Crain’s Cleveland: What Women Entrepreneurs Want from The Candidates

By at 30 October, 2016, 10:40 am


In a October 30, 2016 op-ed in Crain’s Cleveland Business, SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan and WIPP Chief Advocate Ann Sullivan outlined key policies that the presidential candidates need to focus on to help women-owned startups and businesses grow and succeed. This is especially important for the state of Ohio, as Kerrigan and Sullivan noted:

“In Ohio, the need for headway on these fronts is pressing. New businesses in Northeast Ohio have formed at lower-than-average rates since 2010, according to a recent study by the Economic Innovation Group, and in all but three Northeast Ohio counties, closures have outpaced new business startups.

Candidates for public office must be held accountable for bringing solutions that will reverse these trends in Ohio, as well as similar challenges at the national level. Amid the myriad of proposals for igniting growth and creating jobs, candidates need to recognize that facilitating entrepreneurship and giving women business owners a greater voice within government on shaping policies will be a boon to the economy.”

In the piece, Kerrigan and Sullivan argue that the candidates need to fully address regulatory and tax system reform to improve the competitiveness and growth of women-owned firms. Both the state of Ohio and our nation need more women to start businesses, and then grow and succeed once they take that risk, to strengthen job creation, innovation and the overall health of the U.S. economy.

Read the full piece here.

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