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Saturday, January 31, 2015

New Women's Business Center Opens in Delaware

New Women's Business Center Opens in Delaware
A new Women's Business Center has just opened in the state of Delaware. The center is located in the Community Services Building in Wilmington, Delaware. Local entrepreneurs and supporters of small businesses attended the grand opening. The center is very important to them. Why?

The importance of the Center

Women's Business Centers (WBCs) are beginning to pop up everywhere. These centers offer services that include training and counseling in a wide variety of areas that help women learn the skills they need to become successful entrepreneurs. The new Delaware Women's Business Center will offer business plan development services, and business training and counseling in other areas that will help women entrepreneurs run successful businesses.

There are about 100 Women's Business Centers located throughout the U.S. Women entrepreneurs can locate a center nearest them to see what programs they offer in their area.

The Delaware center is located in the same building that serves as headquarters for the First State Community Loan Fund, which has provided important services to women in business since 1992, including business consulting and financing for women-owned businesses.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

5 Ridiculous Myths About Women and Science

Black woman scientist

In spite of what many people might think, women's brains are not hard-wired only to perform certain functions. Gender difference does not mean that female brains are any less capable of grasping concepts like science, technology, engineering and mathematics. But these stereotypes have been part of society for many years and are nothing but myths.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Top 10 U.S. Cities Where Women Make ALMOST As Much Money as the Men Do!

Men and Women Wage Gap

Whether it's referred to as wage gap, income disparity, or female-to-male earnings ratio, it all means the same thing. It's the difference between what women earn compared to men for the same job. When you're talking about wage gaps, just remember that smaller is better. Usually.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Kudos to Facebook For Appointing a Woman as their Global Director of Diversity!

The Global Director of Diversity at Facebook is... a Woman!
Maxine Williams, Global Director of Diversity at Facebook Headquarters

It's becoming a well-known fact that diversity is lacking in technology companies. Even at Facebook, minorities are underrepresented, with only 2 percent blacks, 4 percent Hispanic, and a third women. Facebook recognized they had a problem and hired Maxine Williams to fix it.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Women Own Only 5 Percent of the Largest Companies in the World

Even though women either own or manage 30 percent of businesses, they own only 5 percent of the largest organizations, according to a new report released by the United Nations. If nothing changes, the report estimated it would take up to 200 years for women to catch up and establish equality with men.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Washington's "Get Certified" Campaign Helps More Women in Business Get Government Contracts

Washington's "Get Certified" Campaign Helps More Women in Business Get Government Contracts
Getting business contracts from the government is a coveted prize for small business owners. It's also where the money is, but, unfortunately, most of these contracts go to men. In order for women in business to compete, they must become certified. The state of Washington wants to help.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

State Grants Helping Women Compete For High-Paying Jobs That Men Usually Get

State Grants Help More Women Train For Well-Paying Jobs Usually Held By Men

Women with low incomes who live in the state of Minnesota have an opportunity to learn a new trade and make more money through the state's new Women and High-Wage, High-Demand, Nontraditional Jobs Grant Program.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Female-Themed Gun Stores Cater to Women -- But Do They Have a "Shot" in This Dangerous Business?

Jaenelle Westrom, a woman in Davenport, Iowa, has completely changed the way men and women think about gun ownership. Her store, Davenport Guns and Shooting Club, is the first ever woman-owned and oriented gun store in the city.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

New Birth Control App Claims to be an All-Natural, 99.9% Effective Way of Preventing Unwanted Pregnancies

Natural Cycles app

A new app called Natural Cycles created by two physicists in Sweden is aimed specifically at preventing pregnancy, and the creators claim it can identify a woman's non-fertile days when she is 99.9 percent safe to have unprotected sex without conceiving.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

16 of the World's Most Powerful Female Entrepreneurs

Oprah and Arianna Huffington

There are many powerful women in the world who represent a wide variety of industries, including politics, business, education, medicine and more. How about a list of women who have become successful in starting and growing their own businesses? Yes! Forbes has an annual list they call The World's Most Powerful Female Entrepreneurs.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Intel Announces Their Plan to Hire More Women and Minorities in High Tech Jobs

Intel Announces Their Plan to Hire More Women and Minorities in High Tech Jobs
 Intel CEO Brian Krzanich
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, high-tech jobs have grown substantially over the past decade and represent jobs that not only pay well but are also "key in the changing economy of the 21st Century." But women and minorities represent only a small portion of the workforce. One technology company, Intel, wants to change that and is putting their money where their mouth is.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Banks in Washington State Increased Lending to Women-Owned Businesses By 41 Percent in 2014

Banks in Washington State Increased Lending to Women-Owned Businesses By 41 Percent in 2014
A recent article published in the Puget Sound Business Journal reported that banks across all counties in the state of Washington had a banner year in 2014 in lending to small business owners. The most significant was a 41 percent increase in loans to small businesses owned by women.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Florida Is the Sixth Fastest-Growing State for Women-Owned Businesses

Florida Is the Sixth Fastest-Growing State for Women-Owned Businesses
Over the past 15 years, the state of Florida has experienced a tremendous increase in the number of small businesses started and owned by women. Women are starting businesses there faster than the national average. So, what's Florida's secret?

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Jewish Women's Foundation Awards Largest Grant In It's History

The Jewish Women's Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago

The Jewish Women's Foundation has 16 funds -- 13 in the U.S. and 3 in Israel -- whose mission is to expand opportunities for Jewish women and girls. By awarding grants through their Jewish Women's Collaborative International Fund, they are able to change the lives of Jewish women and girls across the world.

Friday, December 26, 2014

New York Community Offering Grants to Small Business Startups

Grants for women and veterans offered by Port Jervis CDA
Sweet D’s, owned and operated by Danielle Gochenour
Women- or veteran-owned businesses will be considered prime candidates for small business grants being offered by the Community Development Agency in Port Jervis, New York. Both residents and nonresidents of Port Jervis may be able for a grant.

Monday, December 22, 2014

New Book Gives Women Instant Access To Millions of Dollars in Grants That Are Real

2015 Grants, Scholarships and More For Women
Small business owners have a tough job looking for grants and other money to fund their enterprises. Women have an even tougher job. Now there is a new book on the market that may help women across the country find legitimate grants to start or expand their businesses.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Do You Know Where Your Local Women's Business Center Is? -- Nearly Every City Has One

Women's Business Center

Women-owned businesses are growing like crazy. They have grown faster than the rate of small businesses, according to the annual American Express OPEN report. Between 1997 and 2014, the report states, the number of businesses in the United States increased by 47 percent but the number of women-owned firms increased by 68 percent -- 1-1/2 times the national average. Women's Business Centers are spreading to help continue their support and growth for women-owned companies.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Walmart's Women in Factories Grant Program Wants to Help 60,000 Working Women

Walmart Grants For Women in Factories Program
The Walmart Foundation has an aggressive goal to help 60,000 women who are working in 150 factories in India, Bangladesh, China, El Salvador, and Honduras. The program, called Grants For Women In Factories, is generously funded by $10 million to ensure the goals are met by the year 2016.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Why Women's Entrepreneurship Day Is Important

Women's Entrepreneurship Day
November 19, 2014 was an important day for women entrepreneurs across the globe. It was the very first Global Women's Entrepreneurship Day. It was held at the United Nations in New York City to recognize and honor women entrepreneurs who are driving economic growth in 144 countries.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund Gives the Green Light to Minority Women in Healthcare Fields

 Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund

Since 2010, minority women pursuing degrees and careers in the healthcare field have received a big green light from the Go Red Multicultural Scholarship grant. The education grant comes from the generosity of Macy's and the American Heart Association. Eligible women have until December 31, 2014 to apply for the scholarship.

Friday, December 5, 2014

SBA Oversight Allowed Women-Only Contracts to Go to Men

Maria Contreras-Sweet, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has women-owned businesses fighting mad, not because of what they did, but because of what they did NOT do. And it's costing women-owned businesses billions.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Why Valerie Jarrett is the Most Powerful Black Woman in America

Valerie Jarrett

Her name doesn't come up when asked who are the most powerful women in America. She is never listed in Forbes Magazine’s annual list of “The United States’ Most Powerful Women.” But she is by far considered the most influential woman and African-American in Obama's inner circle. Her name? Valerie Jarrett.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Why Are Women-Owned Businesses Losing Billions of Dollars? You Won't Believe the Answer!

Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., is a strong supporter of legislation that will give women business owners greater access to government contracts.
It all started in the year 2000 when the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) created the Women-Owned Small Business Program (WOSB) that would allow federal agencies to set aside contracts specifically for WOSBs. The government stated that it's goal was to reward 5 percent of its prime contracting dollars to women-owned businesses. Guess what? It hasn't happened!

Why women are losing billions

The government has only reached 4.3 percent of it's 5 percent goal of government contracts awarded to women-owned businesses, according to the SBA. One reason might be that many of the contracts have been given to firms that aren't even eligible according to Congress' set-asides guidelines. Many feel this reflects a lack of good management of the WOSB program by the SBA.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Find Out Who Made the Latest TNJ's 25 Influential Black Women in Business Awards List

Every year, The Network Journal of Black Professionals and Small Business News awards 25 black women in business for their professional achievements. The award and recognition honors the impact they have made in their profession and in their communities.

What they all have in common

These remarkable women are business owners, corporate presidents, CEOs, or other senior executives. They come from corporate environments, government, health care, education, non-profit and more. What they all have in common is the fact that they have worked hard, had a positive attitude, and remained focused and determined in their efforts to succeed. Check out some of their comments.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

First Woman Ever to Head the U.S. Postal Service as Postmaster General

Megan Brennan, Postmaster General

The United States Postal Service just announced that a new Postmaster will soon be taking over the reigns of the organization. The organization's current COO, Megan Brennan, will soon take a big step into the position of Postmaster General. She will become the first woman to head the postal service, succeeding Patrick Donahoe who is retiring.