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Friday, February 27, 2015

Is Selling Girl Scout Cookies Bad Business?

Young girl selling girl scout cookies

Girl Scout cookies are an American tradition. Girl Scouts have been selling these boxes of delectable treats for almost 100 years. Who can resist these adorable little girls with their tantalizing boxes of Thin Mints®, Peanut Butter Sandwich/Do-si-dos®, and Shortbread/Trefoils®? It's all cute on the outside, but Girl Scout cookie makers tell a very different story.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Top 10 Worst Paying Jobs For Women in 2015

Woman working underpaid job

Overall, women today are making about 83 percent of what males make for the same job, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That is a general statistic; however, according to USA Today some jobs pay women much less. Some occupations even have the same pay gaps that existed in 1979!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

These Four Women Changed the Internet and Made It A Safe Place For Women

These Four Women Changed the Internet and Made It A Safe Place For Women

Social media is dominating the way people talk to each other and share information. It can be a great way to share all kinds of information that might be helpful to other women. But it can be a dangerous place, too. According to The Journal of Adolescent Health, 33 percent of all Internet-initiated sex crimes in 2010 involved social networking sites. How can women share information but protect themselves at the same time?

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Imagine a Fashion Show That Uses Role Models, Not Fashion Models, on the Runway

Fashion Designer Gets Real By Using Role Models on the Runway

For more than 100 years, fashion models have created controversy because of the image they portray to vulnerable young girls and the rest of the population. Their bodies have become thinner and thinner, sending the message that in order to be fashionable, you must be skinny. One fashion designer has taken fashion modeling back to reality by featuring real women, not models.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Only 5% of Minority, Women-Owned Businesses Get NYC Contracts -- Until Now!

Business women

One way that small businesses can really take their enterprises to the next level is to land a government business contract. It's where the big money is, but it is very hard for small businesses to obtain, especially those owned by women and minorities. But NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has their backs with money and programs that will help women- and minority-owned businesses get city contracts.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The 3 Most Challenging Challenges For Women Entrepreneurs

Frustrated business women

The business world is changing, and women entrepreneurs are the ones who are changing it. After years of struggling to earn equal pay for equal jobs, more and more women are starting their own companies and calling the shots. They are launching their own businesses at a rate that is twice those of men. However, they continue to struggle with issues like capital and business growth.

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.

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.