This month, National Women’s History Month, we recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of women as well as discuss issues that affect women such as pay equity. In October 2014, I enjoyed participating in an awards gala celebrating the on-going achievements of women in international trade. So, what role have women played in the international marketplace?
Here are a few fun facts to answer this question. (Note: This information is based on the most recent data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the White House.)
- There are about 7.8 million women-owned businesses in the United States.
- Women-owned businesses account for 28 percent of total U.S. businesses.
- Twelve percent (12%) of exporting businesses are women-owned.
Another interesting fact worth mentioning: The person serving as the 38th U.S. Secretary of Commerce is a woman–Penny Pritzker.
Organizations, agencies and resources that emphasize international trade and support women in this field:
- Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT)
- Ex-Im Bank
- Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)
- U.S. Commercial Services Offices
- Women’s Business Centers
- WEConnect International
This is not an exhaustive list. If you know of other associations, organizations, etc. that will be of benefit to women looking to take their business to the global market, please add their name and website in the comments section.
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