In today’s economy and especially in a business world that’s constantly changing and increasingly complex, there is one constant: your business needs capital to grow. But getting financing for your business can be a challenge. To take their business to the next level, women need capital. Without enough money, it can be difficult for them to purchase things like equipment, pay employees or take their business or products national or international. As we can see, when it comes to business, finances can give women what the need to achieve their goals. So where and how to find financing for your business? What financing options are best for your type of business? Attending WIWEF 2014 will help you find answers to these questions and to many others.
The Washington International Women Entrepreneurs Forum (WIWEF) is aimed at raising awareness and enabling women to be more visible when it comes to entrepreneurship in every part of the economy. The WIWEF is also aimed at giving women entrepreneurs the opportunity to acquire modern ideas that can enable them not only to better prepare their development strategies, but also show them how to forge mutually beneficial partnerships with other entrepreneurs in general and with women entrepreneurs in United States and worldwide in particular.
There’s no doubt about it today: women entrepreneurs are a major force in the economies of many countries around the world. In the U.S., a study published in October 2009 by the Center for Women’s Business Research shows that businesses owned or run by women have generated no less than $3 billion and employ today no less than 23 million people, or almost double the persons employed by the 50 largest U.S. airlines combined. Also, the number of women-owned businesses in the United States is growing at twice the rate of all firms. Currently around 30% of US firms are majority-owned by women. Affirmative action has been credited with "bringing a generation of women into business ownership" in the United States, following the 1988 Women's Business Ownership Act and subsequent measures. Progress has been much slower in most other developed countries. In the UK, for example, it is estimated that just 15% of firms are majority-owned by women. This suggests that, if any more evidence were needed, the entrepreneurial spirit that personified by American business women particularly serves to illustrate that they have the know-how and experience that could be beneficial to other women entrepreneurs internationally. Experience has also shown that in the current global economic context marked by the globalization of trade, companies can achieve success only if they implement real development strategies and if they tie strong partnerships into the areas they are developing. This is true for businesses owned by men, but much more so for women-run businesses.
The Washington International Women Entrepreneurs Forum (WIWEF) was created to raise awareness in women’s entrepreneurship and enable women to become more visible in every sector of the economy wherever they are. The WIWEF is also aimed at giving women entrepreneurs the opportunity to create, discuss and gain modern ideas that can enable them not only to better prepare business development strategies, but also show them how to forge mutually beneficial partnerships with other entrepreneurs in general and with women entrepreneurs in United States and worldwide in particular. WIWEF 2014 will bring together: Women entrepreneurs and organizations, Businesses, Investors, Governments, Institutions, Universities, NGOs amongst other stakeholders.
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