LIMA — Girl Scouts of Western Ohio have launched the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie season, celebrating the largest financial investment in girls annually in the United States and a powerful entrepreneurship incubator for the next generation of female leaders. At a time when girls’ needs and issues collect fewer than eight cents of every dollar granted by philanthropic foundations in the country, each and every Girl Scout Cookie purchase is key to supporting the change-makers of today and tomorrow.

Research shows that female-founded start-ups generate more revenue over time and per dollar than male-founded start-ups, but only 17 percent of start-ups are female-founded. Given that over half (53 percent) of female entrepreneurs and business owners are Girl Scout alums, supporting Girl Scouts as they make sales and learn essential business skills is imperative to ensuring our country has a strong workforce and economy.

And Girl Scouts of Western Ohio is celebrating a tasty way to support young female entrepreneurs with the return of the gluten-free Toffee-tastic® cookie to our council’s cookie lineup, joining classics like the Thin Mints®, Samoas®, and Trefoils® varieties. Toffee-tastic, offered in select Girl Scout council markets only, features a rich, buttery cookie with sweet, crunchy, golden toffee bits.

To find Girl Scouts selling cookies near you, visit www.girlscoutcookies.org or use the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app, free on iOS and Android devices.