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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

More Than 4,100 Women and Minority-Owned Businesses in New York Now Eligible For $16 Billion in City Contracts

More Than 4,100 Women- And Minority-Owned Businesses in New York Now Eligible For $16 Billion in City Contracts

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has certified a record 4,100 minority- and women-owned businesses in the past 12 months. This means they now qualify to go after city contracts and have equal access to New York's $16 billion worth of city contracts over the next several years.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

10 Sources of Grants For Women-Owned Businesses

10 Sources of Grants For Women-Owned Businesses
The American Express 2014 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report showed that last year, there were 9.1 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. This represents an increase of 68 percent since 1997. Businesses owned by women are growing 1.5 times faster than the national average for all small businesses. The growth is impressive given the fact that women are often turned away by banks for loans. Grants are a great source of money that does not have to be repaid, but they are hard to find.

Monday, July 20, 2015

How to Apply for a Grant From the Ms. Foundation for Women

How to Apply for a Grant From the Ms. Foundation for Women
The Ms. Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and U.S. territories who support women's issues. Grassroots movements driven by local community movement, as well as state and national organizations, and tribal organizations are eligible to apply.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Women's Earned Income Growing Faster Than Men's

Women's Earned Income Growing Faster Than Men's
Harvard Business Review recently reported that women’s earned income is rising at a rate faster than men's, growing at 8.1 percent compared to 5.8 percent for men. They also have more purchasing power than men. Combined, this points out the fact that women are rising in power.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Grant Helps Create New Program To Support Women Owned Businesses

Grant Helps Create New Program To Support Women Owned Businesses
A new program called Ignite will offer customized programs for women who own their own businesses, thanks to a grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The grant was awarded to The Entrepreneur Fund’s Women’s Business Alliance (WBA) to help women-owned businesses grow and create more jobs in Minnesota.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Worst Job For Sexual Harassment -- Can You Guess What It Is?

The Worst Job For Sexual Harassment -- Can You Guess What It Is?
According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, sexual harassment is defined as "unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature." Yet hundreds of thousands of women are exposed to this every day in the workplace. But one job tops the list as being the worst for sexual harassment.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

How Are Women in Business Doing? Better Than You Think!

How Are Women in Business Doing? Better Than You Think!
Kari Warberg Block, Owner of Earth-Kind Inc., with U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.
Women represent more than half the U.S. population, and they would like nothing better than to own half of the businesses in the U.S. It continues to be a struggle, particularly when it comes to funding, but these women are definitely making progress.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Women Rule in Real Estate

Women Rule in Real Estate
Just as there are industries dominated by men, such as construction and engineering, there are also industries dominated by women. Real estate is one that is dominated by women. But it's complicated.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

St. Louis Creates $10 Million Fund for Minority and Women Contractors

St. Louis Creates $10 Million Fund for Minority and Women Contractors
St. Louis has tons of projects that will keep contractors busy over the next 10-15 years, and they want to give a piece of the pie to minority and women contractors. They are putting their money where their mouth is, to the tune of $10 million in a newly-created Contractor Loan Fund, designed to give minority and women contractors access to capital so they can grow their businesses.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

And the Best State For Women-Owned Businesses Is...

Black woman entrepreneur

There is one state that leads the nation in having the fastest-growing number of women-owned businesses. Can you guess which state it is? New York? California? Even Washington D.C. takes second place to this state.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Find Out Why One Investor Puts Her Money Only Into Companies Owned By Women

Find Out Why One Investor Puts Her Money Only Into Companies Owned By Women
Kelly Keenan Trumpbour
One of the biggest challenges for female entrepreneurs is finding investors for their company. There is often a lack of female venture partners in venture capital investment firms who might be more empathetic and supportive of women-owned companies. One investor in Baltimore not only believes that women should support other women, she leads by example by investing only in women-owned companies.

Friday, June 12, 2015

5 Reasons Why Women Are Better Bosses Than Men

Woman boss

A study done recently by Zeneger Folkman, a company that specializes in leadership studies, found that women outranked men as better bosses in small business. Their research showed that women have many characteristics that just make them better leaders than men.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

National Women's Networking Group Helps Women Entrepreneurs Break Into The Weed Business

National Women's Networking Group Helps Women Entrepreneurs Break Into The Weed Business
When it comes to businesses owned by women, female entrepreneurs are challenged with diversity. That includes one of the hottest industries now, growing and selling weed. One organization is working to change that.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

5 Great Tips From Successful Women Entrepreneurs

5 Great Tips From Successful Women Entrepreneurs
Joanna Goddard of A Cup of Jo
Between 1997 and 2014, the number of businesses in the United States increased by 47 percent, but the number of women-owned firms increased by 68 percent, according to the most recent study by American Express OPEN. This is great news for women who are thinking about starting their own companies. Another good thing is to take advice from women who have been there and done it.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Women-Owned Businesses in Mississippi Awarded $5,000 Grants

Women-Owned Businesses in Mississippi Awarded $5,000 Grants
Grant winner Jerleen White (right), owner of JOEL Printing
Women from across the state applied for business grants being offered by the Magnolia Business Alliance. Two local women entrepreneurs were each awarded a $5,000 grant to either start or grow their businesses.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

And the Five Worst States For Women-Owned Businesses Are...

Business woman upset

From 1997 to 2015, the number of companies in the U.S. owned by women increased by 74 percent, according to the 2015 American Express State of Women Owned Business Report. Among all the U.S. states, the three that have the slowest growth of women-owned businesses are Maine (36%), Kansas (32%), Iowa (27%), West Virginia (26%), and Alaska (14%).

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Study Shows That Female Investors Outperform Men By Up To 4.6 Percent

Women make better investors than men for many reasons. According to a 7-year study at the University of California, single female investors outperform single men by 2.3 percent, female investment groups outperform male counterparts by 4.6 percent and women overall outperform men by 1.4 percent. Here's why.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

More Than Half Of All Restaurants Are Owned By Women!

There May Be More Male Cooks In The Kitchen, But More Than Half Of All Restaurants Are Owned By Women!
Sally Smith, CEO of Buffalo Wild Wings
The numbers are in, and the National Restaurant Association reports that now more than half of all restaurant owners in America are women. In fact, not only more women but also more minorities are becoming restaurant owners/entrepreneurs.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Women Owning Manufacturing Companies?? -- Bring It! Says These 7 Amazing Entrepreneurs

Women Owning Manufacturing Companies?? -- Bring It! Says These 7 Amazing Women
Jennifer Bass, Owner of Essve Tech
The lines between male-dominated and female-dominated industries are slowly starting to fade -- thank goodness! Women and female entrepreneurs are now visible across non-traditional fields like engineering, construction, and manufacturing. CNN Money recently published an article about 7 amazing women who started their own manufacturing companies and are successfully running their own businesses.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Women CEOs Make More Money Than Men CEOs

Women CEOs Make More Money Than Men CEOs
Yahoo! CEO, Marissa Mayer
Women have been climbing the corporate ladder since the 60s. According to Pew Research Center, women currently earn 84 percent of what men earn for the same job. But here's another interesting statistic reported by USA Today Money. Female CEOs in the Standard & Poor’s 500 make more money than male CEOs.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Eileen Fisher, Inc. Invites Women Entrepreneurs To Apply for Its 12th Business Grant Program

Eileen Fisher Store

Women-owned and women-led businesses across the country have until May 31, 2015, to apply for one of up to 10 grants from the Eileen Fisher Women-Owned Business Grant Program. For the past 12 years, the company has recognized women-owned companies that foster environmental and economic health in their communities.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Less Than 30% of All Businesses Are Owned By Women -- And 4 Other Disturbing Facts

Man and woman entrepreneur playing tug of war

When it comes to businesses owned by women, it might be more appropriate to say "You have a long way to go, baby," rather than "You've come a long way, baby." (Josie and the Pussycats) Why? Because women still own less than 30 percent of all businesses in the U.S.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Women-Owned Businesses Are Skyrocketing in Brooklyn, New York

Women-owned Businesses Skyrocket in Brooklyn, New York
Liz Gutman and Jen King, Owners of Liddabit Sweets, Brooklyn, NY
Women entrepreneurs are alive and well, and growing, in New York. In just the past 10 years alone, they increased 43 percent across New York and an impressive 77 percent in Brooklyn. With this kind of growth, New York wants to keep encouraging more women to follow suite.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Women Are Poorer Than Men in These States

Poor woman

It was President Obama who said, "When women succeed, America succeeds." So, why are women still earning only $.78 of every $1.00 that a man earns? According to a recent report released by the Institute Women's Policy Research, women in ALL 50 states are poorer than men -- that's right, this is the case in EVERY U.S. state!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Women Business Owners in These 10 Cities Are Making A Killing!

Women business owners

Between 1997 and 2013, the number of businesses owned by women in the U.S. grew by 59 percent, according to the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). Female entrepreneurs generate more than $1.3 trillion in total revenues and are responsible for more than 8.6 million businesses in the U.S.
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