Washington, D.C. – In the last several decades, women have made undeniable progress in starting and growing their own businesses. Every October, the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) along with leaders in the women’s entrepreneurship community come together to reflect on these advancements.
“Women’s Small Business Month is a great time to highlight the advancements made by women in business and celebrate women business owners,” says Amanda Brown, Executive Director of the NWBC.
The NWBC was founded in 1988 with the passing of H.R. 5050 the Women’s Business Ownership Act in an effort to eliminate discriminatory lending practices. Today, the NWBC advises the White House, Congress and the Small Business Association on issues relevant to women business owners – with a critical focus on how to alleviate the obstacles faced by both women business owners and women trying to start their own businesses.
Last week the members of the NWBC held a public meeting in Washington, D.C., to discuss the state of women and business. They explored key findings in their 2013-2014 research and revealed that despite these tremendous advancements made by women – there are still barriers to gaining access to the resources needed to start and grow your business.
“This October we celebrate the women that have persevered and become successful business owners and we will continue to push for increased access to capital and to markets so women entrepreneurs can keep growing and scaling their businesses,” said Carla Harris, the Presidentially appointed chair of the NWBC.