womenbiz.jpgWhether it comes about because of a layoff, the desire to be the boss, or simply the need for more flexibility, women are creating businesses at unprecedented rates. Today, they are majority owners of 8 million companies that contribute $3 trillion to the U.S. economy. And women who have had successful first careers find that their corporate experience is invaluable in starting and running their own ventures. Read on for some examples of women who are finding success as small business owners.

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