7 Powerful Business Women to Watch This Year

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“These seven innovators are having a major influence on technology, healthcare and the government. Their ideas are changing the ways we do business and are addressing broader issues of national security, gender bias, world poverty and the state of the startup community at large. We’ve got our eye on these powerful women. You should, too.”

Read the article here

~ Norris Lozano, BusinessUS

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11 Reasons 2014 Will Be A Breakout Year For Women Entrepreneurs

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Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx

Forbes is reporting optimism for women entrepreneurs in 2014, citing data from “Growing Under the Radar: An Exploration of the Achievements of Million-Dollar Women-Owned Firms”, which was put out by American Express OPEN project.

Here are a few quick factoids from the study:

  • Between 2002 and 2012, the number of all women-owned firms has grown by 28.6%, slightly more than the 24.4% increase in all U.S. businesses. (Similarly, the number of $1M+ women-owned firms has grown by 30.7%, just over the 28.9% increase in all million-dollar firms.
  • But, at the highest end of sales achievement, the number of $10M+ women-owned firms has grown by 56.6%—fully 47% higher than the 38.4% increase among all $10M+ firms.
  • Over the past decade, the growth in the number of women-owned firms with $10 million or more in revenues has increased by 56.6%, a rate 47% faster than the rate of growth of all $10M+ firms and nearly twice (+98%) the rate of growth of all women-owned firms.

The full report is available here

~ Norris Lozano, CEO of BusinessUS, a California-based small business lender with women executives in several top leadership positions.

Women CEO’s: Confidence, Competence and Connections

OPEN_CEO_Bootcamp_GraphicThe 3 C’s of the American Express CEO Bootcamp for Women, a part of the OPEN platform, a website which is amazingly deep and thoughtful.

CEO BootCamp is designed to help women business owners reach their full potential as CEOs and help GROW their business.

The initiative works with leading academics, major advocacy organizations and a who’s who of visionaries to help enhance the power and potential of women entrepreneurs via live events, exclusive content and online networking communities”

 

~ Norris Lozano, CEO of BusinesUS

Great Women in Business: Tory Burch

Tory_BurchHere’s a great quote from Tory Burch, CEO and Designer, in the Huffington Post. We are actively seeking women entrepreneurs like Ms. Burch who are ready to make a difference with their small business.

“Women entrepreneurs face tremendous challenges. One thing I find amazing about women entrepreneurs is that they help each other, and they reinvest in their communities.”
The Tory Burch Foundation is about women’s empowerment by investing in women through mentorship and loans.
The women entrepreneurs I meet are ambitious, and that’s a word I encourage women to embrace.
I think ambition sometimes has a negative connotation, but being an ambitious woman is a great thing.”
~ Norris Lozano, CEO, BusinessUS