The fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs in the U.S.? Minority women.
Across all ethnicities, the number of women-owned firms is increasing faster than the number of men-owned businesses.
It has never been a better time to be a female entrepreneur.
At least that’s what Carla Harris, chair of the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC), believes. “It’s the perfect storm of opportunity,” she says during a press briefing on 2012 data from the Survey of Business Owners.
This “perfect storm” is a combination of, among other forces, historically low interest rates, record amounts of cash in the U.S. economy, a growing presence of women on boards, and the rising numbers of women earning bachelors’ degrees.
“There cannot be a better time for women to start and to scale their businesses,” she says.
This seems especially the case when one examines 2012 Census data (from which the NWBC derives its analysis) on the growth of non-white women-owned businesses. While the number of white women-owned businesses has increased by 10.1% since 2007, the number of companies owned by Asian women has increased by 44.3%; black women-owned businesses have grown by 67.5%; and Hispanic women-owned operations have increased by a whopping 87.5%. Across all ethnicities, however, the number of women-owned firms is increasing faster than the number of men-owned businesses.