Women Owned Businesses

Women-owned businesses drive economic growth and provide a path to economic success and mobility

Over the past five years, the annual growth rate in the number of women-owned businesses in the U.S. has been more than double that of all businesses. But women still face significant barriers as entrepreneurs, including securing funding, assembling a good team and finding the tools to grow and manage their business. Southwest Initiative Foundation supports women-owned businesses in our region with access to capital and one-to-one business coaching. And it’s not just at the start-up phase: We’re here for southwest Minnesota’s entrepreneurs in the wake of challenges and change, as their businesses grow and evolve. This collection of stories, told by women business owners, highlights the importance of creating equitable access to resources, capital and networks so that every business owner has the opportunity to reach their full potential.