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Sunday, December 4, 2016

This New Fund Will Give Grants to Women Owned Businesses in Wisconsin

Non-profit organization, Doyenne Group, has just started a new fund called Evergreen Fund that is going to represent a promising new source of funding for businesses owned by women and minorities in Wisconsin. The woman-owned Madison, Wisconsin company hopes to change the face of small business in the state.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

First Asian-American Woman Elected to White House Cabinet Position

Elaine Chao has been chosen by President-elect Donald Trump to head the Department of Transportation. With this nomination, Chao becomes the first Asian-American woman to be elected to a Presidential Cabinet position.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

These 12 Women Are Being Considered For Positions In Trump's Cabinet

All eyes are on Donald Trump as he begins to assemble his cabinet members. The last two administrations, Clinton and Obama, gave about a third of all cabinet positions to women. Will Trump follow suit?

Friday, November 25, 2016

These 4 Lenders Receive Small Business Leader Awards For Lending To Women

The Small Business Leader Award (SBLA) honors mission-driven lenders who create lending opportunities for women and entrepreneurs of color. For the third consecutive year, SBLA recognizes lenders who have demonstrated ambitious growth plans for small business lending and lending models that effectively target women and minority business owners.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

NYC Will Spend $7.5 Million to Increase Number of Women in Film and TV

Studies have shown that women and other minorities are greatly underrepresented in the film and television industry. The city of New York wants to change this, so they are launching a $7.5 million program over the next five years to address this issue of inequity. The program is considered the very first of its kind anywhere.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Massachusetts Expanding Training Programs For Women and Minorities

The state of Massachusetts is expanding apprenticeship opportunities targeted for women, minorities and poor people. The state just received a $1.5 million federal grant to expand their apprenticeship programs in industries such as health care, advanced manufacturing and information technology.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

How One Woman Entrepreneur Secured Funding After Getting Declined for a Bank Loan

Mary Apple, Founder, Pretty Pushers
Women are launching new businesses at the rate of 1,072 new women-owned businesses per day. They total 11.3 million in the U.S. They are adding $3 trillion to the U.S. economy and creating 23 million jobs. Yet it is still so difficult for women entrepreneurs to obtain funding. Here is what one woman entrepreneur did after she was refused financing by traditional banks.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

This Woman Waited 96 Years to Vote for a Female President

Edith Wilkinson was born on August 13, 1920. She is 96 years old and has had a dream all her life that she can now fulfill. Her dream has been to vote for a female for president.

Friday, November 4, 2016

City of Los Angeles to Give More Contracts to Businesses Owned By Women and Minorities

Los Angeles minority and women business owners

City commissioners in Los Angeles are serious about helping out businesses that are owned by women and minorities. To their credit, they have already invested significantly by awarding 800 city contracts for construction and other services over the past two years to women- and minority-owned businesses, but they want to do even more.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

This Man's Lawsuit Could Mean 3 Times More Funds For Women and Minority Owned Businesses

Lloyd Chapman, small business advocate and founder of the American Small Business League

Remember when the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) promised a minimum of 5 percent of all federal contracts would be awarded to woman-owned small businesses and 5 percent for minority-owned small businesses? The SBA claims they met that goal, but an investigation by the American Small Business League (ASBL) claims that the SBA manipulated the numbers so they could say they met the 5 percent mandate. The ASBL has filed a lawsuit in federal court against SBA.

Monday, October 24, 2016

This Agency is Awarding $382,650 in Grants to Increase Women in STEM Fields

Women and minorities are underrepresented in the STEM fields -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS) is one organization that is working to change this through grants. The organization recently awarded $382,650 in grants to create more diversity in STEM fields.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

How Black Women Can Succeed in the Workplace

Back in the day, women thought they had to act like a man, dress like a man, and think like a man to succeed in the workplace. Now, women are saying, “Trying to be a man is a waste of a woman.” Women of color especially have learned these 10 valuable lessons about how to succeed in the workplace.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

This Program Is Giving Away $75 Million in Capital to Women, Minority and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

Chase's global Small Business Forward program

In spite of the fact that many banks will not lend to small businesses, some large banks are coming forward to make capital more accessible to women-, minority-, and veteran-owned small businesses. Why? Because it is "not only good for the economic health of the community, but it’s also good business,” according to CEO, Business Banking at JP Morgan Chase & Co., Jenn Piepszak.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

$4.6 Million Going to Women and Minority-Owned Businesses in These 3 States

Another major lending institution is stepping up to the plate to make life a little easier for women- and minority-owned businesses. A $4.6 million grant from JP Morgan Chase & Co. to non-profit LiftFund makes it possible for businesses owned by women and minorities in the states of Louisiana, Texas and Georgia to get funding for their businesses.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Pipeline Angels Gives Women Entrepreneurs an Opportunity for Business Funding

When someone comes to your rescue, you might call them an angel. Imagine an entire group of 'angels' who are consistently coming to the aid of women entrepreneurs when they are often turned down by traditional lenders. Pipeline Angels is a network of women investors who want to help.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

How a 30-Year-Old Woman Raised $30K for 30 Women Entrepreneurs in Ethiopia -- In One Day!

CrowdRise 24 Hour Impact Project

When Mallory Brown turned 30, she celebrated in a most unusual way. She went to Ethiopia. There she participated in an organized challenge to raise funds to support women in Ethiopia.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women Taking Applications for Grants Up To $10,000

Since 1972, Soroptimist International of the Americas has been helping women continue their education and training through the annual Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women. Since its beginning, the organization has awarded about $30 million to deserving women.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Meet the Youngest "Master of Rum" in the World

Women in the liquor industry are few and far between. The booze business has always been dominated by men. But that didn't stop 29-year-old Jassil Villanueva Quintana from becoming the youngest Master of Rum in the industry.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

This Woman Made Millions in the Fragrance Business -- With a Little Help from the Duchess of York

Jo Malone grew up in South-East London where she learned how to give facials, and with her mother, made face creams in their kitchen. Things went well for them; they even launched their own skin care clinic. Then everything changed.

Monday, September 19, 2016

If You're Not Getting Raises or Promotions, Ask Yourself These 6 Questions

Men are 25 percent more likely than women to get a raise when they ask for one, according to research from Cass Business School and the University of Warwick in the U.K., and the University of Wisconsin. It's more difficult for women, but why?

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Woman-owned Vodka Brand Inspires Women to Pursue Their Business Goals

Kjersten Merila is one of the very few women who own their own liquor brand, let alone their own brand of vodka. The liquor business is still male-dominated. That's why Merila decided to use some of her profits to help other women in start-up businesses.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Teen Girls Get First-Hand Entrepreneurial Experience By Solving Big Problems

Imagine a group of teenage girls, age 15-18, getting together to solve some of the world's toughest problems. These girls are interested in finding solutions to food waste, sexual assault on campuses, and Parkinson's disease. Who are they? They are girls who are competing in the #BuiltByGirls Challenge, organized by Built By Girls Ventures, an AOL venture capital fund.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Detroit Women of Color To Get More Help in Growing Their Businesses

The Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce, along with Walker's Legacy, are launching a small-business funding event in October that will match entrepreneurs with capital. The event is part of a bigger initiative to create programming and reduce funding challenges for business women of color in Detroit.

Monday, August 29, 2016

These 3 Women Started a Law Firm -- On Twitter!

The field of law has one of the least amounts of diversity of any professions, with 88 percent of lawyers being white, and only 33 percent with women as partners. It is definitely not a profession chosen often by young black women. But 3 young African American women have succeeded in opening their own law firm in Chicago, and it all started with a Tweet.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Wisconsin Has $1.2 Million to Invest in Businesses Owned by Women and Minorities

Wisconsin-based non-profit, Doyenne Group, will be supporting businesses owned by women and minorities with a newly-created fund, the Evergreen Fund. The fund already has $1.2 million to invest in Wisconsin businesses owned by women and people of color.