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Women-Owned Businesses Have Doubled in This State Over the Last 20 Years

According to the National Association of Women Business Owners and a report commissioned by American Express, the number of women-owned businesses in the state of Texas has almost doubled over the last 20 years. In addition, women-owned businesses are hiring more people than businesses owned by men.

Audra Mitchell who owns It’s a Girl Thing in Mesquite never expected her business to grow so quickly and to the extent that it has over the years. The 42-year-old Texan's business is making hair bows. She started out with a hobby that now employs 10 people who make about 1,000 bows a day for stores across the country. The single mom left an accounting job to set herself up in business for herself, and business is booming.

Tracy Schwegman owns two Kid to Kid franchise stores, one in Plano and one in Frisco. The chain of children's resale shops has franchises in 27 states. The former teacher is thankful she has set herself up in a growing business that will help her put her 3 kids through college.

These entrepreneurs are not isolated examples. Women across Texas are experiencing the same growth. They are leaving behind 9-5 jobs to become their own boss. They may be working more hours, but they have more control over their success and their future.