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Increasing number of women are becoming entrepreneurs

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An increasing number of women in the state have become entrepreneurs despite economic challenges.

Channel 3's Evan White spoke with some businesswomen whose businesses have thrived.

Mandi Galvak of Coventry said during her career in skin care she was inspired to start a jewelry line.

"In response to seeing so many of my clients dying of skin cancer we created a jewelry line as a way to remind women that they are receiving more UV exposure on a daily basis as they think," said Galvak.

Galvak said a turning point for her career was when she was mentored by former credit card executive Kathy McShane.

She met McShane through the Ladies Lunch Club, a group created by McSkane to help women avoid the pitfalls of business.

"We're very hard on ourselves we're hyper critical the program really kind of, she sets it up so you have a thicker skin,” said Galvak.

Galvak credits the group for her jewelry line's success.

McShane said she recently wrote a book using the advice from the group. She said many people don't know what triggers to avoid.

"Some triggers are they personalize their is just business," said McShane.

A U.S. census showed that female owned businesses are up 14%.

However, the Women's Development Council said it is difficult for them to access capitol because banks prefer to lend to bigger businesses.

The council is currently fundraising and will offer small loans to female businesswoman within the next few months.

Anyone interested in contacting the Women's Development Council can visit their website for more information.

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