Women's entrepreneurship

A pesar de los contratiempos de COVID-19, empresario inmigrante continúa buscando oportunidades para su negocio y comunidad

Siendo una inmigrante de primera generación, Anahi Rojas sabe una que otra cosa sobre cómo buscar oportunidades.

Anahi, propietaria de Professional Eco Cleaning en Oakland, Calif., se mudó a los Estados Unidos hace trece años para buscar nuevas oportunidades económicas que le mejoraran su vida y la de su familia en México. En un principio, Anahi trabajó como mesera pero pronto se dió cuenta que la barrera del lenguaje sería un problema. Un tiempo después, se involucró en cooperativas de limpieza de casas en la que se convirtió en socia y en donde aprendió sobre administración de negocios y desarrolló sus estrategias de resolución de conflictos.

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Wisconsin small business owner provides healthcare solutions for her community

In 2010, when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted, Sadie Tuescher’s office at her county job in Milwaukee, Wisc. was flooded with people looking for help enrolling in coverage through the new marketplaces created by the law. She was overwhelmed by the influx of clients but quickly adapted and learned everything she could about the new healthcare law. It wasn’t long before her insurance agent husband was calling her daily with questions about the ACA.

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California business owner brings your beauty routine back to the basics

Biome, headquartered in Riverside, Calif., encourages its clients to root their beauty routines in nature with plant-based organic beauty products including soap, shampoo, essential oils and more.

Owner Melissa Vrba explains “Without Mother Earth we are nothing. I want to remind people that all we need is what comes from her.”

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Lifelong caregiver turned business owner celebrates National Caregivers Month

Photo of small business owner Fran BonnerFran Bonner is not your average small business owner: She has been a caregiver for more than 67 years. When she was just 11 years old, her grandmother and great aunt both suffered from strokes, and Fran would spend her days going back and forth from school to home in order to make sure her loved ones were fed and taken care of.

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Air Force gave veteran small business owner the skills and connections she needed to succeed

When you think of a harpy, you may picture a mythological half-bird, half-human creature. However, Harpy Information Technology Solutions in St. Louis is named for a very real bird—an eagle—found in South and Central America. Co-owner Laurie Calkins describes the harpy eagle as an incredibly majestic bird and says she was drawn to it because of its unapologetic hunting techniques. 

“They go for what they want and they get what they need, no questions asked,” she says. 

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California small business owner depends on harvest season to make “community condiment”

While many of us are heading to pumpkin patches and apple orchards this month, Deb Ramirez Rock, owner of Sonoma Hot Sauce in Sonoma County, Calif., is encouraging her community to go pepper picking instead at her fourth annual harvest party.

“I’m an advocate for peppers over pumpkins,” Deb proclaims.

Harvest parties are a popular tradition in Sonoma County at this time of year and are one of the many reasons why Deb decided to base her business in Sonoma five years ago. 

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Rural entrepreneur patches together resources, despite being “sew” remote

When her brother was first deployed to Iraq, Candy Alford embroidered every piece of clothing he owned, from his socks to his washcloths, with his name so his things wouldn’t get misplaced in the group laundry. Not only were the name tags practical, but they garnered quite a few compliments from her brother’s fellow pilots, and he suggested she turn her hobby into a business.

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