News for Women Entrepreneurs

The Center for Women's Business Research is calling for women business owners to participate in a newly developed online survey research panel.

Center Executive Director Sharon Hadary said the new research vehicle, W-Biz Insight, will enable data to be published in days instead of months.

The center also is hosting a national symposium in May in Washington where it will release a study on business owners who are women of color and the barriers they face to business growth.

"We've learned a lot over the last two years about why owning a business is different for women of color - Asian, African American, Latino, and other ethnicities - compared to their Caucasian peers," said Hadary.

In other women's business news, the Rockville Economic Development Inc's 5th annual Start Right women's business competition is underway. The deadline for women entrepreneurs to enter the contest is Monday, Jan. 28. The contest is open to 51 percent women-owned businesses that operate in Maryland, Virginia or Washington for up to two years. The first prize is $10,000 and will be announced in March.

REDI is offering a seminar on Tuesday, Jan. 22 to help new entrepreneurs write their business plans. It will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Rockville Regional Library. More information can be found on the REDI Web site.

By Sharon McLoone |  December 26, 2007; 8:00 AM ET
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The Doing Business project of the World Bank is conducting a two-year research effort to identify legal and regulatory barriers facing businesswomen in 178 economies. The program will provide analysis on reforms that benefit women in business. As a part of this effort, the team will prepare profiles of women entrepreneurs describing reasons for their success, as well as highlighting some of the main legal, regulatory, and practical obstacles they faced in expanding their business. These case studies will help identify strategies to alleviate such obstacles, as well as communication approaches to promote the benefits of reform.

Doing Business will select from each region amongst the nominations, contact them, and prepare a profile of the individual. These profiles will be published by Doing Business.

A candidate for nomination is a woman entrepreneur who:

Is the founder/owner of the business
Is active in her community
Has an experience that can offer lessons that can inform reform efforts

When submitting your nomination, kindly provide as much of the following information as available to you:

Full name of Nominee
Name and type of business
Business address, phone number, and e-mail
Month and year business was started
A brief biography of the nominated entrepreneur
A brief description of the business
A brief summary of the obstacles overcome, discoveries made, and outcomes

We would appreciate these nominations by January 22, 2008. Please submit by e-mail to

For more information:

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