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As you know, NRCA has entered its first year with a female chairman of the board (though several female roofing professionals have served and continue to serve on NRCA's board of directors and as committee members). Although the changing face of NRCA's volunteer leadership may seem somewhat slow to some, NRCA (and the roofing industry) now are keeping pace with national trends in business ownership.

According to the National Women's Business Council, an analysis of 2012 U.S. Census Bureau data shows there were almost 10 million female-owned small businesses in the U.S.—a 27.5 percent increase from 2007.

The council says those businesses earned $1.6 trillion between 2007 and 2012 and 89.4 percent were sole proprietorships.

And as the roofing industry has seen more Latinos enter its workforce, the nation has seen more female Latinos managing companies. The National Women's Business Council reports the largest increase in business ownership was among Latino women—87 percent more businesses were owned by Latino women in 2012 than in 2007. That's a bigger gain than businesses owned by Latino men, which increased 40 percent during the same time period.

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