Women in Business... Limitless Possibilities!
Many women are opting out of the job hunt and into becoming entrepreneurs. Starting your own business can be rewarding and exciting: be your own boss, set your own schedule, and make your own money! But it also requires a great deal of tenacity, time, money, ingenuity, and effort. To be successful, you have to plan and expect to work hard.
The Stats for Women:
Between 1997 and 2013 , the number of women-owned firms is growing at 1½ times the national average
Over the past 6 years, the only businesses that have provided a net increase in employment are large, publically traded corporations and privately held majority women-owned firms.
16 years ago, only 17% of women-owned businesses belonged to women of color. Now women of color account for 1 in 3 women-owned firms in the US
27% of business firms in SC are women-owned (US Census)
SC ranks 11th for Growth in Number and Economic Clout of Women-owned Firms with a 68.6% growth in number of firms since 1997
The 2013 State of Women-owned Businesses Report commissioned by American Express OPEN www.womenable.com
Is Entrepreneurship For You?
The Small Business Administration (sba.gov) suggest you ask yourself the following questions:
Do you enjoy the thrill of taking calculated risks? Entrepreneurship involves uncertainty and risks, so be prepared for and comfortable with it!
Are you independent? Being your own boss also means you’re the one making tough decisions. Trust your instincts and don’t be afraid of rejection every now and then.
Are you persuasive? It doesn’t matter how good your product and service is if you can’t convince someone to buy it! Be engaging, compelling, and good with people!
Can you negotiate? Polished negotiation skills will help you save money and keep your business running smoothly.
Do you like to come up with new ideas? Imagine new ways to solve problems and how to take advantage of new opportunities. Be innovative!
Do you have support? Before you start a business, it’s important to have a strong support system in place.
Wednesday, October 16 SC Women in Business with Rose Jackson, Owner of Rose E. Jackson Financial Services and CEO & Founder of South Carolina Women In Business
Wednesday, October 23 Women and Encore Careers with a panel of local business women and leaders
YES YOU DO HAVE SUPPORT! Richland Library is providing a “Women in Small Business” Learning Series on Wednesday evenings in October, 6:30pm. Join us for a series of presentations that will inspire, encourage, and inform you with fresh ideas, cutting-edge resources, and powerful stories from local leaders. Everyone is welcome to attend.
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