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Inspiring Women To Be All They Can Be

“The times they are a- changin’.” Women are starting more than 1,200 new businesses a day, up from an average of 740 a day in 2013, according to The 2014 State of Women-Owned Business Report. Four out of 10 new firms are now started by women.

What is not changing is the percent of women who are growing their businesses beyond $1 million. It is one-third the percent of men who make the break-through. As they say, seeing is believing. “Women and girls aren’t seeing enough successful women entrepreneurs in the media, especially women of color,” said Erin Bagwell. She’s changing that by creating a film, Dream, Girl, showcasing 12 women entrepreneurs who are strong, effective, savvy leaders.

Read all of Inspiring Women To Be All They Can Be on Forbes.com.

Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs in Europe

Being a woman entrepreneur with a high-growth business ain’t easy in the U.S. — the #1 country in the world for women entrepreneurship according to Gender GEDI — but it’s even harder  in the Europe.

Gender GEDI is diagnostic tool that comprehensively identifies and analyzes the conditions that foster high potential female entrepreneurship development. Broadly speaking, Entrepreneurial Environment focuses on assessing the “entrepreneurial spirit and culture” of a given society as well as the presence of institutions to support entrepreneurial startups.

Read all of Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs in Europe on Forbes.com.

The Strategies Women Use to Rev Up Business Growth

In a year when sales for privately held companies grew at the slowest rate since 2009 -- 5.4% -- the fastest growing women-led companies grew astronomically faster.

Yes, that’s right. The 2014 Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/led companies racked up $4.9 billion in combined 2013 revenues and collectively employed 22,000 people. Compared with last year’s list, the combined revenue of the winning companies grew by a dramatic 53%.

6 Common Misconceptions About Equity Crowdfunding

Only a tiny percentage of wealthy people—less than 3%—who qualify to become angel investors actually do so. When people decide to claim their accreditation wings, angels are the most likely investors to focus on early-stage companies.

In 2014, angels invested $24.1 billion in 73,400 U.S.-based ventures, according to the Center for Venture Research. There is now a new way to reach angels that centralizes, streamlines and brings transparency to the financing process for both entrepreneurs and investors: equity crowdfunding. This is done using platforms like AngelList, CircleUp, Crowdfunder and Portfolia. Yet, only $787.5 million was raised via equity-based crowdfunding in 2014, according to Massolution’s 2015CF Crowdfunding Industry Report. What gives?

Read all of  6 Common Misconceptions About Equity Crowdfunding on QuickBooks.com.

Champion For Women Entrepreneurs Realigns For The Times

Help for women entrepreneurs who want access to capital and markets.

 

Forget the Glass Ceiling: Build Your Business Without One

Pundits and politicians praise the economic power of small businesses but what they don’t say is that six million jobs would be created in the United States over the next five years if women entrepreneurs had the same opportunities as men. That’s a lot of miles down the road to economic recovery. So what’s holding women and the economy back?

Expand Your Growth By Expanding Your Network

Don’t just meet people and make friends. Network wisely to make your business do well.

Read all of Expand Your Growth By Expanding Your Network on Forbes.com. 

 

3 Ways To Close The Self Confidence Gap

Women’s confidence gap is making headlines. We face a society that says we can’t do it as well as our own inner voice.

Entrepreneurship And Angel Investing Are Breaking Barriers For Women

Opportunities are growing for women to sidestep the glass ceiling and steer clear of the glass cliff, that corporate “opportunity” for leadership given to women and minorities when there is high risk of failure due to a crisis created by former leaders or because needed resources aren’t given.

Learning The Business Ropes Turns Filmmaker Into Entrepreneur

Some entrepreneurs are born that way. It’s in their genes. Others work hard to become one. While a film student at Pratt Institute, Aubrey Smyth worked the circuit: working at film festivals, heading the student film club, organizing student film festivals, and seeking teachers to mentor her. Talent and hard work paid off with awards and a paid gig: The Human Resources Department at Pratt hired her to make a film. It was so good that Pratt asked her to do more.



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