Women in Business
Governor Greg Abbott is committed to making Texas the No.1 place for women-owned businesses. Since 1997, Texas has seen 146% growth in the number of women-owned business starting in the state. In fact, Texas is third highest in the nation for women-owned businesses, with more than 978,900. Texas is a great state to start and run a business in, no matter who you are.
Women’s Small Business Events
Each year, the Office of the Governor hosts two special events for Texas women in business. Here are some links to more information on these events:
- Watch video highlights from previous women’s events
- See sample programs from the 2019 women’s events in Houston and Amarillo
- Register interest in our women’s events in 2020 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Links of Interest
- Governor’s Commission for Women
- Texas Comptroller’s Office
- Historically Underutilized Business Certification (HUB) Program: The Texas Comptroller's Office organizes and administers the HUB certification program. For more information on how to qualify and register as a HUB, please visit the Texas Comptroller’s Office website.
- Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (DBE) was created to provide a level playing field for small, minority- and women-owned companies seeking to do business with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and other agencies receiving federal funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
- Women's Business Centers (WBCs) represent a national network of over 100 educational centers throughout the U.S., and are designed to assist women in starting and growing small businesses. They provide individual counseling and small business workshops.
- The Center for Women Entrepreneurs at Texas Woman's University provides tools for women-owned businesses to succeed, including business advising, funding, networking and training.