CEO Corner: Celebrating Women’s Business Month 

Adriana Cortes, owner of Delicious at the Dunbar, accepts an award from VSEDC CEO, Quentin Strode.

As autumn colors adorn the trees, the dynamic world of entrepreneurship mirrors this transformation. October ushers in Women’s Business Month, spotlighting a segment of the business community that has historically been underrepresented but is now burgeoning with innovation, resilience, and growth. 

Representing more than mere statistics, the nearly 12 million women-owned businesses in the U.S., generating an impressive $1.7 trillion in sales, depict stories of ambition, hurdles overcome, and a reshaped horizon. These figures celebrate the relentless spirit of women who, despite challenges, turned their aspirations into tangible enterprises.

The influence of women entrepreneurs extends across various industries, including technology, healthcare, fashion, and hospitality. These trailblazers are not just driving innovation but are also significant job creators, deeply embedded in the prosperity of their local communities. Their business strategies often merge profit-making with purpose, fostering societal progress through sustainable practices, enhancing diversity, and leading altruistic initiatives.

Dr. Kay Ramsey poses with her Trailblazer Honoree award.

Women’s empowerment in business transcends individual success, as it uplifts the broader community. Evidence underscores that successful women entrepreneurs commonly reinvest in their families, education, and neighborhoods, creating a cascade of communal prosperity and stability. The global landscape flourishes when women’s business ventures thrive.

Nonetheless, the road ahead has its challenges. Women entrepreneurs frequently confront barriers, including limited access to capital and the daunting task of penetrating sectors traditionally dominated by men. While celebrating their achievements, we must emphasize our collective role in facilitating a business environment where women have equal access to opportunities, resources, and support.

Achieving business equity is a universal aspiration promising mutual benefits. This Women’s Business Month, let’s reaffirm our appreciation for the substantial contributions women make in the business domain and reflect on actions we can initiate to promote their continued inclusion and success. By uniting in this endeavor, we inch closer to a future where every ambitious woman can morph her entrepreneurial dreams into flourishing businesses. 


To the trailblazing women entrepreneurs out there, we salute you. Your passion, tenacity, and vision inspire us all. Here’s to a brighter, more inclusive tomorrow.

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