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SPECIAL REPORT ENTERPRISE: Management Forum: The Message Board

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ON THE WOMEN IN BUSINESS message board in Business Week Online, Senior Editor Elizabeth Weiner started a lively discussion with this: "What is your No.1 concern as a woman business owner? Did you start your own business because you felt men were getting ahead faster? Or did a small business suit your life better?" Here are some of the responses.

MY EDUCATION IN THE OFFICE started as an assistant. Yes, I believe men had the chances many women could only dream of. Men were known to have the experience to deal with complex business issues.

[Eventually], there was no place for me to grow, other than to start my own firm. I thank all the men who made me work hard to achieve my goals. The experience got me to know my inner strengths and to believe in myself.

--SUSAN GIORDANO

President

Environmental Management Consultants

Shelton, Conn.

MY NO.1 CONCERN IS MAKING it through the "tough times." I recently took a voluntary layoff to get a kick-start on my own business that I have been working at (construction- and demolition-debris recycling). A small business is right for me. I do well on my own, am self-motivated, and dislike having a boss.

--JUDY LYNN BURNETT

Richland, Wash.

JUDY, GOOD FOR YOU ON YOUR business. I own and drive a dump truck. I've gotten a lot of looks because I am a woman in the construction world. But I am going to continue.

--PEGGY HARMEYER

Altoona, Iowa


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