Kicking off Women's History Month, the Department of Labor unveiled www.women-21.gov,
a new website devoted to aiding women-owned small businesses. The site is designed to help businesswomen access federal government resources.
According to the Census Bureau's latest Survey of Minority-Owned Business
Enterprises, women owned 26 percent of the nation's 20.8 million non-farm
businesses - which translates into 5,417,034 firms. Those businesses also employed
7.1 million paid workers, and generated $818.7 billion in sales and receipts.
The website champions the cause of women small business owners and their ever-increasing
role in the American marketplace, according to U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine
L. Chao. The site aims to serve these women by providing the resources they
need to continue driving their businesses forward, creating more jobs in the
nation's economy. Features of the website include information regarding key
issues such as access to capital, health insurance, government procurement,
retirement security, technology, and the tax code.
"As secretary of labor, I see first-hand how women-owned businesses are
creating more jobs for American workers," Chao says. "These businesswomen
are vital to our nation's economy. I hope www.women-21.gov
will provide easy access to federal resources to help women entrepreneurs in
advancing their businesses' growth and, in turn, further our nation's economic
expansion and create more jobs."
The site will be regularly updated and will provide special features for women
business-owners such as webcasts, registration for upcoming events, and reports
on what women entrepreneurs are thinking and saying on key issues.