THE VALUE OF WOMEN’S ORGANIZATIONS

Why join a women’s organization? One word: success.

Businesswomen are creating higher-level success stories and it is in no small part a result of collective camaraderie and new tools like the NAWRB Women’s Global Database. Women are starting over 1,100 businesses a day and women-owned businesses grew by 27.5 percent from 2007 to 2012. This professional attainment has gained so much momentum that last year the Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that it met its annual lending authority threshold of $18.75 billion. The SBA also recently awarded 5.05 percent of all federal small business contracts totaling $17.8 billion to women-owned small businesses, surpassing their 5 percent goal.
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IF YOU LIKE DEPARTMENT STORE SALES, YOU’RE GOING TO LOVE FLINT

Like a Macy’s dress on sale, Flint, Michigan is hanging on the proverbial, real estate clearance rack. While the town endures a serious water crisis, the fact is, many investors are buying up Flint like a new pair of Pradas on Black Friday. It may be shocking, but the Flint real estate market is making a comeback, and realtor.com reports that investors are buying homes for an average price of just under $23,000.

I know what you’re thinking. It’s true that Flint has not had the best press for a few decades. They’ve been under tremendous duress since General Motors left a mass of its residents unemployed in the ’80s. Not to mention the less than stalwart city officials that created the water crisis by allowing a change in drinking water source from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to the Flint River, leading to thousands of residents being exposed to lead contamination. But Flint is on the rise, and for good reason.
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