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Gender Blender

Boys don't have cooties, so don't be afraid to mingle at mixed-gender functions.

This story appears in the October 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

They say that birds of a feather flock together-and for many women entrepreneurs, flocking together at conferences and networking events specifically targeting women is par for the course. But the next time you attend your local chamber meeting or general venture capital forum, look around the room. You can probably count the women on one hand.

Does this picture seem a bit out of whack? It is, and that's hurting women, because mixed-gender and predominantly male events are where the money usually is, says Aldonna Ambler, an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and growth strategist in Hammonton, New Jersey. Even if you're not seeking capital, Ambler says these events are prime opportunities to meet strategic alliance partners, customers and others who can help grow your business.

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