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Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Top 500 Women-Owned Businesses in the United States For 2014

Top 500 Women-Owned Businesses

Privately-held companies represent the strongest segment of the U.S. economy. Women own a large part of these companies. Every year, business web site recognizes women who have made a major impact on the economy with their companies; 500 make the Div500 list. These are all companies with revenues of $20 million to over $1 billion, and they are all owned by women.

This annual Top Business List selects 500 women-owned companies from over 1,300,000 businesses. Women who make the top 500 list represent the top women-owned businesses in the U.S. But all the 1,300,000 potential candidates also are a clear representation of  how strong women-owned businesses are in America.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Women-Owned Businesses Are Growing at the Rate of 1,288 a Day!

According to the 2014 State of Women-owned Businesses Report from American Express OPEN, women-owned businesses are on the rise. The number of new businesses owned by women in the U.S. are increasing by 1,288 a day. The growth is phenomenal, increasing from 8.6 million in 2013 to 9.1 million so far in 2014.

What is fueling the increase in women-owned businesses?

If you look at it from a woman's perspective, owning your own business has so much to offer in the way of benefits. Women often need to manage responsibility for both their professional and personal lives, struggling to work and take care of family simultaneously. More women are discovering that owning your own business gives them more flexibility to manage both facets of their life.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Sam's Club Giving Program Establishes $2.5 Million Grant to Grow U.S. Women-Owned Businesses

Sam's Club Grants For Women-Owned Businesses
The WE Lend Initiative was recently announced by Sam's Club CEO and President Rosalind Brewer. It is a new grant program created through the Sam's Club Giving Program designed to help small U.S. businesses owned by women to prosper and grow.

The grants are offered to SBA-recognized Women's Business Centers (WBCs). The increased financial support to WBCs will allow the centers to increase access to affordable loans and innovative training to hundreds more women entrepreneurs. This will result in business growth for women entrepreneurs and increased job growth for areas served by women-owned businesses.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Designer Eileen Fisher Celebrates Women Entrepreneurs With $125,000 in Grants

The tenth annual Eileen Fisher Business Grant Program for Women Entrepreneurs will reward women-owned businesses who are contributing to the economic growth of their communities and value healthy environments. Up to 10 grants of at least $12,500 will be awarded. The program is open to for-profit businesses that are wholly owned by women. Recipients will receive a grant and also be recognized at a conference in New York City.

Eileen Fisher is well known for her elite line of women's clothing. She is also an entrepreneur who knows how tough it is to own your own business. For the past 10 years, she has been paying her success forward by helping other women entrepreneurs with grants.

Monday, March 31, 2014

The 10 U.S. Cities Where Women Earn the Most Money

Overall, American women still make 77 cents on each dollar earned by men. But in some parts of the U.S., women are earning equal to or even more than their male counterparts. If you're looking for equal pay, you might consider one of these cities. These are the top 10 cities in Forbes recent list of 20 best-paying cities for women.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

United Airlines Among America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business

For three years in a row, United Airlines has received the distinction of being named a top corporation for women-owned and -operated businesses by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). It's the only national award of its kind.

What is even more impressive is that United isn't just competing for an award. The company truly believes in diversity and giving women real opportunities. They live and breathe diversity, from hiring to choosing business partners and suppliers, United makes sure that minority- and women-owned businesses get a piece of the pie.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Women-Owned Businesses Get A Fair Shake From United Airlines

Every year, the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) honors top companies who are recognized for their world-class supplier diversity programs. One of those top corporations, and the only airlines to receive the recognition, is United Airlines.

United's diversity program

United has a diversity program that goes way beyond suppliers. In fact, it permeates the entire organization. From employees to suppliers and business partners, United makes sure everyone gets a fair shake. Says United's vice president of technical procurement Katrina Manning, "We've made it our priority to ensure that small, minority-, and women-owned suppliers have access to opportunities with United."

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Gender Pay Gap -- Find Out Which Cities Are the Worst-Paying for Women

Gender Pay Gap

There is a battle going on and it's been waging since the 1960s. It's the war over equal pay, and women continue to fight this battle to this day. Although progress has been made in some parts of the country, there are other areas that still seem to be stuck in the 1960s.

The gender pay gap, as it's known, is still alive and well in many areas. 24/7 Wall St, an online resource for financial news, reviewed 100 metro areas across America to find the cities with the smallest and widest gender wage gap. Here is what they discovered.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Texas Women-Owned Businesses Exceed Those Owned By Men in Some Surprising Industries

According to a recent study by the Journal of Business Venturing, women-owned businesses in the state of Texas survive longer than those owned by men in 95 SIC codes (Standard Industrial Codes for types of businesses) representing 405,038 businesses, and in 76 zip codes, representing 86,946 businesses. The study involved one million businesses owned by Texans.

Monday, March 10, 2014

America's Nation of Neighbors Grants Encourage Women to Change the World

 Royal Neighbors of America
Women helping women -- that's what Royal Neighbors of America is all about. The organization is one of the nation's largest women-led insurers, and they are continuing their goal to pay it forward by helping women entrepreneurs.

Deserving women may be nominated by members of Royal Neighbors. Candidates nominated for grant awards are strong women who show courage and strength in making a difference in the lives of other women and in their communities. Again this year, the organization plans to award $100,000 in grants to deserving women as part of their Nation of Neighbors Grant Program.