Female entrepreneurs making waves in San Diego

More women are becoming entrepreneurs around the globe, and in San Diego there are hundreds putting their ideas to work every day.

After more than a decade having a boss, Carmen Chavez de Hesse decided to take charge.

"I think it's driven a lot by our desire to do it all," she said. "I haven't taken a day off in like 17 days."

Chavez de Hesse owns her own consulting business, where she helps businesses expand. She's one of about 300 San Diego female entrepreneurs who works out of Hera Hub, a trio of collaborative workspaces designed for women.

"It's difficult to start a business," said Felena Hanson, founder of Hera Hub. "Where do you go when you just have an idea? Where do you go to find the support and resources of others who have done that before you?"

More women are starting businesses around the world. Global Entrepreneurship Monitor says 200 million women are now owners, narrowing the gender gap.

However, in the U.S., the nonprofit Kauffman Foundation reports that the rate of female entrepreneurship is near a 20-year low. An analyst for the foundation said it's partially because more men lost their jobs during the recession and had to start their own companies to make ends meet.

Women, on the other hand, tend to do it when they see an opportunity -- just like Chavez de Hesse, who now works around the clock.

"You don't shut off," she said. "And I had a flu bug on Wednesday and it was a forced day off."

While being your own boss has its freedoms, paid sick time isn't one of them.

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