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'Women Owned': can a new Walmart label boost sales for female entrepreneurs?

'Women Owned': can a new Walmart label boost sales for female entrepreneurs? | Supporting women in business | Scoop.it
Will highlighting products from women-owned companies help relieve the chain’s strained relationship with women’s rights groups?
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Female business owners – how banks can and should help

Female business owners – how banks can and should help | Supporting women in business | Scoop.it
Attracting more women into business could be a significant contributor to economic growth, and banks should be taking the lead
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The 13 Worst Pieces of Business Advice EverSwitch & Shift

The 13 Worst Pieces of Business Advice EverSwitch & Shift | Supporting women in business | Scoop.it
If you hear these words, run the other way.
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Some great examples of rotten and very common business 'advice'. No gender impact issue here, but more broadly if you're feeling less confident about your entrepreneurial capabilities you'll take this type of advice more seriously - and may ultimately be derailed or demotivated by it.   (The Charter for Women in Business is for business supporters who want to do better. )

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How a First-Time Entrepreneur's Kickstarter Project Landed on Toys 'R' Us Shelves in Less Than a Year

How a First-Time Entrepreneur's Kickstarter Project Landed on Toys 'R' Us Shelves in Less Than a Year | Supporting women in business | Scoop.it
Industry insiders laughed at the engineering toy for girls, but its inventor was determined to change the landscape of the 'pink aisle.'...
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Sara Horowitz: My Top 5 Tips For Social Entrepreneurs | The Next Women - Business Magazine

Sara Horowitz: My Top 5 Tips For Social Entrepreneurs | The Next Women - Business Magazine | Supporting women in business | Scoop.it
The NextWomen Social Entrepreneurship Theme. Sara Horowitz is the Founder and Executive Director of Freelancers Union and CEO of the social-purpose Freelancers Insurance Company.
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I love Sara's definition of social enterprise: "What I really want to see develop is an entirely new economic model, one that weaves together companies, entrepreneurs, workers, and other organizations favoring long-term sustainability over short-term profit."

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Annabel Kaye's comment, March 7, 2013 10:16 AM
Fabulous, we are working hard to create framework agreements that are fair to both parties and don't accidentally create employment relationships - it is tougher than you think to be clear and appropriate..
Erika Watson's comment, March 7, 2013 4:22 PM
But worth aiming for!
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Housekeeping franchise takes on six new female business owners in six weeks | Startups

Housekeeping franchise takes on six new female business owners in six weeks | Startups | Supporting women in business | Scoop.it
Bright & Beautiful’s women only service builds 30-strong franchise network
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12 Female Entrepreneurs Who Inspired Us in 2012

12 Female Entrepreneurs Who Inspired Us in 2012 | Supporting women in business | Scoop.it
These young women behind companies including Spanx and Polyvore made it big in 2012. Here's how they made an impression on YEC members.
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A working life: the inventor

A working life: the inventor | Supporting women in business | Scoop.it
When Mandy Haberman had a baby with feeding difficulties, she designed a solution. From that came more inventions and her own company
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Running a Successful Consulting Business: Sarah Daniels

Running a Successful Consulting Business: Sarah Daniels | Supporting women in business | Scoop.it
"Companies will not sign up to a consultancy service from an advert, it is a very personal relationship." Sarah Daniels of the RedCat Partnership shares her business journey in our Real Women in Business Q&A.
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Getting Back on the Right Track with Fashion: Sissy Rooney

Getting Back on the Right Track with Fashion: Sissy Rooney | Supporting women in business | Scoop.it
Having left school with no qualifications Sissy built a career and got her education the hard way. She now uses innovative methods to keep kids on the right track and to inspire them to get the most out of their own educational opportunities.
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Now or Never: finding the courage to 'Go for It'

Now or Never: finding the courage to 'Go for It' | Supporting women in business | Scoop.it
Katie Day was in her 50s with a business going nowhere fast. Witnessing a car accident gave her the push she needed to 'Go for It' and restart her business and her life.
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Startup Diary: From Managing 400 People & $8m ... - The Next Women

Startup Diary: From Managing 400 People & $8m ... - The Next Women | Supporting women in business | Scoop.it
From leading start-up-like initiatives, to launching new product offerings, to dealing with the good, the bad and the ugly of client interactions, I've experienced first-hand how difficult it is to properly execute a vision.
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Why Are There So Few Women Entrepreneurs?

Why Are There So Few Women Entrepreneurs? | Supporting women in business | Scoop.it
Women are often not seen as having the skills to lead a start-up.
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New research on how 'entrepreneur' stereotypes disadvantage female start-ups. And what women can do. #unconsciousbias 

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Budding entrepreneurs put off by 'intimidating businesswomen'

Budding entrepreneurs put off by 'intimidating businesswomen' | Supporting women in business | Scoop.it
there is a real fear among women that starting up a business will mean coming up against the type of intimidating, high-powered businesswomen so often thrust into the media spotlight. A fifth (19%) of women told researchers that the success of some high-profile businesswomen was deterring them from becoming an entrepreneur, as they didn't feel they would have the skills to compete.

This view was most prevalent amongst women aged 18-24; with 25% of them confessing that this was a major factor in preventing them "taking the plunge" and starting a business.

Interestingly, a third (33%) of women said that the type of aggressive business behaviour showcased on TV programmes like Dragon's Den and The Apprentice was putting them off. In our study, 40% of women between the ages of 18-35 described the mentality of contestants on these types of shows as off-putting – causing them to doubt they had the ruthlessness they needed to be successful in business.

Our results were not all doom and gloom. We found that businesswomen who have bounced back from past failures to become successful are really important role models. In fact, over half (56%) of women asked said they were inspired to get into business by women who failed in their first venture but went on to build successful organisations.
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How's your little hobby? The challenge facing today's female entrepreneurs - Virgin.com

How's your little hobby? The challenge facing today's female entrepreneurs - Virgin.com | Supporting women in business | Scoop.it
My favourite personal episode was visiting a prospective accountant. Now I don’t know how it works at accountant school, but I was under the impression I was hiring him and not the other way around? Mr Accountant didn’t think so. He wanted to check if I owned a ‘real business’ or was this ‘just a nice little hobby’. One short mention of my rather serious (and albeit male) investor and suddenly I was offered a meeting with the owners of the firm. And this isn’t a one-time thing.
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Banker Saves 20,000 From Nepal to Uganda With Her Profits

Banker Saves 20,000 From Nepal to Uganda With Her Profits | Supporting women in business | Scoop.it
Amid the cloying dust, blaring car horns and beggars' wails that echo through the ancient streets of Kathmandu, Nepal, a familiar sound emerges: the strains of pop star Psy's "Gangnam Style." In front of a crowd of giggling teenagers, a 50-year-old...
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How the Belu water boss got the bottle to compete in the mainstream - Telegraph

How the Belu water boss got the bottle to compete in the mainstream - Telegraph | Supporting women in business | Scoop.it
Karen Lynch, chief executive of ethical bottled-water business Belu, talks to Emma Sinclair about how she turned the business around and why there's a gap in the market for more 'green' goods.
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Lindsay Stradley - Co-founder and CEO SANERGY - Never let the waste go to waste

Lindsay Stradley - Co-founder and CEO SANERGY - Never let the waste go to waste | Supporting women in business | Scoop.it

Lindsay Stradley, Co-Founder and CEO, Sanergy: Working at Sanergy in Kenya in franchising out low-cost toilet units to on-the-ground entrepreneurs, and then collecting the waste for conversion to fertilizer and electricity. Follow Lindsay on @LindsayStradley


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Three Scots women tell of their inspirational business successes

Three Scots women tell of their inspirational business successes | Supporting women in business | Scoop.it
FIRM friends Lyudmila and Mabel talked about setting up their own business together for years, now they own two.

 

Also how Michelle Gordon started a language school - she administers it and hired teachers. 

 

Plus view from a psychologist on starting a busiess

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The renewable energy sector: gender differences in sustainable business

The renewable energy sector: gender differences in sustainable business | Supporting women in business | Scoop.it
Juliet Davenport is co-founder and CEO of renewable energy provider Good Energy. A climate change activist, she decided that getting into business was the best way to change things.
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Start-up Stories: 6 Women in 60 Seconds

Start-up Stories: 6 Women in 60 Seconds | Supporting women in business | Scoop.it
Six women from one small town share their experience in 60 second videos. The passion is contagious!
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One shade of grey: how Nicola Beauman made an unlikely success of Persephone Books

One shade of grey: how Nicola Beauman made an unlikely success of Persephone Books | Supporting women in business | Scoop.it
When she founded Persephone Books to resurrect 'forgotten' novels, Nicola Beauman had no inkling of the cult status it would achieve – nor that one of her titles would become a Hollywood movie.
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How beauty site MyShowcase creates entrepreneurs - Telegraph

How beauty site MyShowcase creates entrepreneurs - Telegraph | Supporting women in business | Scoop.it
Entrepreneurialism comes in many shapes and sizes. Nancy Cruickshank's goal is to create thousands of female entrepreneurs, explains Emma Sinclair in her latest Biz Idol.
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