Monday, October 16, 2006

Article of Interest: Women Have Room to Grow Companies

In September, the Center for Women's Business Research projected that as of this year, there are an estimated 10.4 million privately held, women-owned firms in the United States. This accounts for two in five of all businesses in the country. These firms generate $1.9 trillion in annual sales and employ 12.8 million people nationwide.

Yet at our recent Women Presidents' Organization 2006 annual conference in Chicago, participants in a Key4Women focus group identified undercapitalization as a common mistake women business owners should avoid. Undercapitalization can create a host of challenges for a company -- not only is it more difficult to get an undercapitalized business off the ground, but it creates obstacles while trying to secure funding from banks.

While access to capital may have been a challenge for women 30 years ago, today's woman business owner has a wide range of banking resources readily available to her. Some banks have created specific opportunities for women-owned businesses.
Don't wait until it's too late.

Key4Women is an initiative of KeyBank, a corporate sponsor to the Women Presidents' Organization.

Read more here >> Women Have Room to Grow Companies

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