Kansas ranks near bottom on growth in number of women’s businesses

Kansas ranks near the bottom when it comes to growth in women opening businesses, but is in the top third when it comes to growth in employment at women’s existing businesses.

Kansas had about 70,900 businesses owned by women at the start of 2014, according to statistics compiled by American Express OPEN, which includes small-business credit card accounts. Businesses owned by women in Kansas employed about 73,300 people, not counting their owners, and had about $10.5 billion in revenue.

Nationwide, the number of business owned by women grew about 67.8 percent from 1997 to 2014. In Kansas, the number grew 29.8 percent in the same period.

Kansas had higher growth in employment in women’s businesses, however. Employment grew 25.3 percent in Kansas, compared to 11 percent nationwide.

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