Rome, Georgia is now ranked the #63rd place in the country for women business owners in the second annual “2016 Best Places for Women Entrepreneurs” report by careers and person finance website,

The report stated that, “Rome was ranked a as great place for women, a thriving post-recession economy and a high density of female business owners.

The report was launched in light of American Business Women’s Day (9/22), a nationally recognized holiday that honors American business women and women business owners across the country.

A total of 383 MSAs were ranked on four criteria to determine which areas are best overall for women
● Networking Potential Score
assigned to each MSA based on the number of small business owners in each area per
● Business Climate Density
of womenowned
businesses in each area, calculated as the number of womenowned
businesses as a percentage of all businesses in that area
● Educational Values Difference
between male and female educational attainment in each area
● Economic Health

The current change in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) year over year and the current
unemployment rate in each area.

Data sources included the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent Survey of Business Owners to evaluate the
networking potential (10% of the total score) and business climate (25%), and the bureau’s 2014
American Community Survey to weigh differences in male and female educational attainment (30%).
Economic health information (35%) for the cities came from two sources year over year change in an
MSAs Gross Domestic Product from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the current unemployment rate from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey’s 5 year estimates.

“Womenowned businesses continue to see growth and prosperity around the U.S.,” says GoodCall
analyst Claire Etheridge. “Several factors boosted the top 100 places, including robust educational values
for women, a thriving postrecession economy and, of course, a high density of female business owners.
Taken together, those factors elevated these locations above many other places in the country.”
The report also features comments from successful women entrepreneurs around the country revealing
what they love about owning a business in their city and the resources they’ve called on for success.

You can see the original report with methodology and specific data points for Rome, GA here: