Women Entrepreneurs: A Force to Reckon with in the Valley
I found a great article about women-owned business that really caught my interest: "The State Of Women-Owned Small Businesses Is Strong, But Could Be Stronger" by Anita Campbell. Nationally, women-owned businesses are growing faster than average and they account for more than $1.2 trillion in revenues annually. Today's women-owned businesses are diversified and represent all sectors of the U.S. economy. When I read this information, I couldn't help but think of our programs at the Venture Center. Every session, we see women turn out for E-Seed sessions in the Fox Valley, Waupaca and Oshkosh. Initially some outside the Venture Center thought they would be confined to home-based businesses or stereotypical women’s fields. But from the very beginning, we've met women who were lawyers, accountants, nurses, teachers, clothing designers, inventors and business people—all wanted to make their mark. When I look at our list of entrepreneurs who are doing business today in the Fox Valley, we have women-owned businesses that support the findings of the report cited on openforum.com. Carol Brauer owns Bright Star, a life care business. Joey Reader owns A-mazing Events, an event planning business. Sandy Martin owns Green3, a designer and marketer of organic clothing. Lori Thiel owns Open Road Harley Davidson, more than just bikes, her store is about a lifestyle. And I never thought I would have to say this—but there are literally so many women entrepreneurs associated with the Venture Center I don’t have room to mention them! To those women who took the leap and are running your own businesses in the New North—Congratulations on your success and thank you for your contributions to the economy in the New North!