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Renee Lamb of Soulié: Bringing Beauty to The World

This story is part of our 1,000 stories campaign. What’s your story? Name: Renee Lamb Business: Soulié Industry: Apparel & Accessories Location: Richmond, Virginia, U.S. Reason for starting: I started Soulié because I wanted to do something tangible, something where everyday I could see exactly how my efforts translated into making the world a better and more beautiful place. With my background, I could have gone …

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Nishika de Rosairo of dE ROSAIRO LLC: Attire for the Modern Woman

This story is part of our 1,000 stories campaign. What’s your story? Name: Nishika de Rosairo Business: dE ROSAIRO LLC Industry: Clothing & Accessories Location: San Francisco, California, U.S. Reason for starting: Since I was 6 years old, I always imaged that I would build my own fashion company. I dreamt of inspiring people, leading people and making the world a better place. I grew up …

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Wendy Bird: Financial Freedom for the Underprivledged

This story is part of our 1,000 stories campaign. What’s your story? Name: Wendy Bird Business: Pearls With Purpose, online jewelry store Industry: Apparel & Accessories Location: Provo, Utah, U.S. Reason for starting: As a mom of five, I know firsthand the desire of every woman, no matter her circumstance, to want the best for her child. These products are all handmade by women who strive …

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Leanne Sedlak & Kim Brunton: All Natural Skincare

This story is part of our 1,000 stories campaign. What’s your story? Name: Leanne Sedlak & Kim Brunton Business: SkinCatering, LLC Industry: Consumer Goods, Health and Beauty Location: Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S. Reason for starting: After meeting at a Melanoma education event for the beauty industry, we became instant friends as we bonded over our obsession with natural, raw beauty and how it can be used more …

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Melanie Ledford: Holistic Jewelry for a Healthier Lifestyle

This story is part of our 1,000 stories campaign. What’s your story? Name: Melanie Ledford Business: Beads-N-Style, therapeutic magnetic jewelry Industry: Apparel & Accessories Location: Texas, U.S. Reason for starting: I started my business in 2007 selling handcrafted therapeutic magnetic jewelry. My husband and I had found magnetic jewelry to be quite beneficial in easing joint pain from Arthritis. As we researched further, we found …

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Maggie Hallahan: Creative CEO Fights Gender Bias

This story is part of our 1,000 stories campaign. What’s your story? Name: Maggie Hallahan Business: MHPV, a marketing and PR firm Industry: Marketing & PR Location: San Francisco, California, U.S. Reason for starting: Early in my career as a global photojournalist, working for a wide variety of international clients, I hid the fact that I was a woman, using only my first initial: M. …

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Marjie Krupnick: An Invention to Protect Your Smart Phone

This story is part of our 1,000 stories campaign. What’s your story? Name: Marjie Krupnick Business: Maxxable, protection for your smartphone Industry: Consumer Goods Location: Pennsylvania, U.S. Reason for starting: I used to commute to work via train and needed a way to keep my phone in my hand, among all of the other things I had each day. I looked around and everyone had …

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Roshni Baronia: Personalized Gifts for Kids

This story is part of our 1,000 stories campaign. What’s your story? Name: Roshni Baronia Business: Little Charms, personalized gifts for kids Industry: Children’s Goods & Services Location: Gurgaon, India Reason for starting: Being a design graduate, my creativity always needed to have an outlet. A short stint in export manufacturing showed that I would have little space to spread my wings. I wanted to …

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Kudzai Chaka: Finding the Perfect Housekeeper or Nanny With a Click

This story is part of our 1,000 stories campaign. What’s your story? Name: Kudzai Chaka Business: FindaKeeper Industry: Personal Services  Location: Johannesburg, South Africa Reason for starting: FindaKeeper was born from personal experience that I realized was a shared experience for many more. When I became pregnant with my daughter, a key issue was finding a nanny to help care for our child. Acquaintances made recommendations and I …

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Kim Nimsgern of Casual Panache: Hair-Rollers Made Easy

This story is part of our 1,000 stories campaign. What’s your story? Name: Kim Nimsgern Business: Casual Panache Industry: Healthcare, Wellness & Fitness Location: Minomonie, Wisconsin, U.S. Reason for starting: Daily I would try and give my hair more body and used several roller brushes to try and achieve this. One day one of the roller brushes got hot enough with the hair dryer that the …

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Kim Friesen of Carpenter’s Cupboard: Antiques Get a Small Town Home

This story is part of our 1,000 stories campaign. What’s your story? Name: Kim Friesen Business: Carpenter’s Cupboard Industry: Consumer Goods Location: Windom, Minnesota, U.S. Reason for starting: Savoring the quality of old things and mixing them with the new in creative ways trips my trigger. My town of Windom, MN, was without an antique/vintage outlet and I wanted to provided a place for like-minded …

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Kari Hughes: Empowering Women Artisans Around the Globe

This story is part of our 1,000 stories campaign. What’s your story? Name: Kari Hughes Business: Buy The Change Industry: Apparel & Accessories Location: Detroit, Michigan, U.S. Reason for starting: We started Buy The Change to give talented, hardworking, women artisans access to the American marketplace. Building any business requires customers. We serve as an active link between artisan and customer by purchasing products at fair …

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Dhimna Fakir: Teaching in the Maldives

This story is part of our 1,000 stories campaign. What’s your story? Name: Dhimna Fakir Business: Skill Training Centre Industry: Education & Training Location: Maldives Reason for starting: I always wanted to train and educate people. I loved counseling and working in consultancy. I also loved camping, guiding and dealing with kids while teaching them new skills. Related: Read about another entrepreneur working in training & …

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Becky Sturm of StormSister: Spa Products Get an Eco Twist

This story is part of our 1,000 stories campaign. What’s your story? Name: Becky Sturm Business: StormSister Spatique, beauty products Industry: Consumer Goods Location: Minnesota, U.S. Reason for starting: I spent 25 years in the salon and spa industry, and developing my own beauty and grooming products was the next step. All of the products in my 3waybeauty collection have to have at least three various uses. …

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Marina Nani: A Home Away From Home

This story is part of our 1,000 stories campaign. What’s your story? Name: Marina Nani Business: The Hotel Alternative, vacation rentals Industry: Travel, Hospitality & Events Location: London, England, UK Reason for starting: When I retired from my business, I wanted to expand my knowledge and I decided to learn new communication skills — and this is where my self-discovery adventure began in 2012. After my …

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