AutohausAZ.com, One of America's Most Successful Woman-Owned Companies, Proclaims "We've Come A Long Way, Baby!"

AutohausAZ.com and other successful woman-owned companies gain recognition for their contributions to the US and local economies as studies continue to validate their importance to the overall business climate and job creation.

Tempe, AZ, May 22, 2012 -- At a time when the economy is challenging every business' ability to survive and unemployment is at an all-time high, women entrepreneurs are now leaders in job creation and revenue growth, according to the recent American Express OPEN wtqqvsxwbqeyetyqzvdresearch report. In fact, women are starting businesses and creating jobs at rates far surpassing their male counterparts. That's why this year's 32nd Annual National Women's History Month celebration, where America's women are recognized for their accomplishments, contributions and leadership, was especially poignant for successful women business owners like Carolyn Lefebvre, AutohausAZ.com, who's grown her automotive parts eRetailing operation from annual sales of $1.2 million in 1999 to anticipated 2012 sales of $17 million - an all-time high for the Company and a near-miracle in today's economic climate. Even more impressive, AutohausAZ competes in a male-dominated industry that's been hit hard by the economic downturn.

The 1970s sales slogan 'You've come a long way, baby!' couldn't be more appropriate had it been scripted specifically for the meteoric rise of women in business.
Carolyn Lefebvre, President/CEO of AutohausAZ.com

"It's amazing the inroads women business owners have made in recent years - especially in male-dominated industries like ours," says Carolyn Lefebvre, President/CEO, AutohausAZ.com, "The 1970s sales slogan 'You've come a long way, baby!' couldn't be more appropriate had it been scripted specifically for the meteoric rise of women in business. We've gone from selling $1.4 million in a year in 2003 to selling that same amount every month in 2012. And we've gone from facilities of 7,000 sqft to 51,000 sqft over that same period."

In Arizona, where women-owned companies are flourishing with 139,500 women-owned firms employing 148,700 people and generating $22.1 billion in sales, AutohausAZ.com has long been recognized for its contributions to the economy as a women-owned business. It's not just a flash-in-the-pan - the Company's had consistent growth for the past 11 years consecutively. Where other successful women-owned firms have seen sales grow 95.5% between 1997-2012 (American Express OPEN study) and employment increase by 46.4%, AutohausAZ.com has done significantly better than the norms, with sales growth 1997-2012 of a whopping 1072.14% and employment growth of 210%.

That's why AutohausAZ.com has been honored with numerous awards for growth, employee diversity and dedication to providing a flexible, enjoyable place to work. AutohausAZ has achieved its success through its commitment to treating employees and customers with respect and caring, adapting to its changing environment, and emphasizing the importance of cooperation in all aspects of its business, recently receiving three prestigious awards from Diversity Business, Phoenix Business Journal, and Inc. Magazine.

Distinguishing itself as one of the Nation's "Top 500 Women-Owned Businesses in the United States" (#144) and #6 on the "Top 100 Women-Owned Businesses in the State of Arizona," AutohausAZ.com was recently honored by DiversityBusiness.com for overall leadership and economic achievements. The awards represent the nation's most successful women-owned businesses.

Phoenix Business Journal's Annual Book of Lists recognizes top local companies in many industries. AutohausAZ made the 2012 list for "Top 100 Women-Owned Businesses in Arizona", with a ranking of #17. The Business Journal has a total audience of 10+ million people via 42 websites, 64 publications and 700 annual industry-leading events.

The Inc. 500|5000 ranks companies by overall revenue growth over a three-year period. This is the fourth consecutive year that AutohausAZ has been ranked in Inc.'s 500|5000 list (#2,605). Prior rankings for AutohausAZ from 2008-2010 were 1868th, 2359th and 2676th, respectively.

The Company is also one of three finalists in the American Business Stevies (the business Oscars) for "Company of the Year - Automotive & Transport Equipment". AutohausAZ discovers if it receives gold, silver or bronze (1st, 2nd or 3rd) when winners are announced in mid-June.

But AutohausAZ.com isn't the only women-owned company doing well. With the number of women-owned companies rising by 200,000 in the past year alone, it's evident that they play a critical role in the overall U.S. and world economies. They now comprise nearly 10.5 million firms, employ 7.7+ million people, and generate $2.0 trillion in annual sales.

Why are women-owned businesses proving more successful during economically troubled times? Studies indicate it may be tied to similar characteristics these companies exhibit, i.e., their tendency to offer flex-time, tuition reimbursement and profit-sharing to their employees. They also value technology as a means to create workplace flexibility and gain a significant lead in the global entrepreneurial race via the Internet. 44% of female business owners use technology to allow employees to work at home or incorporate other flexibility into work schedules as a way to balance personal and professional responsibilities. When it comes to launching or expanding a business into the international marketplace - particularly taking advantage of their ability to do so via the Internet - women are leading the pack. According to Alibaba, 2.3 million U.S. women are now doing business globally via the Internet.

Studies also show that women place a greater emphasis on relationships in business, which often leads to customer and employee loyalty and increased referrals. Further, women are more likely to place an emphasis on networking and resource building. This results in a more diversified business with a better chance of survival.

Have women business owners come a long way? You betcha, baby!

About AutohausAZ:

AutohausAZ began in 1979 as a local European parts wholesaler in Phoenix, AZ (USA) and is now an international retailer with one of the largest parts warehouses on the Internet. The Company distributes high-quality original equipment (OEM) parts for European and Asian cars to customers in over 115 countries. For more information on AutohausAZ, please visit the Company's News & Media page at http://www.autohausaz.com/html/autohausaz-press.html


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