Research Reports

ByNWBC Council

A Compendium of National Statistics on Women-Owned Businesses in the U.S

A Compendium of National Statistics on Women-Owned Businesses in the U.S

This publication is a single-source document of statistical information about women’s business ownership in the United States. It includes the most sought-after facts and figures on women’s entrepreneurship in the U.S., and includes a bibliography of both source references and recommended publications. This compendium is intended to help decision-makers navigate through the inconsistencies and patchwork of available information to gain a more complete picture of the trends in women’s entrepreneurship in the U.S. It also brings together in one place all of the relevant information about women-owned businesses and their owners.

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United States Case Study: Successful Public and Private Sector Initiatives Fostering the Growth of Women’s Business Ownership

United States Case Study Successful Public and Private Sector Initiatives Fostering the Growth of Women’s Business Ownership

We offer this Case Study as a tool for our colleagues around the world to aid in fostering women’s business ownership. While not an exhaustive catalog, this Case Study showcases programs that have been implemented successfully by both government and private sector institutions. In implementing these programs, our leaders have recognized the strategic importance of investing in women’s entrepreneurship over the long run.

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Economic Prosperity, Women and Access to Credit

Economic Prosperity, Women and Access to Credit

While capital flow to women entrepreneurs is on the rise, it by no means parallels the extraordinary growth of women-owned businesses in the United States. This report examines current lending practices and highlights financing strategies and new programs around the nation aimed at these entrepreneurs that are making great progress in increasing funding for these new market enterprises.

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Women-Owned Firms in Federal Procurement: A National Survey

Women-Owned Firms in Federal Procurement A National Survey

This report sheds additional light on some of the issues affecting women-owned firms in federal procurement. It draws upon information from a national survey taken among women business owners from a variety of industries who had a prime federal contract in FY1997. The results of this study add to public knowledge of the characteristics, contributions, and challenges of women-owned businesses in the federal procurement arena, and form a framework for public-policy recommendations and further programmatic efforts.

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Women-Owned Firms in Federal Procurement: A Focus Group Report

Women-Owned Firms in Federal Procurement: A Focus Group Report

This report summarizes the results of focus group discussions held among women in two geographic areas: Washington, D.C. (specifically northern Virginia), and San Francisco, CA. The objectives of this qualitative research were five-fold: explore the paths these women took to federal contracting; learn about who or what helped them enter into the Federal procurement marketplace; discuss their past and current challenges in the market; explore their views on recent trends in federal procurement and how these trends are affecting them; and probe their ideas and suggestions for how to improve federal procurement system.

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NWBC Best Practices Guide: Contracting with Women

NWBC Best Practices Guide Contracting with Women

This Guide identifies model programs that have been effective in increasing competitive contracting opportunities for women-owned firms in the public and private sectors and identifies some of the key elements of successful supplier diversity programs. The Guide builds on a decade of inquiry by the Council into the challenges and opportunities for women seeking access to markets for their goods and services.

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Women-Owned Firms in Federal Procurement: A Comparative Analysis

Women-Owned Firms in Federal Procurement A Comparative Analysis

This analysis is a first-ever, in-depth review of the characteristics of women-owned firms in federal contracting and a comparison of those characteristics with those of all women-owned firms. It will enable public-policy makers, government procurement officials, women business owners themselves, and other interested parties to gain a greater understanding of the women entrepreneurs who are providing products and services to federal government agencies.

ByNWBC Council

Women’s Economic Summit 1998 Master Plan

Women’s Economic Summit 1998 Master Plan

This report provides a blueprint for the future of women’s business enterprises, in which the vision and priorities of women business owners drive policies and programs that enhance their access to capital, know-how, leadership, and opportunities.

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Growing Women’s Businesses: Access to Capital and Credit

Growing Women’s Businesses Access to Capital and Credit

This report of the Expert Policy Workshop Series: Access to Capital and Credit offers recommendations on how to create an economic infrastructure that supports entrepreneurship and business development.

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Expanding Business Opportunities for Women

Expanding Business Opportunities for Women

This report of the Interagency Committee on Women’s Business Enterprise is designed to be a resource guide as well as an evaluation of where the federal government has made progress in addressing the needs of women entrepreneurs.