Women-owned businesses are on the fast-track.
And just in case you missed the memo, it’s never been a better time to be a female entrepreneur.
According to the 2015 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report published by Womenable and American Express OPEN, “the number of women-owned firms in the U.S. continues to climb, and is now estimated to have surpassed 9.4 million enterprises – 30% of all businesses in the country.”
But wait, it gets better. Reports suggest, “the revenue generated by these enterprises is now estimated to stand at nearly $1.5 trillion, and has increased by 79% since 1997;” and “women-owned firms now employ over 7.9 million workers (excluding owners), providing one in seven jobs among privately-owned businesses.”
While we celebrate women entrepreneurs every day, this week (November 19th) kicked off the 2nd Annual International Women’s Entrepreneurship Day #WomenWOW to empower women and their businesses.
So, here’s a look at 10 female entrepreneurs who are empowered and should definitely be on your radar. Check them out below, in no particular order:
1. Adrienne Bosh, Founder of Sparkle and Shine Darling
Mompreneur Adrienne Bosh is the founder of Miami, FL-based Sparkle and Shine Darling, a Parisian inspired boutique and event space “where women can shop, have fun and be inspired.” The boutique and online shop carries carefully curated knick-knacks and novelties. She has also created her own line of Sparkle & Shine products including stationary, mugs, and more. Bosh has a passion for empowering women, supporting mothers and making the world a better, glitzier place. (Twitter: @MrsAdrienneBosh, Instagram: @mrsadriennebosh)
2. Danielle Arps, Founder of Dani Arps LLC
Danielle Arps is the founder of Dani Arps, a NY-based interior design firm specializing in startups, commercial and residential spaces. Arps received her Master of Science in Interior Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, one of the nations most prestigious design schools – and is quickly becoming known as the NYC tech scene’s interior designer of choice. Her design firm’s expertise has graced the digs of high profile startup spaces including Sailthru, Codecademy, Venmo, Fueled, Newscred, Contently, Kitchensurfing, Gilt and more. Danielle has recently collaborated with General Assembly on the company’s upcoming worldwide build out. (Twitter: @daniarps, Instagram: @daniarps)
3. Kelly Lundberg, Founder of StyleMeDivine
StyleMeDivine, a personal styling and shopping agency, is the brainchild of entrepreneur, speaker and author Kelly Lundberg. Kelly has created the go-to global company for bespoke styling, wardrobe advice and personal shopping. Harnessing 15 years of experience in the industry, StyleMeDivine™ has a wide and dedicated following, offering exclusive personal styling services to a dynamic client base in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Saudi Arabia and London. (Twitter: @kellylundberg, Instagram: @kellylundbergofficial)
4. Suann Song, Founder and Creative Director at SIMPLESONG Design and Appointed
Graphic Designer Suann Song is the founder of Washington, D.C.-based Appointed, an American-made brand of thoughtfully designed desktop products that make utility look luxurious. Following an exhaustive yet unsuccessful search to find well made and refined desktop products that are manufactured in the U.S., Song decided to create her own. Suann’s suite of hand-crafted desktop tools are practical and polished – prototyped to perfection. Appointed goods are designed to elevate the work experience. Suann also owns SIMPLESONG Design, a nationally recognized creative studio. (Twitter: @simplesongdc, Instagram: @suannsong)
5. Molly Thompson, Co-founder of Kind Campaign
Molly Thompson is the co-founder of Kind Campaign, an internationally recognized nonprofit organization that brings awareness and healing to the negative and lasting effects of girl-against-girl bullying with their global movement, documentary film, in-school assemblies and educational curriculums. (Twitter: @mollymaethomps, Instagram: @mollymaethomps)
6. Justine Flynn, Co-Founder and Director at Thankyou.
Justine is the Co-founder and Director of Brand and People at Thankyou, a social enterprise that funds life-changing projects in developing nations. Thankyou sells a range of water, food and body care products, with every product contributing to providing life-changing water, food or health and hygiene solutions to someone in need. To date, Thankyou has funded access to safe water for 182,219 people, hygiene and sanitation training for 270,378 people as well as 19.1 million days’ of access to immediate food aid. (Twitter: @jusflynn, Instagram: @justflynn)
7. Uyo Okebie-Eichelberger, Designer and Founder of You! Lingerie and Preggo Leggings
Uyo Okebie-Eichelberger, after earning an MBA at Duke and working as a brand manager, launched You! Lingerie in 2010—a maternity and nursing intimates and sleepwear brand. The fledgling brand Uyo started in the basement of her home eventually grew into a team that now resides in a 7,000 sq ft warehouse and office space. In the summer of 2014, Uyo created Preggo Leggings, over the belly maternity leggings for fashion-conscious moms. The same year, You! Lingerie added Walmart.com as a retail partner. Currently, You! Lingerie is sold online and in over 120 stores in North America, South America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. (Twitter: @youlingerie, Instagram: @uyo)
8. Lauren Hooker, Owner and Graphic Designer at Elle & Company
Lauren Hooker is the graphic designer and blogger behind Charlotte, NC-based Elle & Company, a business, blogging, and design resource for creative entrepreneurs. Lauren’s passion for helping other creative business owners transformed her company. What started as a freelance design venture has now become a resource for creative entrepreneurs and bloggers through a blog, newsletter, e-courses, and design services. Lauren works alongside her husband and business partner, Jake – and together they are building a creative empire. (Twitter: @LaurenElizHook, Instagram: @laurenelizhook)
9. Coralie Reiter, Owner of Coralie Reiter Jewelry
Coralie Reiter has been making and selling jewelry since 2012. As the creator of Coralie Reiter Jewelry she crafts edgy-bohemia pieces by hand in her Los Angeles, CA studio. Born in Puerto Rico to a Puerto Rican mother and a Swiss-German father, Coralie’s background has played a major influence in her design aesthetic which boasts ethnic and tribal style, mixed with European precision and elegance. (Instagram: @coraliereiter)
10. Cara Alwill Leyba, Master Life Coach and Creator of The Champagne Diet
NYC-based author and Master Life Coach, Cara Alwill Leyba encourages women to create a “Champagne Life” by living effervescently, celebrating themselves every day, and making happiness a priority. Cara runs an international boutique coaching practice where she works with burnt-out, bored women who know they are meant for more. Through loving guidance, support and an expert perspective, Cara empowers women to challenge their fears and create a lifestyle and career that feels authentic, vibrant, and inspiring. Enough said. (Twitter: @ChampagneDiet, Instagram: @thechampagnediet)
Do you know women entrepreneurs who should be on our radar? If so, let us know in the comments below.