Nell Merlino on What Holds Women Entrepreneurs Back

In 2005, when she launched Make Mine a Million $ Business, Nell Merlino set an ambitious goal: getting 1 million women-owned companies to $1 million in annual revenue by 2010. Merlino, president of Count-Me-In for Women's Economic Independence and the creative force behind Take Our Daughters to Work Day, admits that goal was overly ambitious. But she says she hasn't given up on advocating for women-owned businesses. She spoke to Smart Answers columnist Karen E. Klein recently; edited excerpts of their conversation follow.

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