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Saturday, August 12, 2017

New App Makes it Super Easy to Find Local Women-Owned Businesses

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Women-owned businesses are expanding faster than businesses owned by men. One of the reasons for the growth is because women support other women. The Scottsdale, Arizona WOWOB (woman-owned, woman-operated businesses) group has made it much easier to find women-owned businesses by creating a new app.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Trump Just Committed $50 Million to the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative

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The World Bank Group announced the creation of a $1 billion innovative new initiative to advance women entrepreneurs. Just after this announcement, President Donald Trump committed $50 million to the program from the U.S.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Women Entrepreneurs in These 10 Cities Are Killing It!

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The number of women-owned businesses across the nation has grown by over 3.5 million, now representing 38 percent of all businesses in the United States. In some cities, the growth has been as much as 122 percent in the past decade, proof that women are killing it -- especially in these 10 cities.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Why You Should Send Your Daughter to Summer Camp -- To Learn Coding!

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Summer is the time when many parents send their kids to summer camp. Summer camps are changing and now offer opportunities for kids to learn new skills. For girls, this means learning skills in the STEM fields. Why should you send your daughter to coding summer camp? Here are several reasons.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

"Girl Develop It" Helps Women Achieve Their Technology Goals

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Women represented just 26 percent of professional computing occupations in the 2016 US workforce, according to the National Center for Women in Technology. Girl Develop It, a national, nonprofit organization, is helping women break into technology jobs like web and software development by offering events and meet-ups for women interested in technology careers.

Monday, July 24, 2017

General Motors CEO Mary Barra Pledges $850K to Get More Women to Pursue STEM Careers

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General Motors CEO Mary Barra wants more women to pursue careers in technology and engineering, and she is putting her money (well, General Motors money) where her mouth is. Barra just announced that GM will pledge $850,000 to nonprofits whose programs help women and minorities gain skills in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

Saturday, July 22, 2017

First Two Women On Track to Become Navy SEAL Officers

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President John F. Kennedy founded Navy SEAL teams in 1962, but this is the first time females have applied to become Navy SEALs. Two women have recently become the first female candidates to make it this far in the process.

Monday, July 17, 2017

First -- And Only -- Woman to Win the “Nobel Prize for Mathematics” Dies of Breast Cancer

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In 2014 Maryam Mirzakhani from Iran became the very first woman, and very first Iranian, to receive the coveted Fields Medal, also known as the “Nobel Prize for Mathematics.” She earned the prestigious award for her work on dynamical systems and complex geometry. After a four-year battle with breast cancer, Mirzakhani died July 15 at the age of 40.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Intel, Pfizer and IBM Commit $300 Million to Help Fund Women-Owned Businesses

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At a recent 2017 Global Citizen Festival in Hamburg, Germany, multinational technology company Intel, along with IBM and Pfizer, announced they have committed $300 million to increase spending with women-owned businesses. Intel referred to the initiative as "inclusive sourcing in its supply chain (which) can help to foster economic empowerment within underrepresented minority groups."

Thursday, July 6, 2017

NYC Creates $10 Million Grant Fund to Help Women Owned Businesses

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Women-owned construction companies in NYC may have a better shot at city construction contracts, thanks to a $10 million fund the city created to help minority and women-owned businesses. The Mayor's office stated that the new fund will help level the playing field for women- and other minority-owned small businesses.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

This Southern City Gets $100K Grant to Expand Opportunities For Women

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What began in 2013 as a program to help low-income citizens is now focusing on growing small, women- and minority-owned businesses. The city of Charlotte, North Carolina, has received a grant of up to $100,000 from City Accelerator to expand economic opportunities for all citizens, especially businesses owned by women and other minorities.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

This Female Led Non-Profit Organization Has Given Away Record Loans to Women-Owned Small Businesses

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Janie Barrera is president and CEO of LiftFund, a San Antonio-based non-profit that has a history of lending to small businesses, particularly those owned by women and minorities. As of May of this year, the company has beat all their past records by underwriting a total of $250 million in loans to 18,000 clients.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Trump's New Executive Order to Increase Apprenticeship Opportunities for Women

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President Trump just signed a new executive order that will result in more opportunities for women to participate in apprenticeship programs. The new grant system, called ApprenticeshipUSA, will pump $200K into apprenticeship programs across industries that include construction trades to agriculture, manufacturing, information technology and health care.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Two Sisters Create Robot That Tells You What You Should Wear -- and Win $10K in Funding

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Swiss-born sisters Antonia and Lidia Bolla have created a solution to the problem many women face daily -- they don't know what to wear. They have launched a virtual shopping assistant (robot?) called Jamie & I that began as a start-up program at the University of Sydney. After winning $10,000 in funding in a business pitch contest, they turned the program into a business.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Equal Opportunity in the Construction Trades Grant Hammers Out $90K in Funding

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Think you have what it takes to be a female small business owner in the construction industry? Boston Attorney General Maura Healey does! Her office will be awarding $90,000 in grant funding to organizations across the state to promote equal opportunity for women and minority workers and small business owners in the construction industry.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Women-Owned Electric Bicycle Shop Shocks the Industry

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Riding a bicycle just got a little easier, thanks to Abby Simpson and Lee Ann McKay, owners of e-Bloom Electric Bicycles. The new electric bicycles look just like regular bicycles, except they offer a little more boost with added battery power.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Former Executive For Google Helping to Fund Women-Owned Businesses

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Karen Cahn spent ten years at Google and YouTube before she founded iFundWomen, a crowdfunding platform for women. "Why? Because we can, and we want women to win. Period," states Cahn.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

This Senator is Proposing Two Bills That Will Promote Women in STEM Fields

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Sen. Mazie K. Hirono recently proposed two bills that will create competitive grant programs to promote more women and minorities in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, mathematics.) Both bills are aimed at eliminating barriers to women pursuing careers in STEM areas.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Honor Student Threatened With Arrest For Wearing a Shirt That Showed Her Collarbone -- What??

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What is going on at this North Carolina school? A female senior honor roll student with a 4.4 GPA was threatened with arrest by the principal, accompanied by the school security guard with a gun in his pocket, for violating the school dress code.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Warren Buffet to Give $90 Million Towards Empowering Women of Color

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Billionaire businessman, Warren Buffet, has committed to giving $90 million to help empower women of color. The first round of grants amounts to $13 million and will be distributed this fall. All of the money will be given over a period of 7 years.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Top 10 Best Workplaces for Women in 2017

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Every year, InHerSight, a workplace ratings and matching site for women, rates the top 10 best workplaces for women. A total of 27,000 companies were rated in 5 categories of importance to women. While not one company received a perfect 5, one company did come close at 4.6.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

$1 Million Grant Encourages More Women Filmmakers

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The Tribeca Film Festival, an annual event in New York, is offering a $1 million grant this year to the best film maker to pitch their film. The winner will have their feature movie premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival next year, and more women are going after the prize.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

$90K Grant Program Aims to Draw More Women into Construction and Trade Careers

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Less than 3 percent of women in the U.S. pursue careers in the construction industry. Massachusetts state Attorney General Maura Healey’s office has established $90K in grant money aimed at women who are interested in apprenticeship and training programs in construction.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

This Woman is Helping Other Women Start Law Firms

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President and FounderNicole Galli
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Nicole Galli launched her own law firm in 2015. It always intrigued her why there was little data available on the number of women who own their own law firms. So she decided to start an organization dedicated to helping other women legal entrepreneurs start their own law firms.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Facebook Launches A Platform To Train Women Business Owners In The Middle East

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Facebook has partnered with three organizations to train 10,000 women business owners in the Arab world in one year. Facebook's plan is to empower women in the Middle East through more economic independence.
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