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Best & Worst Cities for Women-Owned Businesses: 2016

Entrepreneurship was once an opportunity accessible only to men. With the exception of a few brave women who defied the odds, most females historically failed to break through the barriers of the male-dominated business space. However, it is the 21st century, and it is becoming an era in which women are a powerful force in society, especially in our economy.

It is not only common for women to be entrepreneurs today, but it also means they are becoming part of an influential group. According to an American Express OPEN-commissioned report, more than 9.4 million women-owned businesses currently operate in the U.S. Combined, those firms account for nearly a third of all privately held companies, pull in annual revenues to the tune of $1.5 trillion and provide jobs to roughly eight million workers.

Women-owned businesses are among the fastest-growing enterprises in the nation, increasing at a rate 1.5 times the U.S. average and topping “the growth rates of all but the largest, publicly-traded firms” in the past 18 years.

If you are inspired to become the next Madam C.J. Walker or Jessica Alba, two women known for their epic entrepreneurial achievements, you might want to consider where to begin your future endeavor. Location plays a key role in the success of any business; particularly, a woman-owned business. It’s true that some areas are better than others at encouraging female entrepreneurship and recognizing its value.

To determine where best to begin your entrepreneurial endeavor, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 100 largest metropolitan statistical areas, (MSAs), across 10 key metrics indicating friendliness toward this group. Their data set ranges from average revenue growth of women-owned businesses to presence of women’s business centers to industry variety for women-owned firms.

Overall Rank MSA Total Score ‘Overall New-Business Friendliness’ Rank ‘Female Entrepreneurship’ Rank ‘Business Climate for Women’ Rank

1 Nashville-Davidson-
-Murfreesboro–Franklin, 70.04 13 20 18

2 Chattanooga, TN-GA 69.79 2 50 18

3 Columbus, OH 68.13 7 23 27

4 Memphis, TN-MS-AR 66.99 4 66 18

5 Milwaukee-Waukesha-
West Allis, WI 66.44 30 48 2

6 Rochester, NY 64.89 18 77 5

7 Kansas City, MO-KS 64.82 22 14 25

8 Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 64.60 25 55 11

9 Greensboro-High Point, NC 64.57 6 56 40

10 Honolulu, HI 63.88 43 3 17

11 Oklahoma City, OK 63.17 14 5 86

12 Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson,IN 63.08 24 6 55

13 Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 62.90 42 35 5

14 St. Louis, MO-IL 61.95 31 19 25

15 Knoxville, TN 61.26 21 75 18

16 Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 61.22 11 41 76

17 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 61.16 57 25 1

18 Madison, WI 60.77 48 54 2

19 Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 60.67 19 88 16

20 New Haven-Milford, CT 60.57 N/A 33 22

21 San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 60.35 40 1 89

22 Tulsa, OK 60.27 1 65 86

23 Salt Lake City, UT 60.18 27 11 69

24 Winston-Salem, NC 59.92 12 76 40

25 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-
Newport News,VA-NC
59.82 37 10 38

26 Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 59.67 5 73 72

27 Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 59.47 17 28 88

28 Syracuse, NY 59.19 N/A 67 5

29 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 59.11 54 26 10

30 Fresno, CA 59.05 29 21 59

31 Wichita, KS 58.84 10 81 44

32 Albuquerque, NM 58.61 47 4 34

33 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 58.17 N/A 46 22

34 Stockton-Lodi, CA 58.04 23 47 59

35 New Orleans-Metairie, LA 57.72 8 37 96

36 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 57.30 26 12 89

37 Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford,CT 56.26 N/A 57 22

38 Colorado Springs, CO 55.71 33 62 35

39 Jackson, MS 55.62 3 98 75

40 Richmond, VA 55.54 32 64 38

41 Toledo, OH 55.18 16 97 27

42 Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 54.68 60 51 4

43 Tucson, AZ 54.52 44 30 57

44 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 54.49 46 8 72

45 Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 54.28 N/A 32 46

46 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 54.22 36 39 76

47 Jacksonville, FL 54.15 39 53 46

48 Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 54.05 28 85 27

49 Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 53.34 41 58 40

50 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 53.33 51 22 46

51 Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 53.10 34 69 45

52 Worcester, MA-CT 52.98 59 52 13

53 El Paso, TC 52.75 15 79 89

54 Birmingham-Hoover, AL 52.58 9 82 95

55 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 52.48 50 40 46

56 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 51.83 72 24 11

57 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 51.59 61 9 35

58 Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach,FL 51.35 N/A 45 46

59 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 50.92 N/A 99 5

60 New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 50.70 74 15 5

61 Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH 50.27 69 42 13

62 Springfield, MA 50.13 N/A 96 13

63 Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 49.27 N/A 70 27

64 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 48.74 38 61 89

65 Boise, ID 48.46 45 60 78

66 Cleveland-Elyria, OH 48.15 53 72 27

67 Miami-Fort Lauderdale
-West Palm Beach, FL 48.05 64 13 46

68 Raleigh, NC 47.83 63 31 40

69 Baton Rouge, LA 47.70 20 84 96

70 Bakersfield, CA 47.63 52 59 71

71 Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 47.48 55 29 85
72 Austin-Round Rock, TX 47.07 58 16 89

73 Dayton, OH 46.65 N/A 86 27

74 Akron, OH 46.54 49 93
75 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario,CA 46.23 68 17 59

76 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 46.20 66 27 57

77 McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 46.01 N/A 44 89

78 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim,CA 45.88 70 7 59

79 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 45.46 55 78 46
80 Sacramento–Roseville
-Arden-Arcade, CA 45.02 62 43 59

81 Little Rock-North Little Rock
-Conway, AR 44.90 35 94 79

82 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria 44.o4 73 2 74
DC-VA-MD-WV

83. Ogden-Clearfield, UT 43.58 N/A 80 69

84. Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 43.54 N/A 90 46

85 Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton,
PA-NJ 43.15 N/A 68 80

86 Charleston-North Charleston, SC 42.55 N/A 36 98

87 Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 42.25 N/A 74 80

88 Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 42.17 75 34 37

89 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward,CA 41.01 77 18 59

90 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington,
PA-NJ-DE-MD 40.84 64 49 80

91 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro,OR-WA 40.59 76 38 56

92 San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 39.56 71 63 59

93 Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton,PA 39.34 N/A 87 80

94 Provo-Orem, UT 39.23 N/A 95 69

95 North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 39.10 N/A 100 46

96 Pittsburgh, PA 37.52 67 71 80

97 Columbia, SC 33.05 N/A 83 98

98 Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC 31.78 N/A 91 98

99 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 31.64 77 92 59

100 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 31.26 79 89 59

Source: WalletHub

Girls Auto Clinic is ready to ‘ratchet up’ locations nationwide!

Susan Frissell, PhD
Editor/WWW

Patrice Banks, of #sheCANic fame has been hinting she has some exciting news to announce. She hopes you’ll be as excited as she is. I know we are, having watched her progress. Who says ‘girls’ don’t want to know more about cars? We’ve known this for some time.

Some of you may know that Patrice has been on a “bold mission to educate and empower women” through their cars. It has been her goal “to reach every woman driver and to change the face of the automotive industry to support its number one customer – women!”

According to Banks, the success of her flagship Girls Auto Clinic Repair Center in Philadelphia and the #sheCANic movement has been powered in part by the incredible support she’s been given, her team, and her business. “People are inspired by our story,” she says, “of an auto airhead turned auto mechanic who opened the nation’s first auto repair garage to employ women mechanics, offer a nail salon & lounge, and host car care workshops.” The question everyone asks now is “When is Girls Auto Clinic coming to my city” and the answer is SOON!”

Banks is so excited to announce that she is launching a crowdfund campaign on August 15th to grow the #sheCANic movement and expand Girls Auto Clinic Repair Center locations across the country! They are asking for the public’s help to get the news out there, and to support her Girls Auto Clinic.

So check out her pre-launch page and keep in touch for her exciting news to come. Jump on the bandwagon and be a part of this exciting movement around girls and their cars!

Dr. Beasley’s Detailing Prescription

We received a sample of the Dr. Beasley’s Glass Serum Kit, complete with a 1 oz. Glass Serum bottle, 2 oz Glass Coating Prep, 1 Foam Block Applicator and 2 Suede Cloths. They also threw in a 1 bottle of AdvanceCoat: Glass. As Dr. Beasley’s president states, “the proof is in the results.” We found it to be somewhat superior to other products on the market; namely, RainX, and easy to use.

The packaging on this new high-tech formulation is handsome and speaks well of the product. You’re not using any low-end ingredients. Indorsed by professionals, automotive manufacturers and enthusiasts alike, Dr. Beasley’s has a popular line of products including a matte paint car line, wheel care, polishes, and ceramic coatings. The Dr.’s products stand out and serve the modern automobiles’ needs well. When I think of the products we used in the past, I shutter at their possible side effects; of which I probably never even considered. Dr. Beasleys Car Care Products, based in Chicago, is new to this automotive writer.

We waited for some much-needed rain here in Indy to ‘test drive’ the nano coating serum recently. As the label tells the buyer, Dr. Beasley’s products are handcrafted with over 30 years of detailing knowledge and passion. Easy to apply and with quick results, we found that the rain beaded right off the windshield. We haven’t applied the Serum to side windows yet, but will give that a try, also.

A big part of president Jim Lafeber’s motivation to create the Dr. Beasley’s line was his dissatisfaction with how previous products he was using at his Chicago detailing business, Simon’s Shine Shop, were affecting his customer’s vehicles’ health. Jim utilized his chemistry background to formulate detailing solutions of his own. He took in-house products to market under the Dr. Beasley’s name, gaining notability for their matte paint car line. They also formulate, manufacture and package the car care products within their Chicago, IL facility.

The “proof is in the results,” says Mr. Lafeber. “Our formulas are crafted with pharmaceutical grade ingredients.” Working to continually enhance their products, Dr. Beasley’s promises ‘high-quality” results.The Glass Serum Kit comes with instructions. (See for yourself at www.drbeasleys.com. Read about their products and order some for yourself).
Your car will love you for it!

Dr. Beasley’s won us over, not only after first use, but upon learning that Jim named his car care line after his Alaskan Malamute, Beasley. Applying the Glass Serum to all three cars, we promptly tossed our other inferior products in the garbage. I also applied it to windshield of my brother-in-law’s 2010 Kia Soul, after a three-hour detailing project. He’ll have to convice himself it’s really raining the next time he drives when it’s wet!!

Try Dr. Beasley’s. We think you’ll agree.

Hey, Jim, how about a picture of Beasley (the Malamute) on your box? Mr. Tito’s “dog” vodka isn’t the only star out there!