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State of Women-Owned Small Businesses

State of Women-Owned Small Businesses In conjunction with celebrating National Women’s Small Business month, Dun & Bradstreet and Pepperdine University have released new data showing how women-owned small businesses stack up against the national average for accessing capital.

The Q3 results from the Private Capital Access (PCA) Index show that women-owned businesses are feeling more optimistic for growth compared to other businesses, however they are feeling more restricted when it comes to accessing capital. Other key facts include:

  • ·69% of women-owned businesses are planning to hire in the next six months (compared to 61% national average)
  • ·67% of women-owned businesses are in need of financing due to planned growth (compared to 59% national average)

You an access the full PCA Q3 index report at this link.

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Better Business Bureau Joins with White House, Cybersecurity Community to Urge Consumers to “Lock Down Your Login” Scams, fraud, and identity theft often tied to hackable passwords; BBB urges two-factor authentication (2FA)

Arlington, VA ( September 28, 2016 ) – Every two seconds, someone is a victim of identity fraud. That’s why the Better Business Bureau is teaming up with the White House, the National Cyber Security Alliance, and dozens of public and private sector organizations to call on consumers and businesses to “Lock Down Your Login.” The campaign, which launches today, focuses on steps anyone can take to make their online accounts safer, including two-factor authentication (2FA). Tips and suggestions are available at lockdownyourlogin.com .

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Network of Executive Women and CCL identify ‘green lights’ and ‘stop signs’ for women in consumer goods and retail

green lights report 2016CHICAGO (September 28, 2016) – The Network of Executive Women published a new report today outlining steps companies can take to advance women leaders in the retail and consumer goods industry.

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Women's President Orgainzation Launches New Chapter in Mexico City, Sponsored by American Express

NEW YORK, NY (September 19, 2016) -- The Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), an international peer advisory group for million dollar plus women-led companies, will launch a new chapter in Mexico City on September 20th at 9:30 a.m. at the Hotel St. Regis, Paseo de la Reforma 439, Mexico City. The event is sponsored by American Express.

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Women Presidents' Organization launches New Chapter in New Brunswick Atlantic Canada

New York, NY (September 21, 2016) -- The Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), an international peer advisory group for million-dollar plus women-led companies, is launching a new chapter in New Brunswick, Atlantic Canada. A kick-off event, hosted by WPO corporate sponsor BMO, will be held on September 26th, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the BMO Main Branch, 505 King Street, Fredericton. Dr. Marsha Firestone, WPO President and Founder, will attend.

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Award-Winning Women in Film Create Commercial Spot to Celebrate Super Amazing Princess Heroes & the Girls They Inspire

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – September 12, 2016 – Little girls love princesses, but what happens when you ask them what princesses actually do? Better yet, what happens when you combine princess and superheroes together? Director Lena Khan, producer Megha Kadakia, music composer Lisa Liu, and editor Carol Carimi Acutt explore just that and more in a new Super Amazing Princess Heroes (SAPH) commercial spot that inspires girls to be tomorrow’s heroes.

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New Firm Formation Picking Up in the US, Led by Women

One of lingering negative after effects of the 2007-2009 recession has been sluggish business start-up rates - except, of course, among women-owned businesses. (See our 2015 and 2016 State of Women-Owned Businesses reports, underwritten by American Express OPEN.) Now, a recent analysis from the as found that start-up rates are picking up again, and are continuing to be led by women-owned firms.

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Deloitte Announces 16 Weeks of Fully Paid Family Leave Time for Caregiving - Deloitte's Family Leave Program First of Its Kind for Professional Services

NEW YORK, Sept. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Beginning this month, Deloitte professionals – from the parent celebrating the arrival of a new child, to the professional caring for a spouse or significant other, to the professional supporting aging parents – will have an extra layer of support from Deloitte's new family leave program. This bold new step in the broader caregiving space recognizes the changing family dynamics and emerging needs of Deloitte's professionals. Men and women alike will now be eligible for up to 16 weeks of fully paid family leave to support a range of life events impacting them and their families.

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National Women's Council Announces New Online Resource Platform for Growth-Aspiring Women Entrepreneurs

WASHINGTON – June 30, 2016 – The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) today unveiled Grow Her Business: A Resource from Start-up to Scale-up, an online, searchable repository of nearly 200 premiere, growth-oriented programs for entrepreneurs. This new directory will connect entrepreneurs to the resources they need to obtain capital, build industry knowledge and develop the skills needed to meet high-growth objectives.

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Women's Presidents' Organization to Attend International Business Roundtable Hosted by London House of Parliament

New York, NY (September 7, 2016) -- Members of the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), an international peer advisory group for million dollar plus women-led and owned companies, will gather in London on Monday September 12th at 10:30 a.m., at a roundtable event on international business. Hosted by the Women and Enterprise All Party Parliamentary Group, chaired by Craig Tracey MP, the “Shifting the Needle”, attended by the London Stock Exchange, will be held at Parliament of the United Kingdom in the Palace of Westminster. Topics will include global trade, access to capital and accelerating business innovation.

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To Grow Participation In STEM, Women Need To Come Together Globally

Women around the world face a unique struggle: they are continually advised to “close the wage gap” by pursuing careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields over liberal arts, and yet many women are prohibited from making such a choice. In some regions of the world, women are socially prevented from pursuing careers in STEM, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Many women feel incredible societal pressured to leave their STEM positions to raise a family, and others must re-locate to find jobs overseas. These issues impact women globally, making it important that women of STEM come together to break down these barriers.

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UPS has officially launched an X-Port Challenge for businesses seeking to take their products / services abroad.

UPS has officially launched an X-Port Challenge for businesses seeking to take their products / services abroad.We are very excited to announce that UPS has officially launched an X-Port Challenge for businesses seeking to take their products / services abroad.

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Humble Pie, and Other Desserts for the Female Entrepreneur

Female Entrepreneur workload Recently I experienced a period in which it seemed I was attempting to climb a mud hill. What had once seemed a perfect stage to launch my many creative endeavors now felt more like exercises in futility. No matter how resolute my resolve, how dogmatic my approach I could not seem to get out of my own way. Simply put, I had made a mess in my kitchen and it was time to put things in order. Now you must understand that I, like many of my sister entrepreneurs often forget the simple rules of physics; namely that we are not gifted with a thirty-hour day, that our bodies require much more sustenance than chocolate and coffee or wine (insert your beverage of choice here), and sleep is not optional. I had become dangerously unbalanced. My beliefs were if it doesn’t work, just keep at it! Retreat, let alone defeat were never options. If the demands on my internal reserves seemed taxing it was up to me to figure it out. Re-strategize, reprioritize...work harder not smarter, but never stop working, never stop pushing. Not until the voices of those closest to me began to echo each other that I had to stop and take stock.

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7 Tips to Boost Sales in August!

Boost SalesWhy waste the month of August cleaning your office? Make the most of your summer by seizing new business opportunities while your competition plays miniature golf! Most business owners and salespeople assume making prospect calls in August is pointless because decision makers are on vacation. While it’s true that most people do vacation in August, I don’t know anyone who goes away for 4 weeks straight! What does this mean for you? It means people are at their desks, often in good moods and are more likely to pick up their phones to speak with you.

Seize this valuable opportunity and boost your business!

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New York City Tops New Womenabling Cities Index

A new accounting of the most supportive cities for growth-oriented women entrepreneurs was recently released at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, just ahead of the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. The WE Cities Index lists the 25 cities globally that provide the most supportive capital, technology, talent, culture and markets for growth-oriented women, a population they refer to as “high potential women entrepreneurs.”

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What Your “About Us” Page Really Says About Your Company

When a person is deciding whether or not to do business with your company, you might expect them to check all the key selling points. Price, benefits and features, brand reputation—these are all things that marketers anticipate customers will care about and, therefore, are the brand identifiers that receive the most attention when it comes to sales and marketing. However, there’s one thing that can have a huge influence on customers that many organizations often overlook—something equally as important as messaging or the USP.

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Startup Founder Monica Eaton-Cardone Spotlights Top Resources to Help Women Entrepreneurs Succeed

Though females currently lag behind males in leadership roles and startup success, entrepreneur Monica Eaton-Cardone spotlights five organizations dedicated to changing that by helping women excel in business leadership and ownership.

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New Survey: Women are Global Job Creators

Female entrepreneurs are outperforming their male colleagues in job creation internationally. So says a new study just published by EY. The results, based on a survey conducted among 2,673 business owners in 12 economies, are shared in a summary of the EY Global Job Creation survey 2016, entitled “Does disruption drive job creation?” While secondary to the main findings of the report, which are that more entrepreneurs today (59%), compared to one year ago (47%), are planning to increase hiring, and that companies that are more innovative and/or more disruptive are even more bullish on growth, the survey found that:

  • the women entrepreneurs surveyed expect to increase the size of their workforces by 10.9%, a rate that is 31% higher than that of the men surveyed,
  • women were 10% more likely (43% versus 39%) to say they added more jobs last year than they anticipated, and
  • the women surveyed were actually 24% more likely than the men surveyed (6.2% compared to 5%) to be running $1B+ enterprises.
Fully 40% of those surveyed were women, 30% of respondents have been in business less than five years, and 30% are under 35. For all that, 43% employ more than 250 workers. A fascinating pool of entrepreneurs, and very interesting findings that bode well for the global economy. Read the EY news post HERE to learn more about the study, and to download the free 20-page report.

Church Hill Classics announces 5 Winners for 2016 Frame My Future Scholarship Contest

Votes Tallied! Winners Announced for 2016 Frame My Future Scholarship Contest

Monroe, CT – May 12, 2016 – Church Hill Classics (CHC), a leading manufacturer and online retailer in the college diploma frame industry, announced the five Winners of its 8th annual Frame My Future Scholarship Contest today. Each of the Winners will receive a $1,000 scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year.

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Millennials Push Employers For More Purpose In The Workplace

Millennials have something of a mixed reputation when it comes to work. Studies show that they aren’t loyal to employers so much as to the job itself. They also want to find a purpose to their careers beyond making money – which a pretty good thing, says Jackie Dryden, co-author with Bethany Andell of “Get Your Head Out of Your Bottom Line: And Build Your Brand on Purpose” ( www.savagethinking.com ).

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Be A Mentor

Enterprising Women is a partner in the new Million Women Mentors (MWM) initiative.

The initiative supports the engagement of one million science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) mentors — women and men — to increase the interest and confidence of young women to pursue and succeed in STEM degrees and careers.

Read the full news release.

 

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