How Big Is Your World?
February 15, 2017
Online auction site eBay is one of the world’s best-known firms, boasting 167 million active buyers and more than $2 billion in annual revenue. Yet when it first tried to launch in China, it failed within just two years. The difficulty of competing with local rivals forced eBay to shut down its main website in the country. Later, it formed a successful joint venture with a local partner to help operate an online auction business in the country. The lesson learned was this: Just because you have a strong U.S. brand doesn’t automatically translate to success in another country.
Driven by Our Purpose
January 5, 2017
As individuals, we all want to feel like we are here on Earth fulfilling a unique purpose. Or as Oprah Winfrey has said so well, “There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. It’s why you were born. And how you become most truly alive.”
As part of NAWBO, I truly feel like every one of us—from our National and chapter board leaders and staff to every member of every chapter and every partner—is helping to fulfill a unique purpose: To help women business owners succeed and grow. We do that in so many ways, unlike any other organization:
What's Your Next Level?
December 4, 2016
Think about when you first started your business…when it was just you at your kitchen or coffee table with your big idea. Just how far did you imagine you’d go? Perhaps to the million-dollar mark or beyond?
Why Women Give More
November 7, 2016
As women, we are all painfully aware of the gender gap in workplace pay that continues to exist in America and around the world, but did you know that there’s also one in giving? But that’s a positive.
Small Yet Powerful
October 10, 2016
When you think of something that is “small yet powerful,” a few things might come to mind: A computer chip, an engine, medicine, a diamond, a bullet, etc. For me, I also think about small business—the 28.8 million small businesses in the United States today to be exact, which according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, account for 99.7 percent of all businesses in the U.S. and provide jobs for 56.8 million employees.
Our Voice is Our Power
September 13, 2016
When NAWBO was founded 41 years ago, there were no other business advocacy groups for women entrepreneurs, so the founders of NAWBO created their own. Decades later, we are proud to advocate on behalf of all women business owners and support others who do the same.
Equality: What Does It Mean?
August 9, 2016
Equality means different things for different people—and generations. For the women who founded NAWBO more than 40 years ago, it was about being able to take out a line of credit to start or grow their business without their husband, brother or father cosigning. For women business owners today, it’s about equality in pay, in the boardroom, in elected offices, in government procurement opportunities and more. And for women in other parts of the world, especially in developing nations, equality often takes on a completely different meaning—like the ability to work or receive an education.
Technology: It’s Everywhere…or Is It?
July 14, 2016
Technology is everywhere—entwined in nearly every area of our lives. As women business owners, in particular, it makes us faster, smarter and more efficient. It connects us with employees, customers and vendor partners and even with family and friends while at work or on the road. It allows us to share ideas and resources, advocate and lead with our NAWBO sisters across the country when we’re not able to come together in person. And it enables us to be on the leading edge of today’s business tools, processes and solutions.
Education Keeps Us Current and Competitive
June 6, 2016
As entrepreneurs, education opportunities present themselves in so many ways. We learn from other women business owners as part of NAWBO or by serving on the national or a local chapter board. We benefit from attending conferences, like the National Women’s Business Conference, and training events in our industries and fields. And many of us take advantage of more traditional education opportunities, like earning specialized college degrees or becoming certified women’s business enterprises.
It Takes Money to Make Money
April 1, 2016
You’ve heard it before: It takes money to make money. As women entrepreneurs, we know this all too well as we work to access the capital we need—whether it’s through personal savings, traditional bank loans, venture capital money or even crowdfunding—to start new ventures or grow existing businesses to the next level.