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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Study Says This State is #1 for Women Entrepreneurs

If you are thinking that New York, California or D.C. are the best places for women entrepreneurs, you would be wrong. A recent study showed that this state is actually the best for women-owned businesses, and for many reasons.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Women-Owned Businesses Have Doubled in This State Over the Last 20 Years

According to the National Association of Women Business Owners and a report commissioned by American Express, the number of women-owned businesses in the state of Texas has almost doubled over the last 20 years. In addition, women-owned businesses are hiring more people than businesses owned by men.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Department of Labor Accuses Google of Underpaying Women

Silicon Valley continues to be a tough career area for women in technology. Although we would like to think technology giants like Google are closing the gender pay gap, the facts show a different scenario. The Department of Labor has accused Google of paying women in technology less than their male counterparts, forcing the company to turn over information on pay.

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Top 10 Best States for Women Business Owners

Where you start your business is just as important as when. In fact, after often years of planning, the location you choose can either make or break you. A new study found these 10 states to be the best places for women entrepreneurs to start a business.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Walmart Planning to Do More Business With Women Entrepreneurs

Women-owned businesses that have contracts with Walmart
Retail giant Walmart is taking another big step forward to include more women-owned businesses in its sourcing, and this time they are being joined by 8 other major corporations -- all Fortune 500 companies. Although Walmart has been sourcing from women-owned businesses (WOBs) for several years, this recent initiative is bigger than ever.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

This Woman is the First Female President of NYC United Way

United Way may be an old organization, but it is one that changes with the time, and that includes appointing women as presidents. This woman was just named the first female president of United Way New York City.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Indiana Stepping It Up to Support Women-Owned Businesses

There are 162,000 women-owned businesses in the state of Indiana, which is about 30 percent of all privately-owned businesses in the state. The support of state and local programs is important to women-owned businesses because about 90 percent of them have no other employees than themselves. Indiana offers many such programs but feels they can do even more to support women-owned businesses.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Women-Owned Restaurants Up 40-Percent in This State

Restaurants owned by women are on the increase, and in this state, they are up 40 percent, according to Kathy Deck with the Center For Business & Economic Research at the University of Arkansas. Women restaurant owners in Arkansas have been rapidly growing.

Monday, March 20, 2017

The First Woman CEO of a Major Cruise Line Has Just Designed the World's Coolest New Cruise Ship

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo is the first woman to be named CEO of a major cruise line, Celebrity Cruises. That's an accomplishment in itself, but Lisa has gone way beyond that by also designing a new 2,900-passenger ship that is scheduled to launch next year.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Women-Owned Businesses Protesting Donald Trump

Women across the country watched in horror as Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton a "nasty women" during the final presidential debate. Why? Clinton was answering a question about how she would raise taxes on the rich to resolve the country's debt problem. She stated, "My Social Security payroll contribution will go up, as will Donald's, assuming he can't figure out how to get out of it." Trump interrupted her by saying, "Such a nasty woman." Women-owned businesses have found an effective way to protest against Trump's comment.

Monday, March 13, 2017

7-Eleven Launches Women's Franchise Initiative Competition

7-Eleven Women's Franchise Initiative Competition

7-Eleven, Inc. is having a give-away contest exclusively for women entrepreneurs. One deserving woman will be awarded a 7-Eleven fee-free franchise, a value of up to $190,000.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Women Can Break the Financing Barrier By Taking These 3 Steps

There are an estimated 11 million women-owned companies that generate more than $1.6 trillion in revenue, according to Forbes. In past nine years, their businesses have increased by 45 percent. But financing continues to be a barrier for them.

Monday, March 6, 2017

This Female CEO's Software Startup Received $400K Support From BDC Capital

Caitlin MacGregor is the founder and CEO of Ontario, Canada firm, Plum. The female-led technology company was founded in 2012 and develops software that helps hiring managers match applicants who are the right fit, reducing turnover from the very beginning. A $400,000 investment by BDC Capital helped her company go from fledgling startup in 2012 to a leader in Canada’s tech sector.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Maker of Brawny Towels Again Featuring Strong Women on Its Packaging

Strength Has No Gender, says the make of Brawny towels. In celebration of Women's History Month, Georgia-Pacific’s Brawny paper towels will once again feature four strong women who have inspired others with their accomplishments in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Monday, February 27, 2017

Trump Proposal to Eliminate Violence Against Women Act Will Have Devastating Effects on Women Everywhere

The Violence Against Women’s Act (VAWA) was passed in 1994. Funding for this program has provided benefits and protection for women everywhere who are victims of violence. Trump wants to eliminate it. The result would be devastating for all women, but particularly those most vulnerable, including black women, and Native American women on reservations.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

How Trump's Hiring Freeze Will Hurt Opportunities For Women, Veterans and Minorities

President Jimmy Carter tried it. President Ronald Reagan tried it. Now President Donald Trump is trying it. It's called a hiring freeze on federal jobs, and it is part of Trump's "100-day action plan to Make America Great Again." But many fear it will hurt job opportunities for women and veterans.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Roe v. Wade Plaintiff Dies at Age 69

Roe v. Wade was a famous Supreme Court decision in 1973 that legalized abortions in the U.S. The landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court on the issue of abortion prompted a national debate that continues today about issues including whether, and to what extent, abortion should be legal. The anonymous plaintiff in the case, “Jane Roe,” recently died at the age of 69. Her real name was Norma McCorvey.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Woman Goes From Living in Her Car to Selling Her Art to Celebrities

Tiffanie Anderson, artist and painter for celebrities

Tiffanie Anderson knew she had a special talent when she was 20 years old. She believes her talent as an artist was inherited from her grandparents, who were also artists. But making a living as an artist was another matter, leaving her for a time living out of her car.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

MGM Resorts International Honored for its Support of Women-Owned Businesses

MGM Resorts International was just named one of America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises in 2016. The company joins a prestigious group of 59 companies that have been recognized by The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) for providing women-owned businesses with opportunities for economic participation.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Why Women Entrepreneurs Can Count On "Count Me In" For Support


Count Me In For Women's Economic Independence is the nation's leading not-for-profit organization that provides tools, resources, and community support for women entrepreneurs. The nonprofit, founded in 1999, has helped hundreds of women entrepreneurs seeking to grow their micro businesses into million dollar enterprises.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

President Trump Wants to Eliminate These 5 Programs That Offer Support and Grants to Women

Donald Trump with a smirk

According to exit polls, 53 percent of white women voted for Donald Trump. In light of Trump's recent budget cut plans that will eliminate five federally funded programs that serve women, as well as minorities and low-income people, you have to wonder how that same 53 percent would vote today.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

These Cities Were The Best And The Worst Places For Women-Owned Businesses in 2016

Well, the year is over, and it's time to start out the new year with new ideas that will help women become successful business owners. An American Express OPEN-commissioned report revealed that more than 9.4 million women-owned businesses currently operate in the U.S. They represent nearly a third of all privately held companies in the nation. Location is everything. Where are the best cities to start a business?

Friday, January 20, 2017

Teen Mom Beats Cancer and Other Odds and Starts Her Own Company

Deona Hooper is 42 years old and is the Founder/Editor-in-Chief of Social Work Helper Magazine. Life is good now, but it certainly did not begin that way for Hooper. She had to beat incredible odds to get to where she is today, including beating cancer.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Wine Company Owner Carves Her Own Niche in a Male-Dominated Industry

Sherrijon Gaspard is one of more than 60 black-owned wine producers in an industry dominated by white men and about a third of which are women. She became interested in wine about four years ago, but wanted to create something fun, and something that would appeal primarily to women. She did. It is called Vina Sympatica sparkling wine.