I come from a bread baking family and I began the business when my son was diagnosed with multiple food allergies.
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!
Nisha Moodley: Fierce Fabulous and Free
After overcoming emotional eating and food addiction, I started a health coaching practice 5 years ago, helping women find freedom from emotional eating.
Arline Saiki: ONEdersave Products LLC
We started raising fish and accidentally found this product from Japan that purifies water using beneficial bacteria. We tried it, it was fantastic and switched to importing.
Andrea Dent: Rebma Elyk Natural Skincare
Over the years I have not been able to find any natural products that worked well for my skin. Realizing that others were experiencing the same problem, I decided to become an esthetician and natural skin care product developer.
Amanda Neville: Three Furies
I’m a new mom, so I’m watching [Marissa Mayer] to see how she deals with the commentary on her dual role and how she manages the expectations and actual work load with the needs of her family.
Jessica Procini: Your Path to Health
I struggled with my weight for over 10 years. When I discovered how weight loss can be simple and fun I knew more women needed to learn how.
Olivia Lizotte: Brix22
I was exhausted and tired of working in the legal field so wanted something more flexible. I sat down and made a list of the 5 most important things I wanted in life.
Erin Owen: EEO Balance Corporation
I originally started my business because I wanted to help busy professionals learn how to eat healthier & lead healthier, happier, more productive lives.
Barbara Singer: Full Metal Mamas Stand Up Comedy Show
I got through [3rd stage ovarian cancer] then adopted a baby… I had lost so much time to doing stand-up (comedy), that I decided to form my own group and include other moms who put stand-up on the back burner to raise kids.
Thea Myhrvold: IB Smart
After only a few months I have been featured in magazines like Cosmopolitan, which was a great honor. I am only 22, and for such a magazine to ask me for my advice was really fun!
Natalia Rankine-Galloway: Culture Baby
After I was let go from my PR job in the 8th month of my first pregnancy, I knew I needed to take ownership of my professional life.
Dawn Butterfield: West Cocoa Pharmacy and Compounding
I enjoy working with patients and caregivers on helping people best manage their own best health and also make “customized medications.”
Deborah Sweeney: MyCorporation.com
MyCorporation started with the goal of helping small business owners and entrepreneurs protect their personal and save on taxes by helping them incorporate and form LLCs.
Donna Haghighat: Shoptimize.org
I take inspiration from the many women and girls who have faced adversity and many challenges and managed to bounce forward.
Fatima Omar Khamissa: International Network for Spiritual Biz Moms
I left an abusive marriage of 21 years with five children – one of whom has cerebral palsy. I wanted to be the voice for the voiceless and show women through my example what was possible for them.