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The State of Women-Owned Businesses

The-State-of-Women-Owned-BusinessesThe State of Women-Owned Businesses Report: A Summary of Important Trends, 1997-2012

American Express OPEN

First published March 2012

With this publication, American Express OPEN provides stakeholders in the women’s enterprise development community with an up-to-date accounting of the state of women-owned businesses in the United States in 2012, building upon the great interest and success of its inaugural effort in 2011.

This new analysis not only confirms what we know from existing research—that, while women continue to launch enterprises at a rate exceeding the national average, their firms remain smaller than average. We are pleased to share a new and nuanced investigation into the growth trends among women-owned enterprises over the past 15 years…

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