Texas ranks as best state for women entrepreneurs in 2019

Posted at 6:14 PM, Jan 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-14 19:53:29-05

All her life Prescilda Mendoza has struggled with pain in her legs due to cerebral palsy, but back in September, when she met Heather Nusbaum with Nutree Fitness, some of that pain went away.

"We do customized workouts for individuals that have physical or neurological problems that might need a little special modification or adjustment to their program, and then we have A New Beginning School of Massage Killeen and that is a massage therapy school," said Nusbaum.

"They were able to bring Prescilda in and work with her, give her a massage and her range of motion just increased dramatically," said Candice Waugh.

Waugh, Preselda's mom, is also an entrepreneur helping others in the Central Texas area through Ruff Puppy Boarding and Training, a doggy daycare, pet training and boarding business.

In fact, the two businesses have found a way to come together. 

"I've worked with Candice personally with our dogs and she's also worked at our facility," said Nusbaum.

“They have a Paws for Fitness class and with Ruff Puppy we had did you know both offered it to my clients to come out and do the work out with your dogs," said Waugh. ranked Texas as the Best State for Women Entrepreneurs for 2019.

Central Texas News Now spoke to Business Counselor Alysia Perkins to get some insight on what the growth means for Central Texas.

"We rank third in all the national states for women-owned businesses, and we came in third to North Dakota and South Dakota, but we tied for number one across the board for employment, revenue and our numbers,” said Perkins, who works for the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce. 

The ranking from is based on general business climate and opportunity, the number of female-owned business, economic and financial health and safety and well-belling for women.

Waugh said the growth is exciting for women everywhere.

"And just being able to share that and take that next step and just journey off on our own, it's amazing," said Waugh.

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