|June 17, 2014 | By admin|
According to a report of Biz2Credit, the leading online credit marketplace, earnings and business credit scores of women-owned companies spiked in 2013. The study analyzed 10,000 companies and it showed that the average earnings of women businesses increased to $54,114 in 2013 from $35,135 in 2012, or a 54% in a year-to-year comparison. This is great news to women who want to start their own businesses.
Here are 7 businesswomen who proved that small businesses can succeed.
Saudia Davis is the founder of GreenHouse Eco Cleaning, a home and office green cleaning company established in 2006 in Brooklyn, New York. She’s a graduate of Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses program. Currently, 90% of her employees are women, most of whom are from low-income communities.
In 2000, Carol Gardner, 52, was getting a divorce and was in serious debt. Her divorce attorney advised her to either get a therapist or a dog, she chose the latter. She adopted an English bulldog which reflected how she was feeling: sad and unloved and she named her new pet Zelda. After Zelda won a Christmas card contest at a local pet store, Carol found her eureka moment. She decided to start a fun greeting card line using Zelda in her brand. She named her company Zelda Wisdom and it is now valued at an estimated $50 million.
Marion Gold started creating bead jewelries as her way of coping with the grief of losing the life of her parents. The gorgeous jewelries turned out to be sellable and she considered of turning it into a business. She launched Moonbeams, Lilacs & Roses to showcase her jewelry designs and sell directly to the public.
As a new breastfeeding mom going back to work, juggling numerous responsibilities between work and motherhood sometimes take its toll. To make sure that she has adequate supply of breast milk despite her busy schedule, Emily Kane researched and came up with the idea of creating a food to boost moms’ supply of breast milk. She created her Seattle-based business, Milkmakers, which makes and sells lactation cookie made of all-natural ingredients. Milkmakers was awarded the 2010 Best of Seattle’s “Most Enterprising Mom-Preneur Product”.
In 2000, Lindsay Phillips was just 16 years old when she stumbled on an idea in high school. In her art design class, she created a ceramic flip flop and put adorable buttons on the strap. She got favorable response for her flip flop, including from her family and friends, which pushed her to transform this simple school project to a business. She joined expos and set up her website to reach more customers. Today, SwitchFlops has grown into a $30 million business.
With her fascination with fragrance, whether from the food being cooked int he kitchen, the roses in her grandmother’s garden, or the smell of her mom’s face cream, Lisa Price created her own line of hair and body care products. In the early 90s, Lisa started her business in her kitchen sink. She experimented mixing natural ingredients and fragrances to create her own signature scent. Today, Carol’s Daughter is a multi-million dollar natural skincare beauty business. Her products are being sold in big name stores such as Sephora, Macy’s, and Dillards.
In 2008, Danielle Rayo started her own education consulting and tutorial service, Competitive Advantage in New York City. She is passionate at educating young people and her company aims to help kids succeed academically and reach their full potential. Danielle employs educators offering academic subject tutoring, college counseling admissions assistance, and standardized test preparation.
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