October 1, 2018
October marks Women’s Small Business Month, and we are happy and proud to recognize women in business both locally and around the world. Successful business women of the past and present continue to forge new paths for female entrepreneurs. We celebrate all those who are breaking the glass ceiling and serving as role models and mentors to women everywhere.
To support Women’s Small Business Month, we wanted to share a few statistics to spotlight the powerful impact women have had and continue to have on the American economy. Women solely own 36 percent of small businesses in the United States, employ 9 million people, and generate $1.7 trillion in sales. Additionally, 2.5 million businesses in the United States are owned equally by women and men. These dually owned companies contribute $2.5 trillion to America’s economy, provide $189 billion in payroll, and employ 6.5 million people.
Our firm effusively congratulates each and every woman in business! Please feel free to reach out to our firm at any time for support and advisory services as needed. Our goal is that you continue to succeed.
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If you’ve ever yawned your way through a wordy, boring document, you might have wondered if your own writing was as hard to understand. Luckily, there’s a great tool to measure the readability of your writing, and it’s as close as your word processor. (Note: For this article, we use Microsoft Word as our example. Details will vary if you use another application.)
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