The paper discusses differences between the way small enterprises are managed by women and men in Poland. The following aspects of managing a business have been included: objects of activity, profit allocation, management style, use of experts and economic-financial standing. It has been assumed that the way a business is managed is influenced by the level of education attained by proprietors and their participation in industry-oriented and management training. The differences in management by women and men lie mainly in women's failure to delegate tasks and avail themselves of the assistance offered by experts regardless of women's level of education. Whereas other aspects of managing a business such as use of credits, IT, application for EU funds are related to the level of education and participation in training sessions
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