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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Young Female Reporter Has Snappy Answer For Those Who Just Want Her to Be Cute

Many professionals know early in life what their calling is. It's a passion that overpowers them and they just know it's what they want to do with their lives. Such is the case with 9-year-old reporter Hilde Lysiak from Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, where she runs the Orange Street News. But not everyone appreciates her zeal for reporting real news. Some just want her to be cute, and for that she has a quick reply.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Annual InnovateHER Challenge Awards Grants Up To $40,000

Grants represent free money that doesn't have to be repaid, and very few are available from the government. With one exception. This one is offered every year by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The U.S. Small Business Administration hosts an annual competition for businesses who develop a marketable product or service that positively affects women’s lives.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Top 10 Organizations That Help Black American Women

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Companies owned by American black women represent the largest-growing businesses in the U.S. In addition, there are hundreds of organizations that help black women in America, doing work that directly benefits black women. Many of these organizations are founded by and for black women, and they offer assistance from education to economic development, health, wellness and social justice.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

First African-American Woman to Lead a Major Non-Profit Organization -- Managing Millions in Donations Every Year!

La June Montgomery Tabron

Native Detroiter, La June Montgomery Tabron, has proven that an African American woman who grew up in a family of ten children in inner-city Detroit can make it to president and CEO of a major corporation.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Meet Detroit's Youngest Entrepreneur -- And She Started When She Was Just 5!

Asia Newson, founder of Super Business Girl

Asia Newson has a very simple slogan for her company, "I Sell the World's Best Candles." She started her company, Super Business Girl, when she was only 5 years old, with her parents help. Now, at the age of 13, she is known as Detroit's youngest entrepreneur.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Meet The Woman Behind the Oprah Winfrey Network

Behind every successful woman is, well, another successful woman. Her name is Sheri Salataco, and she is co-president of the Oprah Winfrey Network and president of Harpo Productions. She has worked with Oprah for more than 20 years and is successful in her own right.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Government's TechHire Program Grants Help Increase Tech Jobs Among Women

Last year, the White House unveiled a new grant program designed to train underrepresented people for information technology jobs. That includes women and people of color. The program will award $100 million in grants to communities throughout the nation to train people to get tech jobs.

Friday, May 27, 2016

This Bank Has $20 Million Available For Woman-Owned Business Loans

Small businesses owned by women are often unable to get business loans from traditional financial sources like banks. One bank, however, not only recognizes this struggle but has also created a pot of $20 million just for women business owners.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

New YouTube Video Shows Ridiculousness of Stereotypes About Women in Technology

Reshma Saujani, Founder, Girls Who Code
In 2015, only 25 percent of all computing jobs in the U.S. went to women. It's called the "gender gap" and it is found in all STEM jobs (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). It's nothing new, but one non-profit organization decided to use humor to highlight just how ridiculous gender gaps really are.

Monday, May 16, 2016

From Healthcare to Haircare -- How This Former Nurse Built a Profitable Haircare Business from YouTube

Courtney Adeleye, founder of Mane Choice
Many entrepreneurial businesses are successfully launched because the owner wants to solve a problem. If they are very good problem-solvers, the customers will come. That was the case with former nurse, Courtney Adeleye, who was just trying to get her natural hair healthy. Little did she know that her hobby would turn into a full-fledged business.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

British Woman Fired for Refusing to Wear Heels -- Then Gets Even!

Nicola Thorp
Apparently, some companies are still stuck in the era when women wore high heels to work. But firing them for refusing to wear heels is just beyond belief. Yet that is exactly what happened to Nicola Thorp.

Monday, May 9, 2016

5 Black Women CEOs of Major Companies and Organizations That You Probably Don't Know About!

It's always a big deal when a woman becomes a CEO of a major Fortune 500 company because this is something that rarely happens. Therefore, it's even a bigger deal if that woman is African American, Asian, Hispanic or Native American because again, that rarely happens! But Fortune 500 company or not, there are several African American women CEOs of big, influential, and well-known companies and organizations.

Women Breaking Stereotypes By Making Great Strides in Every Industry

A new report by American Express on the state of women-owned businesses reports an increase of 45 percent from 2007 - 2016 in the number of businesses owned by women. To put this increase into perspective, businesses nationwide grew by 9 percent during the same period of time. What is even more amazing is that women are breaking apart stereotypes by creating their own businesses in what used to be male-dominated industries.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Rosalind Brewer, CEO of Sam's Club, Giving Away $8.8 Million to Women and Minority Business Owners

Women, minorities and veterans who own their own businesses are considered part of America's underserved. This is exactly the target group Sam's Club has pledged to help with their Sam's Club Giving Awards program.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Strong Women -- 6 Lessons Women Can Learn From Dolly Parton

Yes, Dolly Parton turned 70 recently, and she has a lot to say to women about being strong and brave and making a living. Dolly is a singer-songwriter, actress, author, businesswoman, and humanitarian, as well as a superstar in country music. But she is also an entrepreneur.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

SBA Assistance Helps Increase Services to Women Entrepreneurs in Western North Carolina

A grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration Women’s Business Center (WBC) Program has made it possible for The Western Women’s Business Center (WWBC) in western North Carolina to expand its services. They are now able to help not only women entrepreneurs but also low-income communities, people of color, veterans and artists.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Woman Buys College Campus With No Money Down -- Find Out How She Did It

When entrepreneur Vonda White decided to buy a college campus, she knew she had a challenge ahead of her. Her goal was to open a summer camp for child development, but financing would be very difficult. She was quite surprised when she was able to get a loan at 4 percent interest and no money down. How did she do it?

Sunday, April 3, 2016

USDA Announces Funding for Women in STEM Fields

Women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas pursuing and competing a postsecondary degree in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) will be pleased to know there is new funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The new fund of $400,000 is designed to fund research and extension activities in these fields.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

These 8 Women Influenced Men Who Changed History

Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King

There is an expression that "Behind Every Successful Man is a Woman." While a man's success largely depends on many factors, such as how hard he works, he can also be influenced by others. That is certainly the case with these 8 women who encouraged and inspired some of the most famous men in history.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Another Women's Business Center Opens -- The Second One in This State

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has just approved a grant of $672,000 to fund the opening of a second location for a Women's Business Center in the state of Missouri. The first center is located in St. Louis. The second Women’s Business Center in Missouri will include offices in both Columbia and Fulton.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Houston Marketing Executive and CEO Encourages Women to "Think Bigger"

According to research, men executives make decisions quicker than women execs. Specifically, men will make decisions if they are 50 percent sure, while women need to be 80-90 percent sure. That is just one of the reasons for gender gaps among entrepreneurs, according to Carolyn Rodz, marketing exec and founder of the Circular Board, an accelerator for women entrepreneurs.

Friday, March 18, 2016

5 Best Metro Cities For Women Owned Businesses -- Three are in Tennessee

More than 9.4 million women-owned businesses currently operate in the United States, according to a recent American Express report. This represents about one-third of all privately owned businesses. Altogether, women-owned businesses generate revenues of more than $1.5 billion, and they are growing 50 percent faster than the average business in the U.S.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Finally, the U.S. Government Has Surpassed Its 5% Contracting Goal for Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB)

Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator for the SBA
For the first time in history, the U.S. government has surpassed its goal of giving 5 percent of government contracts to women-owned businesses. The achievement was applauded by Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration, Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to the President, and women across the country.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Move Over Brawny Man -- For Brawny Woman

For the past 50 years, Brawny paper towels has featured a male character, aka "Brawny Man," in its commercials. Dressed in a red, flannel shirt, sleeves rolled up to show his muscular arms, he was positioned to show the strength of the product. But the maker of Brawny towels, Georgia-Pacific, now has a new campaign with the title: "Strength Has No Gender."

Monday, March 7, 2016

This Company Plans to Increase Production By Giving Women Time Off for "That Time of Month"

Coexist Director, Bex Baxter, and her team
According to a new study, 17 percent of women have missed work, school, or other important events during their periods. One company in the U.K. recognizes how debilitating menstrual cramps can be, so they have initiated a new company policy that gives women paid time off to recover from their menstrual pain.