More Female Caribbeanpreneurs Needed for Survey

NEW YORK (February 13, 2009) – More women business owners from the Caribbean are needed for a worldwide study on entrepreneurs being conducted by Dr. Andrea Smith-Hunter, an Associate Professor at Siena College in New York.

At least 10 female entrepreneurs from the Caribbean are needed to reach her target of 30 participants per region.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.

“It is going well overall. The women who have responded are involved in all types of business: event planning, leadership training, food distribution,” explained the educator. “Most have college degrees and the number one problem identified is limited cash flow.”

Another interesting finding Dr. Smith-Hunter notes is that most of the women participating “exited the mainstream labor market to start their businesses. Thirty-three percent (33%) owned businesses before the present one they now run.

“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 Dr. 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 the Young Entrepreneurs Symposiums (YES) in the Caribbean. “The present economic climate is the ideal time to step out and launch a business. The key is to use your natural talents and abilities and think creatively and of course be willing to work outside the box,” said Golden, who is about to release “The Making of a Caribbeanpreneur: Strategies for Overcoming Fears and Building Wealth.”

To participate in the survey, contact Nerissa Golden at info@trulycaribbean.net.

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