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Washington, D.C. – A new study by the Office of Advocacy looks at developments in women-owned businesses between 1997 and 2007, using data from the Census Bureau’s Surveys of Business Owners. This dynamic period was marked by rapid growth overall, with a slowdown during the 2000-2001 recession, followed by strong growth in 2002-2007. Women’s share of total U.S. firms increased from 26 percent in 1997 to almost 29 percent by 2007.

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