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Geri Stengel

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Friday, January 24, 2020 - 11:36am
How can ice cream be any better? By becoming guilt-free. And two perseverant women are making that happen.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 2:37pm
Positive thinking can help entrepreneurs move through the tough times to success.
Sunday, January 19, 2020 - 11:42am
Things don’t always work out between founders and investors but you get the odds in your favor.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 2:38pm
To successfully pitch your business to angels and venture capitalists, you need to know what the investor cares about.
Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 12:39pm
New regulations open up new opportunities for business growth and for investment.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 1:37pm
Entrepreneurs succeed when they look at failure as an opportunity to grow.
Sunday, January 5, 2020 - 12:37pm
If male-dominated funding sources won’t do it, women will. Women funding women will narrow the funding gap.
Thursday, January 2, 2020 - 11:36am
Venture capital gets most of the media’s attention, but the truth is less than 1% of women entrepreneurs will raise it. In this second of two articles, we look at how tech-enabled financing options will make it easier for the 99% of other entrepreneurs to raise financing.
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - 11:38am
Funding for women entrepreneurs is becoming easier. This article focuses on venture capital for female founders. A second article will focus on the use of alternative financing by women entrepreneurs.
Sunday, December 29, 2019 - 11:35am
Erectile dysfunction in men is an accepted, talked about problem. What about women’s sexual problems? There’s a big market opportunity that male investors are overlooking.
Wednesday, December 25, 2019 - 12:40pm
When one plan doesn’t work out, savvy entrepreneurs find new opportunities.
Tuesday, December 24, 2019 - 11:37am
When this women entrepreneur saw a growing market gap, she came up with an innovative way to meet the marketplace need and do good. The result a highly successful business.
Sunday, December 22, 2019 - 10:37am
Even struggling startups can stick to their core values on the road to success.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 1:36pm
When successful founders exit, often they help build the entrepreneurial ecosystem. After Ilana Stern of Weddington Way sold her company to Gap Inc, she started angel investing and mentoring which led to her becoming a venture capitalist.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 10:37am
With the right partner, you can leverage your resources exponentially.
Sunday, December 8, 2019 - 10:36am
If your clients had to choose between speed, quality, and price, which would they choose? The answer can guide your business plan.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 9:36am
Whether you’re a venture capitalist or a startup, targeting low income groups offers the potential of higher ROI.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 11:37am
Entrepreneurial success needs more than an idea and money. It requires a passionate team with shared values and a growth mindset.
Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 11:39am
How do you get people to see who you are instead of a stereotype? Read how a female African American veterinarian got people to drop their biases and listen?
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 3:37pm

In this column, I most often write about million-dollar-plus women-owned businesses. Despite the tremendous growth in the number of these businesses, women's companies are about one third as likely to pass the million-dollar mark than their male counterparts. Over the past five years, the rate of growth in the number of women-owned million-dollar firms was 20% compared to 9% for all businesses, according to American Express 2019 State of Women-Owned Businesses.*

Working with women entrepreneurs, I see the impact of the intersection of gender and race on growing a business. African Americans/Blacks in the United States represent 42% of new women-owned businesses, three times their share of the female population (14%). Latinas/Hispanics in the United States represent 31% of new women-owned businesses, nearly double their share of the female population (17%). The 80% revenue gap between businesses owned by women and those owned by white men is far greater than the 20% pay gap. And the revenue gap is more significant for African American/Black and Latinas/Hispanic women business owners — 93% and 97%, respectively.

I write about the success factors of women entrepreneurs. I am president of Ventureneer, a digital media and market research company that helps corporations reach small businesses through thought leadership. My book, Forget the Glass Ceiling: Build Your Business Without One, provides women entrepreneurs practical advice for overcoming the barrier they face. I was named a 2012 and 2013 Small Business Influencer for my articles about the success factors of women entrepreneurs