Did you know that women launch businesses at a higher rate than the national average? The number of U.S. businesses grew by 34% between 1997 and 2011, whereas the number of women-owned businesses increased by 50%!

As of 2011, experts estimate that there are:

  • 8.1 million women-owned businesses in the U.S.
  • 7.7 million people employed by women-owned companies
  • $1.3 trillion in revenue from women-owned firms

The Anchor Leg

While the number of women-run businesses is growing, the businesses themselves tend to have between 10 and 99 employees. If you look at entrepreneurship as a marathon, women-owned businesses are falling behind during the “anchor leg” of the race: at the 100-employee threshold and the million-dollar mark.



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