Calling All Women Veteran-Owned Businesses in Dallas County

Calling All Women-Veteran-Owned Businesses in Dallas County - Take the survey!

Businesses owned by women veterans grew from 4 percent of all veteran-owned businesses to more than 15 percent between 2007 and 2012 and more than 383,000 as of 2012, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners. The businesses without employees had receipts of $7.1 billion, while those with employees had receipts in excess of $10.7 billion and a total workforce of more than 100,000. Even so, this group of women business owners has not received much attention.

In 2015, the National Women’s Business Council issued a recommendation that more programs are needed to engage women-veteran business owners. This recommendation was echoed by the Small Business Administration’s Advisory Council on Veteran Business Affairs—specifically noting that more local research is needed to assess the needs of women-veteran entrepreneurs and design relevant programs to support this population. For Dallas County, it is an opportunity to support a thriving entrepreneurial community and learn how to effectively engage and support these businesses.

The Veteran Women’s Enterprise Center (VWEC), a national initiative launched in southern Dallas, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas are currently conducting research exclusively focused on the “Moments That Matter” for businesses owned by veteran women in Dallas County. With a focus on identifying the most impactful issues and situations encountered by these businesses, the primary goals of the project are to:

  • Determine whether the experiences of Dallas County’s women veteran-owned businesses are comparable to those of women-veteran entrepreneurs nationally.

  • Highlight the “Moments That Matter” during start-up, growth and expansion efforts.

  • Identify gaps in support services for women-veteran entrepreneurs.

The data-gathering process of this project is twofold, beginning with an online survey to collect basic information on the women and their businesses and concluding with a series of focus groups to capture their unique stories of business successes and challenges. Once the data are collected, the Dallas Fed and VWEC will produce a report that illustrates the state of women-veteran-owned businesses in Dallas County.

How can you support this effort?

1) Women-veteran-owned businesses: Take the survey, sign up for a focus group and share this information with your network.

2) Community partners: We invite chambers, certification agencies, business-support and veteran-services organizations to help identify and engage women-veteran-owned businesses by sharing a unique partner link via their communications vehicles (newsletters, emails, website, social media, etc.) In turn, we will provide partners with the opportunity to host their own focus group sessions and/or receive tailored data reports reflecting the responses of women-veteran business owners in their organizations.

3) All others: If you know of an organization that would be a good fit to support this research project, please share this information, email VWEC Executive Director VR Small at or call 214-489-7984.


Lillian Gregory, Member of Forbes Coaches Council and Forbes Contributing Writer, is now VWEC's premier writer and blogger on topics covering entrepreneurship strategies, organizational culture, change management, and design thinking. 

Lillian is also the Founder and CEO of The Institute for Human and Leadership Excellence, a non-profit organization that is PASSIONATE about inspiring leaders to reach their full potential.

As a passionate advocate for 21st Century Leadership, Lillian is a #ChangeAmbassador focused on #LifeWorkIntegration for Women in Leadership, Women in Technology, and US Veterans and Spouses. She provides research, strategies, tools, workshops, and events to help close leadership, life-work, and career strategy gaps.

Her work is grounded in #ICorePrinciples - Intellect. Integrity. Influence. which guarantees Excellence in Leadership. Over the years, she earned a reputation for seeing things differently, for providing expert analyses and strategies that deliver outstanding results. 

Lillian applies her 21st Century thoughtful leadership expertise to help drive change that transforms organizations or careers into a 21st Century marvel. Why? Because change is constant.

Lillian is a US Air Force Veteran and has also produced articles for the Huffington Post and other media outlets. Sign up for the VWEC Blog to receive Lillian's latest insights on the entrepreneurship journey and innovative strategies for success!

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