October is National Women’s Small Business Month. Did you know that women-owned businesses are one of the fastest growing segments of the small business community? Today, about 30 percent of small businesses are owned by women, compared to about 5 percent in 1970.
At St. John’s Jewelers, we are proud to be both a women-owned business and a family business.
When Linda Miller was in high school, she worked in the jewelry store that her parents, Irwin and Charlotte Farber, had founded in 1973. Last year, St. John’s Jewelers celebrated its 40th year in business. But now, Linda is the owner. While ownership of St. John’s Jewelers has changed, one thing has stayed the same: it’s still “all in the family.” Linda’s parents help out, and her daughters, Nicolette Miller, 15, and Margaux Winnard, 23, work there as well.
Linda has been featured in Her Mind Magazine and the Howard County Times for being both a women-owned business and a family business. And, St. John’s Jewelers has been one nominated one of the “Best Jewelers in Howard County” year after year.
The Small Business Administration says that “Women are helping to drive economic growth and create jobs. We’ve seen significant growth in the number of women-owned businesses in recent years. There are about 8.6 million women-owned businesses in the US. And from 1997 to 2013, the number of women-owned companies grew one and a half times the national average. That’s good news for women entrepreneurs.”
We would like to thank our customers, friends, and family for supporting St. John’s Jewelers for the past 40 years. Miller adds, “We love being part of Ellicott City and supporting our community like they have supported us.” Linda has valued her experiences so much that she wants to make sure that other young leaders have these same opportunities by hiring local high schoolers to work after school and weekends.
Celebrate Women’s Small Business Month and come visit us!