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Kellyn Timmerman: feNa

To work incredibly hard for something and have someone else determine my fate was the turning point for me, and the reason I started feNa.

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Sandi Timberlake: A Little To The Left

I launched the business in September 2008, with 20 greeting cards for gay and lesbian couples for weddings, unions and anniversaries. I now have over 70 designs.

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Sereta Wilson: Annie’s Ruff House

My grandmother left me a very small amount of money. I felt a huge responsibility to spend that money in a way that would honor her.

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Kellee Khalil:

I was overwhelmed by all of the information and ideas on the Web and that there wasn’t one place online to gather all of the amazing ideas.

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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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