(Washington, DC) – Today more than half of all American’s own or working for a small business., according to a report by the Minority Business Development Agency. Recent studies have shown that diverse women-owned businesses are the fastest growing entrepreneurial segment in the country and account for 2.2 million of the 5.8 million minority-owned firms in the US, 186 billion dollars in gross receipts and 1.2 million employees. Of particular note is the fact that African American women-owned businesses comprised 45-percent of all diverse women-owned businesses, the largest single percentage for all women of color owned firms.
“African-American and Hispanic women are making great strides in entrepreneurship throughout the country, the goal of Walker’s Legacy is to bring greater attention to our role as business owners and economic contributors to the US,” stated Natalie Madeira Cofield, Founder, Walker’s Legacy.
In honor of National Small Business Week, Walker’s Legacy, a national women in business collective founded in 2009, partnered with Accelerate with Google to host programs to support women of color in business throughout the country.
“The day of programming highlighted the budding networks of entrepreneurial women of color being cultivated by Walker’s Legacy which works to provide a forum for women to build networks, gain skills and increase entrepreneurial supports for enterprising women of color,” stated Christian Reed-Ogba, Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, BethanyEast PR and San Antonio Walker’s Legacy Chair.
In total, the organization hosted more than five-hundred women at nine programs throughout the country in markets including Chicago, Washington, DC, Houston, Atlanta and Los Angeles among other markets.
To learn more about Walker’s Legacy visit us online at www.walkerslegacy.com.
About Walker’s Legacy: Established in 2009 and named in honor of Madam C. J. Walker, Walker’s Legacy serves as one of the largest entrepreneurial associations for women of color in the country.
About Accelerate with Google: Google is committed to making the web work for small businesses. That means making the web and all of our tools for businesses more accessible and useful. Accelerate with Google supports businesses in communities that are underrepresented on the web, growing diversity and inclusion in Google’s user, customer and partner base.