Start-up Business

Virginia Women's Conference This Weekend

Nov 16, 2015

Hundreds of women will be networking in downtown Roanoke this weekend at the Virginia Women’s Conference, hosted by Senator Mark Warner.

The annual event takes place in rotating regions of the state, with a day of sessions on careers, health, personal development and business. At this year’s conference, one of the sessions was inspired by a documentary called “The Big Flip—Stories from the Modern Home Front.”  The film explores the challenges of marriage and parenting, when the woman is the primary breadwinner.  

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Businesses owned by women in Virginia are actually growing faster than other businesses in the state. That’s according to a new survey released this week.

This is the first survey of its kind for the state. Conducted by Richmond’s chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, it’s meant to give the organization more information so they can better support female entrepreneurs.

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Across the nation crowd-funding is enabling entrepreneurs and dreamers to bring their ideas to fruition by allowing start-ups to get help from other individuals and businesses.

And as of July 31st, Virginia has been allowing crowd-funding offerings-but in order to protect investors, the State Corporation Commission is implementing new regulations.

What's the definition of a small business? About a dozen stakeholder organizations along with Virginia's Secretary of Commerce are in the process of redefining what it means in the Commonwealth. 

The redefinition could affect the eligibility of many companies to compete for state contracts or participate in some financial assistance programs.  The task force is the result of legislation passed earlier this year, which was sponsored by Northern Virginia Delegate Alfonso Lopez.

 About half the private sector jobs in this country are in small businesses. Women comprise a third of small business owners nationwide.  But in Floyd Virginia, where county officials held a contest for the best new small business plans, 100% of the winners were women. 

In parts 1 and 2 of this report, you met some of them. Today we meet the others.