Growth of women-owned firms

Approximately 47,800 women-owned firms in the Columbus metropolitan area employed 117,100 people and generated more than $10 billion in sales, according to a 1996 study by the National Foundation for Women Business Owners. Here’s how the numbers have grown:

Percent increase, number of firms, 1987-1996
Ohio: 82%
Columbus: 100%

Percent increase, employment, 1987-1996
Ohio: 199%
Columbus: 216%

Percent increase, sales, 1987-1996
Ohio: 244%
Columbus: 197%

Source: National Foundation for Women Business Owners, estimates based on 1987 and 1992 census data