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December 2017 Public Meeting Recap: Accelerating the Future of Women Entrepreneurs

2017 has been a busy year at the National Women’s Business Council and with our last Public Meeting of the calendar year (and first Public Meeting of Fiscal Year 2018), it was an opportunity to reflect on the progress made to advance women entrepreneurs, but also the priorities looking ahead to 2018. This year, the Council also celebrated 29 years of advising the White House, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on key issues facing women business owners, convening the best intellect and experience around entrepreneurial successes and challenges that women still face, and developing poignant research relevant to the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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Public Meeting | Accelerating the Future of Women Entrepreneurs

Please join the National Women’s Business Council on Thursday, December 7, 2017, from 2:00pm ET to 3:15pm ET for its first quarter public meeting in Fiscal Year 2018. The public meeting will take place via webinar and conference call, and will offer an update on NWBC’s research and engagement activities. The Council will also preview its FY2017 Annual Report, titled Accelerating the Future of Women Entrepreneurs: The Power of the Ecosystem. As we look ahead to changes in industry, markets and labor, we invite you to join us in accelerating the policy of tomorrow, meeting the needs of women entrepreneurs in the economy of the future.

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NWBC Chair on Accelerating the Future of Women Entrepreneurs

The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) just released its annual report for Fiscal Year 2017, titled Accelerating the Future of Women Entrepreneurs: The Power of the Ecosystem, and NWBC Chair Carla Harris has issued the following the statement: Read More

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NWBC Uncovers the Reasons Women Become Necessity Entrepreneurs

The National Women’s Business Council Uncovers the Reasons That Drive Women to Become Necessity Entrepreneurs

On Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, and every day, NWBC is dedicated to understanding what drives women entrepreneurs and to helping them succeed

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Twitter Chat | Necessity as a Driver of Women’s Entrepreneurship

Please join us for a Twitter chat on necessity as a driver for women’s entrepreneurship hosted by National Women’s Business Council (@NWBC). We’ll be sharing tips and insights to help women learn more about entrepreneurial opportunities, including sharing the framework of necessity entrepreneurship. Follow along with the hashtag #NWBCchat.

Event Date: 
Friday, 17 November 2017
3:00pm to 4:00pm
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Veteran Women & Business: A Data Resource

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NWBC’s latest report, Veteran Women & Business: A Data Resource, develops a profile of veteran women-owned firms through an analysis of the U.S. Census Survey of Business Owners and Self-Employed Persons and the Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs.

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NWBC Celebrates 29 Years of Helping Women Succeed

The National Women’s Business Council Celebrates 29 Years of Helping Women Business Owners Succeed

The Council released a record 10 research papers and a toolkit in fiscal year 2017, and launched the NWBC Solutions Labs Series to identify policy solutions to the barriers faced by women business owners and entrepreneurs

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Billions of federal contracting dollars

Billions of federal contracting dollars go to women-owned businesses—but it’s still not enough.

In May 2017, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that the federal government exceeded its small business federal contracting goal for the fourth consecutive year, awarding 24.34 percent in federal contract dollars to small businesses. In order to achieve the goal of spending 23 percent of federal contract dollars with small businesses, major agencies of the federal government work with the SBA to establish individualized spending benchmarks, and are encouraged to meet them.  For example, while the Department of Energy (DOE) aims to spend 6.37 percent of its contract monies with small businesses, the SBA, itself, aims for a small business spend of 72.75 percent of its contract dollars. You can see the FY16 agency goals and achievements here.

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Challenging definitions and telling her stories

On October 11, 2017, the National Women’s Business Council released a new report, “Necessity as a Driver of Women’s Entrepreneurship: Her Stories.” This report is an extension of the report released by the NWBC in July 2017, “Necessity as a Driver of Women’s Entrepreneurship,” which challenged the notion that entrepreneurship is born from one of two realities: severe economic need or an innovative idea to disrupt the market. The NWBC research recognized these motivations and the entrepreneurship that results from them (typically referred to as “necessity” or “opportunity” entrepreneurship) but suggests that this traditional binary does not fully capture the range of reasons individuals—especially women—become business owners. NWBC’s work expands the traditional definition of necessity entrepreneurship to include a range of factors that might influence a woman’s decision to start a business and introduces a theoretical model to illustrate this expanded definition.

 

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Necessity as a Driver of Women’s Entrepreneurship: Her Stories

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NWBC’s latest report, Necessity as a Driver of Women’s Entrepreneurship: Her Stories, explores and expands upon NWBC’s July report on necessity as a driver of women’s entrepreneurship in the United States.

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