Los Angeles: Largest U.S. City to Include LGBTQ Businesses in Contracts

Los Angeles has announced a new policy that gives LGBTQ businesses—those owned by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community—opportunities in contracting and procurement, as well as for capacity building and educational programs from small businesses. This places the city as the United States’ largest municipality in population and economic size to have such a policy. 

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Minority Women-Owned Businesses Have Grown 163 Percent Since 2007

The 2018 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, commissioned by American Express provides detailed information and statistics regarding women business owners in the United States, including minority women’s gains in entrepreneurship and challenges they continue to face.

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U.S. Metro Cities Where Minority Businesses are Thriving and Struggling

There are approximately 8 million minority-owned businesses in the United States, and each faces its own obstacles in terms in reaching success, such as access to capital and location. LendingTree just released a new report on the top cities where minority-owned businesses are succeeding, such as those whose annual revenue exceeds $500,000, and places where businesses are struggling to remain afloat.

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8 Women-Owned Businesses to Visit in Chicago

More women are pursuing entrepreneurship as a source of wealth-building and financial independence. According to the 2017 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, the number, and revenue, of women-owned businesses in the United States has more than doubled in the last 20 years. This trend is prevalent in Chicago, the Heart of America, where women are seeking the American Dream by starting their own businesses, selling products and services that they care about.

If you’re coming to the 2018 NAWRB Conference, “Year of Women,” this weekend in Chicago, why not support local women-owned businesses? Here’s a list of eight Chicago women-owned businesses you might want to check out during your time in the Windy City.

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