Number of women-owned companies increases in NV

RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- It's a positive sign for women working in the Silver State.

According to a study by American Express Open, Nevada is one of the fastest states with women-owned businesses.

Nevada ranked third for growth in the number and economic importance of women-owned companies.

As of early 2013, the state has more than 61,000 women-owned firms; up 84 percent since 1997.

Those businesses account for more than $12 million a year in sales.