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Female entrepreneurs have started 1,288 new ventures a day over the past year. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Women-owned businesses have been an ongoing American success story since 1997. In a comprehensive study commissioned by American Express OPEN, the data from the last 17 years shows that women are not only starting their own businesses at a high rate, but that those businesses tend to be more successful than those enterprises owned by men.

Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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