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Sunday, April 20, 2014

New Jersey Women's Organization Offering Grants of Up to $100,000

Non-profit organizations located in Morris, Passaic, Somerset, or Sussex counties, New Jersey, have until May 16, 2014, to apply for one of two business grants being offered by a local women's organization, Impact 100 Garden State.

How many grants are available?

Two grants will be awarded. One grant is for $85,000 and the other grant is for $100,000.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

5 Things Women-Owned Businesses Can Do to Attract Investors

According to Fast Company Magazine, women-owned businesses in the U.S. are on the rise, increasing by 60 percent since 1998. These women are smart and bold enough to turn an idea into a start up business. But when it comes to money, they aren't always as savvy.

Women and money

Many women entrepreneurs have a problem asking for money. This may explain why they are getting less money to support their businesses. According to FreeEnterprise.com, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce site, in 2010 women entrepreneurs received 52 percent less loan money than men. Many female business owners don't even apply because they just don't think they will get loan approval.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Top 500 Women-Owned Businesses in the United States For 2014

Top 500 Women-Owned Businesses

Privately-held companies represent the strongest segment of the U.S. economy. Women own a large part of these companies. Every year, business web site DiversityBusiness.com recognizes women who have made a major impact on the economy with their companies; 500 make the Div500 list. These are all companies with revenues of $20 million to over $1 billion, and they are all owned by women.

This annual Top Business List selects 500 women-owned companies from over 1,300,000 businesses. Women who make the top 500 list represent the top women-owned businesses in the U.S. But all the 1,300,000 potential candidates also are a clear representation of  how strong women-owned businesses are in America.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Women-Owned Businesses Are Growing at the Rate of 1,288 a Day!


According to the 2014 State of Women-owned Businesses Report from American Express OPEN, women-owned businesses are on the rise. The number of new businesses owned by women in the U.S. are increasing by 1,288 a day. The growth is phenomenal, increasing from 8.6 million in 2013 to 9.1 million so far in 2014.

What is fueling the increase in women-owned businesses?

If you look at it from a woman's perspective, owning your own business has so much to offer in the way of benefits. Women often need to manage responsibility for both their professional and personal lives, struggling to work and take care of family simultaneously. More women are discovering that owning your own business gives them more flexibility to manage both facets of their life.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Sam's Club Giving Program Establishes $2.5 Million Grant to Grow U.S. Women-Owned Businesses

Sam's Club Grants For Women-Owned Businesses
The WE Lend Initiative was recently announced by Sam's Club CEO and President Rosalind Brewer. It is a new grant program created through the Sam's Club Giving Program designed to help small U.S. businesses owned by women to prosper and grow.

The grants are offered to SBA-recognized Women's Business Centers (WBCs). The increased financial support to WBCs will allow the centers to increase access to affordable loans and innovative training to hundreds more women entrepreneurs. This will result in business growth for women entrepreneurs and increased job growth for areas served by women-owned businesses.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Designer Eileen Fisher Celebrates Women Entrepreneurs With $125,000 in Grants

The tenth annual Eileen Fisher Business Grant Program for Women Entrepreneurs will reward women-owned businesses who are contributing to the economic growth of their communities and value healthy environments. Up to 10 grants of at least $12,500 will be awarded. The program is open to for-profit businesses that are wholly owned by women. Recipients will receive a grant and also be recognized at a conference in New York City.

Eileen Fisher is well known for her elite line of women's clothing. She is also an entrepreneur who knows how tough it is to own your own business. For the past 10 years, she has been paying her success forward by helping other women entrepreneurs with grants.

Monday, March 31, 2014

The 10 U.S. Cities Where Women Earn the Most Money

Overall, American women still make 77 cents on each dollar earned by men. But in some parts of the U.S., women are earning equal to or even more than their male counterparts. If you're looking for equal pay, you might consider one of these cities. These are the top 10 cities in Forbes recent list of 20 best-paying cities for women.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

United Airlines Among America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business

For three years in a row, United Airlines has received the distinction of being named a top corporation for women-owned and -operated businesses by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). It's the only national award of its kind.

What is even more impressive is that United isn't just competing for an award. The company truly believes in diversity and giving women real opportunities. They live and breathe diversity, from hiring to choosing business partners and suppliers, United makes sure that minority- and women-owned businesses get a piece of the pie.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Women-Owned Businesses Get A Fair Shake From United Airlines

Every year, the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) honors top companies who are recognized for their world-class supplier diversity programs. One of those top corporations, and the only airlines to receive the recognition, is United Airlines.

United's diversity program

United has a diversity program that goes way beyond suppliers. In fact, it permeates the entire organization. From employees to suppliers and business partners, United makes sure everyone gets a fair shake. Says United's vice president of technical procurement Katrina Manning, "We've made it our priority to ensure that small, minority-, and women-owned suppliers have access to opportunities with United."

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Gender Pay Gap -- Find Out Which Cities Are the Worst-Paying for Women

Gender Pay Gap


There is a battle going on and it's been waging since the 1960s. It's the war over equal pay, and women continue to fight this battle to this day. Although progress has been made in some parts of the country, there are other areas that still seem to be stuck in the 1960s.

The gender pay gap, as it's known, is still alive and well in many areas. 24/7 Wall St, an online resource for financial news, reviewed 100 metro areas across America to find the cities with the smallest and widest gender wage gap. Here is what they discovered.
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