May 2016 President's Message
It Takes a Team! The Power of NAWBO’s Board of Directors
On the afternoon of April 18, 2016, while out of my office at a client site, I received a call from David Hendricks, Business writer and columnist, San Antonio Express-News. He was on a deadline to write an article about the success of women business owners in San Antonio. His request was for a statement as to why I thought San Antonio’s women owned businesses have doubled in a decade.
This statement was needed ASAP. As President of a dynamic, well respected, supporting group of NAWBO San Antonio women I was confident I would meet this deadline. As a volunteer organization we are all busy running our businesses, managing and leading NAWBO San Antonio, all the while spending time with family and friends.
The following morning I was extremely swamped with my business, NAWBO day-to-day operations, and on my way out the door to a luncheon. That morning I decided to reach out to Lynn Weirich. I knew as our Public Policy Director she would come to my rescue.
With that said, kudos to Lynn Weirich on the following statement she put together for me to share with the San Antonio Express-News:
Women business owners employ nearly 7.9 million people and generate $1.4 trillion in sales nationally in the United States. We own 9.1 million firms, and one in five firms with revenue of $1 million or more is woman-owned. Over the past 17 years, Texas has been the state that has experienced the second-fastest growth in number of women-owned firms (according to The State of Women-owned Businesses, 2014).
The growth of women owned businesses, specifically in San Antonio, and our performance as job creators, highlights the importance of women-owned businesses to our local economy.
Our businesses represent a significant source of potential growth in Texas, and this has received attention from the Governor’s office. In September of last year, the Governor was quoted as stating, “If every woman-owned business in America were able to add just one new job tomorrow, the nation would reach full employment.” (Source: Governor Abbot’s guest post on Forbes on-line September 28, 2015)
Women owned businesses in San Antonio reach every sector of our economy including financial, accounting, legal services, and even areas that are considered non-traditional for women such as construction, trucking and manufacturing.
Since these businesses are such a critical part of our economy, the local chapter of the National Association of Women Businesses Owners is here to support those women in business and those who are thinking about starting a business. We are here to strengthen the capacity of these women by providing mentoring, educational resources, resources and public policy initiatives that support the growth of small and medium sized businesses.
This is the power of your NAWBO San Antonio Chapter, its leadership, members & partners.
Together we connect, lead and inspire!
Posted by Cristina Morales Heaney on 3rd May, 2016 | Comments | Trackbacks
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