- The Washington Times - Monday, March 10, 2003

Cynthia A. Long's choice to leave the federal government to focus on women in the workplace is giving her the opportunity to focus on bigger topics with less bureaucracy.
She left her job with the Agriculture Department last month to take a position as director for the research department at the Center for Women's Business Research.
"There aren't many chances in the private sector like this one where you can cover such a large issue on a daily basis," said Ms. Long, 40.
Though she works at a smaller nonprofit institution in Northwest, Ms. Long says she is involved in a broader subject range with less paperwork.
As director for the research department, she tracks global trends of women business owners and determines which issues merit study.
She is in the beginning of a study that compares female entrepreneurs who have reached $1 million in revenue.
"It's a growing number and we hope to have results of how this group compares to smaller women business owners and men owners in the $1 million revenue bracket," she said. The study is expected to take eight to 10 months once the organization finds a suitable sponsor.
"Studies of this large scale will generally be more intensive and take that long, but for the most part they are a couple months," Ms. Long added.
Her position is similar to her post as chief of the special nutrition analysis branch of the Food and Nutrition Service at the U.S. Agriculture Department.
Most of her duties there included designing and conducting research projects used for policy and legislative change, Ms. Long said.
"It's basically the same job, but I get to work more on the economic side of how women business owners are affecting business," she said.
Before her stint with the Agriculture Department, Ms. Long was a budget examiner at the Office of Management and Budget.
Sharon Hadary, executive director of the center, said she hired Ms. Long for her abilities in tailoring research reports for individual groups.
"Cindy really has the capability of conducting and accurately reporting research findings, which is very important to the integrity of our organization as a fact finder for corporations, government and other organizations," Ms. Hadary said.
Ms. Long says her challenge is wading through the mass of issues encompassing female entrepreneurship.
"But I would rather have that challenge of such a limitless resource pool than having to make a concrete agenda out of nothing," she added.
Ms. Long lives in Alexandria with her husband, Joseph Damond, and their two children.

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