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Abimbola A: La Bella Vita Ltd.

Running a business is very challenging, you have to be a quick thinker, a risk taker, be very optimistic, educate yourself and know about the business by doing your research.

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Kristin Forselius: Oopsie Loopsie

My sister-in-law, Anna Forselius, and I started Oopsie Loopsie because like other new moms we were struggling with our weight in our post-pregnancy days.

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Ramona Fantini: Pino Gelato

I discovered gelato while visiting Italy in 2002 where I became enamored with the taste and quality of the product. It was disappointing to not be able to find the same quality of product in the United States.

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Ali Rittenhouse: Ali Rittenhouse International

After being in another position working for the man who looked down on me and my abilities, I knew I was done. I found the exact answer in starting my own business.

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Calla Gold: Calla Gold Jewelry

When I started out at 19-years-old I tried to dress older and felt a bit of a fraud in that I was so young to have employees and be out getting business.

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Tenille Dixon: Girl Friday Services, Inc.

I initially started my business as a means to make money while going back to school for a second degree, but my love to help others and the ability to watch something grow that I was directly responsible for became my focus.

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Susan Vernicek: S&J Identity Inc

I used to manipulate faces in photoshop, but it wasn’t until I had to manipulate my face when it struck my anger with how society and media portray the “perfect” woman.

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Roxanne Martinez: Roxstar Marketing

“As I recovered from treatment, I decided I wanted to utilize my skills and talent to pursue my dream of being an entrepreneur.”

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Luz Garcia-Pennock: Lovely Gal Posh

With faith, savings and courage I decided that as my name is Luz (light in Spanish) I was to live my life following my light and passions to support people to follow theirs.

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Erin Baebler: Magnolia Workshop

Once I started my training, it became clear to me that helping other new mothers navigate their changed world was the way to go. I’ve been coaching for 10 years and absolutely love helping moms navigate life with children.

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Elizabeth Legere: Alexandria Pet Care, Inc.

Anyone who takes risks, pursues their passions (for business or not), takes time to honestly evaulate what makes them happy and eager to greet each day: those are my role models.

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Yvette Garfield: Handstand Kids Goods & Services

Yvette’s experience in children’s rights led her to create the Handstand Kids cookbook series with the intention to introduce children to the world through their own kitchen.

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Sharon Starika: Sharon Starika

I was introduced to the Feldenkrais Method 29 years ago after a debilitating accident with a semi-truck. From my remarkable recovery, I found my passion for movement and realized that I wanted to teach others.

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