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Growth of Women-Owned Businesses

What's going on out West? Women-owned businesses are growing out of control.

This story appears in the July 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

What do you think the fastest-growing states in terms of women-owned businesses are? Would you be surprised to find out that Idaho and Wyoming are tied for first place?

In a report from the Center for Women's Business Research ranking women business's growth from 1997 to 2002 based on number of firms, sales and employment, Idaho and Wyoming topped the list. The rest of the top 10 states are also in the West: 3) Utah, 4) Nevada, 5) Arizona, 6) South Dakota, 7) New Mexico, 8) Montana and Oregon (tie) and 10) Alaska.

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