New site helps women business owners

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The Labor Department and the Small Business Administration have launched a Web site dedicated to women small-business owners.

The site,, aims to help women deal with the ever-changing business climate and gain access to government resources for women.

"No business group in America is moving faster and more efficiently than women-owned businesses," SBA Administrator Hector Barreto said in a statement. "Now, when women entrepreneurs want to stop and ask for directions, that will help them get through the maze of government, they can make one stop and ask at"

The site is a product of Women Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century, a series of summits to discuss the increasing role of women in the economy and the obstacles they face. The site features information on issues such as:

* Access to capital.

* Health care for small businesses.

* Government procurement.

* Retirement security.

* Technology.

Women-owned businesses are growing at twice the rate of all U.S. businesses, SBA officials said. The 9.1 million women-owned businesses account for 38 percent of all businesses.


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