“Looking at the levels of women in executive leadership positions, unfortunately the percentage is lower than male executives,” Nina Roque, executive director of the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC), told the Business Journal. “While we have seen that increase in recent years, women entrepreneurs are relying on mentorship at the executive level from both men and women.” The NWBC is a nonpartisan federal advisory body to the president, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Women often start businesses out of necessity
A 2017 report from the National Women’s Business Counciluses the term “necessity entrepreneurship” to explain what’s happening among women business owners.
Typically, that term describes people who start businesses out of economic need — but the NWBC proposes expanding the definition to include non-economic factors as well. Based on interviews with women business owners, the report highlights workplace discrimination and the fact that childrearing and household management typically fall to women.
By: Barbara Kniff-McCulla/ NWBC Council member
The U.S. Small Business Administration has hosted National Small Business Week in communities across the country for more than 50 years. With more than half of Americans either owning or working for a small business, National Small Business Week provides a great opportunity to appreciate and celebrate the backbone of America’s economy.
Small business owners have a passion for making it happen, and there isn’t much that can get in their way. Rural women’s entrepreneurship is a job creator, a means for local economic development, and a source of empowerment for women seeking stability and independence.
Read the full article in the Des Moines Register HERE
The roundtable was looking to discuss challenges that rural women business owners face in setting up and running businesses. National Women’s Business Council Chair Liz Sara said that she was very happy with the turn out for the event.
“I’m very excited about the large turnout that we had from women business owners around Iowa, not just in Pella and the representation that was exhibited through the varied companies that they own and that they are currently running,” said Sara
Sen. Ernst agreed and said the event was a great way to bring together women leaders.
“The women’s small business roundtable was wonderful and a really great opportunity to meet so many women leaders throughout the community that really do have that great entrepreneurial spirit and talk about some of the challenges that they have had and … how they’ve turned those into opportunities,” said Ernst.
Sara said the roundtable was an important way to help the National Women’s Business Council better understand the unique challenges that women business owners face in rural areas.
Check out the full article here: https://www.journalexpress.net/news/local_news/ernst-attends-roundtable-in-pella/article_e8f79fde-51a5-11e9-a319-e3e59a615971.html
NWBC Chair Liz Sara goes In Depth with Dr. Bob Leonard on KNIA-KRLS to discuss the challenges and opportunities that women in rural communities face. NWBC and Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA)convened over 15 local women business owners in Pella, IA at Central College on Thursday, March 21, 2019.