How a fear of taking on debt constrains growth at women-owned firms

07/28/2010 | CNNMoney

Despite slow success, fear of taking on debt kept Andrea Herrera's catering business from really taking off. That fear is common among women business owners and often limits their risks and rewards, experts say. But they say they are starting to see more women take on the risk to find funding to grow their businesses. Herrera says joining a networking group of business owners gave her the courage to expand the business, which in turn has given her confidence to pursue bigger clients. "We're not a little storefront anymore. We can sit at the table with the big boys," Herrera said.

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