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Outlook of Women Small Business Owners American Express 2016 Holiday Growth Pulse

Women Business Owner Highlights. Noteworthy women business owner highlights are as follows:

  • 100% feel confident that they can access the funding they need to grow their business during the holidays
  • 87% feel this year’s holiday sales will be the same or stronger than last year (vs. 90% of men and 88% overall)
  • Seventy-seven percent plan to grow their businesses (vs. 72% of men and 74% of businesses overall)
  • The biggest challenge they face as they prepare for growth is acquiring new customers (22%)
  • Over two-thirds (68%) will give a holiday party for staff (vs. 70% of men)
  • They will spend an average of $2,160 on their holiday party vs. $3,650 spent by men
  • 48% feel they need to be more aggressive in sales and promotions to stand out in the holiday season (vs. 44% of men)
  • 47% expect their business to be making gains in the next quarter , 37% say maintaining the status quo and 9% say expanding in leaps and bounds
  • They plan to spend an average of $3,300 on gifts for clients and customers (vs. an average of $10,400 that men plan to spend)
  • 44% say employee productivity will be a greater concern at their company during the holidays
  • They measure success for the holiday season by adding new customers and reaching a certain sales goal (each 45%); men measure success by adding new customers (46%)
  • 36% think their company’s potential for growth in 2017 is contingent on a successful 2016 holiday season
  • 14% plan to hire additional staff for the holiday season (vs. 18% of men)
  • The holiday season is typically responsible for 21% of their company’s yearly sales (vs. 20% for men)


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