Entrepreneurship & Small Business Development

New research indicates that women are leaving the corporate world at twice the rate of men. Many of these women are choosing to go into business for themselves. The Center for Women’s Business Research estimates that there are about 10.1 million privately-held women-owned firms in the United States, accounting for two out of every five businesses in the country. These firms generate $1.9 trillion in annual sales and employ 13 million people nationwide. In 1994, legislation was passed requiring the federal government to award a minimum of 5 percent of its contracts to women-owned businesses, a target that has never been met. There are currently no incentives, government departments or agencies tasked with enforcement and no consequences for failing to meet designated targets. Researchers in our network are working to improve guidelines and compliance to benefit women-run businesses.

Mahnaz Afkhami on Women and the Future of the Middle East


From women's human rights in Iran, to the economic engagement of women in the Middle East and North Africa, to the growing use of technology in movement building, hear about some of the most pressing issues for women in the Middle East today. Please join the International Museum of Women for its Extraordinary Voices, Extraordinary Change Speaker Series program with Mahnaz Afkhami.


Members-only Wine Reception 5:00-6:00 pm
Program 6:00- 7:30pm
Location: Omni San Francisco Hotel, 500 California Street at Montgomery, San Francisco, CA


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Map It! The Global Status of Girls

Introducing the new, fully interactive method of feminist geographical mapping: online map tools!

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Gatekeepers of Venture Growth

The success of high-potential, women-led companies is critically important to the long-term prosperity of America.  However, in spite of the fact that their rate of participation in new venture creation has been at an all-time high for the last fifteen years, women have received a disproportionately low share of available venture capital in the United States.


Women In Business: Invisible Entrepreneurs

The lack of media coverage and its affect on women business owners. In this episode of The Massachusetts School of Law's Educational Forum entitled, Successful Women In The Corporate And Business Worlds, Professor of Law Connie Rudnick interviews Dr. Nan Langowitz, Associate Professor of Management and Entrepeneurship at Babson College, Deborah DiSanzo, CEO of Healthcare Informatics for Phillips Healthcare, Shirley Singleton, CEO of Edgewater Technology and Dr. Radha Jalan, CEO of ElectroChem Inc.

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The Economic Impact of Women-Owned Businesses

The Center for Women’s Business Research, with support from the National Women’s Business Council and Walmart, undertook a study to establish the economic impact of women-owned businesses on the U.S. economy. This study provides a clear picture of the value and impact of this segment to the economy and a roadmap for the future.

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