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Friday, August 29, 2014

Top 10 States For Women-Owned Businesses

Women-owned businesses are on the rise. According to Expert Market, an online business-to-business marketplace that helps businesses find suppliers, women-owned businesses have increased from 5.4 million firms in 1997 to 9.1 million in 2014, almost doubling their numbers. Most of the women-owned companies are small, yet they produced $1.4 trillion in revenue in 2014, a huge increase over their 1997 revenue of $819 billion.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Women-Owned Businesses Are Winning Federal Contracts -- Find Out How!

Women's Business Enterprise National Council
Although the U.S. government fell short last year in awarding the promised 5 percent of government contracts to women-owned businesses, women who own their own small businesses should not give up. In fact, they need to prepare themselves to go after these competitive contracts. How?

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

U.S. Government Agencies Guilty of Discriminating Against Women-Owned Businesses

Well, the numbers are in, and women-owned businesses are still not getting their fair share of business contracts from the government. This is even after changes were made to the federal contracting program for women-owned small business (WOSB) concerns and economically disadvantaged women-owned small business (EDWOSB) concerns that went into effect on May 7, 2013.

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!

Starting a fashion business may seem glamorous to many women, but in reality it is one tough initiative. You need to know what you're doing, you need connections, and, oh yes, you need money! Where do you find it?

FMI

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

Dallas Women's Foundation Grants -- A Good Example of Women Supporting Women

Dallas Women's Foundation
The Dallas Women's Foundation is a non-profit organization whose philosophy is to strengthens entire communities by increasing investments in women and girls and empowering women's philanthropy. They remain true to their mission by awarding grants of over $23 to non-profits who help create opportunities and solve issues for women and girls.

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

A new bill has been introduced by Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) that will substantially increase business opportunities for women-owned businesses. The goal of The Women's Small Business Ownership Act of 2014 is to remove some of the obstacles that often prevent women who own small businesses from becoming successful.

How the bill will help women-owned businesses

Sunday, August 3, 2014

HGTV Reality Show Tough As Nails Shows Just How Tough A Woman Can Be In The Construction Industry!

Meet Cindy Stumpo. Cindy is the owner of C. Stumpo Development, a privately owned, custom home builder that builds custom homes in Eastern Massachusetts. But don't let her beauty fool you. As one of the most successful residential contractors in Massachusetts, Cindy has proven over and over that she is tough as nails.

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

Business Is Booming For This Top Woman/Minority-Owned Construction Firm

Five years ago, Cheryl McKissack Daniel, president and chief executive of construction management firm McKissack & McKissack, recognized the company's business was limited and sought to expand. "My thought was to become the biggest minority- and women-owned construction firm in New York City," stated Cheryl.

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

State of New York Increases Women-Owned Businesses From 9 Percent to More Than 20 Percent

New York State Works For MWBEs

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.
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