Ernst & Young Looking for Women Entrepreneurs

Ernst & Young LLP is looking for women entrepreneurs with the vision and passion to accelerate the growth of their companies for its 2013 North American Entrepreneurial Winning Women Program.

Currently in its sixth year, this annual competition and executive leadership program identifies a select group of high-potential women entrepreneurs whose businesses show real potential to scale — and then helps them do it.

The call for applications and nominations is now open to both American and Canadian entrepreneurs and runs through June 28, 2013.

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The program emphasizes thinking big, and recent polling results show the Entrepreneurial Winning Women are doing just that. Respondents indicated the three most valuable lessons learned from the program are:

  • Thinking bigger and setting higher goals for what their businesses can achieve
  • Working on the business, as opposed to in it – focusing on strategic priorities and big goals
  • Purposeful networking – learning how to seek out and formalize networks of contacts and advisors

According to Ernst & Young, this is a tremendous shift – on average, the women entrepreneurs said their business growth goals prior to the program were 30 to 50 percent; following the program, energized by what they learned and who they met, they increased their growth goals by up to 200 percent.

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Many of the entrepreneurs reported moving beyond self-financing to sourcing external funds, enabling them to expand beyond what they imagined was possible with their more limited resources.

To obtain an application form, or to nominate a deserving woman entrepreneur, visit: www.ey.com/us/entrepreneurialwinningwomen.

In the picture above: Meet the Class of 2012: The Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneurial Winning Women Program Class of 2012 at the orientation and coaching session in New York City.

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