By JAN ROSS PIEDAD • Texas Public Radio, The Source
MAR 19, 2018
It’s only been 30 years since the passing of H.R. 5050 in the United States, which granted women the right to secure business loans without a male co-signer and created the National Women’s Business Council.
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What’s changed since then and what more needs to be done?
San Antonio is a top city for women-owned businesses based on “economic clout” – the number of firms, employment and revenue – over the last 15 years, as well as a nationwide leader for employment vitality, according to a 2017 report.
What makes San Antonio different from other Texas cities when it comes to building a business? What issues matter to women entrepreneurs?
Has the #MeToo movement spurred change in the demand or support for women-owned businesses?
- Cece Smith, owner and president of Toolbox Studios, president of the San Antonio chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners
- Tracie Shelton Hervey, certified business advisor for the UTSA Small Business Development Center
- Margot Slosson, director of the Women’s Business Center at LiftFund
- Dolores Rowen, associate director of policy and research for the National Women’s Business Council
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