By Maria Contreras-Sweet
By Maria Contreras-Sweet
My standard spiel starts with the line: I have the best job in the world. And I do really feel that way – because I get to work on issues that are deeply important to me, on behalf of women who are deeply important to me every single day. Yesterday, though I had a lot of competition and the line fell flat the two times I tried to use it. That line just doesn’t work when you’re at the Women Presidents’ Organization Annual Conference, and you’re surrounded by the best of the best – the most accomplished women entrepreneurs and business leaders, and the one and only Dr. Marsha Firestone.
March 2016 was both a celebration of women in business and a call-to-action for continued support, empowerment, and investment. Here at the Council, we wanted to make sure that the world recognized the amazing progress in the movement and commemorate the milestone of 10 million business owners. It was a busy month. Here’s a recap…
The Developing the Next Generation of Small Businesses Act of 2016, which was recently approved by the House Committee on Small Business, is a huge victory for Women’s Business Centers (WBCs), a program that has not been updated in nearly a decade, and which is responsible for counseling and training women entrepreneurs. It will 1) increase funding levels for the program to $21.75 million, an increase from the current authorization level of $14.5 million; 2) increase the maximum grant awards for individual centers from $150,000 to $185,000 per year (and continue to require that centers match their grant awards with private dollars); and 3) provide financial flexibility for centers including a hardship waiver for centers that are unable to meet their matching funds goal and scales back auditing and reporting requirements for the non-federal matching funds that exceed the required level. As a champion of women in business, the National Women’s Business Council proudly supports legislative efforts, like this one, to increase, improve, and empower the resources and programming for women in business.
The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) is searching for a Research Fellow to join the team for a three-month minimum term, beginning in May 2016 (specific start date flexible). The Research Fellow will support the Council’s Research team on the mission-critical initiatives of the Council. This is a great opportunity for students looking to apply their knowledge of economics and government in a real-world setting. This fellowship is unpaid and based in Washington, DC. This is a fulltime fellowship, but will consider special circumstances (coursework/ other fellowships).
Kate Glantz is the CEO of Heartful.ly, a wedding registry for charitable giving. Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and around the world, couples and their wedding guests are empowered to fund real development projects and build a legacy to grow alongside their marriage.
Kari Warberg Block is the founder and CEO of Earth-Kind. She is a champion for inventors, entrepreneurs & CEOs who are scaling their businesses. She is considered a market disrupter and is a fierce environmental advocate.
In honor of Women’s History Month, we are sharing a ‘Power Plays’ Spotify playlist. Inspired by the legendary women that have paved the way for the now 10 million women business owners in the country, and the aspiring boss ladies of the future. We hope our #PowerPlays playlist serves as motivation for you innovators, inventors, industry disruptors and boss (ladies). We even had a few of our Council Members share their favorite pick-me-up or at-bat song, see below.
Recognized as one of the country’s top advertising and marketing executives, Kimberly Blackwell is the founder and CEO of the award winning PMM Agency. Having developed a national reputation as a trusted brand and reputation manager to Fortune 1000 companies, government agencies and influencers – she serves as a key consultant to C-Suite officers and Department Directors in strategic areas of MarCom, Inclusion & Organizational Effectiveness.