October Is National Women’s Small Business Month

This month we are celebrating National Women’s Small Business Month. Did you know that according to a study done by American Express, an estimated 1,200 new businesses a day were started by women over the past year, up from an average of 740 a day the year prior. Four out of 10 new firms are now started by women.

Here are the statistics of women-owned businesses in the United States:

1. More than 9.4 million firms are owned by women, employing nearly 7.9 million people, and generating $1.5 trillion in sales as of 2015.

2. Women-owned firms (51% or more) account for 31% of all privately held firms and contribute 14% of employment and 12% of revenues.

3. Over the past seven years, the overall increase of 8.3 million (net) new jobs is comprised of a 9.2 million increase in employment in large, publicly traded corporations, combined with a 893,000 decline in employment among smaller, privately held companies.

4. 2.9 million firms are majority-owned by women of color in the U.S. These firms employ 1.4 million people and generate $226 billion in revenues annually.

5. One in five firms with revenue of $1 million or more is woman-owned. 4.2% of all women-owned firms have revenues of 1 million or more.

Between 2007 and 2016, the greatest increase in the number of women-owned firms has generally been in more traditional industry sectors, perhaps indicating some degree of regrouping in the wake of the recession – particularly among the minority women-owned firms which have comprised the vast majority (79%) of the firms launched over the past nine years. This trend is expected to continue.

Let’s celebrate with these women-owned small businesses that are leading the way!

Statistics from Womenable report commissioned by American Express “OPEN State of Women-Owned Businesses 2015.” Retrieved from https://nawbo.org/resources/women-business-owner-statistics

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