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Vanessa Bright: Financial Futures Now

I started my company to educate America’s youth on the basic principles of financial literacy and provide them with the skills to become financially free and fiscally responsible adults.

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Summer Alexander: Summer Alexander Research

I realized that the same skills and talents I used to help grow the company I was laid off from, I could now use to help many others – under my own brand!

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Stephanie Goodell: Samaya Consulting

I am not sure that I realized I was starting a business at the time. I took a small “bridge” job that turned out to be a big opportunity!

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Shien-ru Tsao: Project 116

I starting Project 116, a social enterprise that teaches kids entrepreneurship skills. Students learn how to develop sustainable products through hands-on projects.

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Sarah Eastman: Trip Me Not, LLC

When I was getting married, my biggest fear was tripping down the aisle. I needed a way to practice walking in my gown, so I invented one.

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Kristen O’Connell: No.2 Skirts

I was working at a department store when I noticed a constant problem. Women have a hard time finding stylish skirts that fit!

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Nicole Stubbs: First Access

First Access is pioneering a system of financial profiles for microloan applicants to access credit using their prepaid mobile records.

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Tanya Heath: Tanya Heath Paris

I wanted to create a beautiful shoe that could adapt to us so we don’t ever have to compromise between comfort and allure. (Tanya Heath Paris is a line of shoes with removable heels).

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Marissa Vicario: Marissa’s Well-being and Health (MWAH!)

I always had an entrepreneurial spirit and desire to help others but never knew how to turn my passion for health, wellness, fitness and cooking into a business until I enrolled in a health coach training program.

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Tracy Brisson: The Opportunities Project

I was working as the Director of Recruitment for one of the largest employers in the United States, but I felt that I could offer more to the world as an independent voice about careers, work, and recruitment.

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Katie Bressack: Balanced Beings

I was a stressed out woman living in NYC and needed to make a change. I found yoga and learned how to decrease my stress levels.

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