Women Entrepreneurs in SMEs: Realising the Benefits of Globalisation and the Knowledge-based Economy
The first OECD Conference on Women Entrepreneurs in SMEs in 1997 highlighted their contribution to innovation and job creation. Since that time, women’s entrepreneurship has been burgeoning.
Women entrepreneurs constitute a growing share of SME owners, with higher than average start-up rates in several OECD Member and non-member countries. Eliminating obstacles to the creation and development of firms by women and creating a level playing field for women business owners is vital for a thriving entrepreneurial sector and important for national growth strategies.
Women business owners are creating new niches for entrepreneurial activity and have the potential to become key players in the new, knowledge-based economy. However, they must adapt to profound changes in the way small enterprises do business, both locally and at the global level.
The 2000 Conference aimed at finding ways to help women-owned SMEs seize the opportunities offered by globalisation, ICTs, changes in firm organisation, the increasing importance of the service sector, and other current developments.
Chapter 1. Women Entrepreneurs in SMEs: Realising the Benefits of Globalisation and the Knowledge-based Economy: Synthesis
Chapter 2. A Business Training and Development Programme to Assist Micro-enterprises to Access the Global Marketplace
Chapter 3. The Face of Women Entrepreneurs : What We Know Today
Chapter 4. Improving Statistics on Women Entrepreneurs
Chapter 5. Statistics on Start-ups and Survival of Women Entrepreneurs
Chapter 6. BancoSol and Financing for Women Entrepreneurs
Chapter 7. Best Practices for Financing Women-owned Businesses:The Women’s Growth Capital Fund and WomenAngels.net
Chapter 8. E-commerce Technologies and Networking Strategies for Asian Women Entrepreneurs
Chapter 9. Supply Chain Management and its Use as a Facilitator of International Trade for Women Entrepreneurs
Chapter 10. Asian-born Women Entrepreneurs in Sydney: International Trade and Computer Technology
Chapter 11. Implementing the OECD Conference Recommendations: The Tsunami Project
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