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Karla De La Paz, Chica Boutique Owner Karla De La Paz, Chica Boutique Owner
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TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

Georgia leads the nation in the growth of businesses owned by women.     

A new report shows the state has more than 317,000 women-owned businesses, up 118% since 1997. Georgia is the only state with a jump of more than 100% in that time. Karla De La Paz started Chica Boutique on Main Street in Tifton about a year ago.  She says with hard work any woman can own her own business.  

"You have to start from the bottom because it takes a lot to get to the top. A lot of people who start from the top it gets them to the bottom. It's been tough but it's best to do your own business than to work for somebody else," said Karla De La Paz.       

Two-thirds of the state's women-owned businesses are in the metro Atlanta area.

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