Almost half of female business owners surveyed in Arizona expect their companies to grow over the next five years, says a new report.

While the No. 1 accomplishment cited by roughly 400 businesswomen in the phone survey was just making it through the recession, the overall tone in the AZ2013 Women-Owned Business Enterprise Report was upbeat.

“The vast majority of these women are extremely optimistic,” said Louie Olivas, an Arizona State University business professor emeritus, who worked on the report.

Read the rest of this story, including key facts about women-owned businesses in Arizona, Monday in the Arizona Daily Star and on StarNet.