Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Female Entrepreneurs

According to the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Women's Business Research, the number of privately held business that were at least 50 percent women-owned grew 11 percent between 1997 and 2000. That's 1.5 times the rate of privately held companies in general.
Women's growing participation in entrepreneurial activities is fueling interest in the networking groups, said Sharon Whiteley, an entrepreneur, an "angel investor" who provides capital for start ups and one of the authors of the newly released book, "The Old Girls' Network: Insider Advice for Women Building Businesses in a Man's World."
"Women started to get organized because of the new opportunities available to them," said Whiteley. "Community building and networking is in our DNA, but historically we have not honed this for business."
http://www.womensenews.org/article.cfm/dyn/aid/1581/context/archive

Do you agree? Do women make better entrepreneurs?

9 comments:

  1. I don't think that women are necessarily better entrepreneurs, but they may have different tactics than men and can target women consumers better. They can relate to other women and know how to attract men as well. Women tend to be more organized and people might be interested in companies run by women.

    Women are starting new businesses at twice the rate of men, and in doing so, are looking for creative ways to handle the challenges that come with simultaneously managing a career and family.

    In this pursuit, networking, an old skill they have been putting to work in various forms throughout the ages, is coming in particularly handy.

    "Women are natural networkers," said Linda Hollander, author of "Bags to Riches: 7 Success Secrets for Women in Business." Hollander encourages women to form groups, or "success teams," to channel this networking power.

    Women have a different kind of creativity than men. It can be hard to handle the responsibilities to maintain a household, especially with children, while running a business. If they can do it, and be successful at it, more power to them.

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  2. Anyone can be a great entrepreneur. The statistics do not mean anything in relation to the gender of the person. There has been an increase in business for women because they were recently given the opportunity to become entrepreneurs. "Women are starting new businesses at twice the rate of men, and in doing so, are looking for creative ways to handle the challenges that come with simultaneously managing a career and family." Women were given rights in the late 1900's, about sixty years ago. Women are tired of being seen as housewives and nothing more; so they are putting themselves out there to show the world that men do not own the business world. It is said that women are smarter than men, which may be true; but any stupid person could become an entrepreneur, all they need is a lot of money and the right connections. Take a look at the person who wrote all the dummy books, some examples of the dummy books are: Gardening for Dummies, Plumbing for Dummies, even Fishing for Dummies. That person is making millions of dollars selling how-to-books, the person is not a dummy but the level of thinking that these books are being published is so low that I bet a child could follow, and understand the reading.

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  3. Gender does not matter in entrepreneurship. Anyone can be a good enterpreneur. There is an increase in the entrepreneurship of women becuase they finally got the chance to prove what they can do in the business world and they succeeded. Before the 1980's and the 1990's, women had no part in the entrepreneurship business. They just cooked at home and did housework. The men were handling the business world and most of the workforce. Now the world has changed and women are succeeding in the business. New opportunities equals more business. Women are also trying to make a point to the business world that they can compete with the men.

    Women might have better ways of processing then the men and women tend to be more organized then men so businesses get attracted by those flaws and they hire women to be entrepreneurs. They might have different tactics then the men do which businesses look at. Women are sick of working at the house all day and they just want to go out and enjoy a job that they are good at and can be successful with.

    In conclusion, women are not necessarily better entrepreneurs then men are. I think gender has nothing to do with it. It is how you work in the business field and women and men have different ways of working and that is the difference on who gets the job or not. Gender does not matter in this situation.

    "Women started to get organized because of the new opportunities available to them," said Whiteley. "Community building and networking is in our DNA, but historically we have not honed this for business". - 'Success Groups' Catch On with Female Entrepreneurs

    "Women are natural networkers," said Linda Hollander, author of "Bags to Riches: 7 Success Secrets for Women in Business." Hollander encourages women to form groups, or "success teams," to channel this networking power". - 'Success Groups' Catch On with Female Entrepreneurs

    "Networking groups are becoming more essential to business because people are spread so thin. For me, networking groups are imperative. Solid business relationships are built on them. They are an essential way to stay connected". -'Success Groups' Catch On with Female Entrepreneurs

    "We want to help each other move further toward success," said O'Neil, and sometimes that means sharing advice about a gardener, sore throat remedy or child care provider". - 'Success Groups' Catch On with Female Entrepreneurs

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  4. agree with Michelle and Lupita, gender doesn't matter when it comes to entrepreneurship. It just that women find different ways to network that helps their business. It said in the article that the groups offer the camaraderie that men have found on the golf course. Also women think differently then men.

    I was the crazy-artist-right-brain and came up with all the wacky ideas," said Hollander. "Sheryl was more grounded and is the numbers person."

    These women entrepreneurs also think more creatively then men. These women also have to balance their personal lives with their business lives.

    "Benefits extend beyond business problems. Women are quick to bring family and personal issues into the meetings as well."

    "Networking groups are becoming more essential to business because people are spread so thin. For me, networking groups are imperative. Solid business relationships are built on them. They are an essential way to stay connected."

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  5. Women don't make better entrepreneurs, nor do men. Gender doesn't make a difference entrepreneurship, only the will to succeed. I believe the reason of the sprout of women entrepreneurs is because women have only reseantly been given the opportunity they have now in the business place. Men and women have different talents when it comes to attracting possible costumers, but its rediculous to think one gender is better at being an entrepreneur.
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  6. Although I feel that women can do anything they sent their minds too, I don't know if we can rank which gender is a better entrepreneur - women or men. There are some statistics supporting the women's side. "Women are starting new businesses at twice the rate of men, and in doing so, are looking for creative ways to handle the challenges that come with simultaneously managing a career and family." However, I still feel that we can generalize, but not label a whole gender as being a better entrepreneur. There are different circumstances for each person in each gender. There is a difference between generalizing a group (or in this case gender) and labeling each specific person. I do think it's great that women are having a bigger impact on a traditionally male-dominated field. ""Women started to get organized because of the new opportunities available to them," said Whiteley. "Community building and networking is in our DNA, but historically we have not honed this for business.""

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  7. It does not matter whether you are a male or a female. I do not think it is gender based, it matters if you have the skills necessary to succeed. Entrepreneural skills include organization, motivation, managerial skills, and you have to have the passion for it to be successful. I agree that women may have the upperhand in knowing how to market to other women, however a male based business would have the same advantage in marking to males. The rise in the percentage in women entrepreneurs could be based on the opening of professions that were once male dominated businesses.

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  8. Entreprenuership to me is just like any job, a woman or man could fill the position. I think one just needs to have the right qualifications and skills to become a good entrepuenuer."Women are starting new businesses at twice the rate of men, and in doing so, are looking for creative ways to handle the challenges that come with simultaneously managing a career and family."
    I believe the reason for the increase of women entreprenuers is that we have more of an equal opportunity and are ready to show what they've got. I do think women bring something else to offer and can reach out to a different demographic. I think women have new ideas and quite frankly are a little more organized. But i do believe gender has nothing to do with being a good entrepreneur.

    source: http://www.womensenews.org/article.cfm/dyn/aid/1581/context/archive

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  9. There are two kinds of people in this world, the successful and unsuccessful. But notice how I didn't use gender. That's because it doesn't matter, man, woman, boy girl, if you know how to run a business correctly and efficiently you will be successful. That is what an entrepreneur does for his/her living. It just happens that women are getting more opportunities than men for an entrepreneur business. And that's because men are interested in other things like sports, and being doctors or astronauts, basically the extremely hard jobs that pay BIG.
    "Women are starting new businesses at twice the rate of men, and in doing so, are looking for creative ways to handle the challenges that come with simultaneously managing a career and family.

    In this pursuit, networking, an old skill they have been putting to work in various forms throughout the ages, is coming in particularly handy."

    http://www.womensenews.org/article.cfm/dyn/aid/1581/context/archive

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