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Sharon Oxendine, director of the WWBC in “Women-owned businesses increasing in NC despite adversity”

, BY  in Carolina Public Press

Women-owned businesses are increasing nationally and statewide, according to a recent report, which credits women overcoming adversity for the growth.

Wendy Coulter, president of the Greater Raleigh Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, said this boom in female-owned businesses stems from increasing empowerment of women over the years.

“Women have become more empowered in general to take leadership roles,” Coulter said. “I think women have found they can have more flexibility when they own their own businesses, and the glass ceiling also is not an issue. I see a trend of more women leaders in organizations in general, which speaks to a longer change happening in corporate environments.”

Sharon Oxendine, director of the Western Women’s Business Center in Asheville, said she thinks women are realizing how much they impact the economy.

“I think for a lot of reasons women are starting to see they have more buying power,” Oxendine said.

“I think they are starting to realize they make an impact on the economy and they have some real buying power and are able to step into a role of entrepreneurism really kind of easily.”

“The Status of Women in North Carolina: Employment and Earnings,” a report released last year by the N.C. Department of Administration’s Council for Women and Youth Involvement, found that the number of U.S. businesses owned by women nearly doubled between 1997 and 2012. At that time, women owned more than 1 in 3 businesses in North Carolina. Click here to continue reading

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