Immigrant Women Entrepreneurs Europe

We are Women Migrentrepreneurs. Finding our place, making our mark.

Blog Break

 

We will be taking a break from blogging for now as we focus on working on the ground to promote entrepreneurship among fellow migrant women in Europe. But every now and then, we will feature here interviews of migrant women entrepreneurs whom we meet along the way. So please follow the blog  to get a note when we have a new post. Also,  we will keep sharing information and links through our facebook page, so if you haven’t followed us yet, please click on like now ;).

A workshop that we hope to launch early this year is also keeping us busy, so please watch out for news on that.

Thank you for now and a presto!

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Re-beginning

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This time of the year it seems inevitable not to consider beginning again: whether it takes the shape of fresh resolve, or getting organized, there is the sense of Starting.  Nola and I are also working behind the scenes on some initiatives and re-structuring here at Migrentrepreneur Women.  It can be daunting, but there’s also the curious excitement of exploring new routes.  How about you: are you thinking of setting off on a different path, or changing the way you’re walking a familiar one?  We hope we can continue to support and inspire you on the journey! ~ d*

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Ready, set…

What everyone loves about new years is for new chances and new beginnings. So to start this year off and to greet everyone a great 2013, here’s one simple but meaningful reminder when you don’t know where and how to start…

 

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Good bye, 2012. Hello, 2013

As we look back at the year that is now closing, we remember the triumphs and the failures. We take note of the lessons learned and make sure to be guided by them in the coming year. We celebrate our achievements that inspire us to reach and accomplish more. We reach out to those who always stand beside us as we take this adventurous road of entrepreneurship. Together, we welcome the new year with all its good tidings and blessings.

HAPPY 2013, EVERYONE!!!!

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Celebrating you*

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Here’s to (y)our
courage
tenacity
vulnerability
diversity
spirit
creativity
hopefulness
& success*

~ with thanks and wishes for the best,

Deidre & Nola*

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The “M” Word

When I was just starting this blog, some people told me that I should reconsider calling it “Migrentrepreneur,” which is a contraction of Migrant and Entrepreneur. Their opinion was that many would not want to be “labeled”as “migrant.” It seemed it’s become like a scarlet letter…

While we kept the name, Deidré and I have tried not to alienate those women who are not so keen on being called Migrant Entrepreneurs. We focused on sending our message out to entrepreneurial global and international women, as we flesh out this concern and decide on what to do. For Deidre, the term also encompasses being on the move and of different worlds.

At the 8th European Integration Forum in Brussels last October 16-17, where entrepreneurs of immigrant background came together to discuss the contribution of immigrants to the EU economy, the same concern surfaced. A successful entrepreneur asked why we had to talk about “migrant entrepreneurship” when we should only have to focus on entrepreneurship in general.

I agree that categories do create divisions. The less there are, the better.

However, in doing so in this case, what we will be missing is the opportunity to change the negative connotation of the term, “migrant” or of the concept of immigration that has often gotten negative press. For some, it is likened to a stigma. But why should it be? We will also miss out on the chance to deal with both difficulties and opportunities that are distinct to migrant entrepreneurs. In reality, there are particular difficulties, like language, lack of networks, among others. If we do away with the term now, then it will be difficult to highlight these difficulties and obtain the enabling conditions that are needed in order to get the same opportunities for those who need it.

Keeping quiet about it doesn’t make it go away, and that is why we would like to have an open, constantly reflexive discussion about it. In saying that we are Migrant Entrepreneurs, we are celebrating and calling attention to the positive contribution that immigration is making to the community. In saying we are Migrentrepreneurs, we are being positive role models to others that they too can create their opportunity and choose the life they want.

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