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Updated: 04/16/2018 08:30:00AM

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Dorothea Zysko, ecologist and owner of The Ecology Group.

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Karen Tyree, owner of Ivy’s on Dearborn in Englewood.

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Jennifer Kracjir, left, new partner of The Ecology Group, and founding partner Dorothea Zysko.

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The Friendly Floors sales team (l to r): Patti Turner, Melissa LaClaire, owner Marjorie Benson, Tina Platt and Ashley Bacon. Not shown: Donna Smith.

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Ivy’s on Dearborn sells jewelry created by local jewelry makers.

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Brands sold by Ivy's includes O My Gauze and Fresh Produce.

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Jamie Lovern pours soap mixture into a mold at Lolablue's warehouse in North Port.

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Jamie Lovern, owner of Lolablue, presses her store logo into bars of soap.

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Marjorie Benson of Friendly Floors

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Friendly Floors

Women Making History

By BARBARA BEAN-MELLINGER

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Florida is known for its endless sunshine and nearly 700 miles of beaches. It’s where people come to relax and unwind, to forget about work and worries.

It’s also become a place where an emerging number of females operate 1.04 million businesses, according to a recent study commissioned by American Express OPEN. The state ranks second in the increase of women-owned firms the past 20 years, based on the analysis of U.S. Census and Gross Domestic Product data.

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