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It's a new day in Congress, and women business owners enjoy top billing. In its first hearing of the year, the Senate Committee on Small Business decided to make women's enterprises a focal point, marvels Amy Millman, executive director of the National Women's Business Council. "Almost all the senators [on the committee] came to this hearing, which never happens, and they were right on with women business owners," she says. "They knew the statistics; they talked about women business owners in their districts and what they'd like to do to promote women-owned and homebased businesses.

"Three years ago, we couldn't even get the Senate to hold a hearing on women. [This] was like dying and going to heaven!"

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