Tish Scolnik, founder of GRIT
Social Entrepreneurs

The Unusual Item That Inspired This Science Entrepreneur’s Career Path

Like many young women, Tish Scolnik initially rejected engineering as “nerdy.” Now she’s running a social enterprise that designs wheelchairs for rough terrains.

Tatiana Garcia-Granados, founder of The Common Market
Social Entrepreneurs

This Philadelphia Entrepreneur is Helping Fix a Broken Food System

How Tatiana Garcia-Granados’ nonprofit enterprise, The Common Market, is bringing healthful food to low-income communities and lifting local farmers’ livelihoods.

Fif Ghobadian, founder of Road Twenty-Two
Social Entrepreneurs

How ‘Orange is the New Black’ Inspired This Luxury T-Shirt Company

At Road Twenty-Two, founded by Iranian immigrant Fif Ghobadian in San Francisco, women who served time in prison get a second chance.

Girls & Women

Meet the Women Who Teach Financial Skills to the Homeless

Anita Saville and Kathy Brough formed Budget Buddies to help homeless women lift themselves out of poverty.

Vida Aire Deborah Olivo
Women of Color

Circling Back: Deborah Olivo is a Survivor

The founder and owner of Vida Aire finds the inner strength to keep her business alive through the challenge of severe illness.

Arita Nicholas’ Printing Business Almost Went Under -- Until Setback Became Opportunity
Women of Color

Arita Nicholas’ Printing Business Almost Went Under — Until Setback Became Opportunity

How the search for a strategic partner gave the Houston-based owner of Nicholas Earth Printing a new lease on entrepreneurial life.

Angelica Garcia-Dunn Built a $20 Million Business After Painful Misfortune
Women of Color

This Resilient Entrepreneur Built a $20 Million Business After Painful Misfortune

Angelica Garcia-Dunn’s personal life took a terrible hit. Instead of becoming bitter or giving up, she decided to shake up the Texas freight industry.

Kryshon Bratton: When Dreams of Growth Require a Business Shift
Environment

When Dreams of Growth Require a Business Shift

Kryshon Bratton of Houston runs a solid pool-building company, but she sees her real opportunity for profit and scale in another sort of construction business.

Melissa Austria is Building the Retail Store of the Future
Fashion

Melissa Austria is Building the Retail Store of the Future

The feisty owner of Toronto menswear retailer Gotstyle is mixing and matching old-school service and digital technologies in a bid to survive — and thrive — in an increasingly tough industry.

Stacy Ratner, founder of Open Books
Education

Stacy Ratner is in Business to do Good

The founder of Chicago-based Open Books has built a high-impact literacy nonprofit by applying everything she learned as a serial tech entrepreneur.

Donna Peel, founder of the nonprofit Pro Bono Network
Nonprofit Founders

This Woman Created the Uber of Legal Aid

Donna Peel founded the nonprofit Pro Bono Network to make volunteering easy for stay-at-home moms on hiatus from legal careers.

upstate New York flower farmer
Environment

Barbara Jefts’ Flower Farm Blossoms, On Her Own Terms

The upstate New York flower farmer is creating a farm and flower business that gives her the life she wants.

Heather Sandford the piggery
Food

This Farmer is Bringing Home the (Humanely Raised) Bacon

Heather Sandford is pursuing a three-legged strategy to grow her New York pig farm and meat business, The Piggery.

Elizabeth Rees Chasing Paper

Elizabeth Rees: Deciding to Join the Family Business. Sort of.

Elizabeth Rees, whose family owns a printing company, finds her own path with Chasing Paper.

Anne Dowling
Food

Deciding There’s Nothing Wrong With a Lifestyle Business

Anne Dowling of Breckenridge, Colo., runs a pair of wine and cheese shops — and gets some good skiing in on powder days.