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About 44 percent of Bowie-area businesses are owned by women.

By comparison, about 29 percent of businesses nationwide are owned by women, slightly lower than the state’s 32.6 percent and Prince George’s County’s 37.8 percent, according to the most recent Census figures available.

Clearly, something is going right in Bowie, especially when you take into account the fact that slightly more than half of the population in the U.S., state, county and city are female. It only makes sense that the count of women-owned businesses is rising — and a new collaboration in Bowie is likely to increase the numbers.

The Bowie Business Innovation Center and the Maryland Women’s Business Center have partnered to provide training and networking sessions for female entrepreneurs. In addition to providing general business information, the sessions help address challenges that many women-owned businesses seem to face, such as growing businesses and not seeing themselves as presidents and CEOs.

“What we’re finding is that there is a lack of understanding of what the resources are for them,” Lisa Smith, director of the innovation center, told The Gazette.

Sometimes, seemingly small efforts go relatively unrecognized, even though they can make a huge difference in many lives. This is one of them.

Kudos to both organizations for the efforts underway.