Women-owned small businesses are the backbone of the American economy. According to the National Women’s Business Council, there are more than 11.6 million women-owned businesses in the United States, which account for nearly one-third of all businesses in the country.

What’s even more impressive is that these businesses are growing at a rate that’s nearly twice as fast as the national average. In fact, women-owned businesses are responsible for nearly $1.5 trillion in revenue and employ nearly 9 million people.

Women-owned businesses also benefit from the rise in female entrepreneurship. According to a report from the American Express OPEN, the number of women-owned businesses in the United States has grown by 54 percent since 1997 – more than twice the rate of male-owned businesses.

March is Women’s History Month, and what better way to celebrate than by supporting women-owned businesses? Check out this growing list of small, women-owned businesses you can find across Hampton Roads!

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