When you think about Seattle, what may come to mind are coffee shops, grunge music and scores of Generation-Xers. But Seattle offers so much more. It is a hub for fostering entrepreneurship and is especially supportive of women who break out on their own. In fact, NerdWallet ranked Seattle as the third best city in the U.S. for women entrepreneurs, just behind Washington D.C and San Francisco.
According to the National Association of Women Business Owners, the number of women-owned business firms in the U.S. grew 59 percent between 1997 and 2013. Today, female entrepreneurs run some 8.6 million businesses in America, generating revenues in excess of $1.3 trillion.
In this segment, you’ll hear six women from Seattle tell their stories about how they got started, from the fears involved in taking a risk to pursue what they loved to the joy they experienced having brought their ideas to fruition. You’ll also hear about some of the challenges they face as they find success in what has traditionally been an arena dominated by men.