certifiedwomenbiz.jpgA recent report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Center For Women in Business found that women-owned firms have grown at one and a half times the rate of other small enterprises over the last 15 years and account for nearly 30 percent of all businesses. These numbers suggest the significant role that women entrepreneurs play in the economy, leading many to become certified women-owned businesses as well. Read on to discover how carrying that distinction can open doors for these businesses when they compete for contracts in both the government and private sectors.

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