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Boston’s Art and Music Champion: Catherine T. Morris, #HerOwnBoss #StudentEdition

Catherine T. Morris is the founder and Creative Executive Director of the Boston Art & Music Soul Collective (BAMSC), an arts and cultural organization comprised of entrepreneurs who come together to create and support programs that promote music, art, and culture to and from communities of color.  In this role, she is heading up the inaugural Boston Art & Music Soul Festival (BAMS Fest), slated to occur in June 2018.  This event will incorporate technology, art, film, performances, and panel discussion to create a highly engaging environment of culture exchange, and intended to instill hope, connection, and collaboration between communities. Learn more about BAMSC and BAMS Fest at www.bamsfest.com.

 

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The old college try: Entrepreneurship among university students and recent graduates

Only about 14 percent of American business owners are estimated to be under the age of 35, and only 2 percent are younger than 25 years old, according to the 2012 Survey of Business Owners.  Women account for about 44 percent of these young entrepreneurs, meaning that—perhaps unsurprisingly—these age groups come closer to gender parity in ownership than any others.  However, although young folks make up an increasing share of the American population, studies demonstrate that their share of all business owners has stayed constant—or even declined.  In other words, there is reason to believe that entrepreneurship is losing popularity among today’s youth.

 

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The Fitness App Guru: Rachel Koretsky, #HerOwnBoss #StudentEdition

Rachel Koretsky is the founder and CEO of upace, and app that makes reserving group fitness classes and equipment easy, so you have more time to focus on the things you want to do and not just the things you have to do. Learn more about upace at http://upaceapp.com/.

 

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The Salt and Science Trailblazer: Fon Powell, #HerOwnBoss #StudentEdition

Fon Powell is a PhD Candidate in the Biomedical Sciences at Cornell University, a Ford Foundation Fellow and US Amgen Scholar. She is a native of St. Louis, MO and earned a BS in Neuroscience from Duke University. She is also founder of Sodium Analyte Level Test (S.A.L.T.), which is empowering 78M Americans to manage hypertension at home with the first device on the market to measure daily salt intake. Fon and her early-stage startup have been featured in Startup Weekend Powered by Google, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and recently won a grant from the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Learn more about S.A.L.T. at http://www.saltcounts.com/.

 

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#HerOwnBoss: National Small Business Week Spotlight

It’s National Small Business Week! Since 1963, when President Kennedy first proclaimed it, we celebrate the great contributions of small businesses during the first week of May.

 

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It’s Her Time: 19th Annual Conference of WPO

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.

 

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Her Time – Women’s History Month: A Report Back

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…

 

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National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) Supports the Recently-Introduced “Developing the Next Generation of Small Businesses Act of 2016”

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.

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Now Accepting Applications: Summer 2016 Research Fellow

Background:

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).

 

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