1,000 Stories

More than 1,000 women entrepreneurs from around the world have told us about their personal business journeys. Here are their stories, in their own words. Tell us yours!

Rekha Gopal: Padmajyothi Industries

After serving many years in one of the public sector industries in India, I realized that there was a potential in me, like many other women, to make a mark.

Dawn Berryman: Market Mommy

Market Mommy was established so that I could use my marketing expertise to help mom small business owners better market themselves.

Katie Hustead: Paper Moon Moves

I have always loved seniors and have volunteered with them for years, so I searched for a viable business that would allow me to help seniors.

Kanchana Banerjee: Writeword

Seeing so many professionally qualified women who give up on their jobs for domestic reasons; I thought why not teach them how to write and help them get started as freelance writers.

Cristina Antochi: Team 2 Clean

I left home at the age of 19 in pursuit of a better life. Now in my 20s, I have my own successful business, with 23 teams of 2 working with me, having around 600 clients and going forward.

Jackie Covas: Dance Dot

I was working as a professional dancer and finding a place to practice my tap dance routines while touring was nearly impossible. So, I created a portable tap dance board that I could easily take on the road with me.

Felena Hanson: Hera Hub

Hera Hub grew out of Felena’s personal need for flexible work, meeting, and event space. She found herself pushed into entrepreneurship after being laid off from a Marketing Director position.

Nellie Akalp: Corpnet.com

There is great satisfaction in answering the phone and talking to a new entrepreneur who is looking to incorporate or form an LLC on a brand new venture they’re starting out on.

Oussayma Canbarieh: Symage Media

I wanted to work on my own terms, be independent and feel empowered. I always wanted to own my business but I was scared to make the move. I thought: girl, stop being a chicken…it’s now or never.

Scarlet Paolicchi: Family Focus Blog

I have built my blog from nothing, with no advertising, except through social networking so I was very pleased to win the 2011 StartupNation Savviest in Social Media Winner Award.