According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s last report (2006), the number of women-owned businesses in the U.S. grew 20 percent between 1997 and 2002. In fact:
- Women owned nearly 30 percent of “nonfarm” businesses in the U.S.;
- Fourteen percent of women-owned firms employed more than 7.1 million people; and
- Wholesale and retail trade accounted for 38.3 percent of women-owned business revenue.
While the recession may have put a cramp in our style (we won’t know the data until the new report is released in December 2010), one thing’s for sure: we women are bent on rocking business!
I am happy to share the news that Shonali Burke, Editor of Women Grow Business just announced the first-ever Women Grow Business Boot Camp for women entrepreneurs in the DC metro area.
The goal according to Shonali is to “bring the smarts of our online community offline – to help you grow – or start – your business”.
The first-ever Women Grow Business Boot Camp, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 19, in downtown DC.
If you’re a woman entrepreneur in the DC area (or want to be one), I hope you’ll attend this half-day, FREE workshop where you’ll hear from women business owners, many of whom contribute to and/or have supported Women Grow Business since its inception.
I mean, it’s not every day you get a chance to meet Kathy Korman Frey aka @ChiefHotMomma and our keynote speaker (W00T!), as well as powerhouses like Marissa Levin, Patricia Frame, Shana Glickfield and many, many more.
What you’ll learn
Speakers will share their experiences in growing their businesses, and after the keynote, you’ll split into four breakout groups to learn more about four key areas of growing your business:
- Money, Honey: the financial and infrastructural side to your business
- Legal Eagle: the legal, IP and related issues we need to be aware of
- What’s the Buzz?: marketing your business, including using PR and social media
- Are You Being Served?: defining, reaching and retaining your ideal customer
We’re going to repeat these tracks after a short break, so that you can move to another group and learn about another area (and the speakers will change as well).
So by the end of the workshop, you should come away feeling empowered, armed with practical tips, and have done a ton of networking… at least, that’s what we hope you’ll come away with.
It’s on a Saturday, so hopefully that will make it easy for you to carve the time out of your busy schedules. And did I mention it’s FREE? Thank you, sponsors Network Solutions and the Intellectual Property Group and Diversity Committee of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.
You can register here, and do share the word with those you think would be interested… and maybe we can even come up with a flash mob of our own. Whadja say?
About Women Grow Business
A Network Solutions-hosted blog community, Forbes named Women Grow Business one of the 20 Best Marketing and Social Media Blogs By Women earlier this year. Rather than rest on our laurels, we hope the Women Grow Business Bootcamp will provide a rich learning environment for women business owners… and those who want to join their ranks.Google+