- Online Athens has an article about the Athena Awards, honoring strong women leaders in business.
About 25 years ago, a successful Michigan business owner was invited to serve on the board of directors of her local chamber of commerce. Martha Mertz discovered that women had virtually no seats at the chamber's table. ... Stung by that realization, Mertz ... founded Athena International, the Chicago-based organization that provides support and encouragement to female business leaders, most visibly in the form of the Athena Award, given in more than 500 communities.
- Utah's The Spectrum has an article about women business owners highlighting the trend of self-employment among Utah's working women:
Between 1997 and 2006, the number of privately held, majority (51 percent or more) women-owned firms in Utah increased by 47 percent, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Women's Business Research. From 1997 to 2004, Utah had the fastest growth rate in the nation for women-owned businesses.
- CBS 11 in Dallas/Fort Worth has an article about "mompreneurs":
Baby Einstein DVDs were created by one. So was a Dallas-based make-up giant. Stay-at-home moms are proving they can do more than raise children. Those who've done it say all you need is a good idea, great support and a little faith. Then you'll be well on your way to becoming a "mompreneur." ... Mompreneurs are beginning to flood the marketplace with new products and services. Patricia Cobe, coauthor of the book "Mompreneuers Online," estimates there are more than 10-million in the U.S.
- Lorissa at the All Things Girl blog has posted some resources for self-employed women, and especially for web designers.
If you are a woman business owner, freelancer or entrepreneur, don’t be shy to toot your own horn! Don’t be shy to say, “Hell yeah, I rock!”. Don’t be shy to let people know what you do. ... Yes, that’s right - spread the word about your work! Get heard! Get seen!
- Carol Davenport-Moncel posts about small-business in-house PR on Sarah Bashaw's blog:
Do small-business owners always have to rely on large PR agencies to get attention from the press? An entrepreneur recently asked me this question during a networking event for women business owners. Of course my answer was, "No," but not for the reasons one might expect.
Ultimately, I do believe the time comes when a company needs professional guidance from a PR agency -- be it a large or small one -- to secure media coverage. But I also believe that a really media savvy small-business owner, or a two-person marketing team can do a fantastic job in promoting an organization. Here s how I know it can work.Read on for some good tips.
- And finally, check out this new blog called "Boutique Industry" by Ohio writer and shop owner Abby Kerr. She describes the blog thus:
A Boutique Industry speaks to creative women everywhere who have a desire to cultivate entrepreneurship within themselves, and particularly those drawn to shopkeeping. With the pathos and comedic timing of a screenwriter and the heart of a teacher, Abby shares the ups and downs, the joys and pratfalls, and the decisions and moments of destiny that go into starting and running a creative business of one’s own.Maybe one for your bloglines!