The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) partners with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to Celebrate National Small Business Week

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2015 — Small businesses have long been an important foundation for regional economies by producing necessary goods and services, job opportunities and reinvesting in their communities. According to research from the NWBC – women-led and women-owned small businesses have seen a surge in recent years – estimated at 1200 new businesses launched per day.

“We are thrilled to report that women entrepreneurs are playing a vital role in the continued growth of the economy,” said Carla Harris, the Presidentially-appointed Chair of the NWBC. “Women are growing successful businesses – they are creating jobs, revitalizing their communities and strengthening their local economy. National Small Business Week is a great opportunity to highlight this growing movement.”

National Small Business Week will be from May 4th-8th, 2015 and in celebration, the NWBC is partnering with the SBA to highlight the impact of these outstanding entrepreneurs and small business owners with a focus on women entrepreneurs. The NWBC will be sharing a series of curated content highlighting resources and stories, along with new features for the #HerOwnBoss project online.

According to the SBA, “Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.”

“We found in our research that women are launching businesses at two times the rate of the national average, yet they are doing it with up to six times less capital than men,” said Amanda Brown, Executive Director of the NWBC. “It’s important to highlight and celebrate these important accomplishments but also raise awareness about how we can further support and sustain women’s entrepreneurial ambitions.”

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, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners.