Make Way for Female Entrepreneurs

Banker Maria Coyne says women-run companies are growing fast -- and making headway in traditionally male sectors

Women-owned businesses grew by 28% between 1997 and 2004, according to the Center for Women's Business Research. That's three times the growth rate for U.S. businesses overall. Women are increasingly taking over family companies, adopting new technologies, and embracing leadership in male-dominated fields, says Maria C. Coyne, who leads the community banking and women's business initiatives at KeyBank National Assn., based in Cleveland.

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