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Women's conference brings NM Governor

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The number of women business owners are increasing around the county and in Arizona. In fact, the "Grand Canyon State" ranked 15th in the nation for women-owned business growth over the past 15 years.

For the third year, the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce held its annual Southern Arizona Women's Business Conference. The keynote speaker was New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez. She is the first latina governor in the U.S., and Time magazine named her one of the 100 Most Influential People in the world.

The conference offers workshops, networking opportunities and leadership speakers for women business owners. It's one of the many workshops talked about using social media to improve your business.

Laura Oldaker is the owner of a senior care group with about 30 employees. She attended the social media workshop. "Obviously our clients don't have a lot of access to Facebook or the Internet because that generation doesn't access to the Internet very much, but their children are the baby boomers so more and more people are joining this whole wave of the Internet and social media," Oldaker said.

The conference began in 2010 with just about 100 people. This year the attendance jumped to 250.

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