3 Things I Learned Last Week 9.6.15

This week: Business competition for women-owned businesses; New data source for businesses; entrepreneurship growing in U.S.

InnovateHER Business Challenge 2016

The SBA piloted the first InnovateHER Business Challenge in 2015. Back for a second year in 2016, the Challenge is a national prize competition designed to discover products and services that impact and empower the lives of women and families. Business competitions are held locally and lead to a through local business competitions and lead to a live pitch Final Round in which up to 10 finalists compete for cash prizes totaling $70,000 provided by Microsoft. Get details . . .  

Census Bureau Launches Web App to Help Businesses Access Data for Growth

An app available through the Census Bureau called The Census Business Builder: Small Business Edition gives small allows business owners access to key demographic and economic data that can help them with research as the open a new business or expand their existing business. Read more . . . 

Entrepreneurship in U.S. Hits New Highs

Babson and Baruch Colleges researchers report that there are 24 million American entrepreneurs, which ranks among the highest level in the developed world. This is the highest rate ever recorded in the United States.  Read more



About Smart Companies Thinking Bigger®

Kelly Scanlon is the owner and publisher of Thinking Bigger Business Media. She recently finished a term on the national board of directors of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and was the national chair from 2010-2011. An advocate for small business owners, Kelly sits on numerous boards and committees to advocate on behalf of small business owners. She has won several awards for her advocacy. Among them are the 2011 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award on behalf of Kansas City area small business owners, the U.S. Small Business Administration's Region VII Women's Business Champion of the Year in 2009, and the Women in Business Advocate of the Year from the State of Kansas in 2006. In 2002, she won the SBA's Region VII Small Business Journalist of the Year Award (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas). Whatever your business stage—aspiring, startup, established, mature—Thinking Bigger Business Media has the resources you need to grow to the next level. We are a resource organization dedicated to providing the strategic, "how-to" information small business owners need to become more productive and more profitable. We also provide information that helps owners connect with resources within the business community that can help them grow. We deliver that information through a variety of media products and other channels easily accessible to business owners.
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