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Why we're telling the stories of women small business owners
How women turn business aspirations into reality—and innovate
In many ways, it's a great time for American women. More women are earning undergraduate and advanced college degrees, and are climbing through the executive ranks. And today, women own 10 million small businesses in the United States. While that's an impressive number—up 70 percent since the late 1990s—it still represents only one-third of US business owners.
That's why we've created Dream Builders, a series presented by Chase for Business that spotlights diverse women sharing thoughts on how they're turning their business aspirations into reality—and innovating along the way.
You'll meet Nikki Barua, an Indian-born gay woman who recalls coming to the US feeling “lost and out of place," and who built a digital agency that helps major companies innovate. There's the story of Torie Fisher, who, after leaving the military, launched a successful brewery. Lauren Rubinson-Morris, meanwhile, explains how she launched an innovative ambulance business—and learned to create a team of trustworthy leaders. In the next year, you'll meet other women, sharing stories in their own words. Each of their stories teaches us so many different things about endurance, hard work, and how to build a dream.
At JPMorgan Chase, we acknowledge our responsibility to increase the number of diverse entrepreneurs. That's why we've doubled the investment in our Small Business Forward initiative to $150 million over five year to help small businesses run by women, people of color, and veterans, to provide capital and technical assistance. To accomplish this goal, we must puncture the barriers that many entrepreneurial women face—including gaining access to capital to launch, and expand, their businesses. When small business owners have the tools and resources to succeed, our neighborhoods, cities—and our society—prospers.
We hope you leave the stories in our Dream Builders series inspired, and empowered with the tools to grow your enterprise—or to launch one.
Let us know what you think.
Steven Gray is Vice President and Managing Editor at JPMorgan Chase. He has been a reporter, editor, or bureau chief at Time, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, among other media outlets.