American Business Women's Day came into existence due to the work of the American Business Women's Association (ABWA), a national education association designed to celebrate and promote American working women. The ABWA was incorporated on September 22, 1949, by Hilary A. Bufton Jr., a Kansas City, Mo., businessman, and three Kansas City businesswomen. In 1986, September 22 was recognized by President Ronald Reagan as American Business Women's Day to celebrate the contributions that women had made to the economy.
The mission and spirit of the ABWA may be part of the reason that women in business continue to thrive. Currently, American women-owned businesses are on the rise, and their growth rivals that of their male counterparts. Since 1997 the number of women-owned businesses, has increased by 50 percent, double the rate of men-owned firms.
Women entrepreneurs looking to add to this trend by starting their own businesses should be aware that we have special financial programs, tax breaks, and business assistance available to them. Women-owned businesses looking for a loan will find that there are certain programs developed by the Small Business Administration (http://www.sba.gov) to help secure funding. Women-owned businesses may qualify for certain tax advantages as long as the ownership is 51 percent female. In addition to these benefits, there are a multitude of other tax advantages, such as payroll deductions, health insurance deductions, and income deductions available to businesses who file for incorporation.
"Women-owned businesses are a large part of this country's economic success, and we are proud to support their growth and development," says Karen Kobelski, a member of the leadership team at BizFilings. "As women are getting their businesses started, incorporating-be it an LLC, S Corp, or C Corp-is an important step, as it helps protect their family's personal assets, can provide certain tax advantages, and can help establish credibility that will help build their businesses.
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