Black Women-Owned Businesses Skyrocket By 322 Percent In Less Than 20 Years
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Black Women-Owned Businesses Skyrocket By 322 Percent In Less Than 20 Years



Black Women-Owned Businesses

Women-Owned Business

BY THE NUMBERS

  • 30% of all U.S. businesses women now own
  • 14% of all U.S. businesses controlled by black women
  • 9.4 M Total number of firms owned by women
  • 1.3 M Total number of firms owned by black women
  • 297,500 Workers employed by black women-owned firms
  • $52.6 B Revenues generated by black women-owned firms
  • Source: The 2015 State of Women Owned Businesses Report
African-American women are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in America, a new study reveals.

The 2016 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report released this week found that the number of women-owned businesses grew by 74 percent between 1997 and 2016. That’s 1.5 times the national average of business growth to be exact.

Meanwhile, the growth in the number of businesses specifically owned by black women is outpacing that of all women-owned firms, the report says. The number of black women-owned businesses has grown by a whopping 322 percent since 1997. Today, black women own roughly 14 percent of all businesses in the country owned by women, which tallies to around 1.3 million businesses, according to the report.

“While nationally African American women comprise 14% of all women-owned firms, African American women comprise a greater than average share of all women-owned firms in Georgia (35%), Maryland (33%), and Illinois (22%),” the report says.

Statistics show that throughout these 1.3 million companies, nearly 300,000 workers are employed and the businesses generate an estimated $52.6 billion in revenue. When digging into the number of black-owned businesses overall, 49 percent are owned by women.

Women-owned businesses also top the charts in revenue growth when compared to other minority women-owned firms proving that their economic clout is ever-growing.