Last night we heard about the achievements (and struggles) of successful women entrepreneurs in order to better understand the barriers to success women face. It was great to hear the participant’s questions for our panel and to listen to the conversation that developed. I hope that those in attendance learned as much as I did!
Every one of these events is truly unique and that is because of the women who come out and participate in this discussion. In Minneapolis it was so great to see so many women with a passion for their own businesses and the drive to be entrepreneurs. We heard the inspirational story of Kari Rihm learning her industry in a crash course following the untimely death of her husband and listened to Jan Bellman’s story of turning her talents into a small media empire.
It is fitting that we recognize National Start Up Day, one day after our first Women2Women Tour stop focused on women entrepreneurs. For women, there are even more challenges to starting your own business. It is our goal with this new focus to figure out the best way to reduce the structural barriers preventing women from achieving success.
Small business and the entrepreneurial spirit of the start up economy are essential part of what makes this country and our economic freedom so great. There remains a great deal of work to be done, but I am confident that together we can help more women find success in starting their own business.