Sunday, April 22, 2007

Four Women Established Businesses Made To Last

The past 20 years have brought tremendous growth in Arizona and with that, endless opportunity.

Success stories can be found in every niche, leaving little doubt about the crucial role women play in our entrepreneurial scene.

Last year, women were the majority owners in more than 133,000 privately held businesses statewide that generated a combined $20 billion in sales, according to projections by the Center for Women's Business Research in Washington, D.C., based on 2002 data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

These companies accounted for 30 percent of the state's privately held firms.

Here are four Arizona women who struck out on their own with little more than determination and, in the past 20 years, give or take a few, have built thriving businesses.

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