Women business owners based in Texas this summer are vying for resources to build million-dollar businesses.

The second annual "Make Mine a Million $ Business" competition, which is sponsored by OPEN from American Express and kicks off this week, is aimed at helping post-start-up, women-owned businesses exceed $1 million in revenue, organizers said. As part of the competition, 12 finalists will be selected to give three-minute elevator pitches at the Texas Conference for Women in Austin, Tex., in October. The six winners will be awarded cash prizes, marketing assistance, mentoring services, and technology resources for their business.

OPEN from American Express is also planning state-based events across the country later this year. Event registration for this year's Texas competition is available online at: www.event-registration.biz/tx07/introduction.asp.

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