This one-pager highlights key findings in business ownership from the Status of Women by County: Poverty & Opportunity report commissioned by FPN's Florida Women's Funding Alliance. Florida is among the states with the largest number of women-owned businesses and the greatest growth in women-owned businesses.
The Status of Women in Florida by County: Poverty & Opportunity is one in a series of four publications on women’s status across Florida’s counties commissioned by the Florida Women’s Funding Alliance, an affinity group of Florida Philanthropic Network. This report is released in tandem with “The Status of Women in Florida by County: Population & Diversity,” which analyzes the demographics of women and men in the state.
The Rally Social Enterprise Accelerator is currently accepting applications for their second class, which will launch May 1.
The program, spearheaded by the Central Florida Foundation, works with local social entrepreneurs to develop their ideas into self-sustainable ventures within the community. The 16-week program is made possible through a community partnership between Downtown CREDO, Entrepreneurs in Action, Central Florida Foundation, Rollins College and Clean the World.
Women’s History Month is the perfect time to focus on successful female entrepreneurs from our past, present and future.
According to the National Association of Women Business Owners, more than 11.6 million U.S. firms are owned by women, employing nearly 9 million and generating $1.7 trillion in sales as of 2017. Women-owned firms (51 percent or more ownership) account for 39 percent of all privately held firms and contribute 8 percent of employment and 4.2 percent of revenues nationwide. Yet, data from the 2016 Status of Women in Florida by County: Poverty and Opportunity Report shows that in Southwest Florida only about 30 percent of businesses are owned by women.
Black women are showing up and sprinkling their magic in all sectors of society, especially in business. Since 1997, the number of African American women entrepreneurs in the U.S. rose by 322%. Yet, despite the fact that black women are the fastest growing segment of entrepreneurs in the country and women of color own more than 1.5 million businesses, they receive less than 1% of all venture investment, according to a report released by #ProjectDiane.
To help close this gap, JPMorgan Chase is investing $1 million into black and Hispanic women-led startups. This investment is part of the bank’s $150 million Small Business Forward initiative, which is committed to supporting small businesses owned by underserved women, minorities, and veterans.
The contest culminates Sunday, March 11, with a reception and “Shark Tank”-style event at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach. The PBPT organization was established by Advisors for Philanthropic Impact a couple of years ago in partnership with the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County and the Maltz Jupiter Theatre. Their intent was to help shape students’ leadership paths and, through their creative solutions, address and improve social issues in the community. The PBPT competition, in its third year, aims to challenge, empower and equip the students (who must be enrolled in grades 7-12 in Palm Beach County) to develop and execute high-impact, sustainable community betterment projects.
During the conference, the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation and Duke University will also host the 2018 Coulter Investment Forum, which showcases 19 life science companies from about a dozen universities. Duke companies Microelastic Ultrasound, which specializes in medical diagnostic devices, and ...
The Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC), will begin loaning $1 million and training small businesses in Opa-locka, Miami Gardens, Liberty City and several other areas in North Miami-Dade County, thanks to a recent grant from JPMorgan Chase.
Women play an ever-increasing role in the world of entrepreneurship, and in Florida, they are taking the top spot in the country.
Since 1997, the number of female-owned businesses in the U.S. has risen 114-percent or 2.5 times the national average. And Florida is leading the way with the second highest growth rate.
Jan Moran, philanthropist and president of The Jim Moran Foundation, received the Vires Award for her generous support of entrepreneurial activities at Florida State University. Moran has worked tirelessly to ensure her late husband Jim Moran's legacy and entrepreneurial spirit live on at Florida State.