Sharing knowledge on trends in women's entrepreneurship globally
Womenable works with a number of organizations interested in supporting women's enterprise development to conduct primary research and secondary analysis on the characteristics, contributions and challenges facing women business owners worldwide. While some of that work is proprietary to our clients, others are available to the public.
Here, in descending chronological order, is a listing of reports, research briefs and other publications authored by Womenable that are in the public domain:
- Since 2011, Womenable and American Express OPEN have reported on the state of women-owned businesses in the United States. Here are links to each of the six reports:
- The 2016 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report: Executive Report; Summary Tables
- The 2015 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report: Executive Report; Summary Tables
- The 2014 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report: A Summary of Important Trends, 1997-2014
- The 2013 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report: A Summary of Important Trends, 1997-2013
- The State of Women-Owned Businesses Report: A Summary of Important Trends, 1997-2012
- The American Express OPEN State of Women-Owned Businesses Report: A Summary of Important Trends, 1997-2011
- Womenable is collaborating with Dun & Bradstreet and American Express' Global Corporate Payments division on a series of reports focused on middle market enterprises - firms with between $10M and $1B in revenues. Thus far, four reports have been published:
- The Middle Market Power Index: Exploring Generational Changes in Middle Market Industries (January 2016)
- The Growing Economic Clout of Diverse Middle Market Firms (September 2015)
- Taking the Global Stage (July 2015)
- Catalyzing U.S. Economic Growth (April 2015)
- Women-owned firms at the highest level of revenue achievement have been doing even better than we might have imagined. They've been growing in number right under our very noses. In fact, the number of women-owned firms with $10 million or more in revenue has increased by 57% over the past decade - a rate fully 47% faster than the growth of all $10M+ businesses, and nearly twice (+98%) the rate of growth of all women-owned firms. These startling new facts are from Growing Under the Radar: An Exploration of the Achievements of Million-Dollar Women-Owned Firms, a new report authored by Womenable and commissioned by American Express OPEN.
How could this have been happening, largely undetected, under our very noses? Well, the "million dollar bucket" is a diverse one - containing both relatively small $1 million privately-held firms and multi-billion dollar publicly traded corporations. And, since this population contains just 2% of women-owned firms and 5% of all firms, it's the largest sales category published by the Census Bureau. Now, for the first time, Womenable was able to obtain previously unpublished data from our friends at the Economic Statistics Branch of the Census Bureau (mwah!) - and the information is gratifying. Read more HERE.
- In 2011-12, Womenable worked with American Express OPEN's Victory in Procurement program to conduct a survey among women and men business owners who are active federal contractors - to better understand their characteristics, challenges, and strategies for success. Four reports have been published from the survey, which are available here:
- In 2011, Womenable President & CEO Julie Weeks spearheaded the conduct of an electronic survey among all women's business centers in the US in response to a proposal by the US House of Representatives to eliminate funding for the Women's Business Center program. This executive report was published from that work, and circulated widely in Congress. Funding was restored that year, but the fight continues.
- Womenable President and CEO has authored a paper analyzing assessments of business-enabling environments, and what is missed when they ignore gender-related constraints (and they do). The paper, entitled, "Assessing Business Enabling Environments: How Gender Changes the Equation," has been presented at the International Council for Small Business annual conference, and at the 2011 annual meeting of The Donor Committee for Enterprise Development.
- During 2010, Womenable worked with American Express OPEN on gathering and sharing knowledge for their Victory in Procurement for Small BusinessSM initiative. Part of our work with them included conducting a survey among women and men small business owners who are performing - or are seeking to obtain - contracts with the US government agencies. Three reports have been published from that work, and are available by clicking on the links below:
- Womenable participated in a gender diagnostic effort in Rwanda for Booz Allen Hamilton and the US Agency for International Development's Women in Development office, which resulted in the publication of "Rwanda: Investing in the Empowerment of Women in Business." (December 2009)
- Womenable President and CEO Julie Weeks reprised the presentation of her paper "A Connotation for Control: Women Business Owners Seeking Balance AND Growth," at the 2009 International Council for Small Business (ICSB) conference in Seoul, South Korea. The paper takes a look at the desires of growth-oriented women business owners and finds that seeking growth and greater work-life balance are NOT mutually exclusive desires, at least among this select group of women. Click the link above to download and read the report, and click on this link to listen and view an audio slide show of the paper presentation.
- In 2008-09, Womenable worked with Count Me In on their "Make Mine a Million $ Business" initiative, studying the plans, goals, and outlook of the growing number of women who are joining their online community. In a newly-released report from last year's survey among "M3" members, we discover that there are some significant differences in pre-business experiences, goals and motivations by entrepreneurial generation. Click on the following link to download and read the report entitled, "Entrepreneurship Across the Generations: Comparing Baby Boomers and Generation X"
- Womenable President and CEO Julie Weeks presented a paper at the 31st annual Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship conference held in Belfast, Northern Ireland in November 2008. The paper, entitled "A Connotation for Control: Women Business Owners Seeking Balance AND Growth", takes a look at the desires of growth-oriented women business owners and finds that seeking growth and greater work-life balance are NOT mutually exclusive desires, at least among this select group of women. Click the link above to download and read the report.
- With the support of American Express OPEN, Womenable is working with Count Me In on their "Make Mine a Million $ Business" initiative, studying the plans, goals, and outlook of the growing number of women who are joining their online community. In a newly-released report from last year's survey among "M3" members, we discover that the goals and motivations of women seeking to grow to the million-dollar level differ by ethnicity. Click here to download and read the report, "The Million Dollar Mantle: A Coat of Many Colors."
- Womenable worked with the International Finance Corporation's Gender Entrepreneurship Markets team on a landmark 5-country study of women business owners in the Middle East and North Africa. The report was published at a launch event in Amman, Jordan in 2007 under the auspices of Her Majesty Queen Rania. The report is available in both English and Arabic.
- In 2007, Womenable, in collaboration with The Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham University and with the support of the National Association of Women Business Owners, published the results of a pilot study exploring the desire, difficulties and dimensions of second-stage women business owners, the so-called "missing middle". Click on these links to read and download the full study report, Mapping the Missing Middle: Determining the Desire and Dimensions of Second-Stage Women Business Owners, and the study news release.
- Womenable worked with the Association of Women's Business Centers in 2007 to conduct a survey among center leaders focused on their visions of the unique characteristics and strengths of WBCs, and their challenges with funding in today's political environment. Now that this report has been shared within the association, the AWBC has given us permission to share it more broadly. You may download and read the report, "The Values, Views, and Visions of Women's Business Center Leaders in the United States", here.
- Womenable's work with the International Finance Corporation's Gender Entrepreneurship Markets initiative, and the Mekong Private Sector Development Facility, has resulted in the publication of a report in 2006 documenting the characteristics, challenges and needs of women business owners in Vietnam. The report, "Women Business Owners in Vietnam: A National Survey", is now available in both English and Vietnamese.
- A summary of three important research studies focused on women's business centers was published in 2006 by Womenable. "The Performance, Progress and Promise of Women's Business Centers in the United States" is the first in an occasional series of research analysis reports that will be published by Womenable, in our aim to provide concise, cogent, and actionable summaries of information of interest to the stewards of women's entrepreneurship worldwide.