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Why is it that some women never look beyond the term "small-business owner"?

By Cynthia E. Griffin

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If you had asked a class full of children 20 or 30 years agowhat they wanted to be when they grew up, boys would probably haveyelled "President!" while girls might have quietly said"A teacher." While the answers today might be different,a look at women entrepreneurs makes you wonder if the mentality haschanged. Do women business owners limit themselves by not thinkingbig enough?

Business consultant Aileen Gorman says that, with only a fewexceptions, women entrepreneurs do not envision their companies ashuge corporations. Executive director of the Boston,Massachusetts-based Commonwealth Institute, which helps women growtheir businesses, Gorman attributes this lack of vision to a lackof good advisors. Consulting outsiders, Gorman says, often helps awoman recognize her firm's potential.

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