Please join the National Women’s Business Council online for our next Public Meeting on Wednesday, December 7th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm ET. (Follow Step 1 & Step 2 below to register.)
Women's entrepreneurship has evolved from a 'growing trend' to a vital part of our nation's economy. In particular, according to the 2012 U.S. Census' Survey of Business Owners (SBO), 36% of privately-held businesses in the U.S.are owned by women - approximately 10 million firms. These firms generate over $1.4 trillion in sales and employ over 8 million people. Despite the inroads made, there are still significant road blocks. Access to capital continues to be a challenge; on average, men start their businesses with nearly twice as much capital as women - $135,000 to $75,000. And, fewer than 2 percent of women-owned businesses exceed $1 million in receipts, though many indicate a desire to scale up. Corporate supplier diversity programs, the formal efforts made by corporations to include underrepresented businesses into their supply chains, have been heralded as opportunities for businesses to scale up by securing high-value and sustainable contracts.
We invite entrepreneurs, business-owners, policymakers, researchers and officials to explore the Council's latest research on supplier diversity, receive updates on Council activities, and hear from White House, Congressional and Small Business Administration representatives on future priorities.
The event will take place via web conference. You can use these instructions to join:
The conference begins at 2:00 PM Eastern Time on Wednesday, December 7, 2016; you may join 10 minutes prior.
Step 2: Instructions for connecting to conference audio will then be presented on your computer.
If you will be connecting via the AT&T Connect Participant Application, we strongly recommend you install a current version (11.5 or higher) prior to the conference. If you are unable to do so, we recommend you join the conference using the Web Participant Application.
If you are unable to connect to the conference by computer, you may listen by telephone only at 1-877-369-5243 or 1-617-668-3633 using 0983748# or Find an Alternate Number
If you need technical assistance, call the AT&T Help Desk at 1-888-796-6118 or 1-847-562-7015.
Further details will be provided upon RSVP.
We hope you can join us.