National Women in Business Week commences today

MARTINS FERRY – Today marks the beginning of the annual National Business Women’s Week, and The Times Leader is taking part in the salute of our community’s women in business.

Starting today and continuing all week, The Times Leader will feature local business women in a special series in conjunction with the national observation.

“We’ve had a great response this year,” said Kim Collette, inside sales manager at The Times Leader, who noted that this is the fourth year the special series has appeared in the newspaper in conjunction with National Business Women’s Week. “It’s a good opportunity not only for us to pay tribute to some of the area’s outstanding business women, but also for them to highlight some of the services they offer locally through their businesses. It’s a win-win.”

Each day, local business women will be featured inside the daily newspaper.Supported by the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, National Business Women’s Week is a great opportunity to recognized and highlight the progress women have made as business owners and entrepreneurs. Today there are 7.2 million majority-owned, privately-held, women-owned businesses in the United States. These firms employ 7.3 million people and generate $1.1 trillion in sales.

Only 21 years ago it was still legal to require a woman to have a male co-signer before receiving a business loan, the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation noted.We hope our readers enjoy the special features being published this week as part of National Business Women’s Week, and we encourage the public to join us in a salute to all women who provide their leadership in the business community.

The concept of National Business Women’s Week originated with Emma Dot Partridge, Executive Secretary of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs from 1924 to 1927. The first annual observance of NBWW was held April 15-22, 1928, when National President Lena Madesin Phillips opened the week with a nationally broadcast speech.

She stated that the purpose of the week was “to focus public attention upon a better business woman for a better business world.” From this early effort, NBWW has grown into a nationwide salute to all workingwomen.