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Small & Woman-Owned Business Reports

US Chamber SBE Outlook, 2nd Quarter 2012

The Q2 US Chamber of Commerce Economy Study was conducted online July 2 to July 9, 2012 by Harris Interactive among 1,225 Small Business Executives.

2012 State of Women-Owned Businesses

NEW YORK — Women-owned firms continue to grow in number and economic stature. They are standing toe-to-toe with competitors in a broad range of industries, including construction and transportation, where women-owned firms are just as likely as all firms in those sectors to generate more than half a million dollars in annual revenue. The growth in the number (up 54%), employment (up 9%) and revenues (up 58%) of women-owned firms over the past 15 years exceeds the growth rates of all but the largest, publicly-traded firms.

Federal Contracting and Subcontracting with Small Business: Issues in the 112th Congress

Congress has generally broad authority to impose requirements upon the federal procurement process, or the process whereby agencies obtain goods and services from the private sector. One of the many ways in which Congress has exercised this authority is by enacting measures intended to promote contracting and subcontracting with “small businesses” by federal agencies.

Business graduation phase-out program

The Chicago Caucus of WCOE has been working diligently to design a program that provides a transition period for companies that have either outgrown their "small" category or have timed out. Many are then thrust into competing for jobs against major Corporations who have significantly greater marketing capacity and back-office resources. Mayor Rahm Emmanuel has just implemented a program called Graduated Graduation which was featured on a local TV interview. Check out the video link to learn all about it.

Developments in Women-owned Business, 1997-2007

The primary goal of this report is to place gender in a broader perspective. Business ownership no longer can be analyzed simply on the basis of the owner’s gender; businesses owned by women and men more and more share the same general development patterns. Moreover, the strong growth of publicly held firms, which cannot be identified by the demographic characteristics of their many owners, has led to the need to focus on both privately owned and publicly held firms.

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US Census Bureau Survey of Women Owned Businesses

Census Bureau Reports Women-Owned Firms Numbered 7.8 Million in 2007, Generated Receipts of $1.2 Trillion

In 2007, women owned 7.8 million businesses and accounted for 28.7 percent of all businesses nationwide, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's Survey of Business Owners. These firms generated $1.2 trillion in receipts, about 3.9 percent of all business receipts nationwide. (See Table 1 [Excel].)

Women Are Always ““On””: Broadband Survey Results

In February 2011, BPW Foundation initiated a survey to research the use of high speed Internet (broadband) technology among four diverse groups of women: those employed by others, those self employed, those retired, and women seeking employment. The purpose was to explore women’’s use of technology in both their business and personal lives, as a measure of advancement and overall impact on quality of life and personal/professional success.

Gen Y Women in the Workplace: Focus Group summary report

Baby Boomlets... Mypod Generation... Gen Why? This 80 million-strong generation is creating quite the buzz.1 By 2025, Generation Y (born 1978-1994) will comprise nearly 75 percent of the world’s workforce. From their comfort with technology, to their multicultural perspectives, to their insatiable desire for making a difference, Gen Y is expected to revolutionize the workplace.

American Express Open reports WOSBs are redefining non-traditional roles

In a surprise to everyone except WCOE members, women-owned construction companies have increased by a whopping 41% in the past 8 years. In addition, it is one of only two industries in which economic clout of women-owned firms (meaning not only the growth in the number of firms but in the employment and revenues as well) has outpaced industry-level growth. The other industry was another non-traditional venture for women – mining.

American Express Open issues new report on WOSB

In a surprise to everyone except WCOE members, women-owned construction companies have increased by a whopping 41% in the past 8 years. In addition, it is one of only two industries in which economic clout of women-owned firms (meaning not only the growth in the number of firms but in the employment and revenues as well) has outpaced industry-level growth. The other industry was another non-traditional venture for women – mining. 

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