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N.D. sees big gains in number of women-owned businesses

Published 03/30/2012, Grand Forks Herald

Report: State now has 18,400 firms owned by women with $2.6 billion in annual sales
When Dona Wambsganss earned her certified public accountant license 12 years ago, she said the industry was dominated by men. But Wambsganss said in recent years, more and more women entrepreneurs are getting her help with developing a business plan and securing financing to join the growing ranks of women business owners across the state. The number of women-owned firms in the state has grown by 48.2 percent since 1997 to an estimated 18,400, according to a new American Express OPEN report that analyzed Census Bureau data.

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