Entrepreneur week focuses on rising number of business women

According to one recent study, the environment in Florida for women who want to set up their own business is especially fertile. The state is the sixth fastest growing state for female-owned businesses and women are starting small business here faster than the national average.

In fact, there's been a 74 percent increase in the number of female-owned businesses in the state in the last 15 years.

"A lot of women are reflecting on the quality of life that they have and their ability to balance family and work," said Jessica Rivelli, founder of Working Women of Tampa Bay, an organization she started five years ago to provide networking and educational opportunities for women business owners. "Entrepreneurship is a great way to do that, and most women don't get that freedom in corporate America."

Rivelli estimates that 70 percent of the organization's 750 members are entrepreneurs who turn to the organization because it "creates an environment that nurtures and grows them."

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