I learned the whole breadth of fibre arts from my grandmother because life on a farm in the 50’s was all about self-sufficiency.
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!
Paola Moretto: CloudyDays
A friend of mine said: “As you talk to investors, don’t say you have kids.” I reflected on that and thought “No thank you. Being a mother is nothing to hide.”
Candace Klein: SoMoLend
My greatest success to date is the fact that I’ve been able to keep two companies alive – and not only that, but companies which actually focus on increasing capital for women and small business owners.
Seema S. Sahin: Modern Mary
For most Muslim women it can be challenging finding styles that express their cultural heritage, American identity, and at the same time being true to their faith.
Jen McCarn: Caring Senior Service
The Navy gave me the confidence that I have used throughout my career to take charge of my own life and not be afraid of change.
Bernadette Doran: Equilibrium Energy + Education
Because this is a vision and a mission, not just a business, it took tremendous personal sacrifice, including virtually every penny I owned, a huge amount of credit card debt, and many, many personal lifestyle adjustments.
Thresette Briggs: Performance 3 LLC
I started my business to ensure I could live my true purpose. I would not have been able to do that working for someone else.
Alison Kilgore: T.E.A.M Medical Billing Solutions LLC
Success does not happen over night you have to work at it each and everyday and you have to believe that you are a success.
Kristen Willis: Kris’s Vintage Clothing
Once I was out of the military I wanted an income of my own that didn’t take me away from my children and after much trail and error I finally opened a shop on Etsy.com.
Jordana Jaffe: Embarkability
I am inspired by people who have paved the way for their success and have been determined to achieve their goals no matter what.
Mrs. Abeer Qumsieh: Better Business
To me success is the perseverance of making things happen when they seem impossible; it’s to wake up every morning wanting to make a mark in the place you live so that it makes a difference in the lives of others & the World.
Nathalie Molina Niño: Therapy for Business Women
I stepped down from a successful career in international business to study storytelling… and started writing love letters to women in business, hoping to provide insights I wish someone had shared with me along the way.
Marcie Muehlke: Celia Grace -a social enterprise
I realized that I could pair the market opportunity of women seeking a more meaningful wedding dress with the social need for safe, fair, and empowering work for women…and create something truly beautiful.
Hillary Gadsby: A Gadsby Affair
It is difficult for men to take me seriously, but I have luckily overcome this obstacle by getting my foot in the door and knowing the right people to give me an extra edge.
Andrea Rubinfeld: Family Founded, Inc
That “Aha!” moment led to FamilyFounded.com, a site dedicated to enhancing people’s experience working with family by providing peer-to-peer support and advice from top professional experts around the world.