Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Are Women Entrepreneurs Better?

"As the economy heats up, it’s sobering to think that the real competition for talent isn’t other firms -- it's the business and ideas incubating inside women’s minds." -- Margaret Heffernan

This is a fantastic commentary published in Forbes by Margaret Heffernan that supports this blog on every front as to why women are leaving corporate America in droves for entrepreneurship. Read it here and get ready to kick ... or I should say ... change how the world does business.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Meet Martha Burk, author of Cult of Power

Dr. Martha Burk is a political psychologist and women's equity expert who is co-founder and President of the Center for Advancement of Public Policy, a research and policy analysis organization in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Burk's book, Cult of Power: Sex Discrimination in Corporate America and What Can Be Done About It, unmasks how corporate America conspires to keep women down, and offers solid solutions.

I haven't read it yet but it sounds intriguing. For more information, please visit National Council of Women's Organizations.

Monday, June 19, 2006

From America to Oman, Escape Is the Common Ground

The Big Business Idea Competition 2006, the only one of its kind in Oman, was launched yesterday under the auspices of Ahmed Hassan Al Dheeb, undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, at the Knowledge Oasis Muscat (KOM) yesterday.

The Knowledge Mine (TKM) -- Ernst & Young Big Business Idea Competition 2006 -- as it is known, is an initiative to spot ‘would-be’ entrepreneurs who want to turn their ideas into a successful business.

The competition is designed to encourage Omani students, researchers and entrepreneurs to act on their talent, ideas and energy to produce tomorrow’s leading businesses, which hopefully will generate enough employment opportunities for other young Omanis.

Read the article here: Chance to Turn Big Ideas Into Big Business.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Certification helps women-owned firms compete

Shoving aside an oversized spool of electrical cable and casually grabbing a pair of wire cutters to pose for a picture, there's little doubt that Mercedes LaPorta feels at ease in her sprawling warehouse in Medley, surrounded by more than $3 million in electrical supplies.

But there was a time it wasn't so comfortable being a woman in a man's world.

Read the article here.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Up and Running With a Plan in 23 Hours or Less

That is, a great marketing plan. If you are thinking of starting a business but are stuck on the fact that you don't know how to market it, here are some simple steps offered by Gwen Moran.

23 Hours to a Great Marketing Plan

Monday, June 05, 2006

Gender-blindness in the Workplace

It pays to be gender-blind in the workplace. According to a recent in-depth international study by Caliper, a global human resources consulting firm, women business leaders consistently scored higher in persuasiveness, risk appetite and tenacity.

Want healthy bottom lines? Look to women.

So this explains why so many women move on to entrepreneurship?