Montana, nation see an increase in women-owned businesses

Montana, nation see an increase in women-owned businesses

Statistics from the state labor bureau and American Express indicate that Montana women are starting businesses more often than ever before, despite the dampening effects of the Great Recession.

The number of businesses owned by women in Montana jumped 34.4 percent between 1997 and 2013, and revenue from those businesses has grown 87.7 percent, according to the recent State of Women-owned Businesses study by American Express.

Nationally, 28.8 percent of businesses are owned by women. Montana checks in with 24.6 percent of businesses owned by women, according to the study.
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