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Dr. Lesa Dennis-Mahamed, owner of Gallery Eyecare, will participate in this year’s Women-Owned Business Networking Breakfast, organized by Dudley Square Main Streets.

Dr. Lesa Dennis-Mahamed, owner of Gallery Eyecare, will participate in this year’s Women-Owned Business Networking Breakfast, organized by Dudley Square Main Streets.

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Female entrepreneurs find woman-to-woman support

In Boston, 18,709 woman-owned businesses employ 26,209 people, account for more than $4 billion in sales and provide more than $208 million in tax revenue, according to Women Entrepreneurs Boston (WE BOS). Yet by many accounts, women face greater challenges in raising capital and attracting investment for their businesses and in finding mentors and supportive networks. A program of the city of Boston’s Office of Small Business and Office of Women’s Advancement, WE BOS was launched in 2015 to help convene and support women entrepreneurs.