Market Trends

Seattle: The Area With Most Women-Owned Firms

If you're a female PR exec scouting the country for places where you can flourish, consider these leading regions: Portland, Ore., Seattle, Phoenix, Houston and Nashville (see chart, right), according to the National Foundation for Women Business Owners. All five markets had substantial growth when you factor in the NFWBO's key criteria: no. of women-owned firms, employment and sales - some with triple-digit percent surges from 1987 to 1996, the benchmark years used for the study.