The historic growth of women-owned businesses in the United States has generated increased demand for the creation of innovative programs and policies to foster their growth. Women continue to exert enormous influence in today’s U.S. business environment. Growth in the number and economic impact of new women-owned businesses outpaces growth among all businesses. Privately held businesses in which women are majority owners—7.8 million firms—are growing in number at nearly twice the rate as other privately held firms (43.8% vs. 23.2% growth between 1997 and 2007).
We know from research, including the Council’s FY2014 research into women entrepreneurs’ social networks, that women business owners are more likely than their male counterparts to seek out multiple sources of advice and assistance. It is critical, then, to ensure that available resources are shared with all women business owners at each stage of development. Additionally, information-sharing is encouraged among the organizations actually providing advice and assistance in order to advance the broad effectiveness of the support organizations in their work of assisting the launch and growth of women-owned and women-led businesses.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could compile all of the resources that exist for women entrepreneurs in one place? We think so too – which is why we’re looking for a team to help us do just that.
We are accepting soliciations to do the following:
1) Data Collection – to create an inventory of programs, activities, resources and tools available to women organized by growth stage;
2) Data Access – to enable women to make connections via an active website that will enable visitors to the site to obtain the appropriate actionable information, program, activity, resource and tools appropriate to their growth stage.