CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Businesses owned by women are on the rise, but according to a study by the Women's Chamber of Commerce, there's still a big gap to close.
According to the U.S. Census, there are about 10 million businesses owned by women.
That makes up nearly 36 percent of all companies.
However, their $1.5 trillion is only 4 percent of revenue generated in the U.S.
Emilie Stephens, owner of Annie-Ems at Home in Cape Girardeau, said she is not letting the numbers affect her success.
"Following kind of in my mother's footsteps; those are really big shoes to fill," Stephens said.
Her mother decided to change her life and open Annie-Ems at Home when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
"Not only was she sick which is one very big challenge, I think in life, but she was running her own business and she was rocking it," Stephens said.
Before she passed, her mother asked Emily to take over the store.
Stephens was graduating college at the time, and found a passion she didn't realize she had.
"That first year was really, really tough. I wasn't sure what was going to happen," Stephens said. "I found out it was something I really loved, something I really enjoyed doing. And now I can't even really imagine what my life would be like, or look like, without it."
Running her own business is a passion many women are finding.
According to American Express, since 1997 women owned companies are up almost 70 percent.
However, according to the Women's Chamber of Commerce, they earn only about 4 percent of all revenue.
Stephens said it's far from a hobby, and even though it's more work, it's equally fulfilling.
Now Stephens said she is thriving, and has support from strong women in her life like her grandmother.