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At Business.org, they're all about learning what it takes to start and run successful businesses. And with 39% of all US businesses owned by women, they wanted to learn more about the factors that may help women entrepreneurs be more successful.It may be obvious that the tech-driven landscape of Silicon Valley offers some of the greatest opportunity for women business owners. But it may surprise you to see exactly which metropolitan areas—both in Silicon Valley and beyond—offer the best mix of factors for women looking to launch their own businesses.These are this year’s best US areas for women business owners.
1. Greater Tampa Bay Area, FL (Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater)2. Silicon Valley, CA (San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara)3. Seattle Metropolitan Area, WA (Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue)4. Greater Orlando, FL (Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford)5. Inland Empire, CA (Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario)6. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI (Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington)7. Bay Area, CA (San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward)8. Pittsburgh, PA9. St. Louis, MO-IL10. Miami Metropolitan Area, FL (Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach)
They examined five key metrics to decide which cities provide the best environment for women entrepreneurs:•Percentage of women-owned businesses•Number of new businesses per 100,000 people•Women-to-men pay difference•Unemployment rate for women•Number of National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) chapters
Among the 107 regions/cities evaluated, the Orlando MSA ranked 5th in "Women Owned Businesses", 9th in "Start-ups", 22nd in "Pay Difference", 28th in "Women's Unemployment" and 3rd in "NAWBO Chapters".