According to the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) one way to avoid a glass ceiling is to be your own boss and current estimates of women business owners indicate around 70,000 women in Western Australia are doing just that.
SBDC’s CEO, David Eaton, says International Women’s Day is an ideal time to acknowledge the significant contribution made by women business owners, to economies and communities in WA and around the world.
“Research by the Australian Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry shows that more than 187 million women in 59 economies were starting and running new business ventures in 2010,” Mr Eaton said.
Founder, Director and Master Networker at Out of the Box Biz, Fleur Allen says being in business is an empowering experience for women and offers an opportunity to help others by using their own unique skills and experience.
“The ability to give back or to make a difference is often a great motivator for women and through a business of your own, this can be achieved on a high and far reaching level, way beyond taking care of your own personal situation and immediate family,” Ms Allen said.
Mr Eaton says there are also new opportunities opening up for women to consider non-traditional types of small businesses.
“The State Government has this week announced a new $1.2 million scholarship program for women in non-traditional industries and trades to encourage more women to take up apprenticeships,” Mr Eaton said.
“The program includes a range of trade and industry areas including agriculture, automotive, aviation, construction, food, electrical, engineering, maritime and telecommunications.”
Mr Eaton says these trades can lead to rewarding career options for women, including starting a business of their own in these fields of expertise.
Expanding career options for women scholarship program
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