Monday, April 20, 2015

Women's Entrepreneurship: Sources of Economic Hope

As of August 2014, about 57 percent of women were counted as labor force participants, and the gap between men and women had narrowed to only 13 percentage points.  But to appreciate that stat, we must back up a bit.
In 1948, the gap in labor force participation between American men and women was 54 percentage points—only one-third of American women were officially counted as in the labor force. Nearly seven decades later, the gap has narrowed considerably as women have entered the labor force en masse, and as men have experienced steady declines. 
According to the Ewing Marion Kaufman Foundation’s recent report “Sources of Economic Hope: Women’s Entrepreneurship," women business owners will lead the way to economic growth in the United States.

Read more:  Sources of Economic Hope:  Women's Entrepreneurship

Screenshot:  Ewing Marion Kaufman Foundation

Monday, April 13, 2015

Dr. Marsha Firestone Becomes Council Member to the National Women's Business Council

The National Women's Business Council has welcomed Marsha Firestone to its esteemed group of Council Members. She will serve as the representative of the Women Presidents' Organization. Based in New York City, Firestone has an extensive track record and decades of experience supporting women entrepreneurs, business owners and leaders.

Read the news here.

Screenshot courtesy of the National Women's Business Council

Monday, April 06, 2015

Squeaky Clean WPO Chicago Member Alison Gutterman

WPO Chicago member Alison Gutterman is president and CEO of household cleaning company Jelmar LLC.

Jelmar was the only woman-owned business in Illinois to be included among six nationwide chosen by Wal-Mart to be part of the retail giant’s Women’s History Month promotion. Jelmar has 13 employees and about $50 million in yearly revenues.

In an interview with Sandra Guy at the Chicago Sun-Times, Alison talks about how she gets people to interact with her company by using technology, how she formulates safe products and how she keeps the company growing.

Read the interview here.

(We are very proud of Alison and appreciate her mentioning the Women Presidents' Organization in her interview.)

Screenshot courtesy:  Sunday Sitdown at the Chicago Sun-Times

Monday, March 30, 2015

Debugging the Gender Gap

GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving is trying to distance the company from sexist ads.  In order to do so, Irving is acting as an executive producer of “CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap,” a feature-length documentary looking at the reasons why more women and minorities aren’t going into tech.  The film, which is directed and produced by Robin Hauser Reynolds, is slated to premier at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival on April 19.

Will this work?  What would society gain from having more women and minorities code?  Learn more here.

Screenshot courtesy:  Code documentary

Monday, March 23, 2015

Have a Business You Are Passionate About

One of the keys to achieving success with a business is to have a business you are passionate about.  Other drivers for success include but are not limited to:  Know your business (serve as an expert in your field), don't let uninformed people talk you out of launching a creative idea that you have prepared for in earnest, and don't second guess yourself and wait until everything is perfect before you launch -- just do it!

Learn more:  Female entrepreneurs should follow their passions

Photo credit:  Lynn

Monday, March 16, 2015

March is Women's History Month

Celebrating the contributions of women to the business world and beyond.

While you celebrate, take a tour of Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation's great research -- from gender stereotypes of entrepreneurship to why the lack of women leaders is a problem for businesses -- and discover:
New networks and better access to capital can help women entrepreneurs overcome the barriers they have encountered along their entrepreneurial path.
Read:  Women in Entrepreneurship |

Explore:  Women's History Month 2015

Screenshot courtesy of:  Women's History Month 2015

Monday, March 09, 2015

8 Success Drivers To Thrive in Export Markets

What do you need to succeed in the export game?  As the Nextrade Group, LLC states:  "Empirically, two companies of the same size, sector, and age can have dramatically different odds of success in the global marketplace."

Below you will find the Nextrade Group's summary analysis highlighting three key assets and five critical capabilities that set successful SME exporters apart.  Discover if you fall into any of these categories.

Download:  8 success drivers companies need to thrive in export markets

Screenshot:  Nextrade Group, LLC