I was going through some of my notebooks from the early 2000's (seems like yesterday) when I came across a few poems I had written. I was in college for the 2nd time, trying to find myself so to speak. I submitted it once for a competition but nothing materialized. It was a fun process and experience! I had also started writing a series of children's books and sketched some illustrations. I had no children at the time so perhaps subconsciously I must have known I would change career paths and have a family one day. So for today, I'm sharing one of my poems with you as it reminds me of warmer weather and sandy beaches as I clean the shop and see snow flurries outside my windows..... Enjoy~
Happiness lies here...
Night falls across the highest dunes
with endless shadows cast from waning moons
A warning of the sun's morning arrival
Hearing the crashes; life's ebbs and flows
drifting, velvet sand between my little toes
Beach grasses sway from left to right,
as the moon shines upon this lucid night . . .
Weightless, I lean against the blowing wind
as I hear the rolling tides calling from within
This is the ocean in it's beautiful delight.....
where endless sparkle, diamonds so bright
Happiness lies here.....
I've been doing research on trends and some forecasting and I ran across a few articles on myths and factoids about women owned businesses. Here are 10 facts below which were gathered by The Block Group and American Express blogs. Enjoy!
1. - In the past 15 years, the number of women-owned businesses grew by 54%; there are now 8.3 million women-owned businesses in the United States.
2. - Despite owning nearly 30% of U.S. businesses, women attract only 5% of the nation's equity capital. When it comes to first-year funding, women receive 80% less capital than men.
3. - Women-owned businesses employ 7.7 million people. That's 40% more people than three largest employers, McDonald's, IBM and Wal-Mart combined.
5. - The industries with the fastest growth and greatest share of women-owned firms are educational services, health care and social assistance, and entertainment and recreation.
6. - In seven out of 13 of the most populous industries, women-owned firms are exceeding overall growth.
7. - The top states for women-owned businesses are Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming and North Dakota. The top cities are Sacramento, Riverside, San Antonio, Houston, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. ~( No surprise on Baltimore & D.C. )
8. - 2% of women-owned businesses bring in more than $1 million in annual revenue, versus 5% of all firms.
9. - As they reach 5-9 employees or earn $250,000, women-owned businesses experience faltering growth.
10. - Of women-owned businesses, 5.5% used a loan to get started, compared to 10.7% overall
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