The District of Columbia and Maryland have the highest percentages of women-owned businesses in the nation, according to the newly released 2007 Census Bureau figures.
Women in D.C. own more than 34 percent of businesses, ranking first. Following the District, Maryland women own more than 32 percent of businesses, placing second. Virginia came in 10th, at 30 percent, with the entire region trumping the nation’s 29 percent rate.
“This is great news for women in our area,” said Bridget Dean, district director of the Washington Metropolitan District Office for the U.S. Small Business Administration. Dean attributes the success of women in the area to its healthy ecosystem of support for women in the region, including help from both local and federal government.