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Starting a Business with a Helping of Homework

Young women are charging into entrepreneurship. We talked to five dynamos who founded businesses in college or soon after — and learned a lot about the benefits of starting up young.

Natalie GaisserStarting a Business with a Helping of Homework
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A Female Entrepreneur Rises from Defeat

Funlayo Alabi’s venture, Shea Radiance, suffered a huge setback a few years ago. But purpose and passion gave her the strength to weather the storm.

Candice Helfand-RogersA Female Entrepreneur Rises from Defeat
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Think Like an Immigrant

All business owners can benefit from embracing immigrant values, which provide a strong groundwork for entrepreneurial hustle.

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Ana V. Ramirez: A Photographer Finds Her Calling

“I want to encourage other creatives to embrace their weirdness and find their personal version of happiness rather than following someone else’s idea of success.”

Victoria FlexnerAna V. Ramirez: A Photographer Finds Her Calling
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Natalie Chan: Coworking and Events Grow in Brooklyn

“In general, communication is always the challenge. It is not because making it happen is hard. It is because the people I need to communicate with are surrealistically diverse, on the individual level as well as the cultural/social level.”

Victoria FlexnerNatalie Chan: Coworking and Events Grow in Brooklyn
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The Women Entrepreneurs Who Beat Hurricane Sandy

In New York City’s Rockaway Beach, a fragile entrepreneurial rebirth led largely by women is overcoming the odds — not just surviving but thriving after the storm’s destruction. Why?

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A Gainful New World

We don’t yet know the true size and impact of LGBT entrepreneurs, in part because many don’t disclose their sexual orientation or gender identity. What would happen if that changed?

Candice Helfand-RogersA Gainful New World
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‘I’ve Just Loved Every Second’

Carla McKay, founder of wine app and website Crushed.com, toasts to her new, empowering life as an out-and-proud entrepreneur.

Candice Helfand-Rogers‘I’ve Just Loved Every Second’