best places for women entrepreneurs

Santa Cruz County leads for women-owned businesses

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best places for women entrepreneursSanta Cruz County ranks third among metro areas in the U.S. with 3.95 women-owned businesses per 100 residents, behind Boulder, Colorado, and Miami-Fort Lauderdale, according to NerdWallet, a personal finance website.

As a result, NerdWallet rated Santa Cruz County as the fourth best place in the nation for a woman to set up a business even though the county is 13th in median annual income for women at $47,412 and 65th in loans guaranteed by the U.S. Small Business.

Great stories, like that of Linda Ortega, are a result. Ortega started her business and is poised to launch her website, which is being created by JP Chavez, a 14 year old who has taken design classes at the Digital NEST in Watsonville.

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