In fact, according to American Express OPEN’s 2013 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, the growth in the number, revenues, and employment of women-owned firms over the past 16 years exceeds the growth rates of all but the very largest, publicly traded corporations in the country. And according to studies by the Guardian Small Business Research Institute, this is great news for the country. Their studies project that women-owned businesses will create five million new jobs by 2018—about one-third of the 15.3 million total new jobs anticipated by the Department of Labor.
The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) today announced the 15th annual list of America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs). It is the only national award honoring corporations for leading Supplier Diversity programs that are breaking down barriers and proactively integrating Women’s Business Enterprises into their supply chains.
“Our ‘Top Corporations’ know that stronger WBEs will drive new sources of revenue, deepen customer satisfaction, and generate a stronger economy,” said Pamela Prince-Eason, president and CEO of WBENC, the nation’s leader in women’s business development.
The “Top Corporations” will be honored at the WBENC Summit & Salute to Women’s Business Enterprises, taking place March 18–20, 2014, in New Orleans.
To learn more about the event and the corporations leading the way in partnering with women’s businesses, visit www.wbenc.org.