1. Closing the Manufacturing Gap
Women now hold nearly half of non-farm jobs in the U.S., but the share of women who hold positions at manufacturing companies has actually decreased 0.3% since early 2010. During the same span, there has been a 7% rise in male employment at these companies.
Women may be losing out because they're not getting the specific training needed for today's manufacturing jobs.
2. Thinking Outside the Industry Box
According to the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity (1996-2012 index), the construction industry had the highest rate of entrepreneurial activity of all major industry groups in 2012 (1.43 percent).
The timing for entering the construction industry could be good if President Obama can convince Congress to fund the repairing of our country's crumbling roads and bridges.
3. Raising the Ideation Bar
Women are changing the innovation landscape with their ideas--currently 20 percent of inventors are currently women--with considerable room to grow and increase this percentage.
4. Closing Your Knowledge Gaps
Women-led firm with 5 to 9 employees are most at risk for employment growth pains. Additional business management skill training, mentoring, or peer support may be particularly helpful for women-owned firms at this stage in their entrepreneurial journey.