Leadership Snohomish County executive director Kathy Coffey on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 in Everett, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Leadership Snohomish County executive director Kathy Coffey on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 in Everett, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Women are a growing presence in commerce

There are more than 210,000 female-owned businesses in Washington, employing 197,000 people.

Sept. 22 is Business Women’s Day, honoring women’s contributions to business. And September is Women in Medicine and International Women’s Friendship month.

Next month is National Women’s Small Business Month.

If want to celebrate, look no further than your local city or town.

In Washington there are more than 210,000 women-owned businesses. Together they employ 197,000, according to a recent American Express study.

Since 2002, the number of women-owned businesses in the U.S. has more than doubled, increasing from nearly 6.5 million in 2002 to nearly 12.3 million in 2018, the study said.

Still, there’s room for improvement, said Kathy Coffey, executive director of Leadership Snohomish County. The nonprofit promotes leadership opportunities for men and women.

“We have all the women mayors in Snohomish County, but looks can be deceiving,” Coffey said. “There are far more women in our leadership classes than men, but when you go out to the workplace, women leaders aren’t nearly as prevalent, especially in business.” The county’s business community should take a cue from local nonprofits and the political sphere where women have made in-roads, she said.

Leadership Snohomish County is seeking nominations for the 2018 Deborah Knutson Women in Leadership Award. Nominations must be female, work in Snohomish County and share a passion for job growth or economic development. The deadline is Sept. 11. For information go to https://leadershipsc.org/women-in-leadership-award

Snohomish County women’s groups and clubs

AAUW Everett: The American Association of University Women Everett branch meets 10 a.m. the second Saturday of the month from September to May, though there is no meeting in January. Contact for location. More info: 425-422-2833, everett@aauw-wa.org.

AAUW Edmonds: The SnoKing Branch of the American Association of University Women meets from 10 a.m.-noon on the second Saturday of the month, except in December, March, July and August. More info: aauw.esk@gmail.com, esk-wa.aauw.net.

American Legion Auxiliary: An American Legion Auxiliary group meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of the month at Vineyard Park Retirement Community, 23008 56th Ave. W, Mountlake Terrace. It’s a women’s volunteer group focused on children and veterans services. More info: 206-369-7131, www.facebook.com/AmAux234MLT.

Business and Professional Women: The Greater Everett chapter meets from 6:30-8 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month at Bob’s Burgers and Brew, 1611 SE Everett Mall Way, Everett. Women 18 and older are welcome. More info: Joyce Robins at 206-909-6815.

League of Women Voters: The Snohomish County affiliate has several groups that meet monthly. The North Unit meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month at Wrobliski Manor, 1210 E Fifth St., Arlington. The Central Unit meets at 1 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at the Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave. The South Unit meets at 10 a.m. the third Thursday of the month at Pancake Haus, 530 Fifth Ave. S, Edmonds. The Saturday Unit meets at 10 a.m. the third Saturday; locations vary. More info: www.lwvsnoho.org, 425-334-8922.

Soroptimist, Everett: The volunteer group focused on improving the lives of women and girls meets at noon the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center at Angel of the Winds Arena, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett. Lunch is $16; RSVP required to Marci Volmer, 360-568-7760. More info: siofeverett.wordpress.com.

Soroptimist, Marysville: Meets at 7 a.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Fanny’s Restaurant, 505 Cedar Ave., Suite A1. More info: Renae, 425-971-0031.

Zonta Club, Everett: Meetings are once or twice a month at Legion Memorial Golf Course Greenside Grill, 144 West Marine View Drive, Everett. The group of professionals focuses on advancing the status of women and girls. Reservations required. More info: info@zontaeverett.org.

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