The Entrepreneurial Woman

author/source: Cathie Briggette

Looking for some Entrepreneurial Help from other women?  



Traditional profiles tend to ask successful women about their "favorite places to shop" or their "guilty pleasures".  You won't find those answers on The Thirty-One Percent, started by Oset Babur and Lydia Carmichael, they are asking women who have built businesses from the ground up in food, retail, media, and other spaces in Boston about when they meet with clients, how emails get answered and what a working lunch looks like for them.  We're also asking these women about their plans (if any) were when they were 20 years old - were they struggling under a mountain of student debt?  Or looking to abandon ship at a thankless job?

If you're wondering:  the name of this project comes from the fact that only thirty-one percent of the businesses in the Boston area are owned by women (at least, at the time we launched).  Our goal is to help drive up that statistic by showcasing what it takes to actually run a business in our city - we are willing to be stuck titled with an outdated statistic if it means that more women are opening shop here.

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female millennial entrepreneurs + business owners meetup

What we'll do

I know the beginning of the year can be tough, but at the last meetup enough of us decided we were free on January 7th and really wanted to meet up at the very beginning of the year to talk goals and plans for the new year and see how we can help each other kick 2018 off right. So we're doing it! Please join us! If you've been thinking of getting involved now's the time- start 2018 off with some networking with like-minded professionals. This is a super casual coffee hang so please feel free to just show up! We'll have coffee and pastries and chat.  For More Information CLICK HERE


We-BosWe-Bos Women Entrepreneurs in Boston

Today in Boston, 18,709 woman-owned businesses employ 26,209 people. These businesses account for more than $4 billion in sales and contribute almost $7.6 billion to the Gross City Product. Women-owned businesses also increase consumer spending by $1.4 billion and provide more $208 million in tax revenue.

Women make up more than half of Boston’s residents, yet 1 dollar out of every 23 dollars in commercial bank loans go to women-owned businesses, while only three percent of venture capital investments go to businesses led by women. Women-owned businesses continue to face challenges including limited funding, challenges in scaling, and finding mentors and networks to support them as they grow.

To help bridge these challenges and promote economic equity for all Boston’s women, Mayor Martin J. Walsh has launched WEBOS, the City’s program to convene and support Boston’s women entrepreneurs of Boston. Together with the Mayor, we are working to ensure that our city is a place where everyone can succeed. Gender equity in Boston is good for individuals, for families, and for Boston’s economy as a whole.  CLICK HERE for more information