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas pursuing and competing a postsecondary degree in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) will be pleased to know there is new funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The new fund of $400,000 is designed to fund research and extension activities in these fields.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

These 8 Women Influenced Men Who Changed History

Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King

There is an expression that "Behind Every Successful Man is a Woman." While a man's success largely depends on many factors, such as how hard he works, he can also be influenced by others. That is certainly the case with these 8 women who encouraged and inspired some of the most famous men in history.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Another Women's Business Center Opens -- The Second One in This State

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has just approved a grant of $672,000 to fund the opening of a second location for a Women's Business Center in the state of Missouri. The first center is located in St. Louis. The second Women’s Business Center in Missouri will include offices in both Columbia and Fulton.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Houston Marketing Executive and CEO Encourages Women to "Think Bigger"

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According to research, men executives make decisions quicker than women execs. Specifically, men will make decisions if they are 50 percent sure, while women need to be 80-90 percent sure. That is just one of the reasons for gender gaps among entrepreneurs, according to Carolyn Rodz, marketing exec and founder of the Circular Board, an accelerator for women entrepreneurs.

Friday, March 18, 2016

5 Best Metro Cities For Women Owned Businesses -- Three are in Tennessee

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More than 9.4 million women-owned businesses currently operate in the United States, according to a recent American Express report. This represents about one-third of all privately owned businesses. Altogether, women-owned businesses generate revenues of more than $1.5 billion, and they are growing 50 percent faster than the average business in the U.S.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Finally, the U.S. Government Has Surpassed Its 5% Contracting Goal for Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB)

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Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator for the SBA
For the first time in history, the U.S. government has surpassed its goal of giving 5 percent of government contracts to women-owned businesses. The achievement was applauded by Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration, Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to the President, and women across the country.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Move Over Brawny Man -- For Brawny Woman

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For the past 50 years, Brawny paper towels has featured a male character, aka "Brawny Man," in its commercials. Dressed in a red, flannel shirt, sleeves rolled up to show his muscular arms, he was positioned to show the strength of the product. But the maker of Brawny towels, Georgia-Pacific, now has a new campaign with the title: "Strength Has No Gender."

Monday, March 7, 2016

This Company Plans to Increase Production By Giving Women Time Off for "That Time of Month"

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Coexist Director, Bex Baxter, and her team
According to a new study, 17 percent of women have missed work, school, or other important events during their periods. One company in the U.K. recognizes how debilitating menstrual cramps can be, so they have initiated a new company policy that gives women paid time off to recover from their menstrual pain.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

The Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award

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The Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award recognizes individuals, projects, organizations, or institutions working for equity on behalf of women and girls. Awards are given every year across a broad range of activities.

The award program was established by Eleanor Roosevelt in 1989 and mainly focuses on education. Education can include classroom teaching, educational and research contributions, and legal and legislative work that promotes equity for women and girls. Recipients do not need to be educators in order to be eligible for an award.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

"How I Became the Highest-Compensated Woman Executive in Silicon Valley"

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Lata Krishnan became the highest-compensated woman executive among the largest publicly traded companies in Silicon Valley in 1998. She is the chief financial officer of Shah Capital Partners, a U.S.-based private-equity fund. But her road to success is marked by many twists and turns and a desire to explore the U.S.

Friday, February 26, 2016

New Study Shows Women are Better Coders -- So Why Do They Have to Hide Their Gender to Get Respect?

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A new study recently published in the preprint journal PeerJ showed that the work of female coders is accepted more than the work of men. But once their gender is identified, everything changes.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

"Black Girls Code" Introduces Girls of Color to Computer Science

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Kimberly Bryant, Founder, Black Girls Code
It's no secret that the number of African Americans in technology companies is minute. There is a big movement in Silicon Valley to change this, and the movement is being led by entrepreneurs, investors, engineers and advocates for offering more opportunities to underrepresented minorities in the nation's fastest-growing, highest-paying industry. One of these advocates has created a camp called Black Girls Code which teaches computer science to girls of color.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Yes, You Can Make Money At Home -- Check Out These 10 Lucrative Home-Based Jobs

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The key to working at home is to find an area that pays well. If you're going to work out of your home, make sure it's worth it. Not all home-based jobs pay enough in return to support a business. So, here are 10 ideas of home-based jobs that pay well.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Women Earn the Highest Pay in These 20 Jobs


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The gender gap is still alive and well, but it doesn't exist in all jobs. Gender gap refers to the gap in wages based on gender. PayScale, an online resource for career candidates that help them determine what they are worth, recently published an article in Business Insider that indicates the pay gap doesn't affect all jobs. In many jobs, women not only dominate but make even more money than men.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

These 15 Female Entrepreneurs Are Under 30 and Running Multi-Million Dollar Businesses

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Sarah Prevette, founder of Sprouter.com
The youngest is 15 and the oldest is 29, but what these 15 entrepreneurs all have in common is that they are females, under 30, and running multi-million dollar businesses. They were recently named as the Top 15 Young Female Entrepreneurs by Under30CEO.
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