Challenges, opportunities similar for entrepreneurs across the globe

Posted by on June 7, 2013
Tina Young, along with other Dallas-area entrepreneurs, recently spent the afternoon with five global entrepreneurs

Tina Young, along with other Dallas-area entrepreneurs, recently spent the afternoon with five global entrepreneurs.

The United States is known throughout the world as a place where entrepreneurs and business owners can thrive. What we don’t think about very often is that the same entrepreneurial desire to build a business is flourishing in countries – and women – across the globe.

Marketwave’s President, Tina Young, recently attended a round table hosted by the local affiliate of the Centers for International Visitors (World Affairs Council of DFW). The event connected female entrepreneurs from countries including Nepal, Botswana, Mexico, UAE and Somalia, with Dallas-area business owners to talk about what drives their success.

“What struck me was that most of the key challenges I face – things like financial management, cash flow and HR issues – are nearly identical to what a garment manufacturing business owner in Nepal thinks about in her day-to-day business operations,” said Tina.

“Of course, hearing some of their more unique challenges made me feel lucky to live where I do. The same garment manufacturer in Nepal has to contend with electric load shedding restrictions, for example, and has to plan how much time the business can be open and running electricity around those indicators. Her determination to succeed despite this and other hurdles was incredibly inspiring.”

Tina also experienced the excitement of realizing that everyone was working toward common goals, such as innovation.

“We’re all working to find ways to continuously innovate and be ahead of the market, despite our location in the world.”

The round table included women from many industries and backgrounds.

The round table included women from many industries and backgrounds.

To learn more about global entrepreneurship, please visit the Entrepreneur’s Organization.

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