A group of prominent Indiana women business executives says access to capital and getting young women interested in the science, technology, engineering and mathfields are among the top challenges facing women entrepreneurs in the state. Despite the hurdles, they say an increased culture of collaboration, mentoring and networking is “setting the tone” for success. National Association of Women Business Owners Chair Billie Dragoo, Snappening Chief Executive Officer Crystal Grave and Hathaway Strategies President Anne Hathaway discussed challenges and opportunities for women on Inside INdiana Business Television as part of our focus on women entrepreneurs throughout the state. Grave says she is encouraged by her belief that more people are supporting women-owned businesses. She says she has seen a “big shift” to a focus on women in the business community.

Dragoo agrees, saying Indiana is doing “amazing things for women.” She was installed last year as NAWBO's board chair. She says her focus has been on building a young entrepreneurs academy and a mentorship program to help train the “next generation” of business leaders.

Hathaway says women are gaining ground in the political landscape as well. She cites Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann as well as two women members of congress. Hathaway says women are being more aggressive politically, rather than “waiting to be asked” to join the conversation.

Source: Inside INdiana Business

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