Articles by Dr. Sitterly
a Glass Ceiling for the Female Entrepreneur
Entrepreneurs Emerge as Economic Force
Women Succeed As Business Owners
Emerge As Ecomonic Force"
Dr. Connie Sitterly/The Workplace Doctor©
Certified Professional Consultant to Management
disenchanted with the "glass ceiling", motivated by the need to
achieve or, confident in their ability to drive a dream to reality,
more women are starting their own businesses. With nearly 8 million
women-owned businesses in this country employing over 18.5 million
people and generating close to $2.3 trillion in sales, women-owned
businesses are being taken very seriously. Women-owned businesses
account for over one-third of all the firms in this country. They
provide employment for one out of every four U.S. company workers.
The growth of women-owned businesses continues to outpace overall
business growth by nearly two to one. Women are starting businesses
at five times the rate of men, owning 50 percent of the businesses
in this country. Women are no longer a niche market or a minority,
but an economic force with economic power.
Why would women give up the security and benefits of climbing
the corporate ladder to climb their own? Reasons vary from the
desire to control their own time and destiny, to gain flexibility
and financial independence and to believing that there is simply
a better way to do "it", whatever "it" is. No matter how it's
phrased, the need to control one's own destiny, to go it alone
and to make one's own decisions is often at the heart of the entrepreneur's
American dream. But, realizing that dream requires a lot of work.
Small business organizations have gained considerable attention
in recent years as the ranks of entrepreneurs have swelled dramatically.
And, now, a new national organization has stepped forward to amplify
the voices of women-owned firms.
Women own businesses in both traditional and non-traditional fields.
The majority of women are in the service sector.
The top growth industries for women-owned businesses in the last
10 years are in construction, wholesale trade, transportation,
communications, agribusiness and manufacturing. Women are excelling
in technology because there is more mobility in high-tech companies
and more women are getting degrees in engineering and computer
While more women today are starting their own businesses, the
size of their companies tends to be very small. According to the
Small Business Administration, more than 70 percent of businesses
owned by women have less than five employees. And with owning
a small business come the challenges of finding adequate financial
backing, obtaining affordable quality benefits and competing with
larger corporations remain challenges.
Connie Sitterly, CPCM, is an international management consultant,
trainer & author of:
The Woman Manager, The Female Entrepreneur,
A Woman's Place: Management.
Her company, Management Training Specialists ,
provides training, consulting on numerous workplace issues.
can be reached at
P.O. Box 470695,
Fort Worth, TX 76147
or email firstname.lastname@example.org