TEXAS, USA — Reports show Texas is on the top 10 list for the most successful women-owned businesses in the United States. Gov. Greg Abbott is aiming to make Texas number one for women-owned businesses, so he launched a new webinar series dedicated to further the advancement of successful women entrepreneurs and pave the way for new female business leaders.
In partnership with the Beacon State Fund, the Governor’s Commission for Women will host a series of informative webinars for each Texas region to share information about resources for women-owned small businesses and women entrepreneurs in Texas.
The webinar series is an opportunity for attendees to learn from subject-matter experts and gain actionable advice about starting, growing and sustaining a business in Texas. Vice-chairwoman Nathali Parker said this webinar is to encourage women to keep striving for success even if things get tough.
“Typically women owned businesses have a higher profitability than other businesses. I think that's because of the nurturing aspect that women bring to the table for their employees to thrive. So I think that's a positive aspect for any woman that owns a business but for any woman that's thinking of starting a business.” Parker mentioned
In addition to the webinars, there will be a pitch competition dedicated to business owners in each region looking for extra money to run their business.
"We are doing a pitch competition so if you're a woman, you own a business, and you need cash flow. Then you can sign up for our pitch competition. The winner gets $7,500 cash to put towards their business." Parker said.
Owner of Heather's Bits and Creations, Heather Alvarado, opened her consignment shop in February. She said while things aren’t always easy in the business she’s in, the best thing about doing what she loves is seeing her customers smile after leaving her shop.
“It's a 9-5 store hours but actually it's like a 7 to 10, 11 o’clock at night business. But it’s really fun. You meet a lot of people and I’m a people person. I love to be around people. My customers become family. When a kid comes in and sees a toy that they normally probably couldn't afford somewhere else and they find it affordable with me and it works and they can play with it there, the smile on their face is priceless,” Alvarado said.
Decades ago, women owning businesses was not as common. Now, reports show there are currently 114% more female entrepreneurs in the United States.