Launching a business takes time, energy and innovation but there’s no need to reinvent the wheel. We asked a few of our successful entrepreneurs to share their best tips for starting up.

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Deborah Olivo launched her essential oils business after losing her job in the recession. She shares her secret for boosting productivity as a female entrepreneur.

Elizabeth Woods overcame hardships in her youth and dyslexia to create her own food business Magnificent Quiche. Woods gives advice on finding a support system and goal-setting.

Sheela Murthy moved to the U.S. from India and fought for her citizenship for twelve years. She created Murthy Law Firm to help other immigrants avoid the same nightmare. Murthy shares her three secrets to a successful business.

Becky O’Neil left a mundane job as an X-ray technician to pursue her passion of dog-walking. Becky’s Pet Care now serves over 3000 clients. O’Neil shares the lessons she learned from starting her business.

Laura Zander turned her knitting hobby into a multimillion dollar yarn business. Zander gives her best tip for staying on top of finances.

Nada Kiblawi grew up in a refugee camp, lived through wars and went on to become the first woman to graduate with an electrical engineering degree from the American University of Beirut. She runs a thriving engineering consulting company in Northern Virginia. She offers a few pointers on keeping your business up and running.

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