By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com
Women entrepreneurs play an essential role in creating sustainable economic growth in today’s uncertain economy. In fact, women start businesses at twice the rate as men. But, despite robust growth in early stages, women-owned companies don’t always scale up to their full potential.
The Entrepreneurial Winning Women program is conducted in collaboration with several organizations that encourage the growth of women-owned businesses, including the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), The Committee of 200 (C200), the Kauffman Foundation and Babson College’s Center for Women’s Leadership.
At its annual Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum® in Palm Springs, Ernst & Young LLP honored the 11 winners of its 2012 Entrepreneurial Winning Women program. This national competition and executive leadership initiative identifies a select group of women entrepreneurs and connects them with the resources needed to scale their businesses and become market leaders. The winners, who were selected by a distinguished panel of independent judges from a competitive pool of 110 U.S. applicants, come from many different industry sectors, geographies and backgrounds. Combined, the group’s total 2011 revenues are nearly $85 million.