Women’s History Month: How to Succeed as a Woman Business Leader

businesswoman1There are a lot of great woman-owned companies in the world. Did you know Perry Office Plus is woman-owned?

Did you also know that women-owned firms account for 40% of all privately held firms? More than 10 million firms are owned by women, employing more than 13 million people, and generating $1.9 trillion in sales as of 2008.

You go, girl(s).

One of our vendors, Smead (who has a manufacturing plant just down the road in McGregor, if you didn’t know)  has been woman-owned since 1955 when Ebba Hoffman stepped in after her husband died. She helped transform Smead from a relatively small family-owned business into an industry leader. In 1998, her daughter Sharon Avent,was named President and CEO. She provides the following advice to other women business leaders:

How to Succeed as a Woman Business Leader

by Sharon Avent, Smead President & CEO

1. Relationships are the cornerstone for success
2. Always conduct your business with the highest integrity
3. Surround yourself with the best team
4. Engage your employees in all aspects of your business
5. Innovation is key to longevity – don’t be afraid to try something new
6. Change is inevitable – embrace it
7. Never underestimate the power of common sense
8. Love what you do and let it show!
9. Network within your industry and with other women business owners
10. Give back to your community, your employees, and your industry
11. Remember – you always stand taller with high heels


Great advice, even if you do skip the high heels.

Supporting woman-owned businesses is a great way to celebrate National Women’s History Month. Do you know a great woman-owned business?

About Perry Office Plus
We're Central Texas' largest independent office products & furniture dealer and have been locally owned and operated since our establishment in 1920. Visit our website to shop for all your office supplies and call any of our fantastic Customer Service Reps if you have any questions or need help with your office products.

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