With New Year’s around the corner, it’s might be just the time to start thinking of your resolutions. Sure you could stick to the usual choices (hitting the gym more often, limiting that sweet tooth), but why not make this year the one you never forget. This could be the year you jumpstart your fantastic business idea!
Entrepreneurship is at an all-time high. The number of women-owned small businesses is increasing at a remarkable rate. And it is the perfect time for you to put your skills to a greater use and bring your startup idea to fruition.
So where should you jumpstart your business? Well, Meghan Casserly answers that question in a terrific Forbes article called, “Best Cities for Women in Business.”
According to Ms. Casserly, there are several cities across the U.S. that are experiencing an exciting influx of women-owned businesses. The common characteristic shared by these cities is that they are diverse, open-minded communities that are encouraging of female entrepreneurship. The article hones in on five cities in particular that have proven to be exceptionally great for female entrepreneurs and their startup ventures.
The first few cities on Ms. Casserly’s list are San Francisco, California, and Columbus, Ohio. According to the article, these two cities are fantastic startup locations for women starting tech-based businesses. San Francisco is an obvious choice with its proximity to Silicon Valley, the mecca for anything technology related. Women-owned businesses would definitely be embraced in this diverse community. Similarly, Columbus is a great location for women in the tech business with its “Tech Columbus” program. The program encourages entrepreneurship in the technology field, and women-owned tech businesses would be promoted in this environment.
Next is New York City, which is a fantastic place for women entrepreneurs. The Big Apple is definitely a diverse, presenting women entrepreneurs with a heightened level of encouragement and funding. An added perk is that New York City embraces today’s social media trends, so female business owners in New York can enjoy the perks of social media business promotions.
The last two cities on Ms. Casserly’s list are Bethesda, Maryland, and Tampa, Florida. Bethesda is great for women-owned businesses that utilize government backing. With its proximity to Washington D.C., female business owners will have an easier time getting governmental business contracts. Tampa has emerged in the last decade as the city with the second highest growth of entrepreneurship. Women-owned businesses made up a large portion of such growth, so new women-owned startups would flourish in this encouraging environment.
So, if one of these cities happens to be your hometown, then that is fantastic! If not, then you can start the women-owned business trend in your own hometown. Regardless of location, it is time us women take the business world by storm and continue this amazing trend towards continued female entrepreneurship.