Early in my career, I worked as a financial advisor in an Oklahoma City-based financial planning practice. It was a great experience. Each day, I helped individuals and small business owners – many of whom were women – manage their finances. It was energizing working with these women and watching as they became more empowered and confident, and took charge of their financial destiny.
With that experience fueling my own journey, I moved to Dallas 10 years ago to work for Capital One. One of the things that attracted me to the company is its culture of innovation and openness to new ideas. Just look at our Garage in Dallas – one of Capital One’s innovation centers, where product managers, software engineers, designers and other experts work together in a collaborative environment to drive new innovation full circle, from rapid prototyping to in-market launch.
The proof of North Texas’ entrepreneurial growth is in the numbers:
This past March, the Center for an Urban Future, with support from the Capital One® Future EdgeSM initiative, released a comprehensive new study exploring the landscape of women entrepreneurs in the U.S.
The study found that of the 25 most populous U.S. cities, Dallas ranks:
- First in average sales per women-owned business ($198,599).
- Fifth in the growth of women-owned firms (58%).
- Fifth in the total number of women-owned businesses (52,789).
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*Article written by Jana Etheridge of Capital One Future Edge.