Helping Hands for Women's Startups

Launched in 1988, Women's Business Centers have a fantastic track record of efficiently getting female entrepreneurs up and running

Veterinarian Jane Linden had long dreamed of opening an animal hospital in Providence, R.I. But the idea of starting her own business -- buying and renovating a property, getting the right equipment, and finding the money to do it all -- was daunting. "I'm a real neophyte in business," says Linden, who specializes in the treatment of small animals. "It was scary thinking about borrowing such a huge sum of money."

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