Where women share how economic independence through business ownership has changed everything.

Each Friday, we spotlight a woman entrepreneur who tells us in her own words how owning a successful business has transformed her life — and the lives of people around her. What has economic independence through entrepreneurship made possible for you? How has your life changed, what has been possible for your family, and what new have you been able to do in your community and in the world? Tell us at info@thestoryexchange.org, and we just might feature you!
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""Being my own boss has allowed me to step into rooms I never would have thought imaginable.""
— Elizabeth Eichhorn
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"Every day, getting up and building this, it doesn't feel like work."
— Ileaa Swift
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"I feel so grateful to have a business that's doing well enough that I can say, 'Hey, I want to move across the country.'"
— Keavy Landreth
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"I live a lifestyle that's exactly how I would design it - because I did design it."
— Alexandra Clark
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"Entrepreneurship has truly provided me the best of both worlds for a working mom."
— Rosanna Berardi
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"It's definitely scary, but it's worth it."
— Tanya Costigan
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"I had this idea, and I wanted to make it happen. I'm happy that I've been able to accomplish my dream."
— Samantha Stephens
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"Entrepreneurship allowed me to be a role model for my family and for my community."
— Penelope Shihab
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"Work doesn't feel like work. It feels just like a continuous flow of my life purpose."
— Vivien Francis
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"While I was in the corporate [world], I would look forward for weekend breaks. Now, all 7 days of the week are equally interesting!"
— Manali Shenoy
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"I'm so proud to provide work for people, and to give back to this amazing country."
— Flora Pringle
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"I've been able to support, hire or give a leg up to a lot of amazing activists, makers, friends and talented writers and photographers through our work."
— Sophie Slater
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"Every day, I wake up not knowing what will happen next. I like the variety in that. "
— Judy Mazzuca
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"Interacting with people in other places and cultures is the best thing about what I've done."
— Yvette Jenkins
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"Entrepreneurship helps me to grow and continue moving forward."
— Ashley Michele
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"Now, people are taking me seriously because of my business."
— Allison Statter
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"I made a nice life for myself and my team."
— Janet Odgis
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"Entrepreneurship makes me feel like I can accomplish anything I set my mind to."
— Karen Roche
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"Entrepreneurship enables me to the be mom that has no regrets."
— Monica Ruffo
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"At its heart, entrepreneurship has provided me with the chances to become more comfortable with uncertainty."
— Margaret Wolfson
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"I wanted to show them [entrepreneurship] can be done, at any age, at any point in your life."
— Takia Ross
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"My lifestyle is so much more comfortable now than when I started up."
— Jessica Rosen
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"Before, I was never confident in becoming an entrepreneur. Today, I am mentoring a lot of women to start their businesses."
— Monica Sabharwal
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"Getting in tune with what you're capable of really touches the rest of your life."
— Rashmi Melgiri
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"Changing my surroundings is a great source for inspiration, both professionally and personally."
— Phuong Mai
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"I definitely like to meet new people, and having a regular, 9-to-5 job wouldn't allow me to do that."
— Jennifer Williams
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"Outsourcing household chores makes it possible for me to be the most efficient and present person."
— Susan Johnson
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"It feels healthier, mentally and physically, to organize your life your way, instead of a schedule being dictated to you."
— Jessica Porter
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"Now, all that I do is for women. It's fantastic."
— Melissa Moo Harkins
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"I have the flexibility to volunteer with my kids at school, on field trips or at special events."
— Pam Cooper
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"To be self-sustaining is very rewarding."
— Emily Gimmel Mitchell
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"It gives me a depth of purpose and certainty of my worth, and it doesn't get any better than that."
— Melon Dash
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"Designing every detail of the studio to my exact specifications and needs was exciting, and I love working there every day."
— Michelle Ciarlo-Hayes
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"I am who I was supposed to be — not at the expense of being a wife and mother, but in addition to it."
— Lee Ann Maxwell
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"I am a total homebody, and couldn't go back to the 9-to-5, 7-days-a-week office life."
— Luisa Alberto
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"There's a power in having choices."
— Fatima Khamissa
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"Having a purpose-driven business has helped shape me into the person I probably always was deep down — someone who cared about people and the planet."
— Sandra Nomoto
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"Creating a successful business has changed my life for the better because it gave me a platform to help others."
— Katie Niemeyer
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"As a business owner, I have so much freedom and time to dream. What could be better?"
— Jill Marcus
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"I'm not only doing something professionally fulfilling, but I'm bringing along my daughters for the opportunity to learn."
— Samantha Hodgkins
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"It has made me more disciplined and focused."
— Ranjani Iyengar
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"I not only get to spend more time with my husband, but I can focus on other things, too."
— Marisa Lightfoot
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"I have always had a passion for traveling, and it's even more adventurous to travel with family."
— Lisa Batra
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"It allows me to get involved. It allows me to dream a lot bigger."
— Azra Khalfan
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"I'm a very independent woman; I don't rely on anyone to take care of me."
— Daisy Jing
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"Achieving financial freedom has been one of the most liberating experiences."
— Kymberlyn Lacy
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"It's your money, your time, your life -- you don't need to wait for anyone."
— Maggie Hallahan
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"I got a chance to see the world."
— Tanya Chernova
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"This is what happens when you start to have financial stability. You feel differently. You're open for more."
— Helen Denise
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"Starting a business was extremely uncomfortable, but I’m so much happier for it."
— Julie Crabill
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"There is something special about creating your destiny and impacting others along the way."
— Melissa Mendez
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"I feel like I can hold my ground. I value myself. I really love myself."
— Shannon DePalma
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"To meet people from different walks of life has helped me grow as a person."
— Judi Townsend
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"Having a successful business has changed my life for the better because I get to choose."
— Nance L. Schick
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"To have the freedom to support melding a family together, to meet those needs, was crucial. I'm really grateful."
— Michelle Myers