A MESSAGE FROM THE COUNCIL PRESIDENT
March is Women’s History Month, which was first declared by U.S. Congress in 1987 to salute women for their invaluable contributions to the growth, prosperity, and moral fiber of this great nation. Women’s History Month is a time when we usually remember the women who made a difference in this country long ago, women such as trailblazers Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Ida B. Wells, and Madam C.J. Walker. However, this year, we must also recognize the modern-day female leaders and activists like Tarana Burke, who founded the “Me Too” movement against sexual abuse and harassment in the workplace. During this Women’s History Month, millions of women from all walks of life are saying me too and declaring, “Time’s Up!” The Council hears their voices and supports their efforts to make all workplaces, especially minority-owned businesses, safe for every woman.
Women business owners – particularly, women of color – are growing in numbers and strength. They have the power to make an immediate environmental shift that will give female employees the dignity and respect they deserve.
According to the National Association of Women Business Owners, women now own 30% of all businesses in the U.S. This represents more than 9.4 million firms that employ nearly 7.9 million people and generate $1.5 trillion in sales as of 2015. African-American women control 14% of these companies or an estimated 1.3 million businesses. From 1997 to 2015, the number of businesses owned by African-American women grew over 300%, making Black women the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the U.S.
The Council applauds our women business owners for all of their achievements, not only during Women’s History Month but every month. During this month, we are also determined to finalize our 2018 Strategic Plan. This plan will provide more opportunities and growth for MWBEs through a variety of innovative programs and special events.
Be sure to register for our 23rd Annual Networking for Scholarships Golf Outing. This annual fundraiser helps generate the critical financial support that funds the Council’s Scholarship Program and provides unique business development and networking opportunities all held in a beautiful outdoor setting. Stay tuned for details about this year’s 2018 Business Exchange.
Lastly, we look forward to attending and supporting the WBENC Summit and Salute in Dallas, Texas, March 20 – 22, 2018. For more information, please visit the WBENC website at http://www.wbenc.org. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for details about all Council events and available resources.
Terrence Clark, President & CEO
In honor of Women’s History Month, the NYNJ MSDC presents a listing of Council-certified, women-owned businesses.