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Your Stories, Your Words: The Latest From the 1,000+ Stories Project

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!

Kristy and Stef Emery: Orgotton

We have always been interested in holistic living and there was never a question that our business would be in the holistic, organic realm.

Erica Wiley: PROFITGEEKS

I dropped out of high school out of necessity, but I dropped out of college out of boredom and refusing to “fall in line.”

Tawanda Story: Better Days Adult Care Center

Better Days was started because of after 10 years of working as a geriatric nurse, I had finally had enough. I knew that seniors had worked too hard for too long and needed to be provided for in better ways.

Jana Francis: Steals.com

After 12 years in the corporate world, I was pulling out of my driveway after my third maternity leave ended, I knew I had to make a change to be financially free, and achieve a better work/life balance.

Abimbola A: La Bella Vita Ltd.

Running a business is very challenging, you have to be a quick thinker, a risk taker, be very optimistic, educate yourself and know about the business by doing your research.

Kristin Forselius: Oopsie Loopsie

My sister-in-law, Anna Forselius, and I started Oopsie Loopsie because like other new moms we were struggling with our weight in our post-pregnancy days.

Ramona Fantini: Pino Gelato

I discovered gelato while visiting Italy in 2002 where I became enamored with the taste and quality of the product. It was disappointing to not be able to find the same quality of product in the United States.

Calla Gold: Calla Gold Jewelry

When I started out at 19-years-old I tried to dress older and felt a bit of a fraud in that I was so young to have employees and be out getting business.

Tenille Dixon: Girl Friday Services, Inc.

I initially started my business as a means to make money while going back to school for a second degree, but my love to help others and the ability to watch something grow that I was directly responsible for became my focus.

Susan Vernicek: S&J Identity Inc

I used to manipulate faces in photoshop, but it wasn’t until I had to manipulate my face when it struck my anger with how society and media portray the “perfect” woman.