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The Independent Life – Katie Niemeyer

The woman who launched sports-accessory business Handana and, more recently, a foundation is grateful for the opportunity to pay her success forward.

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The Independent Life – Jill Marcus

The female founder of catering company Something Classic says success has given her the freedom to foster her son’s passion for international soccer.

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The Independent Life – Samantha Hodgkins

The woman behind workout wear company SparkFire Active says her business has brought new depth and dimension to her relationship with her daughters.

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The Independent Life – Ranjani Iyengar

The founder of Pink Whistle Man, an offbeat stationary design firm, says owning her own business instilled in her a new sense of dedication.

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5 Crowdfunders to Watch – Sharing Knowledge

The enterprising women featured in our latest crowdfunding column want to educate others through innovative texts, delicious dishes, chic hairstyles and more.

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The Independent Life – Marisa Lightfoot

After years of military service, the founder of The Virginia Tea Company says owning a business let her plant roots and start thinking about growing her family.

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The Independent Life – Lisa Batra

The woman who launched My Kid’s Threads, an online children’s clothing consignment store, relishes having the means to show her kids the world.

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The Independent Life – Azra Khalfan

The woman behind Plaques by Azra says the company’s success has allowed her to show the business world the strength of Muslim women.

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The Independent Life – Daisy Jing

The owner of skincare business Banish says the financial security she’s found through starting up lets her lead the work-focused, completely autonomous life she wants.

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The Independent Life – Kymberlyn Lacy

The owner interior decoration and renovation firm International Flair Designs says entrepreneurship has allowed her to live a life free of debt.

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