CEO Update: The Women-Led Economy™ National Movement
Friday, August 27, 2010
USWCC Editor

Dear friends and supporters:

I want to personally thank all of our supporters in the first regions to introduce The Women-Led Economy™ to local participants. The learning, dialogue and "buzz" has been tremendous. We're pressing forward to next steps in each region and taking steps to continue the outreach to educate the community and begin getting bottom line education and connections progressing.

Here is a quick run down of activities to date:

We've held meetings in Orlando, Melbourne and Ft. Lauderdale. Thank you to the Naturally Green team, the Women's Business Center at FIT, and the South Florida Chapter of the American Woman's Society of Certified Public Accountants for bringing us to your communities. We're working on the next steps for Ft. Lauderdale, and have already confirmed our next meeting for Central Florida (Working with Prime Contractor Small Business Liaisons - September 16, 2010 from 9:30 - 11:30 am).

In addition, very shortly we will announce an exciting interview with a strong woman leader in Tampa mid-September and I look forward to firming up the date for a presentation on The Women-Led Economy for the College of Business at Florida State University in Tallahassee in October. And, we will be holding our second annual National Small Business Contracting Summit - South Central in January 2011 in the Orlando region. I have also received ongoing reports from several women who are already actively taking steps to elevate their influence and connections. Brava!

We had a tremendous turn out and response to The Women-Led Economy™ at our Atlanta meeting. Many of our attendees talked about challenges in accessing the capital needed to grow their businesses. Consequently, we have scheduled "Show Me the Money: Making an Effective Presentation to a Business Loan Officer" in Atlanta on September 23rd. And, we arleady have a special "Contacts and Contracts" scheduled in Atlanta for October 27th where we will bring small business owners together with government and prime contractors for education and quality one-on-one sessions. We have a number of leaders who have stepped forward in this region including the National Coalition of Women of Color in Construction and the Youth Build team. I send my strong thanks to you for stepping up as we dig in to get The Women-Led Economy movement rolling in Georgia.

Our Washington, DC supporters are already stepping up to work with the USWCC to elevate the influence of women and bring The Women-Led Economy to the region. I greatly enjoyed our first steps in DC and look forward to working with each of you.

I extend deep, deep thanks to the North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development (NCIMED) / Women's Business Center of NC for the tremendous work you do and for hosting The Women-Led Economy in Greensboro. You added tremendously to the presentation through the additional panelists - powerful women from the region who are dedicated to advancing women. I will be back in North Carolina in the near future as we bring The Women-Led Economy to more regions -- and work together to leverage our strength as a major market force.

Watch for us on October! I am about to complete the arrangements to bring The Women-Led Economy™ to Colorado along with a contracting meeting with the Defense Logistics Agency and a Contacts & Contracts meeting (bringing small business owners together with government and prime contractors).

Watch for us in November! I am about to complete the arrangements to bring The Women-Led Economy™ to Texas along with a full day Contacts & Contracts meeting (bringing small business owners together with government and prime contractors).

We'll begin our work in California in November. We already have the third annual National Small Business Contracting Summit - West Coast scheduled November 2 - 3, 2010 in San Diego! We will schedule the launch of The Women-Led Economy during this same time period. We have a number of leaders stepping up in the San Diego region. Thank you! We'll get your region started very soon.

If I've left anyone out -- please excuse me! 

If you have not attended one of the live meetings or a webinar on The Women-Led Economy™, I invite you to attend our next webinar on September 2nd at 11 am EST and watch for upcoming presentations in your community. I also encourage you to read both of our recent reports - "Women’s Businesses Struggle for Market Share," and "The Women-Led Economy™."

If you are interested in leadership, we are building USWCC | Economic Councils all across the U.S. Please let me know of your interest in being a leader of this important movement. And, of course, if you haven't joined the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce, I hope you do so today to support the economic advancement of women and to leverage all of the resources we have to assist you with your business and financial growth.  Working together we're leveraging the strength of our combined resources to elevate our influence and opportunities -- taking our rightful place as the most influential economic force in the world.


Margot Dorfman, CEO
U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce

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