Please note the comment above “women have engaged and succeeded in all domains of the sciences, technology, and countless other fields”. One such environment is business. Thirty-one years ago,
Congress passed the Women’s Business Ownership Act of 1988, ending state-sanctioned sex discrimination and authorizing a new set of programs to foster the development of women entrepreneurs. In the past 30 years, women have grown to represent roughly 40% of all business owners, according to an American Express analysis of the US Census Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs. The analysis estimated that an average of 1,821 new women-owned businesses were formed each day in 2018.
In that regard…October is National Women’s Small Business Month. The U.S. Small Business Administration has developed numerous materials and programs in recognition of NWSMB. 3 Perhaps there will come a day when there is no gender differentiation regarding business ownership and management; instead society will celebrate all businesses simply as developing and successful enterprises – that is, the focus will not be on the personalities behind a business, but rather on that business’ innovations in goods, services, and hybrids of both, and bringing those innovations to the market.
Moving to the next (brief) topic – calendar needed. In a recent piece of this series October was highlighted as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. 4 The SBA will address that initiative, as well, on October 22, 2019, 12:00 p.m. (E.T.) with a Twitter chat. To join the ‘Tweetcast’ visit @SBAgov.
And for ‘our’ Gainesville area readers. Please note that applications are currently being accepted by the Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce for its 2019 Small Business Awards. The Awards will be presented on December 4, 2019. As described by the Chamber 5
We love to celebrate our members and recognize all of the good they do not only in our region, but around the world! As we open up our nomination and intent to apply forms for the Annual Business Awards we encourage you to think about those member Businesses that are not only the best in their field, but are good neighbors, community members, and are leading by example.
The award categories for 2019 are:
- BioScience Company of the Year
- Commitment to the Environment
- Community Involvement
- Diversity & Inclusion
- Employer of the Year
- Leading Women’s Company
- Manufacturing Company of the Year
- Non-Profit (501C3 required) Small
- Non-Profit (501C3 required) Large
- Startup Company of the Year
- Technology Company of the Year
- Small Business Company of the Year (<2 Million Revenue Annually)
- Large Business Company of the Year (>2 Million Revenue Annually)
October is National Women’s Small Business Month. The U.S. Small Business Administration has developed numerous materials and programs in recognition of NWSMB.
Please fill out this form to nominate a business or apply for a Small Business Award.
1 See https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-to-televise-first-all-female-spacewalk-host-media-teleconference
2 See https://www.businessinsider.com/women-small-business-month-by-the-numbers. See internal citations in the quoted content.
3 See https://www.sba.gov/blog/sba-celebrates-october-national-womens-small-business-month. For a link to the SBA’s full scope of services available to the women-owned small business community please visit https://www.sba.gov/business-guide/grow-your-business/women-owned-businesses.
4 See /oct-nov-busy-floridians/. For additional cybersecurity suggestions please also see /are-you-secure/.
5 Announced in the Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce’s October 8, 2019 eJournal.
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