Chippewa Valley business owners discuss challenges women face when starting up

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Eau Claire (WQOW) — Local women gathered Wednesday to talk about the challenges they’ve faced when starting their own businesses.

The U.S. Small Business Administration named October ‘National Women’s Small Business Month’, to recognize and help women-owned businesses with challenges they face when starting up. Wednesday, local women business owners met in Eau Claire to discuss those challenges, while celebrating their successes.

Organizers from Western Dairyland Women’s Business Center told News 18, women may be starting businesses more often in our area, but the scale of those businesses is lagging compared to their male counterparts.

“Often, when men are starting businesses, his dad may have owned his own business, his granddad may have owned his own business, he has buddies that own their own businesses. Women don’t always have that same network behind them,” said Karmen Briggs, director of the Women Business Center.

Along with a strong network, Briggs said if you’re looking to start your own business, you need access to capital and to do your homework on market feasibility to help you eliminate a lot of the risk.

Samantha Wensel

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