Happy National Women’s Small Business Month!

Working Solutions is celebrating woman-owned businesses by highlighting their important contributions to the local and U.S. economy.

According to a recent infographic from SCORE, in the U.S. there are approximately 11.3 million woman-owned businesses, supporting nearly 9 million jobs and generating $1.6 trillion in annual revenues. The number of women business owners has also risen from 29% in 2007 to 38% in 2016. Since 2007, women are starting businesses at a rate five-times faster than the national average or roughly 1,071 woman-owned firms starting every day!

Woman-owned businesses are also an important part of the economic growth right here in the Bay Area. Part of the Working Solutions’ mission is to provide women entrepreneurs, in all nine Bay Area counties, with the access to capital and resources they need to start of grow a successful business. Since 2005, Working Solutions has funded 225 woman-owned businesses or 59% of our entire portfolio to date. These female entrepreneurs represent a variety of sectors from manufacturing and production, to restaurants and fitness. The following four clients from around the Bay Area provide a snapshot of our woman-owned businesses. Please visit our Client Directory for a full list of businesses in our portfolio. 

HEAL: Pilates

Located in Albany, California, HEAL: Pilates offers specialized instruction where quality of movement is valued over quantity of repetitions. Owner, Ayanna Makalani, offers services that are therapeutic, accessible, and tailored to the needs of the individual client. HEAL: Pilates focuses on personal improvement, client trust, appreciation, and creating a community that is accepting and empowering. 

Signup for your next Pilates lesson with HEAL: Pilates today

Adanta, Inc.

Based in Napa, California, Adanta, Inc. is a specialized niche provider of environmental services offering solid technical qualifications in a range of services, while providing custom, personal customer service to their clients. Their mission is to solve complex problems with the highest technical expertise in the simplest manner by employing registered geologists, hydrogeologists, certified industrial hygienists, and professional engineers. Owner, Kimberly Patz, created a successful DOT-certified State Minority Business and a WBENC and CPUP- certified Woman-owned Business in a male dominated industry.

Be sure to contact Adanta, Inc. for your next environmental project

Harrington Galleries Inc. 

Harrington Galleries is Located in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District and has been a Bay Area Landmark for 50 years. Owner, Fiona Devereux, specializes in estate liquidation – purchasing and selling antiques, vintage furniture and accessories, as well as, handpicked used furniture and accessories. Harrington also provides a select line of new furniture that blends seamlessly with antique and vintage furniture, home accessories, and decorative pieces. 

Be sure to visit Harrington Galleries’ 15,000 square foot gallery to fulfill your vintage and modern furniture needs!

Kris Nations Jewelry

Kris Nations Jewelry was created by sisters, Kris and Kim Nations, who both share the same unique, free-spirited sense of style - equal parts sophisticated and bohemian, with a little vintage inspiration thrown into the mix. So when the two created a partnership and began producing an original line of eclectic jewelry, it was no surprise that they also shared the same, familiar source of inspiration: their mom. 

Visit Kris Nations online to sign up for exclusive email offers, purchase your next gift, or treat yourself to something that speaks to you!