Research Reports

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Women-Owned Firms in the United States

Women-Owned Firms in the United States Report

Every five years, the U.S. Census completes an extensive Survey of Business Owners (SBO) that examines businesses by the gender of the business owner.  This is the only comprehensive, regularly collected source of information on the economic and demographic characteristics of businesses across the country by gender, ethnicity, race, and veteran status.  The SBO is authorized by Title 13 of the United States Code and responses are mandatory.  The data on women-owned businesses provided by the Census is the main source of demographic information used by the NWBC.

The 2007 data was fully released in June 2011, so the NWBC commissioned a private research company to study this data in-depth. The data was analyzed by different characteristics to further expand the current understanding of women-owned businesses and to search for any interesting or unique findings that bear further study.

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Developments in Women-owned Business, 1997-2007

Developments in Women-owned Business, 1997-2007

The years from 1997 to 2007 were a dynamic period in the U.S. economy. The strong growth early in this period was negatively affected by the recession of 2000-2001; strong economic growth resumed in 2002-2007. The data for this period reflect an economy moving out of a recession and ending on a high note in 2007, before the next recession. How did women and other small business owners fare during this 10-year period between 1997 and 2007?

The primary goal of this report is to place gender in a broader perspective. Business ownership no longer can be analyzed simply on the basis of the owner’s gender; businesses owned by women and men more and more share the same general development patterns. Moreover, the strong growth of publicly held firms, which cannot be identified by the demographic characteristics of their many owners, has led to the need to focus on both privately owned and publicly held firms.

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Preliminary Report for the Survey of Business Owner Data Analysis Project

Preliminary Report for the Survey of Business Owner Data Analysis Project

Every five years, the U.S. Census completes an extensive Survey of Business Owners (SBO) that examines businesses by the gender of the business owner(s).  This is the only comprehensive, regularly collected source of information on the economic and demographic characteristics of businesses across the country by gender, ethnicity, race, and veteran status.  The SBO is authorized by Title 13 of the United States Code and responses are mandatory.  The data on women-owned businesses provided by the Census is the main source of demographic information used by the NWBC.

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Women In Green: Results From Women In Green Focus Groups

Women In Green Results From Women In Green Focus Groups

On behalf of the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC), Hart Research conducted two focus groups on August 31, 2011, among 13 self-described “established” or “aspiring” female entrepreneurs attending the “Women in Green” Forum in Santa Monica, California. It should be noted that the findings presented here reflect the fact that nearly all of the participants are in the early stages of establishing new business ventures. It also is important to remember that our participants made a conscious choice to attend (and pay for) the Forum, a fact that may differentiate them significantly from other entrepreneurs in the green sector (or other sectors).

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Launching Women-Owned Businesses on to A High Growth Trajectory

Launching Women-Owned Businesses on to A High Growth Trajectory

This paper provides a foundation for the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) to develop and launch a major initiative targeted to helping women achieve high levels of business growth. NWBC is the single government organization that focuses exclusively on ensuring that this nation’s economy realizes the full potential of one of its fastest growing segments – women-owned businesses. Integral to achieving this mission is to be a catalyst for women-owned businesses creating jobs and generating revenue.

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2010 Policy Priorities of Women Business Owners

2010 Policy Priorities of Women Business Owners

On June 16, 2010, a summit of women business owners was held in Salem, Massachusetts, at the historic Hawthorne Hotel. Since the earliest Colonial times, Salem has been a major commercial center in a regional economy based on industries as varied as international maritime spice trade and textile manufacturing. Now, as the Greater Boston/North Shore region builds a twenty-first century economy based on tourism, technology and creativity, women entrepreneurs have the opportunity to play a key role. At this summit, women business owners on Boston’s North Shore shared their priorities, challenges and concerns to help the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) to articulate policy recommendations for the consideration of the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

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2009 Policy Priorities of Women Business Owners in the Greater New Orleans Metro Area

2009 Policy Priorities of Women Business Owners in the Greater New Orleans Metro Area

In October 2009, NWBC hosted a Town Hall meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana to speak with women business owners in the region about how their businesses have been impacted post Hurricane Katrina. This report details the comments, concerns, and recommendations these participants contributed during the meeting.

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The Economic Impact of Women-Owned Businesses in the United States

The Economic Impact of Women-Owned Businesses in the United States

For the first time, the Center for Women’s Business Research, has utilized a methodology to measure the economic impact of the 8 million U.S. businesses currently majority women-owned. Today, women-owned firms have an economic impact of $3 trillion that translates into the creation and/or maintenance of 23 million jobs, 16 percent of all U.S. jobs. These jobs not only sustain the individual worker, but contribute to the economic security of their families, the economic vitality of their communities and the nation.

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2009 Policy Priorities of Women Business Owners

2009 Policy Priorities of Women Business Owners

This report outlines key policy recommendations from participants of the series of town hall meetings NWBC facilitated from March 2007 through April 2009. There is a particular emphasis on the most recent meeting, which was held in Atlanta, Georgia in April 2009, to reflect that meeting’s intent to determine how women business owners’ needs may have changed amid the current national economic downturn.

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2009 Women’s Business Summit: Report and Recommendations

2009 Women’s Business Summit: Report and Recommendations

At a summit hosted by NWBC in February 2009, thought leaders from the women’s business community came together with policymakers to begin developing goals and milestones for the women’s business community for the next decade.  This report provides highlights of the event, including discussions among breakout groups on proposed short-term, mid-term and long-term goals for achieving economic growth in the women’s business community.