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.
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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