Entrepreneurship & Small Business Development

New research indicates that women are leaving the corporate world at twice the rate of men. Many of these women are choosing to go into business for themselves. The Center for Women’s Business Research estimates that there are about 10.1 million privately-held women-owned firms in the United States, accounting for two out of every five businesses in the country. These firms generate $1.9 trillion in annual sales and employ 13 million people nationwide. In 1994, legislation was passed requiring the federal government to award a minimum of 5 percent of its contracts to women-owned businesses, a target that has never been met. There are currently no incentives, government departments or agencies tasked with enforcement and no consequences for failing to meet designated targets. Researchers in our network are working to improve guidelines and compliance to benefit women-run businesses.

Our American Immigrant Entrepreneurs: The Women

When Americans picture an immigrant entrepreneur, they likely imagine a man who began the migration of his family, later bringing his wife over to become a volunteer assistant in the shop. This image is straying farther and farther from reality as more women open their own enterprises. Yet the idea that immigrant women might be the owners and originators of some of our restaurants, motels, Silicon Valley hi-tech firms, local real-estate agencies, or other entrepreneurial ventures has yet to become conventional wisdom.
 
Today, immigrant women entrepreneurs abound in every region of the United States. In 2010 for example, 40 percent of all immigrant business owners were women (1,451,091 immigrant men and 980,575 immigrant women). That same year, 20 percent of all women business owners were foreign-born.
URL: 
http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/special-reports/our-american-immigrant-entrepreneurs-women

Women Entrepreneurs in Mobile Retail Channels: Empowering Women, Driving Growth

A pioneering research study by the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women on the inclusion of women entrepreneurs in the retail channels of mobile network operators 

URL: 
http://www.cherieblairfoundation.org/uploads/pdf/Women%20Entrepreneurs%20in%20Mobile%20Retail%20Channels.pdf

Overcoming the Gender Gap: Women Entrepreneurs as Economic Drivers

Women who are capable of starting growth companies that serve global markets may be the nation's secret weapon for achieving sustained economic growth.

URL: 
http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/untapped-potential-for-expanding-womens-entrepreneurship-holds-promise-to-grow-us-economy.aspx

Michigan Women's Leadership Index (WLI)

The Michigan Women's Leadership Index (WLI) is released biennially by Inforum Center for Leadership - the research and education arm of Inforum. The WLI is a data-based instrument used to measure the presence of women executives in the highest leadership positions of the top 100 publicly-held companies headquartered in Michigan (Index 100).
 
URL: 
https://www.inforummichigan.org/michigan-womens-leadership-index
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