10 Mind-Blowing Articles to Inspire Women Entrepreneurs

October is National Women in Small Business Month. Celebrate women entrepreneurs around the globe with these ten inspiring articles.

In March we celebrate International Women’s Day and October is National Women in Small Business Month. 

“National Women’s Small Business Month was created by the U.S. Small Business Administration to focus on key challenges facing female job creators. Women currently boast ownership of 30 percent of all businesses, according to the SBA. Of those, 90 percent are small businesses,” according to FindLaw.com.

While women entrepreneurs face common challenges, they also wield tremendous power within the small business community. As we celebrate women entrepreneurs around the globe, here are ten inspiring articles every female entrepreneur should read:


  1. The Great Equalizer: A Woman’s Tactical Advantage in Entrepreneurship

    According to a new National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) study published in a recent Forbes article, over half of all new small business jobs created in the next five years will come from businesses started by women. So why are women so successful as entrepreneurs?

  2. How Can Entrepreneurs Survive a Recession? Handle It Like a Woman

    Recent research conducted by Delta Economics has shown that female entrepreneurs fared better than their male counterparts during difficult recessionary times that we have faced in the past. Some researchers also pointed out that these women entrepreneurs were the key to leading us out of the previous economic recession. These revelations have come as a pleasant and encouraging surprise.

  3. 12 Business Leaders Share Incredible Advice for Women Entrepreneurs

    According to the 2013 Women-Owned Business Report, published by small business payment card issuer American Express OPEN, more than 8.6 million U.S. businesses are owned by women. This is the good news.

  4. “Get Real!” This and Other Things Gen-Y Women Entrepreneurs Should Know For Success

    Entrepreneurship is awesome! Along the way you will inevitably learn a plethora of things about yourself and what it takes to be successful in business. While many business challenges are common, there are unique lessons that women entrepreneurs will learn in business. Here are several lessons I’ve learned as a successful female entrepreneur and what every Gen-Y woman entrepreneur should know along the way

  5. The Global Rise of Female Entrepreneurs

    Women’s entrepreneurship has hit a media tipping point. The question is: Is it just a passing media fad that will soon be a blip on the radar screen, or is it actually a real, fundamental economic force that’s reshaping the world? I think it’s safe to say that it’s the latter. Women-owned entities in the formal sector represent approximately 37% of enterprises globally — a market worthy of attention by businesses and policy makers alike.

  6. The Desires that Drive Women to Become Entrepreneurs

    Being a small business owner is no longer the all-boys’ club it once was. With data from the U.S. Small Business Administration showing that women-owned businesses are one of the fastest-growing segments of the small business community, new research shows there a number of factors contributing to their growth.

  7. 7 Secrets Of Super-Productive Female Entrepreneurs

    The biggest time drain for nearly all the women business owners I know is lack of focus. It means that even if you manage to free up some precious time in your over-busy schedule to work ON your business for a change, you haven’t the faintest idea where to start. You’re faced with a to-do list so long and so full of huge jobs that you’re paralyzed into inaction. Needless to say, this is not the way to be super-productive.

  8. Can Women Lead The Social Enterprise Revolution?

    Today, according to the according to The Independent, “Women are almost twice as likely to reach the top ranks in social enterprises as they are in mainstream businesses,” and “more than 90 percent of companies that focus on tackling social problems have at least one woman on their leadership team.” To put it even more bluntly, as former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said in her address at the 2012 Social Enterprise World Forum in Rio de Janeiro, it seems that “women are natural social entrepreneurs.”

  9. Hey, Female Entrepreneurs: Show Up to Investment Meetings and Lean In!

    While some might blame the lack of venture-backed, female-led businesses on sexism, .406 Ventures founding partner Maria Cirino doesn’t see it that way. In this post, the former Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year shares her own experience raising capital and explains why the issue has much more to do with confidence.

  10. 126 Million Women Entrepreneurs Active Worldwide: GEM 2012 Women’s Report

    More than 126 million women entrepreneurs were starting or running new businesses in 67 economies in 2012, according to the GEM 2012 Women’s Report, the most comprehensive research ever conducted about the entrepreneurial activity of women across the globe.


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