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Aug 30

Women entrepreneurs wanted

Posted by dbedell in women entrepreneursventure capitalincubatorentrepreneursCareers/Managementbiztech


With money starting to once again flow back into the technology space, investors are keen to get in on the ground level of new technology–and find that next Facebook or Google.

They are, of course, investing with caution. However, one of the key mechanisms that has long helped fuel such development has been the incubator model–where entrepreneurs can enter an intensive incubator program, get access to potential funding, and valuable education and advice to help them move along a start-up idea.

May 18

Women-owned businesses need more capital to grow

Posted by dbedell in small and medium-sized businessentrepreneursCashCapital


The number of women-owned businesses has been skyrocketing for the past 30 years, and new enterprises now are twice as likely to be started by women as men. However, revenues for men-owned businesses continue to outstrip that of women-owned businesses by almost 75 percent, according to a report by Sharon Hadary, founding executive director of the Center for Women's Business Research and adjunct professor at the University of Maryland University College. 

Hadary’s report, which appeared in the WSJ on Sunday, cited Kaufman Foundation research, US Census of Women-Owned Business data, and Center for Women’s Business Research statistics showing the total number of women-owned private businesses in the US doubled between 1992 and 2006 – from 5.4 million to 10.4 million.

Mar 22

It's really high-flying startups that create many new jobs

Posted by annearf in venture capitalstartupsStartup Via billIn complianceentrepreneurs


With all the talk lately about how small businesses are vital to job creation, turns out it's a relatively small number of high-growth entrepreneurial firms creating much of that employment.  And, now, there's pending legislation, pushed heavily by venture capitalists, that could encourage the growth of such companies.

 First, about those high-flying startups. According to recent research from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation , fast-growing relatively young firms generate about 10 percent of all new jobs in any given year.  That includes what the study calls "gazelle" firms--enterprises three to five years old. And, these ventures create all those jobs even though they're less than 1 percent of all companies.  The average firm in the top 1 percent contributes 88 jobs per year; most end up producing between 20 and 249 employees. The average firm in the economy as a whole adds two or three net new jobs each year. 

Jan 14

Sorry--recessions don't breed more startups

Posted by annearf in small businessRiskEwing Marion Kauffman Foundationentrepreneurs


One of those silver lining stories you read a lot is that recessions are prolific times for startups. Cheer up, world!  Things may be awful, but at least we know there are tons of innovative new companies being created.

Only, it's not true, according to new research. A pretty thorough study released by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation found that, contrary to popular wisdom, the number of new companies created in the U.S. has been pretty consistent over time.

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