Friday, August 29, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
How women-owned businesses need to prepare
Contracts for government business are out there, but women who own their own small businesses need to prepare now to compete for these contracts. The place to start is for women to self-certify their company as an economically disadvantaged, women-owned business. The certification process is available to businesses that are at least 51 percent owned, operated and managed by women.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Being Young, Female and a Minority Didn't Stop This Entrepreneur From Taking Charge of Her Engineering Firm!
One might assume that being very young, female and a member of a minority group might prevent an entrepreneur from being successful. But nothing could be further from reality for Iam Tucker, president and owner of ILSI, a successful engineering firm in New Orleans. How did she do it?
Monday, August 18, 2014
The change didn't change anything
The 2013 change removed the caps on the size of contracts for WOSB and EDWOSB businesses. In effect, women-owned businesses would no longer be constrained by limits on the size of contracts awarded to them. But the change didn't change a thing. They are still not getting their fair share.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Want To Break Into The Fashion Design Industry? One Organization Can Help By Literally Showing You The Money!
One place to look, that is if you're setting up shop in New York, is The Fashion Manufacturing Initiative (FMI), an investment fund created to help revitalize the garment industry in New York City. Up to 7 grants are awarded with grants ranging from $46,000 to $150,000. Grant money can be used for facilities, machinery and employee training.
Monday, August 11, 2014
Most recent awards totaled $3.1 million
Recently, the organization awarded $3.1 million in grants to nonprofits in Northern Texas, including one grant of $100,000 and another grant of $120,000. The most recent grants were to non-profit organizations whose services targeted women ages 18 through 34, and organizations helping women age 55 and older. The money will be used by organizations to help low-income women start new businesses, and also provide older women with job training.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
New Women’s Small Business Ownership Act Will Increase Lending and Federal Contract Opportunities for Women-Owned Businesses
How the bill will help women-owned businesses
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Cindy has made a name for herself in one of the toughest male-dominated businesses. She had to learn much on her own because most men were not that accepting to a woman in the construction industry. In an interview with Forbes Magazine in 2012, Cindy described how she had to work "harder and longer than my doubters. Over time, I earned their grudging respect."
Friday, August 1, 2014
Cheryl is on her way -- today her company is the second-largest construction management firm on Crain's list of top minority-owned businesses. McKissack & McKissack is also the oldest women/minority-owned professional design and construction firm in the United States. In an interview last year with the New York Times, Cheryl was proud to say that the company's revenue and client list has grown every year by 17-20 percent. Their staff of 155 is currently working on 50 projects, including the World Trade Center transportation hub.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Laurie A. Linn, Owner, President and CEO of Communiqué Design & Marketing, recently reached an important milestone in her career. She is among an elite group of small business owners who are certified as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE).
Laurie started the business in 1991 in Ithica, New York, offering full marketing services that include advertising, marketing, promotion, social media, and public relations. But the biggest feather in her cap has been to receive the coveted status as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) by the New York State Department of Economic Development.