By Cy White, Illustrations by Jessica Wetterer.
The pandemic has reshaped the landscape of Austin’s women-owned businesses in 2020.
According to the Central Texas Economy Report, women-owned firms represent 8,824 of Austin businesses with paid employees.
An initiative through the Texas Conference for Women and the Texas Restaurant Association is giving $150K in grants to 60 women-owned restaurants, with each restaurant receiving $2,500.
Of the most threatened businesses during the pandemic, women are 47% of the workforce of the average non-industry specific business.
Among the 50 largest metros, Austin ranks seventh for percentages
of female-owned firms, and employees working for female-owned firms.