Meet the hundreds of women-owned businesses in the Upstate 💪

Fresh Vibes juice bar, a woman-owned business in Rock Hill | photo provided by CommunityWorks

South Carolina ranked #4 in the U.S. for women-owned businesses last year; with ~11.6 million women-owned businesses in the country, and 164,000 of those here in S.C. (generating ~$15.7 billion in sales).

CommunityWorks a GVL-based nonprofit offering financial services to underserved populations – prides itself on supporting underrepresented (i.e. women + minority) entrepreneurs in the Upstate + across S.C. They’ve given $3,973,995 in loans to small business owners in less than 10 years, meaning they know a thing or two about small businesses.

Here are 8 small, women-owned businesses they’ve supported or watched grow in the Upstate + across S.C.:

We also asked you on Instagram for your favorite women-owned businesses. Here are a few:

…and those are just six of the 780+ comments. See all of them (and tag your additional fav women-owned businesses) on our Instagram post. Our recommendation: Bookmark it on your browser for the next time you need to pick up a gift or a gift certificate and want to support local women. 💪 

If you’re a woman looking to start your own biz, learn more about CommunityWorks’ small business loans here.