According to the latest State of Women-Owned Business Report by American Express Open, there are over 8.3 million women-owned businesses in the United States (8,345,600 to be precise).
Women-owned businesses are generating $1,291,267,100,000 ($1.3 trillion) in revenues and employing 7,700,000 people. Between 1997 and 2012, when the number of businesses in the United States increased by 37%, the number of women-owned firms increased by 54%—a rate 1½ times the national average.
Where do Girl Scouts fit into the equation?
The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the world, a business that is also seeing monumental increases. Cookie sales have increased more than 3 percent in each of the last three years. Last year, 214 million boxes were sold, for a total of $787 million, up from 207 million boxes and $760 million the year before.
Odds are many of the Women-Owned Businesses in the world are run by Girl Scout Alumnae - a trend that will definitely continue long into the future!