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NAWBO and ADP Survey Showcases Opportunities to Help America’s Underserved Populations

According to NAWBO's most recent survey, nearly 92 percent of women-owned businesses are microbusinesses, businesses with fewer than 25 employees.

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and ADP released the results of a survey of women business owners. Nearly 92 percent of women-owned businesses are microbusinesses, businesses with fewer than 25 employees. While the businesses may be small, they provide the lion’s share of the family income. 63 percent of the business owners provide 50-100 percent of the household income. By giving these businesses resources to grow, we will see an opportunity to increase wealth in our most underserved populations.

“Women business owners are community leaders and the drivers of our nation’s economy,” said Karen Bennetts, NAWBO National Board Chair. “By supporting women business owners and providing them with the necessary resources, we are building the bridge to wealth creation, allowing them to grow and scale their businesses. We appreciate the support of great companies like ADP who recognize this vital section of the American economy.”

“ADP is proud of our partnership and of supporting women-owned businesses and organizations, like NAWBO, that help propel women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide. Women-owned businesses create a huge impact on our economy and we recognize the importance of supporting and partnering with organizations like NAWBO so that we can help further their opportunities for success,” said Laci Buzzelli, Senior Vice President of Sales for ADP Small Business Services.

According to the 2021 Annual Business Survey (ABS), which covers the reference year 2020, women-owned 1.24 million or 21.4 percent of employer firms in the US. Women-owned businesses account for $1.9 trillion in receipts, 10.9 million employees and $432.1 billion in annual payroll.

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Founded in 1975, NAWBO is the unified voice of America’s more than 12 million women-owned businesses representing the fastest-growing segment of the economy. NAWBO is the only dues-based organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries. NAWBO develops programs that help navigate women entrepreneurs through the various stages of their business growth. To learn more, please visit

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