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By the National Women’s Business Council

In celebration of National Women in Small Business Month, the NWBC recognizes their partner, the U.S. Census Bureau, in advocating for women-owned businesses. In 2012, the Survey of Business Owners (SBO) found that there were nearly 10 million women-owned business in the United States, that generated over $1.4 trillion in sales and employed over eight million people. 

At the NWBC, we know that we cannot count what we do not measure. Sound policy initiatives and recommendations that improve the economic climate for women-owned firms are founded in reliable data and impactful research that drives actionable change. To do this, the NWBC relies on the U.S. Census Bureau’s SBO and Annual Survey of Entrepreneur (ASE) data to portray the state of women’s entrepreneurship and the impact that they have on the U.S. economy.

On September 20, 2018, the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC), in collaboration with the U.S. Census Bureau’s Center for Administrative Records Research and Application (CARRA), held the first ever federal government’s Demographics of the Entrepreneur & Self-employed Research Symposium. This day-long event convened nearly 100 researchers and experts from across the country to explore topics related to entrepreneurship through the lens of gender, age, race, and ethnicity.

“Since the business census began counting women-owned businesses in 1977, the U.S. Census Bureau has been a partner to NWBC. It was when the Census Bureau began counting women-owned businesses that lawmakers began referring to women businesses as the sleeping giant of the U.S. economy” said NWBC Chair Liz Sara during her opening remarks. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with the U.S. Census to ensure that the tremendous economic impact of women-owned businesses does not go unknown or unrecognized”.

To read more please visit: The National Women’s Business Council’s Website

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About National Women’s Business Council

The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) is a non-partisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and counsel to the President, the Congress, and the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) on issues of impact and importance to women business owners, leaders, and entrepreneurs. To learn more about NWBC, visit www.nwbc.gov

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