American Express OPEN http://apr.org en Women-Owned Businesses Seeing Growth In Ala. http://apr.org/post/women-owned-businesses-seeing-growth-ala <P>A new study says the number of businesses owned by women in Alabama has increased about 67 percent since 1997.</P> <P>That makes the state No. 12 nationally in terms of the growth of female-owned companies during the period.</P> <P>The report released by American Express OPEN says Alabama now has about 116,000 companies owned by women. Tue, 09 Apr 2013 21:54:35 +0000 The Associated Press 28217 at http://apr.org Women-Owned Businesses Seeing Growth In Ala.