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Women make up 40% of new entrepreneurs and business startups in the United States. They choose entrepreneurship for a variety of reasons:


Women are still the primary caregivers for children and elders so having the ability to set their own schedules gives women the flexibility they need to balance work and home.


Gender parity for promotions in the workplace is still a work in progress. Women business owners can charge what they are worth. The gender pay gap is real and women earn about 80% of what their male counterparts do. Being their own boss gives women autonomy over their pay. Being an entrepreneur levels the playing field. Women can advance their careers more quickly when they’re the boss.


Women entrepreneurs can control their own professional destiny. The pandemic highlighted the fragility of the working world. Women who thought they were in a steady safe job suddenly found themselves on unemployment and dealing with home-schooling kids. Working for yourself means you are in the driver’s seat.

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Covid-19 Impact on Women-Owned Businesses

Collaborating entities at the federal, state and local organization level have released a California state report conveying a picture of impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on women business owners. The study shares how the issue of women’s participation in the workplace is critical to every community’s economic success, but systemic inequity prevents women entrepreneurs from fully contributing.

We are Part of Something Bigger

The Mendocino WBC is proud to be part of the California WBC network, which is sponsored by the Small Business Administration. The 16 Women’s Business Centers around the state work in collaboration to leverage their expertise and resources to assist women and men in igniting their dream of business ownership. Together we build resilient communities and grow stable economies.


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