Florida's woman-led business have a big impact on the state's economy. the largest 50 employ more than 41,000 people. But even as these women build large businesses, they report they are satisfied with their work/life balance.
Here are some thoughts from women whose companies are on the list:
Christen Madsen, president of Intermedia in Fort Lauderdale: I started my business 15 years ago with the expectation that other women would support me and send work my way. That has happened a certain amount, but not as much as I had thought. I think that's turning around now.''
Norka Munilla, president of Thunder Electrical Contractors in Miami: "When you start a business there are tremendous hours you need to spend in that business. There is constant juggling between responsibilities with family and the office. One of them suffers. In my case, my children are grown now. My husband does complain that I need to spend more time with him."
Sandi Finn, president of Cross Country Home Services in Fort Lauderdale: "Balance is something I struggle with but I really like what I do. It is not a 9 to 5, the brick wall is gone. It has become a much fuzzier line in both directions (work and home)."
To read the survey results of Florida's Woman-led businesses 2007, go to www.lead.fiu.edu