Report: More women are becoming business owners

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A new report shows more and more women are starting their own businesses. In the Chippewa Valley the number of women-owned businesses is increasing.

According to a report by American Express, 1200 new businesses were started by women each day over the past year, which is a big increase from an average of 740 a day the year before.

Christine Untidt is opening Brown Barn Saturday, November 22 in Chippewa Falls. She is just part of the growing trend of women business owners.

“I think being a Wisconsin farm land these men build these farming business, but rarely do the women get recognized," said Untidt.

Mickey Judkins, the CEO of Details on Water Street recently attended a conference at the White House. The conference was an opportunity for women to discuss ways to improve women-owned businesses.

"Wisconsin mirrors the national average, we have a 155,000 women owned business which is up 36%,” Judkins said.

Bob McCoy with the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce said the city encourages women to start their own business.

“Western Dairyland is doing a program for women in business, they do a presentation once a month for a one day conference.” McCoy continued to say he thinks people are starting to acknowledge and recognize women and that equals the playing field for women.

Although the number of women starting their own business is increasing, Untidt says it’s not all fun and games.

“It’s very long hours, I work seven days a week easily 12 hours a day, it has been like this for years, and I love to work. But, when you go into a business like this it’s not your job, it’s your life," she says.

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