The number of women-owned businesses in Nebraska grew by about 13 percent over the past five years, according to the State of Women-Owned Businesses Report released Thursday by American Express OPEN.
The national growth rate was about 10.5 percent, jumping from 7.8 million in 2007 to 8.6 million in 2013.
Nebraska ranked 35th nationally in growth among women-owned firms over the past 16 years, the report said.
Nebraska had 41,003 women-owned businesses in 2007, compared with 46,500 in 2013. Employment by women-owned businesses in Nebraska also grew by about 7 percent, from 46,708 to 50,100.
Sales revenue by women-owned businesses in Nebraska increased by about 21 percent, up to $7.8 million from $6.4 million in 2007, greater than the national growth of about 11 percent.