Great Falls Tribune:

When Karla Larson’s mother, Karen Larson, bought 2K’s Kafe about three years ago, Karla decided the time was right to quit her job and go to work for her mom.

It was a good move.

Business at the eatery, located in downtown Great Falls at 406 3rd Ave. S., has boomed and the mother-daughter working relationship works well.

The age-old concept of father-son partnerships is being turned on its head as more women go into business for themselves. From 1997 to 2002, the number of women-owned businesses grew 20 percent, twice the national average for all businesses, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. More than 6.4 million businesses around the country are owned by women.

Tom Juenemann, of the nonprofit Institute for Family-Owned Business in Maine, said the mother-daughter combination is the least common of all the family-run business possibilities. But the trend is growing, especially in the last decade, though there are no official statistics kept on how many businesses are mother-daughter run.

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