Portland Ranks Poorly for Women Owned Businesses
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
In the macro, the report found that "more than 9.4 million women-owned businesses currently operate in the U.S. Combined, those firms account for nearly a third of all privately held companies, pull in annual revenues to the tune of $1.5 trillion and provide jobs to roughly eight million workers."
In addition, women owned businesses are the fastest-growing enterprises in the nation — increasing at a rate 1.5 times the U.S. average and topping “the growth rates of all but the largest, publicly-traded firms” in the past 18 years.
In 2014, one of the leading women's business organizations in the Portland area closed. "Since the mid-90's WEO has operated as a 100% volunteer driven organization. The organization would not exist today without the sweat, tears, and vision of the women who invested time, resources, and heart into this community." Women Entrepreneur of Oregon closed after 34 years.
One of the replacement organization WEO encouraged women to join, Portland Female Executives (PDXfX) says it "is a premier non-profit organization dedicated to the professional and personal advancement of women in business in the Portland, Oregon greater metro area."
In the Northwest, Portland ranks far behind the other cities in the region:
Spokane Ranks #8
Seattle-Tacoma Ranks #56
Boise Ranks #65
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro Ranks #91
WalletHub’s analysts compared the 100 largest metropolitan statistical areas, or MSAs, across 10 key metrics indicating friendliness toward this group. The data set ranges from average revenue growth of women-owned businesses to presence of women’s business centers to industry variety for women-owned firms. Scroll down for the results, expert commentary and a detailed description of our methodology.
Related Slideshow: Slideshow: Ten Reasons Why it Stinksto be a Straight Single Woman in Portland
6. Won't pay for dinner
Any old-school gals looking for their Mr. Big to drop the dough after dinner will be disappointed. Portlanders are liberal and feminist so your dinner date is as likely to have the same expectations of you. In fact, chances are he’ll be worried that he’s more likely to offend you by offering. Be prepared to shell out.
4. No job
If you’ve found the only straight single man in town, chances are he doesn’t have a job. He’s in a band, or he’s building a house one brick at a time, or he’s trying to figure out how to make a sustainable organic hand craft business that mostly involves hanging out in coffee shops and bars.
Photo Credit: Ramsay MacDonland, from the Public Domain
2. Exes at yoga
This is a small town so if you do find a man, at some stage or other you’re going to run up against his past. Or multiple pasts. That woman setting her mat up behind you in your yoga class is probably his ex. Ready for some downward dog now?
Photo Credit: Ace Images no name to credit on the site.
1. He's a clown
Somebody warned you that Portland men are clowns, right? And you didn’t take it seriously. But look – that guy you eyed up in that bar last night? He rode home on a unicycle. And he juggles.
From Juggalos to gutter punk 'circus artists,' men in Portland can LITERALLY be clowns.
Photo credit: BJ the Clown
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