Entrepreneur Stories

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

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?

Finding Inspiration in Life’s Toughest Moments

We have received over a hundred submissions from women sharing their stories starting a business. One of the questions we ask women is why they started their business in the first place. On several occassions, their answers astounded me.

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.

Women in Space: Space for Women

When reading this I was touched by what Mae Jemison – the first African-American female astronaut – had to say. She grew up during NASA’s Apollo era of space travel and as a child was irritated by the lack of women involved, who could have been role models for her.