National Women's Business Council

Resources for Female Entrepreneurs


NEW YORK, NY (April 16, 2018) excerpt via FORBES - Female entrepreneurs face formidable challenges in starting a business and securing financing. Despite these extra hurdles, women-owned businesses are growing rapidly.

From 2002 to 2012, the number of women-owned businesses grew at 2.5 times the national average, and employment in women-owned businesses increased at 4.5 times the average rate, according to the US Census Bureau.

Forbes presents an interview Carla Harris, President of the National Women’s Business Council, offering advice and support to women business owners. Read the entire article here. is committed to financial inclusion and leveling the playing field for all entrepreneurs, including women who haven’t had access to quality financing. Our highest priority is transparency: our Responsible Finance Network connects you with 14,000 trusted community banks, credit unions and community development financial institutions throughout the United States.

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Celebrating National Women's Small Business Month


WASHINGTON DC (November 10, 2017) Female business owners are on the rise, according to reports by the National Women's Business Council.

October was featured as Women's Small Business Month, marking the 29th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan's signing of the Women's Business Ownership Act, creating the National Women's Business Council and ensuring that banks could no longer require women to have a male co-signer for business loans. Here's a look at some recent progress:

• From 2002 to 2012, women-owned businesses increased at a rate 2.5 times the national average: 52% vs. 20%. Employment in women-owned business grew at a rate 4.5 times the national average: 18% vs. 4%.

• In 2016 there were 11.3 million women-owned businesses in the US, with nearly 9 million employees generating more than $1.6 trillion in revenue.

The report concludes: “The growth of women business enterprises over the last ten years is unprecedented; yet, women still lag behind, in earnings and receipts, and in the amount of venture capital and other forms of equity investment that they receive. This is a unique time, in many ways a perfect storm, and it is imperative that we work harder and faster to unlock the tremendous potential of women business enterprises,” said Carla Harris, Chair, National Women’s Business Council. is committed to leveling the playing field for all small business owners and entrepreneurs in the US, providing unprecedented access to the quality, low-cost and transparent financing they need to expand and create jobs. Our mission: Financial inclusion. 

Click here to view the entire report.