Posted On: 2005-11-22
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Hi, welcome to the show. I'm Anita Campbell your host of Small Business Trends radio, and I am so glad you could join us today. Welcome. This radio program is a companion to the Small Business Trends website where we explore the trends that drive small business today. And you can find us on the web at www.smallbiztrends.com. That's small biz trends dot com. We have an absolutely outstanding guest today. Gail Watson, the president of NAWBO, the National Association of Women Business Owners. And she's going to be talking with us today about the woman-owned business, and particularly woman-owned small business of today. But before we talk with Gail, I want to do our Today's Trend segment, which is a feature we do every week here. Today's Trend is the "work at home mom entrepreneur, sometimes called the mompreneur." The work-at-home mompreneur is a woman who obviously has a family and decides to work from home. And she is not just working at any work, she chooses to run a business from home. A growing segment among work-at-home moms consist of professional women--lawyers, corporate executives, and others who decide to quit their jobs and become stay-at-home moms while raising the children. Often they network on line in special communities consisting just of other women business owners in a similar situation. They provide support and friendship for one another as they run their businesses. They are women who might otherwise feel isolated by being at home with young children. Think of the website as a soft of 21st century version of coffee klatch. Their businesses often consist of consulting practices, or other services that can be carried out irrespective of having a place of business. But that is not always the case. It can run all kinds of businesses, including manufacturing businesses from their homes. The Wall Street Journal recently profiled a series of businesses run by women out of their homes, and some turned into multi-million dollar businesses. So how important is this segment. According to the national association of self-employed, there are over six million home-based businesses in the United States alone. And depending on whose statistics you use, that number might be...