Nine to Five

08.12.1311:16 AM ET

The Entrepreneurial Family Woman

Study shows women’s businesses benefit more from family support.

The latest development in the can-women-have-it-all debate proves that female entrepreneurs actually benefit from familial support. A new study shows that among small- to medium-size enterprises, women whose businesses receive direct support from their family members had better performance in the workplace, greater growth, higher satisfaction with their status, and higher satisfaction with their employee relations. Male entrepreneurs with families exhibited lower markers of enrichment. The researchers suggest that these findings could be useful in restructuring business models to maximize growth.