The Numbers Behind the Women's Business Center
The center has aided business development and spurred hiring in Montgomery County.
The Rockville Women’s Business Center celebrated its second anniversary on Dec. 6.
The center provides counseling, resources, training and other business development support to entrepreneurs, including a recently launched website featuring online business courses. To date it has hosted 97 business workshops and served more than 1,200 entrepreneurs.
Here’s a look, by the numbers, at who those entrepreneurs are and how successful they’ve been:
Who’s participating in RWBC programs?
88 percent are women.
49 percent are age 36 to 50.
33 percent are older than 50.
54 percent are already in business.
87 percent have home-based businesses.
82 percent are from businesses with less than $100,000 in annual earnings.
How has RWBC helped participants in its programs?
280 launched or improved a website.
232 started a business plan.
229 reported increased sales.
151 registered businesses.
111 completed a business plan.
110 hired at least one employee.
105 established QuickBooks or hired an accountant.
53 obtained a government contract.
44 moved or expanded their location.
44 applied for Women’s Business Enterprise or minority-owned business certification.
28 applied for a loan.
261 total jobs created.
Source: Rockville Women’s Business Center.