According to the U.S. Census, between 1992 and 1997 the number of businesses owned by women rose by 16 percent.
Research also indicates women comprise the fastest growing population of entrepreneurs, many of whom open small businesses.
However, small business start-ups can find it difficult to get the funding they need. Often, one of the best sources of funding for women in business can often be found right around the corner—through community banks.
Community banks have be...