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1,000 Stories: Sharing Women's Startup Experiences

Colleen DeBaise | Posted 03.17.2014 | Small Business
Colleen DeBaise

Female entrepreneurs report not being able to find funding at all, which could also be linked to gender bias. U.S. women who seek first-year financing receive about 80 percent less capital than men, according to research funded by the Kauffman Foundation.

Fostering Female Social Entrepreneurs

Nusha Balyan | Posted 02.18.2014 | Small Business
Nusha Balyan

Financing can be "a poisoned gift. You really need to spend a lot of time in mentoring [women] and make sure they understand how they're going to make that money back."

Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Is America Losing Its Edge?

Karin Kamp | Posted 09.11.2013 | Small Business
Karin Kamp

The Senate-passed immigration bill would help foreign-born entrepreneurs through a proposed new program called the INVEST non-immigrant visa, which would allow 10,000 qualified entrepreneurs and investors to stay in the U.S. -- but the price tag to do so is high.

Opening Doors: The Business Benefits of Women-owned Certification

Karin Kamp | Posted 06.18.2013 | Small Business
Karin Kamp

When Brenda Duinkerken met with a Boston-based food broker to help increase sales of her gluten-free products such as cake, cookie and pizza dough mix...

Time's 100 Most Influential 2013: Afghani Entrepreneur Roya Mahboob

Karin Kamp | Posted 07.17.2013 | Small Business
Karin Kamp

When Roya Mahboob found out she was on Time Magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world she thought it was a mistake.

How a Stateless Refugee Overcame Low Self-Esteem to Become a Successful Entrepreneur

Karin Kamp | Posted 06.25.2013 | Women
Karin Kamp

Nada Kiblawi was born in a refugee camp, lived through regional wars and finally found safe haven and economic independence as an entrepreneur in the U.S.

In Business and in Health: Running a Business With Your Spouse

Nusha Balyan | Posted 06.05.2013 | Small Business
Nusha Balyan

Going into business with the person that you married may seem like a great idea but it doesn't always end up in happily ever after. Some recent high profile divorces and business splits may make you think twice before you tie the co-working knot.

Sarabeth's Pushing 70 With No Signs of Letting Up

Karin Kamp | Posted 05.28.2013 | Taste
Karin Kamp

The woman behind the $40 million Sarabeth's empire is taking on new challenges weeks ahead of her 70th Birthday, at a time when many of her contemporaries are kicking back.

Why an Immigrant Woman Could Be Your Next Boss

Karin Kamp | Posted 05.22.2013 | Small Business
Karin Kamp

Thirteen percent of all women-owned firms are held by women born outside the U.S. This "quiet revolution" translates into income, jobs and tax revenues.

Tips for Running a Lean Business

Karin Kamp | Posted 05.12.2013 | Small Business
Karin Kamp

One of the major challenges facing small business owners is growing their companies -- which are often self-funded -- while keeping costs down.

Knitter Turns Hobby Into a Multi-Million Dollar Business (Video)

Karin Kamp | Posted 04.09.2013 | Small Business
Karin Kamp

When Laura Zander started her yarn shop in a small town in California she was hoping to make $30,000 a year. "That would be great," she told The Story...

What Hillary Clinton Did for Women (and Men) Everywhere

Karin Kamp | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics
Karin Kamp

As Hillary Clinton packs up her office and contemplates her next move, one thing is clear: as secretary of state she changed the narrative on women by championing their social, political and economic rights over the world.

Employing the Unemployable: A Jordanian Woman's Story

Karin Kamp | Posted 03.31.2013 | Impact
Karin Kamp

When Jordanian entrepreneur Nermin Fawzi Saad was looking for a handful of female engineers to join her new company, she put an ad in the newspaper, hoping to find a few interested candidates. She received more than 700 resumes.

The Harsh Realities for India's Working Women

Karin Kamp | Posted 03.10.2013 | World
Karin Kamp

A woman is raped in Delhi, the country's capital city, every 18 hours, according to official figures, and women across India say they are often subjected to sexual intimidation and violence.

Finding Business Opportunities in a Global Downturn

Karin Kamp | Posted 01.27.2013 | Small Business
Karin Kamp

Problems can be opportunities -- if you look for them that is. For small business owners, there's been plenty of soul searching as a result of the great recession.

What Society Would Look Like if Women Were Equal to Men

Karin Kamp | Posted 01.13.2013 | Women
Karin Kamp

I talked to a number of women and all agreed that if women had half the power, things would be quite a bit different.

Resources for Small and Medium Businesses Affected by Sandy

Karin Kamp | Posted 01.07.2013 | Small Business
Karin Kamp

We sympathize with everyone who has suffered as a result of the storm. Below are a some resources and organizations that may be able to offer you help.

How Hurricane Sandy Affected Women Small Business Owners 

Karin Kamp | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Karin Kamp

The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy will affect businesses for weeks, if not months. And for small businesses, the backbone of New York City's economy, a blow from a disaster like Sandy can have a huge impact.

Can Flirting Help You Get Ahead at Work?

Karin Kamp | Posted 12.12.2012 | Women
Karin Kamp

It seems sexist and contrary to what many would like to believe, but women in business can get what they want with a bit of flirting, according to a new study.

Michelle Obama, Moms and the Media

Karin Kamp | Posted 11.07.2012 | Women
Karin Kamp

The tough part about this is pretty simple stuff. If the media isn't reporting a problem, it's much less likely to get solved.

Why the Women of the U.S. Olympic Team Give Me Hope

Karin Kamp | Posted 10.13.2012 | Women
Karin Kamp

American women athletes beat the sweaty gym socks off of their male counterparts at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, bringing home more gold and total...

Black Women Entrepreneurs Remember Trailblazer Sylvia Woods

Karin Kamp | Posted 09.22.2012 | Black Voices
Karin Kamp

Several African-American women entrepreneurs have expressed their appreciation for Sylvia Woods following news that the "Queen of Soul Food" had died on Thursday at the age of 86 in New York.

Finding Inspiration in Life's Toughest Moments

Karin Kamp | Posted 09.11.2012 | Women
Karin Kamp

We have received well over a hundred submissions from women sharing their stories about starting a business. One of the questions we ask is what motiv...

Is Walmart Good for Women?

Karin Kamp | Posted 09.02.2012 | Women
Karin Kamp

A multitude of sex discrimination allegations have kept Walmart in the news in recent years. That's why a recent headline in The Atlantic caught me off-guard.

WATCH: The Best Things in Life Happen by Accident

Karin Kamp | Posted 08.28.2012 | Good News
Karin Kamp

Today, when you meet a person -- an old friend you haven't seen for years, or someone new -- don't just pass them by. Take a moment to find out why they're placed in your way and what they can bring to your life.