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Linda Tong: KindNotes, LLC

It started as a handmade gift for my then-boyfriend-now-husband several years ago, a jar of 31 notes in mini envelopes to be opened each day or anytime he needed a smile.

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Laurel Gunnarson: The Didi Jewelry Project

I started this business to help women facing hardship in India through selling their jewelry. I taught jewelry making to women who are working in brothels, HIV positive, widows, and/or facing extreme poverty.

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Jacqueline Rivera: Pawfect Day, Inc

The disappointment of working long hours for someone and not being appreciated forced me to look beyond my situation. I was constantly drained and depressed.

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Jennifer Downing: Nourish

A stay-at-home-mom of four, feeding them well is a full-time job. Planning meals and cooking from scratch on a budget are reflective of my time in the food industry.

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Katie Niemeyer: Handana

Handana does more than protect my eyes: It has become a powerful reminder to cross my finish lines, to persevere.

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Debra E Baretta: Mama Baretta

I come from a bread baking family and I began the business when my son was diagnosed with multiple food allergies.

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Nisha Moodley: Fierce Fabulous and Free

After overcoming emotional eating and food addiction, I started a health coaching practice 5 years ago, helping women find freedom from emotional eating.

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Arline Saiki: ONEdersave Products LLC

We started raising fish and accidentally found this product from Japan that purifies water using beneficial bacteria. We tried it, it was fantastic and switched to importing.

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Andrea Dent: Rebma Elyk Natural Skincare

Over the years I have not been able to find any natural products that worked well for my skin. Realizing that others were experiencing the same problem, I decided to become an esthetician and natural skin care product developer.

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Amanda Neville: Three Furies

I’m a new mom, so I’m watching [Marissa Mayer] to see how she deals with the commentary on her dual role and how she manages the expectations and actual work load with the needs of her family.

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Jessica Procini: Your Path to Health

I struggled with my weight for over 10 years. When I discovered how weight loss can be simple and fun I knew more women needed to learn how.

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Olivia Lizotte: Brix22

I was exhausted and tired of working in the legal field so wanted something more flexible. I sat down and made a list of the 5 most important things I wanted in life.

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Erin Owen: EEO Balance Corporation

I originally started my business because I wanted to help busy professionals learn how to eat healthier & lead healthier, happier, more productive lives.

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