They’re fearless. Innovative. Passionate.
They’re America’s female entrepreneurs, and they’ve taken the business world by storm:
• According to this Fortune.com article, the number of women-owned businesses grew by a whopping 74% between 1997 and 2015. That’s 1.5 times the national average!
• Black females are the fastest growing group of U.S. entrepreneurs; businesses owned by African American women grew 322% since 1997.
• Nearly half (46%) of the privately held companies in the U.S. are now at least half-owned by women.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! The numbers are impressive, but they don’t tell the whole story, like:
• the amazing contributions female entrepreneurs make to our society;
• the tough obstacles they overcome to achieve their success;
• the continual inspiration they provide to other aspiring female executives and business owners.
So today, in honor of National Women’s History Month, I’m sharing the stories of two of my favorite women entrepreneurs — and what I’ve learned from them.