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Barbara Singer: Full Metal Mamas Stand Up Comedy Show

I got through [3rd stage ovarian cancer] then adopted a baby… I had lost so much time to doing stand-up (comedy), that I decided to form my own group and include other moms who put stand-up on the back burner to raise kids.

The Story ExchangeBarbara Singer: Full Metal Mamas Stand Up Comedy Show
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Thea Myhrvold: IB Smart

After only a few months I have been featured in magazines like Cosmopolitan, which was a great honor. I am only 22, and for such a magazine to ask me for my advice was really fun!

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Natalia Rankine-Galloway: Culture Baby

After I was let go from my PR job in the 8th month of my first pregnancy, I knew I needed to take ownership of my professional life.

The Story ExchangeNatalia Rankine-Galloway: Culture Baby
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Deborah Sweeney: MyCorporation.com

MyCorporation started with the goal of helping small business owners and entrepreneurs protect their personal and save on taxes by helping them incorporate and form LLCs.

The Story ExchangeDeborah Sweeney: MyCorporation.com
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Donna Haghighat: Shoptimize.org

I take inspiration from the many women and girls who have faced adversity and many challenges and managed to bounce forward.

The Story ExchangeDonna Haghighat: Shoptimize.org
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Corrina Jacobs: Investours

I have always been an avid traveler, but before Investours I did not realize tourism’s potential to affect positive change in the world.

The Story ExchangeCorrina Jacobs: Investours
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Alyce Howard: Studio Zumba Fitness and Dance

In business I’m inspired by Beto Perez who created the Zumba Fitness program. He came to the U.S. with no money and not speaking the language and is now a worldwide sensation.

The Story ExchangeAlyce Howard: Studio Zumba Fitness and Dance
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Erin Maynes: FoodiePages.ca

Job duties are often not clearly defined when you’re first starting out and owners must wear many hats. When you find yourself spread too thin, hire help.

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Bea Arthur: Pretty Padded Room

I believe in the benefits of counseling and see it as a necessity not a privilege, so I wanted to make it available and affordable for women everywhere.

The Story ExchangeBea Arthur: Pretty Padded Room
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Dana B. Myers: Booty Parlor

I created Booty Parlor out of a lifelong obsession with beauty and sex. I always saw my feminine sexual spark as a powerful source of creativity and satisfaction, but many women struggle with self-doubt and body insecurities.

The Story ExchangeDana B. Myers: Booty Parlor
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Judith Moore: Charleston Cookie Company, LLC

In 2001 I went on a quest for the perfect chocolate chip cookie. I couldn’t find any recipes I liked so I made up my own and started feeding them to people.

The Story ExchangeJudith Moore: Charleston Cookie Company, LLC
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AnnMarie Quintaglie McIlwain: CareerFuel

My role model isn’t any one person, per se, but rather a collection of women who achieve greatness as mothers, professionals, friends, sisters, and partners every day despite the impossible list of challenges.

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Ana Redmond: Infinut

I wanted to share my love of math and logic with my daughters, but, could only find apps that treat math as a problem, instead of the solution.

The Story ExchangeAna Redmond: Infinut