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We’ve heard the future is female, and when it comes to franchising we’re seeing that shift. According to Franchise Insights, women, especially Gen Z and millennials, outnumber men in seeking franchising information, and today a third of franchises are owned by women.

In the 50 years the U.S. Census Bureau has tracked women-owned businesses, they have grown by a staggering 3,150%, with women owning more than 13 million businesses today. When I first got involved in franchising 30 years ago, I can’t remember a woman-owned franchise brand, and there were very few women franchisees. Today there are examples of both, and their success is helping drive more and more women to make franchising a career.

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