Women-Owned Businesses Growing 2X Faster Than All Businesses Nationwide

September 24, 2019 by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – Women-owned businesses continue to fuel the economy and now represent 42% of all businesses — nearly 13 million — employing 9.4 million workers and generating revenue of $1.9 trillion, according to a new report commissioned by American Express.

According to the annual State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, in 2019 U.S. women of diverse ethnic and geographic backgrounds started an average of 1,817 new businesses per day, down only slightly from the record-setting 2018 number of 1,821.

The annual report, based on U.S. Census Bureau data adjusted by Gross Domestic Product data, found that women-owned businesses continue to trend above all businesses.

Over the past five years, for instance:

  • The number of women-owned businesses increased 21%, while all businesses increased only 9%;
  • Total employment by women-owned businesses rose 8%, while for all businesses the increase was far lower at 1.8%;
  • Total revenue for women-owned businesses also rose slightly above all businesses: 21% compared to 20% respectively.

“The face of entrepreneurship is evolving to include all women, regardless of demographics. Even more impressive is that women are starting businesses on their own terms – whether it be their full-time focus or a part time activity,” said Courtney Kelso, Senior Vice President of American Express in a written statement.

“The economic impact of women-owned businesses is undeniable, from the trillions they contribute via revenue to the millions of jobs they provide. We are committed to backing these women entrepreneurs because when they win, we all win.”

INDUSTRY TRENDS

Over half of all women-owned businesses are concentrated in three industries:

  • Healthcare and social assistance: The category includes child day care and home healthcare services and accounted for 15% of all women-owned businesses or about 1.9 million firms.
  • Professional/scientific/technical services: The category includes lawyers, bookkeepers, architects, public relations firms and consultants. It accounted for 13% of all women-owned businesses or 1.6 million firms.
  • Other services: This category includes hair and nail salons and pet care businesses and accounted for 22% of all women-owned businesses or 2.8 million firms.

While these industries have the most women-owned businesses, they don’t produce the most revenue. The three industries in which women-owned businesses have the highest total revenue are wholesale trade (17%), retail trade (14%) and professional, scientific and technical services (10%).

WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES ARE SUCCESSFUL ACROSS THE COUNTRY

The report analyzes geographic trends for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as the 50 most populous metropolitan areas in the U.S.

The states with the largest growth in number of women-owned firms in 2019 are:

  • Michigan
  • Georgia
  • Florida
  • South Carolina
  • Nevada

Between 2014 and 2019, the top states where women-owned businesses increased their economic clout — defined as growth in the number of firms and growth in employment and revenue — are:

  • Georgia
  • Oregon
  • Idaho
  • Nevada
  • South Dakota

The top metropolitan areas where women-owned businesses increased their economic clout from 2014 to 2019 are:

  • Detroit, Mich.
  • Charlotte, N.C.
  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • Austin, Texas
  • San Antonio, Texas

The states showing the highest employment vitality – a measure of employment growth rate from 2014 to 2019 at women-owned firms and their average number of employees are:

  • Maine
  • Minnesota
  • Indiana
  • Delaware
  • Virginia

THE STORY HERE IN WASHINGTON

Washington D.C. has an estimated 31,257 women-owned businesses, employing over 28,000 and generating roughly $5.1 billion in revenues.

Defined as a “state area” to ease comparison with other states, the D.C. metro ranked 18th in growth of number of women-owned firms since 2007 with a 10.7% increase, 24th in growth of jobs created with a 4.1% increase and 12th in growth of firm revenues with a 12.8% increase. 

The Washington DC/VA/MD metro area is ranked 34th in growth of number of women-owned firms among the top 50 U.S. metropolitan areas with an 11.5% increase over the past 11 years, 19th in growth of jobs created with a 10.1% increase and 33rd in growth of firm revenues with a 15.1% increase. 

Business

Davos Breakthrough: France, US Agree to Press Ahead With Global 'Digital Tax' Talks
Geopolitics
Davos Breakthrough: France, US Agree to Press Ahead With Global 'Digital Tax' Talks
January 23, 2020
by Dan McCue

The United States and France agreed Thursday to proceed with talks that could result in a global rewrite of cross-border tax rules for the digital era. The agreement to temporarily set aside a brewing tariff war over France’s digital tax on big tech companies to focus... Read More

New Mexico Governor Declares Space Her State's Next Frontier
In The News
New Mexico Governor Declares Space Her State's Next Frontier
January 13, 2020
by Dan McCue

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham last week declared the burgeoning space industry is one of her nine economic growth sectors for the state. “New Mexico is truly breaking barriers in the space industry,” the governor said as she opened New Mexico’s first Space Valley Summit... Read More

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg to Step Down Immediately
Aviation
Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg to Step Down Immediately

Boeing's CEO is resigning amid ongoing problems at the company over the troubled Max 737 aircraft. The Chicago manufacturer said Monday that Dennis Muilenburg is stepping down immediately. The board's current chairman David Calhoun will officially take over on January 13. The board said a change... Read More

Revised North American Trade Deal Overwhelmingly Passes House
Trade
Revised North American Trade Deal Overwhelmingly Passes House
December 20, 2019
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In a strong show of bipartisan cooperation just hours after they were at each other's throats over the impeachment of President Donald Trump, Democrats and Republicans threw their support behind a new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico. The 385-41 vote in the House... Read More

No Date Set for U.S.-China ‘Phase Two’ Talks, Lighthizer Says
Trade
No Date Set for U.S.-China ‘Phase Two’ Talks, Lighthizer Says

WASHINGTON — No date has been set so far for the U.S. and China to kick off “phase two” trade talks, said U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, contradicting a suggestion by President Donald Trump that negotiations would start right away. For now, the two sides are... Read More

House Committee Calls for Action to Prevent Airline Mishandling of Wheelchairs
Travel
House Committee Calls for Action to Prevent Airline Mishandling of Wheelchairs

U.S. House committee leaders this week called for airlines to do more to prevent mishandling of wheelchairs and scooters of passengers with disabilities, and sought more information on airlines’ policies and procedures. In a letter to industry group Airlines for America CEO Nicholas Calio, Delta Air... Read More

Straight From The Well
scroll top