Welcome to BWN

Welcome to the online home of the Business Women’s Network (BWN) . This is the place to find out about events and opportunities of interest to business and professional women in North America and Europe.

bwnTour our site. Take time to read a profile about some of our members. They are women just like you… business women, career women, experienced women and young women developing their skills. Together we are a network, supporting one another for success.

Whether you have a home business, operate a small or medium-sized firm or are building a professional career, the Business Women’s Network offers a unique opportunity to connect with other women, promote your skills and services, share ideas, and grow personally and professionally.

OUR MISSION

The Business Women’s Network (BWN) provides a forum for Business Women to develop themselves, their businesses, and the business community.

What is the Best Business VoIP Phone System?

If you run a business that deals with a lot of customers, then you will need to find an affordable way of handling phone calls. A good VoIP system can help with this by allowing you to handle a large number of calls with sophisticated routing options through software, and also by saving you money when it comes to making outgoing calls as well.

There are a huge number of different VoIP systems to choose from. There are dedicated hardware solutions, and then there are systems that are more of a Virtual PBX. Both of these have their own benefits and downsides. For a robust, large and easy to scale infrastructure, a dedicated VoIP compatible PBX could be the best option for you.

Software based PBX systems are a good option for business owners that want the low cost of entry and the flexibility of something that they can just set up and use on their own computer. However, they will probably need to have a good SIP trunk for stability and redundancy if they are serious about having their calls routed over their broadband line.

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VoIP systems have a somewhat bad reputation because in the old days they were often laggy, tinny and unclear. Call quality was a serious issue and calls would often end up being dropped because of lag or connection issues. This is no longer an issue. Modern business broadband connections are fast and the call quality between VoIP and copper lines is comparable in most cases. VoIP tends to be more cost effective, often more reliable, and generally a better option for a business that needs good call routing options. There are not many reasons to stay invested in the traditional telephone system unless you have a huge amount of hardware already that is not compatible with VoIP. Even then, it could be that you would save money and enjoy an ‘upgrade’ in terms of feature set if you were to invest in a good system for your call management.

Being able to use intuitive software to manage calls and route them between agents based on wait times or skillsets is something that is a huge benefit in a call center with multiple departments. It ensures that your agents are always fully utilized and it improves customer service too. This is something that you should definitely look at if you are using just a single line right now.

How to Find a Good Dentist

Guest post by Dr. Radha Deshpande Nair from Ara Dental Clinic, a leading dental tourism provider.

Going to the dentist can be looked at by many as a fearful experience. Many times, people claim to have had a horrific and traumatic experiences at the dentist. But, this type of fear can be avoided if a person know’s how to find the best cosmetic dentist in Dadar, Mumbai. The first thing a person should do when looking for a new dentist, is to ask their friends and family members.. This is the best way to get a trusted and unbiased opinion on a reputable dentist. If needed, a person could also ask their current dentist who they would personally recommend, especially if their dentist is familiar with other dentists in the area.

No matter where a persons lives, whether they’re looking for a dentist in a large city like Mumbai, they will need to do a little more due diligence in order to find the perfect dentist for them. It’s important to figure out the accessibility requirements for traveling to different dental clinics. If someone cannot get to an appointment in time because the location is too far, it’s probably a good idea to look at closer options.

It is crucial to make sure the dental location chosen is clean and well kept, with respectful, caring, and pleasant staff. This is especially important for people that are fearful of the dentist. If unsure about payment or insurance options, it’s also vital that a person searching for a new dentists verifies that their insurance is accepted at the new office they’ve chosen. If the clinic doesn’t take a certain insurance provider, then that may not be the right dentist to pick.

So, for anyone looking for a new dentist to care for their teeth, they will find that there are many options available. Picking the right dentist is not hard if a person knows what to look for.

Why Women Are Fleeing The Tech Field

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The computer science industry has seen an unprecedented mass exit of women who seemingly prefer jobs in other science industries. This has resulted in a significant decrease in female employees in the tech field notes the authors at PhoneSolutionsToronto.ca.

The latest report from the National Center for Women And Information Technology revealed that there has been a drop of 11% in women holding computer related positions between 1991 and 2008 – declining from 36% to 25%.

According to Dr. Catherine Ashcraft, co-author of “Women in IT: The Facts“, there seem to be a variety of factors that have affected this mass exodus:

– The perception that there are no employment opportunities in the IT sector after the dot-com burst of the late 1990’s.
– The assumption that most tech-related jobs are being outsourced internationally.
– A large number of misconceptions regarding what the IT industry actually involves.
– The perception that tech jobs are for “nerds or geeks”.
– The greater visibility and attraction for employment in other science related fields.

And it isn’t only the amount of women entering the job market that has affected this decrease. Women who have been employed in the tech industry are leaving their jobs at an increased rate.

The report describes that attrition in the technology sector is significantly higher for women than men, as well as in the fields of science and engineering. Statistically speaking, only 17% of men will leave their tech job after a period of 10 years whereas between 41% and 56%  of women will explore other employment or career options after 10-20 years, considered to be the mid-point of their careers.

There do however seem to be two outstanding reasons why women are fleeing the tech field – difficulty in finding a balance between work and life as well as isolation.

Both women and men feel equally that success in technology and voip communication industry does not equate with having a quality family life outside of work, creating an imbalance between work and life.

Another reason seems to be “The Athena Factor” which was outlined in a Harvard Business Review report as the lack of female mentors or role models in the IT industry to attract women to tech field.

What can the tech industry do to halt this phenomenon and start attracting more women into the field?

Understanding that there is a problem and identifying the causes is the first step towards reversing the cycle. Changing stereotypes, overcoming communication challenges and investigating flexi-time or telecommuting options by training management to effectively deal with a diverse group of employees are all essential to retaining and attracting women to work in the tech industry.