New Regulations for the SBA’s Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program


Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) published new regulations for its Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting program that will provide women-owned small businesses and economically-disadvantaged women-owned small businesses with a free, online certification and eligibility process. The implementation of the new changes has been delayed to July 15, 2020, to accommodate those that are currently affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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MReport’s Top 25 Companies in Mortgage & Servicing


Keeping up with the dynamic mortgage and servicing industry, MReport has released their 2019 list of the Top 25 Companies in Mortgage and Servicing that were nominated by team members who work within these organizations. Nominations were divided into five categories, including Legal, Lender/Servicer, Service Provider, Tech Provider, and Women- or Minority-Owned/Operated. 

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2019 Women in the Housing Ecosystem Report (WHER) to be Released at NAWRB Conference


Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) will release the NAWRB 2019 Women Housing Ecosystem Report (WHER) for attendees only at the 2019 NAWRB Conference, Redefining Leadership, on Aug. 4th-6th at the Langham Huntington in Pasadena, CA.  The third installment of the most diverse coverage of the Housing Ecosystem has over sixty resources in six volumes, including Diversity & Inclusion, Homeownership, Women-Owned Businesses, STEM, Aging Population, and Family Offices with a gender lens perspective.

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WHER Chat: Gender Lens Investment for Venture Capital Firms


One up-and-coming trend in impact investing is gender lens investment. According to Veris Wealth Partners, investment of this type has risen 41 percent in the past year, up to $910 million. In addition, the number of mandated publicly traded gender lens investment strategies has reached a total of 22, after 5 years of steady growth. This is an incredible increase from the years 1993 to 2012, when there were only 5 strategies for gender lens investing.

Join the discussion at the upcoming 2019 NAWRB Conference on Aug 4th-6th in Pasadena, CA, as industry experts address this issue and more affecting the economic ecosystem. Have something to add to the discussion? Share your thoughts! 

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2019 WHER Excerpt: Key Characteristics of Global Women Entrepreneurs


The six-volume 2019 Women in the Housing Ecosystem Report (WHER) will be released by the beginning of the third quarter. Attendees of the 2019 NAWRB Conference, Redefining Leadership, on August 4th-6th in Pasadena, CA, will get to hear expert industry leaders discuss the main topics from the report, including diverse leadership, homeownership, business ownership, aging population and more! Read more for an excerpt of the report. 

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Women’s Entrepreneurship 2016/2017 report provides a thorough review of women’s entrepreneurship in four main geographic regions of the world, including East and South Asia, Europe and North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa. Here are some of the key characteristics of global women entrepreneurs. 

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8 Women-Owned Businesses to Visit in Chicago

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More women are pursuing entrepreneurship as a source of wealth-building and financial independence. According to the 2017 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, the number, and revenue, of women-owned businesses in the United States has more than doubled in the last 20 years. This trend is prevalent in Chicago, the Heart of America, where women are seeking the American Dream by starting their own businesses, selling products and services that they care about.

If you’re coming to the 2018 NAWRB Conference, “Year of Women,” this weekend in Chicago, why not support local women-owned businesses? Here’s a list of eight Chicago women-owned businesses you might want to check out during your time in the Windy City.

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Putting Tools in the Hands of Women Entrepreneurs


At the Small Business Administration, we recognize that helping small women-owned businesses is critical to our economy.  Women-owned businesses are one of the fastest growing segments.  In fact, from 2002 to 2007, the growth of women-owned firms outpaced firms owned by men at a rate of 4-to-1.

The impact women-owned businesses have on our economy is easy to see: they employ more than 7 million workers and generate more than $1 trillion in revenue each year.   The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is committed to helping these businesses start, succeed, and grow, with opportunities for women-owned businesses existing in all of SBA’s core program areas.

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