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Angela McIver

She’s Teaching Math to Kids That Need It — Which Is All of Them

Angela McIver launched Trapezium Math Club to help boost kids’ math skills. In the U.S., children’s math scores lag far behind their international peers.

Leslie Bradford-Scott

An Exhausted Mom Used This Easy Sales Trick to Make Customers Buy

Leslie Bradford-Scott built Walton Wood Farm by employing the classic sales tactic of selling on emotion.

Watch Walton Wood Farm's startup story. (Video credit: Sue Williams)

La Cocina VA

An Immigrant Founder Uses Food to Lift Up Her Latino Community

Paty Funegra of La Cocina VA has raised $2 million to turn her community kitchen into an incubator, a café and a place of hope for struggling immigrants.

Nonspec Prothetics

Meet the Plastics Engineer Who’s Raised $1 Million to Make Prosthetic Legs

Erin Keaney of Nonspec is on a mission to make prosthetics affordable around the world — and that means using medical-grade plastic.

Janie's Cakes

This Texas Bakery Makes 26,000 Poundcakes a Year – and Survived a Vanilla Bust

Janie’s Cakes operates out of a small city in East Texas. But its production is impacted by severe weather around the world and other unexpected challenges.

Watch Janie's Cakes startup story. (Video credit: Sue Williams)

IAmElemental

She Designed Fierce Female Action Figures. And Surprise! Her Customers Are Men

Julie Kerwin launched I Am Elemental to combat all those hypersexualized girl superheroes. She didn’t anticipate her newfound fans.

Beacon Academy, Boston MA

Disrupting the Stereotype of ‘Scholarship Kids’

Cindy Laba and Marsha Feinberg of Beacon Academy want kids from low-income backgrounds to thrive at the best private high schools.

Claudia Mirza Akorbi

A Successful Entrepreneur Shares What It’s Really Like to Be an Immigrant

Claudia Mirza came to the U.S. to reunite with her father. While she’s found success, she says immigration is painful.

Immigrant success story: Watch how Claudia Mirza, who came to the United States from Colombia, turned her small business idea into Akorbi, a global translation business. (Video credit: Sue Williams)

Sasha Bruce Youthworks

How a ‘Champion of Change’ Stays Inspired, Even on Soul-Crushing Days

Deborah Shore of Sasha Bruce Youthwork has worked with homeless young people for 45 years. The work is not easy.

JJ Ramberg Goodshop

JJ Ramberg on the End of ‘Your Business’ and What’s Ahead

The former MSNBC TV host, who also runs socially conscious company Goodshop, talks about her career and what excites her.

JJ Ramberg talks about her startup story.

Dianne Berkun Menaker

Thanks to This Musical Disrupter, the Chorus Is No Longer a ‘Uniblob’

Dianne Berkun Menaker’s Brooklyn Youth Chorus is tackling everything from race and identity to gender and sexuality — and making students’ voices heard.

Scarlett Lewis lost her son Jesse Lewis in the Sandy Hook school shooting. That loss inspired her nonprofit.

After the Sandy Hook Shooting Took Her Son, a Mom Finds a Mission

What do you do when loss upends your life? Scarlett Lewis’s nonprofit aims to prevent school shootings by bringing social and emotional learning to schools.

Laura Stachel, founder of We Care Solar, makes solar suitcases that save pregnant women’s lives

When Pain Derailed This Doctor’s Career, She Started a $5 Million Nonprofit That Saves Pregnant Women’s Lives Around the World

Laura Stachel co-founded We Care Solar, which makes solar suitcases that light deliveries in health centers where electricity is scarce.

Pam Marrone Bio-Innovations

An Insect Lover Builds an $18 Million Natural Pest Control Company

After setbacks and scandal, Pamela Marrone of Marrone Bio Innovations is staging a comeback developing alternatives to dangerous pesticides.

Muttville

How to Seriously Make a Difference Through Your Work

Sure, you could have a safe and secure job in any old profession. But if you’re looking to make an impact, consider starting a social enterprise.

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