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Statement of National Women’s Business Council Chair Carla Harris On National Women’s Small Business Month

For Immediate Release – October 03, 2017

Statement of National Women’s Business Council Chair Carla Harris

On National Women’s Small Business Month

(Washington, DC) – In recognition of October as National Women’s Small Business Month, Carla Harris, Chair of the National Women’s Business Council released the following statement:

“National Women’s Small Business Month is a time to recognize and applaud the talented, dedicated and driven women whose entrepreneurial spirit helps drive our nation’s economy forward.  Women’s entrepreneurship has evolved from a growing trend to an inarguable contributor to the economic success, job growth and innovative backbone of this country.”

“At this time, the Council also wishes to convey its profound solidarity with the communities affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. We are committed to connecting our stakeholders to the disaster assistance efforts provided by the Small Business Administration and other agencies.  Getting resources to women business owners as quickly as possible is not just a women’s issue, it is a family issue and national economic issue.”

The Council has been a leader in developing an original ‘entrepreneurial ecosystem’ framework which communities can adopt to determine what they’re doing well, and what more they can do, to help women business enterprises  thrive.  This year, the NWBC held roundtable conversations in cities across the country to hear directly from these inspirational women about the challenges they face.  Hearing similar themes surface across geographic regions, the Council recommends the following solutions:

  • Local chambers of commerce, mayors’ or city councils’ offices, or other influential business organizations encourage community-level resource marketing.
  • The federal government explores developing a student loan forgiveness program for start-up founders. 
  • Policymakers, investors, philanthropists and other donors invest in infrastructure, especially broadband, in rural areas.
  • Ecosystem builders include business owners as vital stakeholders and participants in the continuum of education to strengthen training for the labor force they will eventually employ.

 “We can support our nation’s women small business owners by building and nurturing local and regional collaboration that brings together government, capital, development organizations and other stakeholders to improve the business climate for women entrepreneurs. NWBC will continue to work with, and be a resource for communities committed to originating, growing and scaling women owned businesses. The NWBC will continue to be a strong voice in Washington for these women, whose small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities.”

In August and September, NWBC held roundtable conversations in Tennessee, Washington, North Dakota and Iowa, with a broad spectrum of participants including women small business leaders.

In correlation with National Hispanic Heritage Month, the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) also recently released a new report finding that Hispanic women entrepreneurs are an untapped engine of economic growth, and solutions to help unlock their full potential. The full report is available here.

NWBC is a non-partisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and counsel to the U.S. Small Business Administration, Congress and the White House on issues of impact and importance to women business owners, leaders, and entrepreneurs.