Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Article of Interest: 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 by Margaret Heffernan that is published in Forbes on why so many women are leaving corporate America for entrepreneurship. Read it here and get ready to kick ... or should I say ... change how the world does business.

Monday, June 26, 2006

PPT of Interest: What Is Strategy?

I recently had the great honor to attend the World Business Forum (WBF) in Chicago and listened to leading authorities talk about everything from what makes a great leader to how to position your company for globalization. Here's a listing of a few of the speakers:

• Rudy Giuliani
• William Jefferson Clinton
• Kenichi Ohmae
• Colin Powell
• Marcus Buckingham
• Michael Porter
• Michelle Peluso (thank goodness a woman made the cut!)

If you don't what the word "strategy" means and how it applies to your business, I urge you to download Michael Porter's PowerPoint presentation for the World Business Forum here.

Shhhhhhhhhh ... only attendees to the forum know about its availability. Go for it now. Find it featured in the top left hand corner of the WBF site. Michael Porter is the expert on competitive strategy.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

News: More Accolades on the Chicago Conference!

Reflections on the WPO Annual Conference

Last month, I had the pleasure of attending my first national WPO (Women Presidents Organization) annual conference in Chicago and wanted to pass on what a great experience this was.

All too often, as business owners and managers, we become tied to the daily demands of the job and fail to take the time to recharge our minds. This opportunity to get away not just for breakfast, lunch or even a one-day seminar, but to spend three days talking with very dynamic, creative women from all industries was a wonderful experience.

I would encourage everyone to find an organization that truly challenges them with new ideas and to attend the national conferences. The new ideas and reinforcement I gained in the value of our own programs has tremendous value to Cebic Technologies and ultimately for our customers.

Beate Hybinette (WPO member)
Cebic Technology, Inc.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Article of Interest: Lookin' Good

Entrepreneurship is more common among black women than among women in any other demographic. U.S. Census figures from 2002 show that the majority of black business owners are women; when all races are taken into account, the rate of female ownership drops to 37 percent.

Nationally, businesses owned by black women grew by 55 percent from 1997 to 2004, six times the rate of all U.S. firms, according to the Center for Women's Business Research, a nonprofit group based in Washington, D.C.

Wilma Goldstein, an administrator with the U.S. Office of Women's Business Ownership, isn't sure why that is, but says it doesn't surprise her, given the support networks that black women traditionally have formed within families and communities.

Read the article about black-owned businesses (photo: owner of Indianapolis-based Unik Boutique) that are blossoming into behemoths here.

Monday, June 05, 2006

News: WPO President Receives Distinguished Service Award

What does the top of the ladder to success look and feel like? Our founder Marsha Firestone will give you an idea. Read about her recent Distinguished Service Award here. Congratulations Marsha! We are very proud of you.