Saturday, January 24, 2015

Why Does the Funding Gap Still Plague Women Entrepreneurs?

We've come a long way in the business world but why does the funding gap still plague women entrepreneurs?  It could be that women are more risk averse.
Despite the hurdles widening the funding gap, every entrepreneur needs capital to sustain a business. As a woman entrepreneur, don’t let these start statistics deter you from actively seeking funding.
Read the entire article:  5 Ways Women Entrepreneurs Can Overcome the Funding Gap

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

When I Grow Up, I Want to Become ...

We've all been in this position at some point in our life wondering:  "When I grow up, I want to become a business owner, physicist, engineer, etc."  Fast forward a couple of years.

If you have pursued your dream and need an extra little push to realize your goal, you might want to consider the Amelia Earhart Fellowship.  Zonta has awarded 1,438 Amelia Earhart Fellowships, totaling more than $8.6 million, to women from 70 countries.

Learn more:  Amelia Earhart Fellowship just one way Zonta helps women realize their goals

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Starting a Business Can Begin At Any Age

Zandra Cunningham is the owner and creator of New York-based Zandra’s Beauty, a line of all-natural, luxurious bath and body products.  She is 14 years old.
It was one of five small businesses selected for free retail space last year in the Market Arcade through the pilot program, Queen City Pop Up. The West Side Bazaar has carried her products since 2013. A 1,300-square-foot production space in the Pierce Arrow Commerce Park on Elmwood Avenue is the company’s base. 
Find out how she got started here.  Starting a business can begin at any age.

Screenshot courtesy of:  Zandra

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Ladies, Let's Take On the World in 2015

Reporter Sandra Guy at the Chicago Sun-Times interviews me about my business and books.  In our discussions, I emphasize one of the big initiatives we have planned this year, which is helping women business owners expand their businesses internationally.

The Sitdown:  Laurel Delaney sees plenty of sparkle for Chicago exports

Happy 2015!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Are You An Entrepreneur or a Female Entrepreneur?

Do you have an issue being referred to as a "female" entrepreneur? Here's what Tine Thygesen said after accepting her nomination for Best Female Entrepreneur of 2015:
In my inner heart I have to admit that I’ve also declined the invitations because I was afraid. Afraid that people would suddenly notice that I was a woman. An alien on management level!
If there is one thing we don't need in our life it is drama.  And if there is one thing we do need it's to declare who we are and be proud of it.  Tine goes on to say:
I must have had 50 invitations for speeches, about female business topics, but instead I insist on talking about Becoming An Entrepreneur (of any gender), or decline the invitation.
Read:  Why I was afraid to accept the nomination for Best Female Entrepreneur of 2015

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

What Fires Up Entrepreneurship? Have Someone Say You Are Beyond Hope When You're a Kid

Ingrid Vanderveldt was once told by her elementary school principal that she was "beyond hope." As the story goes, she was struggling in fourth grade, in her hometown of Bethesda, Md. Her principal suggested that her parents pursue schooling elsewhere.

What happened after that?  You have to read the full story but let me just say this.  Since then:
She's built and sold two tech companies. She's worked with dozens of others. She's lived on a friend's couch. She's hosted her own TV show on CNBC.
And there's more ... read:  Ingrid Venderveldt has turned her focus from Dell to Empowering a Billion Women (EBW2020)

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

How to Beat Expectations As An Entrepreneur

You may enjoy being a girl but it's not the easiest being a girl entrepreneur.   A recent whitepaper, "Investing in the Success of Women High-Growth Entrepreneurs, their Teams and their Ventures," published by Astia describes the world of high-growth entrepreneurship as “a world of outliers.” I agree because I am an entrepreneur and feel like an outlier.  Being an entrepreneur is hard work and requires great creativity, chutzpah and smarts.  Not everyone is cut out for it.

Here's what the article below purports:
Make no mistake; if you are female company founder, the deck is stacked against you. The focus on increasing gender diversity in investor-funded startups has gathered momentum recently, but it remains more of a philanthropic women’s issue than an economic imperative.
Learn more:  Entrepreneurs are expected to be white and male.  We need to change this