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We've interviewed hundreds of successful women entrepreneurs about their small business journeys and what they learned along the way. Read the stories of inspiring startup founders, mid-stage strivers and established business leaders. Learn from the experiences of women business owners of every age working in every industry, from around the world. Discover the many paths women are taking to build great companies, break through barriers and cultivate economic and social good. Get ready! These everyday role models may well inspire you to start your own business, or give you killer ideas for growing the one you have. You may even feel inspired to share your startup story with us.

Is Your Startup Cool?

Author of The Coolest Startups in America, Doreen Bloch talks to The Story Exchange about the coolest startups and sheds some light about the women in the startup industry.

The Quest for an Even Suntan Motivates Young Entrepreneur

I was just reading some submissions on the Your Stories section of our site and came across entrepreneur Cheri Garcia, a 25-year-old who already has a patent for her product, a tanning bed invention (not the NJ woman who over tanned type tanning bed) and a few years of entrepreneurial experience under her belt.

The Adventure Project Helps Others Help Themselves

Becky Straw and Jody Landers are unlikely partners on a shared mission to alleviate poverty in developing countries. In 2010 they started The Adventure Project, a non-profit that provides funding to social enterprises. “We almost act as the VCs, where we have the money and we’re investing wisely in these enterprises so they can scale,” Straw told The Story Exchange.

Chance Email Makes Mom Inventor Winner on ABC Show

Dawn Firsing-Paris is a living proof to the common belief that if you need to get something done, ask a busy woman. A few months ago, with two jobs as well at two young children, Firsing-Paris took on another challenge – inventing a new product. Not only did she do it, but she also won the highly coveted approval and mentorship of super “shark” entrepreneur and investor Barbara Corcoran.

High-Tech Mom Entrepreneur Gets Families Organized

As a working mother with four boys – aged two to eight – Joanne Lang has always been extremely organized to manage her busy life. But it’s been challenging and time-consuming, and her background in computer science made Lang think, there must be a better way.

The Young and The Relentless: Entrepreneurs under 25

At a time of high levels of youth joblessness – the latest U.S. figures show that the unemployment rate for workers under 25 is over 16 percent – some are betting that the best chance for finding a job, is creating one.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

May 13th is the special day for mothers and it’s just around the corner. We’ve compiled a list of great presents from women-owned businesses, submitted to us on Your Story Exchange.

Young Entrepreneur: Tara Haughton

The Story Exchange is devoting the month of April to profiling young women who have started their own business. This week we meet Tara Haughton, from Ireland, who founded Rosso Solini at the age of 16.