In recognition of the growing number of women-owned businesses, the federal government has created a one-stop resource Web site for women entrepreneurs. The site is a collaborative effort of the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Department of Labor.
The purpose of the new Web site, www.women-21.gov, is to allow women to tap into the federal government's information network for small businesses. According to the SBA, there are 9.1 million women-owned businesses, which account for 38 percent of all businesses.
The women-21 site offers tips and links on a variety of subjects, including retirement security, affordable healthcare, doing business internationally, government procurement, access to capital, how to market yourself better, and an employer law guide.
The Web site also features online media presentations from national and regional conferences on women entrepreneurship. The conferences are part of an ongoing series, Women in the 21st Century. Previous conferences have covered topics such as changes in the tax code, healthy workforce, trends in technology, and getting contracts.
The next conference will be held at the Pennsylvania Conference Center in Philadelphia on April 3. Participants will be able to ask questions of a panel composed of public officials, business leaders, and financial experts.