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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Chicago Entrepreneur Is First African American Female to Own a Midas Franchise in the U.S. and Canada

Chicago Entrepreneur Is First African American Female to Own a Midas Franchise in the U.S. and Canada
On September 1, Andrea Brown will be honored by receiving the 29th Annual Woman Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Women's Business Development Center (WBDC) in Chicago, Illinois. She has worked hard for this award and has traveled an interesting road that has taken her from a pre-med focus in college to becoming the first African American female to own a Midas franchise in the U.S. and Canada.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Women are Taking Over Small Business in the U.S.

Women are Taking Over Small Business in the U.S.
If women-owned businesses are growing at a rate of four times that of men, how long do you think men will continue to own more businesses than women in the U.S.? Something to think about seriously in light or recent statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

This State Takes 1st Place in Women-Owned Business Growth

This State Takes 1st Place in Women-Owned Business Growth
American Express reports annually on the growth of women-owned businesses. In it's "2015 Women-Owned Businesses Report," it revealed that women-owned firms now represent 30 percent of all businesses, and they are growing at a rate faster than any other businesses. But one state reports a growth rate that is higher than in any other U.S. state. Can you guess what it is?

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Is Hillary Clinton the Answer to More Contracts for Women-Owned Businesses?

Is Hillary Clinton the Answer to More Contracts for Women-Owned Businesses?
When Hillary Clinton made her first run for the White House in 2008, she pledged that she would change the state of women-owned businesses by ensuring they received their fair share of federal contracts. Clinton stated then, “As president, I will ensure that women-owned small businesses receive the federal contracts they deserve and that the SBA expands opportunities for women business owners.” Women-owned businesses are waiting for her to address this issue again.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Top 10 Women CEOs of Fortune 500 Companies

Top 10 Women CEOs of Fortune 500 Companies
They are talented, hard-working women with solid backgrounds and impressive credentials. They are from all walks of life and cultures. And they are the top 10 women CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. In fact, 9 out of the 10 are CEOs of companies ranked among the upper 100 of the Fortune 500 list.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Are Strong Women Becoming a Threat to Men? Some Think So...

Are Strong Women Becoming a Threat to Men? Some Think So...
Leaders in the world of business have been traditionally men, but the picture is changing as more and more women assume management and leadership roles. What do men think of this? Many feel threatened, according to research.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Women-Owned Companies Have Grown 68% Since 2007 -- But Is It Enough?

Women-Owned Companies Have Grown 68% Since 2007 -- But Is It Enough?
According to a report from the Institute of Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), the number of businesses owned by women has increased 68 percent since 2007. This compares to the 47 percent growth for all businesses. Further, the percent of American businesses owned by women grew from 26 percent in 1997 to its current 29 percent. It's growth, but is it enough?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

More Than 4,100 Women and Minority-Owned Businesses in New York Now Eligible For $16 Billion in City Contracts

More Than 4,100 Women- And Minority-Owned Businesses in New York Now Eligible For $16 Billion in City Contracts

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has certified a record 4,100 minority- and women-owned businesses in the past 12 months. This means they now qualify to go after city contracts and have equal access to New York's $16 billion worth of city contracts over the next several years.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

10 Sources of Grants For Women-Owned Businesses

10 Sources of Grants For Women-Owned Businesses
The American Express 2014 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report showed that last year, there were 9.1 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. This represents an increase of 68 percent since 1997. Businesses owned by women are growing 1.5 times faster than the national average for all small businesses. The growth is impressive given the fact that women are often turned away by banks for loans. Grants are a great source of money that does not have to be repaid, but they are hard to find.

Monday, July 20, 2015

How to Apply for a Grant From the Ms. Foundation for Women

How to Apply for a Grant From the Ms. Foundation for Women
The Ms. Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and U.S. territories who support women's issues. Grassroots movements driven by local community movement, as well as state and national organizations, and tribal organizations are eligible to apply.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Women's Earned Income Growing Faster Than Men's

Women's Earned Income Growing Faster Than Men's
Harvard Business Review recently reported that women’s earned income is rising at a rate faster than men's, growing at 8.1 percent compared to 5.8 percent for men. They also have more purchasing power than men. Combined, this points out the fact that women are rising in power.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Grant Helps Create New Program To Support Women Owned Businesses

Grant Helps Create New Program To Support Women Owned Businesses
A new program called Ignite will offer customized programs for women who own their own businesses, thanks to a grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The grant was awarded to The Entrepreneur Fund’s Women’s Business Alliance (WBA) to help women-owned businesses grow and create more jobs in Minnesota.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Worst Job For Sexual Harassment -- Can You Guess What It Is?

The Worst Job For Sexual Harassment -- Can You Guess What It Is?
According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, sexual harassment is defined as "unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature." Yet hundreds of thousands of women are exposed to this every day in the workplace. But one job tops the list as being the worst for sexual harassment.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

How Are Women in Business Doing? Better Than You Think!

How Are Women in Business Doing? Better Than You Think!
Kari Warberg Block, Owner of Earth-Kind Inc., with U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.
Women represent more than half the U.S. population, and they would like nothing better than to own half of the businesses in the U.S. It continues to be a struggle, particularly when it comes to funding, but these women are definitely making progress.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Women Rule in Real Estate

Women Rule in Real Estate
Just as there are industries dominated by men, such as construction and engineering, there are also industries dominated by women. Real estate is one that is dominated by women. But it's complicated.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

St. Louis Creates $10 Million Fund for Minority and Women Contractors

St. Louis Creates $10 Million Fund for Minority and Women Contractors
St. Louis has tons of projects that will keep contractors busy over the next 10-15 years, and they want to give a piece of the pie to minority and women contractors. They are putting their money where their mouth is, to the tune of $10 million in a newly-created Contractor Loan Fund, designed to give minority and women contractors access to capital so they can grow their businesses.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

And the Best State For Women-Owned Businesses Is...

Black woman entrepreneur

There is one state that leads the nation in having the fastest-growing number of women-owned businesses. Can you guess which state it is? New York? California? Even Washington D.C. takes second place to this state.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Find Out Why One Investor Puts Her Money Only Into Companies Owned By Women

Find Out Why One Investor Puts Her Money Only Into Companies Owned By Women
Kelly Keenan Trumpbour
One of the biggest challenges for female entrepreneurs is finding investors for their company. There is often a lack of female venture partners in venture capital investment firms who might be more empathetic and supportive of women-owned companies. One investor in Baltimore not only believes that women should support other women, she leads by example by investing only in women-owned companies.

Friday, June 12, 2015

5 Reasons Why Women Are Better Bosses Than Men

Woman boss

A study done recently by Zeneger Folkman, a company that specializes in leadership studies, found that women outranked men as better bosses in small business. Their research showed that women have many characteristics that just make them better leaders than men.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

National Women's Networking Group Helps Women Entrepreneurs Break Into The Weed Business

National Women's Networking Group Helps Women Entrepreneurs Break Into The Weed Business
When it comes to businesses owned by women, female entrepreneurs are challenged with diversity. That includes one of the hottest industries now, growing and selling weed. One organization is working to change that.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

5 Great Tips From Successful Women Entrepreneurs

5 Great Tips From Successful Women Entrepreneurs
Joanna Goddard of A Cup of Jo
Between 1997 and 2014, the number of businesses in the United States increased by 47 percent, but the number of women-owned firms increased by 68 percent, according to the most recent study by American Express OPEN. This is great news for women who are thinking about starting their own companies. Another good thing is to take advice from women who have been there and done it.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Women-Owned Businesses in Mississippi Awarded $5,000 Grants

Women-Owned Businesses in Mississippi Awarded $5,000 Grants
Grant winner Jerleen White (right), owner of JOEL Printing
Women from across the state applied for business grants being offered by the Magnolia Business Alliance. Two local women entrepreneurs were each awarded a $5,000 grant to either start or grow their businesses.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

And the Five Worst States For Women-Owned Businesses Are...

Business woman upset

From 1997 to 2015, the number of companies in the U.S. owned by women increased by 74 percent, according to the 2015 American Express State of Women Owned Business Report. Among all the U.S. states, the three that have the slowest growth of women-owned businesses are Maine (36%), Kansas (32%), Iowa (27%), West Virginia (26%), and Alaska (14%).

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Study Shows That Female Investors Outperform Men By Up To 4.6 Percent

Women make better investors than men for many reasons. According to a 7-year study at the University of California, single female investors outperform single men by 2.3 percent, female investment groups outperform male counterparts by 4.6 percent and women overall outperform men by 1.4 percent. Here's why.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

More Than Half Of All Restaurants Are Owned By Women!

There May Be More Male Cooks In The Kitchen, But More Than Half Of All Restaurants Are Owned By Women!
Sally Smith, CEO of Buffalo Wild Wings
The numbers are in, and the National Restaurant Association reports that now more than half of all restaurant owners in America are women. In fact, not only more women but also more minorities are becoming restaurant owners/entrepreneurs.
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