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WNN Womens’ Grant Update

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

We’re excited to tell you about some new things happening on that I’m sure will help you.
** First, a quick reminder that we’re still taking Amber Grant applications for this quarter. Plus we have more exciting news for Amber Grant applicants: one of the people who reviews the applications has agreed to become an angel investor for a select business. The angel investment is not guaranteed each quarter. But what it DOES means to you is that even if you were not awarded the Amber Grant – you could still catch the eye of an angel investor. It’s just another opportunity to gain FREE funding for your business or business idea. And it would give the chance to work with a successful entrepreneur who can help mentor you along the way.

** We’re redesigning the site and re-launching it next week. Along with that new look, we’re looking for women who want to submit articles on any range of topics within the business world. Tell us how you launched your business, how you got your start-up money, or any lessons you’ve learned along the way that you’d like to share with others. Besides helping other women with their business dreams, you’ll be getting some valuable exposure for your business as well. If you’re interested in submitting an article, please shoot me an email at

** Also as part of our re-launch, we’re going to provide more assistance on micro-loan funding. It seems this is a bigger trend in other countries than here in the U.S., but if you’ve had a good experience with a micro-lender, please tell us about your experience.

** I came across an article that might inspire you – besides mentioning a character from one of my favorite TV shows of the 1970s, Alice from the “Brady Bunch.” Check out the article, which lists a list of unique businesses (mostly web-driven), and maybe it will spark an idea for you. Daily Finance Article.

** A recent October article by Bloomberg News should offer encouragement for women entrepreneurs. The article reports that – according to the US Department of Commerce – women-owned businesses grew at a much greater pace than male-owned businesses. Companies owned by women grew at 44% vs. 22% for those owned by men. Rebecca Blank, the Commerce undersecretary of economic affairs said, “There’s clearly a sense here, if you look into the future, of an enormous growth opportunity for women-owned businesses in the private sector.”

** More good news for us women. According to a “Washington Post” article from this past Saturday, the Small Business Administration (SBA) is implementing a rule designed to give women-owned businesses a greater shot at winning more federal government contracts. The SBA has identified a whopping 83 categories in which women-owned businesses have been underrepresented. A current federal law already mandates that 5% of federal contracts go to women-owned businesses. But the reality is that only 3.68% of all government contracts went to women in 2009. The new SBA rule is trying to simply get the federal government to comply with its own law.

Clever Container May Be a Clever Idea for You!

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Because we giveaway the Womensnet Amber Grant every quarter, there are many business ideas that we come across that we feel the need to spotlight. I recently corresponded with Karen Eschbach, President and Founder of Clever Container. I’m so intrigued with her business idea that I wanted to pass along her information — for those of you who may be laid off, wanting to switch careers, or even supplement your existing income. I believe this business model can work in any demographic area in the United States. Unless there are areas that prefer to be disorganized that we don’t know about!

Karen advised that Cleaver Containers is a “business very similar to Avon, Mary Kay and Pampered Chef except we present and sell organizing products. Our consultants either purchase or earn a (starter) kit. Once they receive the kid, they show the products at home parties and earn commission the night of the party.”

Here is Clever Container’s information:

New Handbook Helps Women Business Owners

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Need financing to launch your business or expand the one you have? A new handbook helps women business owners identify little-known sources of valuable funding.

Beyond Grants: 8 Super Ideas to Get Money for Your Business (and Other Financing Tips for Women Entrepreneurs), a 43-page guide from an award-winning business author, provides priceless tips and tactics for tapping into money that’s available for businesses now.

“Access to capital has been a huge issue for women business owners for decades,” says the handbook’s author, Marcia Layton Turner, author of The Unofficial Guide to Starting Your Own Business and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Starting a Small Business and a small business expert at “Ironically, while women struggle to find, qualify for, and access funding, they are the primary drivers of small business growth.”

According to the SBA, the percentage of women-owned businesses increased nearly 20 percent between 1997 and 2002, the most recent figures available. Women owned 28 percent of non-farm businesses in the U.S. in 2002, increasing employment by 70,000 jobs. And yet, the National Women’s Business Council reports that women have more difficulty securing the funding needed to start and expand their firms than male-owned companies; a 2003 survey by the organization identified access to capital as the biggest challenge women business owners reported facing.
The $27 instantly downloadable handbook features specific, here’s-how-to-do-it information in eight sections. Each section features clickable links to specific contacts and resources online. To learn more or to purchase Beyond Grants: 8 Super Ideas to Get Money for Your Business (and Other Financing Tips for Women Entrepreneurs), go to Marketplace Showcase

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

When you get a chance, check out our Market Place page. Here is the link: From time to time we will feature a business that is in the WNN Community.

If you are interested in having your business featured, please fill out the application.

The first business to be featured in the coming week will be:
Your Own Beauty’s
Keisha Roland Owner & CEO
P: 866-431-1850F: 253-390-0173
P.O. Box 27072Federal Way, WA 98023

Amber Grant Announcement

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Thanks for being patient! We will have the announcement out sometime this weekend. I wanted to make sure our writer had her interview with the recipient complete. I really have enjoyed learning more about who won this quarter.

I think everyone will be intrigued.

Be sure to resubmit your application for September’s Amber Grant!

Amber Grant Award Announcement Scheduled for July 15th

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Good Afternoon! After going through hundreds of applications very carefully, we will be ready on July 15th to announce the June 2009 Amber Grant Award Recipient.

Applications for the September 2009 Amber Grant are currently being accepted till Midnight, September 30th.

Have a great day!
Christina @ Womensnet