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In crowdfunding women have the upper hand – results from Kickstarter

Crowdfunding—a method of acquiring capital from noncommercial sources, such as family, friends, and individual investors, by pooling funds through a virtual platform—has been praised as an innovative fundraising mechanism, allowing women entrepreneurs to access capital that may have otherwise been unreachable. Perhaps due to its creative nature, as well as the increasing accessibility of technology, the crowdfunding market is expanding at a rapid pace. Over a four year period, from 2011 to 2015, total funds raised through crowdfunding platforms globally increased from 1.5 billion to 34 billion. Of this, 17.3 billion of the total crowdfunding monies were in the North American market.

 

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Incubators and Accelerators: Providing Support for Women Entrepreneurs

In recent years, the growth of women entrepreneurs has been unprecedented. Women now own 36 percent of all privately-held firms in the U.S., and the rate of ownership has increased nearly 27 percent since 2007. As the number of women-owned businesses surpasses 10 million, the U.S. is witnessing a wave of innovation in support of these entrepreneurs. These firms are vital contributors to the U.S. economy; however, for women entrepreneurs to continue to excel, there remains a need for strong programs that enable women to develop and scale their businesses.  At the same time, as women-owned businesses have been growing in number, incubators and accelerators (I/A) – organizations designed specifically to support early-stage businesses develop and scale – have been vital players in discovery and support of high potential women-owned startups.

 

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Call for Applications: NWBC Summer Fellow (Summer 2017)

Background:

The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) is searching for a college/university undergraduate or graduate student to join the team for a summer fellowship with a ten week minimum term beginning late May, 2017 (flexible start date).

 

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A Celebration of Women Business Owners: History, Participation and Progress

In our continuing efforts to ensure that the nearly 10 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. have access to the resources, knowledge and tools they need to start and grow their own businesses, we are excited to share with you a brief summary of our March 8 Public meeting – A Celebration of Women Business Owners: History, Participation and Progress.

 

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Honoring the Trailblazers of our Past and Present this Black History Month

February 2017 

Every year, we recognize February as Black History Month – an opportunity for the Council to commend the momentous achievements of African-Americans in our country, particularly the Black women entrepreneurs and business owners who ideate and innovate every day.

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NWBC’s new research report: Social Entrepreneurship Amongst Women and Men in the United States

Social entrepreneurs are business owners concerned with what is often referred to as a triple bottom line: the achievement of economic, social, and environmental goals.  In other words, social entrepreneurs design their businesses to solve not just market problems, but also specific societal problems.

 

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United We Thrive: Sustaining Our Momentum in Corporate and Public Arenas

We had a great Public Meeting in December – and are excited to share it with you.

 

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New Report Provides Recommendations to Increase Women Business Owners’ Access to Private Markets through Supplier Diversity Programs

National Women’s Business Council report analyzes U.S. corporate supplier diversity programs and points to key areas in which suppliers, corporations and policymakers can work better together to scale-up and grow women-owned businesses.

WASHINGTON – December 7, 2016 – The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) today unveiled a new report highlighting strengths and challenges of U.S. corporate supplier diversity programs and revealing areas for suggested policymaker support, as well as recommendations for women business owners and corporations.  Supply and Demand Perspectives on Women’s Participation in Corporate Supplier Diversity Programs, prepared for NWBC by Premier Quantitative Consulting, Inc., details findings from three complementary studies to further women’s access to the corporate marketplace.

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Now Accepting Applications: Spring 2017 Fellow

Background:

The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) is searching for a college/university undergraduate or graduate student to join a dynamic five-woman team for a Spring Fellowship beginning late January, 2017 (flexible start date).  The fellowship is designed for a three-month period of time.  The Fellow will work with the National Women’s Business Council staff to advance the goals of the Council, specifically to support research projects and to execute outreach and engagement activities. Additionally, the Fellow will assist in crafting messages and materials to promote and publicize the activities, programs and goals of the Council. The fellow will also monitor breaking news, policy efforts and/or related initiatives to maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field.

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Deploying Technology Solutions: Pamela O’Rourke

Her Own Boss #BossesGiveBack Edition: 

Pamela O’Rourke is the President & CEO of ICON Information Consultants, LP that specializes in identifying and recruiting highly qualified Information Technology, Accounting, Finance, HR, Procurement, “professionals” at all levels/skills.

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