Launched in 1928 by the National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, National Business Women’s Week is held annually during the third week of October. Today, women own more than 11 million businesses in the United States, and in 2017 employed nearly 9 million individuals, generating more than $1.5 trillion from sales. You can learn more about this and how to start your own woman owned business at the National Association of Women Business Owners.
In the current climate, a sobering reality has surfaced as women in the workplace have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as they juggle their kid’s educational needs, workloads or even postponing or giving up their careers to be at home during this time. So, this week the Office of Economic Development & Tourism give a shout out to all the women making impossible choices and making it work in these hardest of circumstances.
One of these women is Fleming Naff, LYH business owner of BodyWorks Day Spa and Salon. BodyWorks has been in business since 1984, and as Fleming shares in our interview with her below, it wasn’t exactly easy to get started, but her persistence and commitment to service has paved the way for many of our city’s small businesses in existence today.
Learn more about Fleming’s business at bodyworkslynchburg.com