We are continuing our celebration of National Women's Small Business Month by demonstrating how the 504 Loan Program provides the critical funding that women-owned businesses need to establish or expand their companies and improve their communities.
October is National Women's Small Business Month, and Community Business Finance recognizes the entrepreneurial women whose talents help sustain our nation's economy. As of January 2018, there are an estimated 12.3 million women-owned businesses in the United States that employ 9.2 million people and generate more than $1.8 trillion in revenues, according to the "2018 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report" commissioned by American Express.
On Friday, March 13th, 2015, Jeanne Bergeron and I had the pleasure of attending the Women's Small Business Roundtable Discussion in New Orleans, Louisiana. Senator David Vitter, Chairman of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, and the National Women's Business Council invited women-owned small businesses to share their concerns regarding growth and opportunities in Louisiana. The roundtable discussion focused on identifying opportunities to help Louisiana women successfully launch, grow, and run their own small businesses.