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In a recent World Economic Forum blog post, "Women worldwide are missing out: This is how we can make economic growth equal for all," President of the International Development and Research Centre (IDRC) Jean Lebel addresses the numerous burdens keeping women in poverty and what will help close gaps in prosperity across the globe.
Jeans first recommendation is to help women register their businesses with organizations like WEConnect International to improve their market access. In early 2015, IDRC awarded a CA$560,000 grant to WEConnect International in support of its project, "Growing Women-Owned Businesses in India by Building on Private Sector Initiatives." The research findings were clear: women who earn WEConnect International certifications generate over CA$170 million annually and employ more than 4,600 people across India.
The Women's President Organization, a WEConnect International partner, has launched the search for the 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies™ sponsored by American Express Global Corporate Payments. 2017 marks the 10th Annual WPO competition to find the 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies. Applicants are not required to be members or to join the organization and will be ranked according to revenue growth from 2012 to 2016.
In "Jonathan Lovitz -- A Force To Be Reckoned With," Passport Magazine praises the Vice President of External Affairs for the partner organization National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) for his commitment to LGBT economic empowerment:
"There are those who speak of great things. There are those who do great things. And there are a blessed few like Jonathan Lovitz...who manage both."
The article also explains the great value of NGLCC's certification program:
"At the core of the NGLCC is its diversity certification program, the only third-party certifying body for LGBT-owned businesses in the country. With the momentum of federally recognized same-sex marriage since 2015, and more millennials’ gender fluidity coming into the spotlight, some might wonder if we’ve past the need for such identification. Not when money talks. Corporate and government contracts are worth millions and NGLCC certified businesses are able to apply for such contracts through the organization’s Corporate Supplier Diversity Partners. The NGLCC recently certified its 900th business, continuing to establish a powerhouse of goods and services that strengthens the LGBT community and also encourages competitive bidding."