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How women entrepreneurs strike a balance between business and marriage

This story appears in the October 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Which is more challenging--marriage or business ownership? We asked two successful women entrepreneurs to discuss moments when marriage and business conflict and how they deal with it.

"[My husband] is very supportive," says Azadeh Farahmand, 44, CEO and president of Global HealthNet , a Dallas company providing online electronic transaction solutions for the health-care industry, with revenues approaching $2 million. But Farahmand knows when her husband, Steve, is uncomfortable with how their busy schedules affect their child. "He begins to highlight or magnify certain issues with raising our 5-year-old daughter, or he may negate me in conversations in front of our family and friends." Farahmand admits, "Our marriage has become a laundry list of policies and procedures, an institution that needs a CEO."

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