Trouble finding capital and difficulties winning government contracts contributed to the drop in women business owners' share of revenue, according to a report by the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce. Census Bureau data show their cut of total revenue declined from 4.4% in 1997 to 3.95% in 2007 even as the number of women-owned firms increased 44%. "This report highlights the growth challenges women business owners face and the opportunity loss our country experiences as we fail to support women as entrepreneurs and business leaders," said Chamber CEO Margot Dorfman.

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