Women Entrepreneurs Wanted for World Survey

Andrea Smith-Hunter, PhD
Andrea Smith-Hunter, PhD

NEW YORK (July 31, 2008) – A worldwide study on women entrepreneurs is presently being conducted by Dr. Andrea Smith-Hunter, an Associate Professor at Siena College in New York.

Dr. Smith-Hunter is studying the impact that female entrepreneurs have in seven regions of the world; Africa, South America, North America, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Europe and Asia.

The regions left to be completed are the Caribbean, Europe, Eastern Europe and Asia.

“I truly believe that women hold the key to the economic power of our future and so this project is to gather more data to establish that view. It has been an interesting process to discover the impact that women with small micro-enterprises are having on their community and even their nation,” said Smith-Hunter.

The questionnaire will take no more than 10 to 15 minutes to complete. Women can either choose to download the form and return it by mail or fax or fill in the form electronically and email it back to the researcher.

Dr. Smith-Hunter who is originally from Jamaica, holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Studies from the University at Albany – State University of New York. Her research interests include entrepreneurship across racial, ethnic, gender and economic lines. She has been published in the Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship, the Journal of International Business and Entrepreneurship, Women in Management Review and the Journal of Business and Economic Research, among others. Her first book, Diversity and Entrepreneurship: Analyzing Successful Women Entrepreneurs, was published in 2003 by University Press of America. Her second book, Women Entrepreneurship Across Racial Lines: Issues of Human Capital, Financial Capital and Network Structures, was published in 2006 by Edward Elgar Publishing.

Coordinating the project for Dr. Smith-Hunter is Nerissa Golden, the founder of YES, the Young Entrepreneurs Symposiums in the Caribbean. “This research will be a vital tool than can enable governments to understand the value of their female population and the impact they are already having and act accordingly to support them. It should also inspire not just women but men as well to consider starting their own businesses and follow the path that many have chosen and continue to navigate successfully,” Golden said. The entrepreneur is presently completing work on her second book “The Making of a Caribbeanpreneur: Overcoming Fears and Building Wealth.”

More information about the research can be obtained by contacting Nerissa Golden at info@trulycaribbean.net to participate in the survey.

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