Entrepreneur Stories

Videos and articles about successful women entrepreneurs building great companies, breaking through barriers and cultivating economic and social good.

Kenyan Entrepreneur: Dust off Failure to Embrace Success

From the corporate world to the realm of entrepreneurship, Eva Muraya is one of Kenya’s leading businesswomen. After working successfully with big multinational companies for 15 years, she quit because she wanted to conquer new challenges that allowed her to use her creativity.

Ask, Ask, Ask

After starting her own company FairTaste to help underpaid farmers, Puifung Leung quickly realized she knew nothing about running a business. In this Inspiration Minute she shares the one secret that turned FairTaste into a successful social enterprise.

Inspiration Minute: Make Mistakes and Laugh

Without any formal business education she started Becky’s Pet Care in 1998, walking dogs with her infant son strapped to her back. Her business has grown steadily ever since and today she employs 85 people. Watch this Inspiration Minute.

Coping with Isolation as an Entrepreneur

Like many entrepreneurs Lysanne Tusar has faced many lonely days (and nights) while growing her business. In this Inspiration Minute she tells us how she keeps moving forward anyway.

Olympian’s Role Model

The first African-American ski racing Olympic medalist tells us how her role models helped her earn more money and improve her work-life balance.

Choosing a business over Olympic gold

Amber Williams is so hyped up about the upcoming Summer Olympics in London that she’s put a digital countdown clock on her website. A gymnast since she was seven, Amber started her Michigan-based business Power in Motion Gymnastics and Fitness, at 21.

How Great Women Lead

Bonnie St. John is the former director of the National Economic Council in the Clinton White House and the first African-American ever to win Olympic medals in ski racing. At the age of five a rare condition forced the amputation of her right leg.

Appreciations: Queen of Soul Food, Sylvia Woods

Several African-American women entrepreneurs have expressed their appreciation for Sylvia Woods following news that the “Queen of Soul Food” had died on Thursday at the age of 86 in New York. Woods, who started her soul-food restaurant in Harlem in the early 1960s, was remembered as a ground- breaking entrepreneur who paved the way for women of color.

Inspiration Minute: Do you have what it takes to succeed?

A new study commissioned by American Express Open estimates there are over 8.3 million women-owned businesses in the United States. Many of you may be thinking of, or recently joined, their ranks. Do you possess these qualities to run a successful startup?