The Washington Post: Business Is Good For A Young Entrepreneur. The Business World Needs To Be Better For Her.

The Washington Post, Oct. 1, 2019: Business is Good for a Young Entrepreneur. The Business World Needs to be Better for Her.

Sophia Crawford, who is 10, has a confectionery business, called Little Miss Sophia’s Sweets and Treats. She makes candied apples and lollipops in the kitchen of her home in Northeast Washington and uses social media to market them.

It’s not hard to imagine Sophia realizing her dreams, given her talents and family support. She’s coming of age when it’s not unusual to see women-owned businesses in the city, which can be inspiring.

From 2007 to 2016, women-owned businesses in Washington saw a growth rate of 51 percent, one of the fastest in the nation, according to a 2019 report by Beacon, a D.C.-based organization that connects and supports female entrepreneurs.

But behind those numbers are indications of the formidable challenges that await women of color seeking careers in business.

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