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Amanda Austin: In Business to Make You Laugh

Amanda Austin, founder of the Dallas Comedy House, has built a business in the comedy world she loves with a three-legged model of shows, classes and corporate training. The rewards, she says, have been much more than financial.

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Julia Warren: Bringing Joy to Kids in Poverty

Meet young entrepreneur Julia Warren, who brings birthday joy to kids living in poverty. She started nonprofit Celebrate! RVA, which throws volunteer-staffed birthday parties in the Richmond, Va., area, when she was just a high school student.

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Amy Hagstrom Miller: The Abortion Care Provider

Amy Hagstrom Miller, founder of Whole Woman’s Health, operates seven abortion clinics in four states. Making abortions available to women — especially women in Texas — has been a challenging business and personal undertaking. It has even taken her to the Supreme Court.

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Dianna Flett: Projecting Girl Power

Dianna Flett, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, has taken on a new kind of service: teaching leadership and coping skills to 4th- and 5th-grade girls. Her Virginia company, Girl Smarts, offers workshops that help prepare about 800 girls a year for life challenges ahead.

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Angie Lozano: Providing Homes to People in Need

Angie Lozano of Cottonwood, Ariz., believes one person can make a real difference. That’s why she turned several rental properties she owns into low-income housing for anyone in need of shelter, creating a nonprofit enterprise she calls Angie’s House.

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Lynn Julian: Putting the ‘Eco’ in Food Containers

Lynn Julian and Chance Claxton decided they wanted to do something about huge quantities of plastic waste created by food packaging. So they started eco-friendly food-container company, U Konserve.

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Ann Siner: The Recycled-Clothing Category Killer

Learn how Ann Siner and her sisters came up with their successful consignment-store concept and grew My Sister’s Closet into a 15-store, $25 million business.

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Chelsea Harden: Reaching Kids With Special Needs

Chelsea Harden and her horses create magical spaces where kids with special needs can connect and learn. The H.E.A.R.T. Center offers therapeutic riding lessons to children with physical, emotional and behavioral challenges.

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Tish Scolnik: Engineering Freedom for Wheelchair Users

Like many young women, Tish Scolnik initially rejected engineering as “nerdy.” Now her Boston startup, GRIT, designs Freedom Chair — an all-terrain wheelchair bringing increased mobility to the disabled.

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