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Friday, March 01, 2002


ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Challenges for the woman business owner
  • An invitation to women ent
  • repreneursKeeping up with technology

CHALLENGES FOR THE WOMEN BUSINESS OWNER

According to the experts the number of women starting businesses will continue to increase; as a result, their presence will be felt in virtually every sector of the U.S. economy. This trend is particularly evident in the service industry, where female entrepreneurs have become more and more prominent.

This is due to the fact that the service industry is less capital intensive than most other industries, so financial barriers to entry are lower. The service industry also tends to offer more opportunities to develop selected niches that are critical during the start-up and growth phases of operations.*

At the same time, women entrepreneurs still face many challenges such as the work/home role conflict, the funding gap, and the need to gain the necessary preparation for starting and operating one's own business.

Women are not always taken seriously when it comes to running a business. I don't think that people are discriminating because of gender necessarily. It's probably more because they don't know how to relate to women business owners. Women have different values and these values are showing up in how women design their businesses. Read my latest “Families In Business” column for advice on how women entrepreneurs can overcome some of these boundaries. Insert hotlink:

This information is based on the research found in "Entrepreneurship: A Contemporary Approach, Fifth Edition" Kuratko, Donald and Hodgetts, Richard, Harcourt College Publishers, 2001, page 621.

AN INVITATION TO WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS

I will be giving a presentation at the Roundtable Dinner Meeting for the Women’s Network for Entrepreneurial Training (sponsored by the US Small Business Administration and SCORE) next month. See below for the details.

ENTREPRENEURIAL COUPLES – Making It Work at Work and at Home

Whether your spouse is a partner in your business or not, they play an important part in your entrepreneurial venture. Therefore you need to address the same issues that all entrepreneurial couples face. How can you balance family life and meaningful work? How can you confront problems head on without using compromise? How can you communicate effectively with your spouse and/or business partner? At the upcoming Roundtable Meeting Dr. Kathy Marshack, licensed psychologist and family/business consultant, will be addressing these issues and helping entrepreneurs learn how to design a more balanced, integrated and meaningful life.

  • Tuesday, March 19th, 5:45 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Days Inn City Center Hotel, 1414 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, OR
  • Reservations must be received by noon Monday, March 18th
  • Cost for non-members is $25, prepay by check or credit card
  • Dinner included
  • Reserve by contacting Lynne Elbert
    Phone - (503) 229-3819
    Email –– info@lynmar.com
    Mail – WEO, 8033 SW 166th Place, Aloha, OR 97007KEEPING UP WITH TECHNOLOGY

Most working Americans are now earn their living by creating, processing, utilizing, and distributing information. This computer revolution shows no sign of slowing down.

Computer-based information technologies continue to revolutionize how businesses, big and small, function. It is impacting how tasks are performed, customers are served, and people are supervised.

Business owners and managers need to keep up by doing the following:

  1. Keep personally abreast of changes that can potentially improve effectiveness
  2. Improve training of your employees.
  3. Help employees overcome resistance to change.

Change brings with it uncertainty, and most people resist that which is uncertain. Owners and managers need to help employees overcome this resistance to technological change if they want to be successful in today’s market.

"Supervisory Management: The Art of Empowering and Developing People" Mosley, Donald C., Megginson, Leon C. and Pietri, Paul H., South-Western College Publishing, 2001, page(s) 23-24.

I enjoy getting feedback from readers about this newsletter. Please let me know if you’ve found particular topics we’ve shared to be of help or interest. You can also feel free to recommend topics for future newsletters. I look forward to your input – email me at news@kmarshack.com.

Thank you for subscribing to my newsletter. For more information on how entrepreneurial couples can make it work at work and at home go to my web site www.entrepreneurialcouples.com. You’ll find exercises, a library of family business articles, on-line consultation and much more. To contact my office call (360) 256-0448 or (503) 222-6678 or email info@kmarshack.com.