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Montana has an estimated 37,400 women-owned businesses, employing 35,000 and attributing to roughly $4,771,100,000 according to the seventh annual State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, commissioned by American Express OPEN. The report analyzes data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners and factoring in relative changes in Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Montana is ranked 32nd in growth of number of women-owned firms over the past 20 years with a 67.1% increase, 7th in growth of jobs created with a 57.3% increase and 11th in growth of firm revenues with a 133.0% increase.  

The unique analysis, reported by industry, revenue and employment size at the national, state and top 50 metro levels, shares a new and nuanced investigation into the growth trends over the past 20 years among the 11.6 million women-owned enterprises which employ nearly 9 million people and generate more than $1.7 trillion in revenues.

Nationally, the number of women-owned firms increased by 114% from 1997 to 2017, compared to just a 44% increase among all businesses. Therefore, over the past 20 years, the number of women-owned firms has grown at a rate of 2.5 times faster than the national average.