ND tops in growth of female owned businesses

FARGO – North Dakota ranks first for growth in number and economic clout of women-owned businesses in a new census-based report.

North Dakota has an estimated 20,700 women-owned firms that employ 21,300 workers and have more than $3.2 million in sales, according to the fourth annual the American Express OPEN State of Women-Owned Businesses Report.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

  • Russell Schiwal

    These numbers have to be wrong. $3.2 Million in sales among 20,700 businesses averages out to a whopping $160 a business. These women need to find a different line of work.