Kudos to the American businesswomen! Do you realize about twice as many women start businesses today than men? That shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone… A large majority of businesswomen I know are wives and mothers, too – CEOs of their own homes so to speak. And we know women have been mastering the balancing act since the beginning of time!
The women I know fill the role of doctor, nurse, counselor, referee, interior designer, business manager, teacher, housekeeper, short order cook, lunch-packer, founder of lost items, hairdresser, stylist and transportation coordinator – and that’s just before breakfast. Whew! Imagine the impact when some of those same women transfer those skills and talents to the workforce.
Each year women make a bigger and bigger impact on the business world. Some shatter glass ceilings, some break barriers and others find their special niche opening local businesses as entrepreneurs.
There is no denying the positive contributions these women’s local small businesses make to our economy and it’s easy to understand why September 22 has been set aside as American Business Women’s Day. I’m honored to celebrate all American businesswomen, but particularly the entrepreneurs who are doing so much for their local economies with the creation of artisan, handcrafted gifts; women like:
Gena Myint, a New York City, NY jewelry designer who creates transitional pieces with the everyday woman in mind;
- Mary Elizabeth Hining of Mary Elizabeth Arts who creates functional art out of a studio on her small family farm in Chapel Hill, NC;
- Edye Dumhart of Edye’s Naturals, a Lawrence Township, NJ mother who turned hobby into business to produce a restorative, nourishing skin cream made from wholly organic ingredients;
- Lexi Butler of Lexi Butler Designs, Missoula, MT, who uses the skills and techniques she learned in her father’s jewelry business to create one-of-a-kind boho chic jewelry pieces today;
- Sandi MacDougall of MacSuds Body Co., Excelsior Springs, MO, who makes homemade soaps, lotions and other body products one batch at a time;
- “Maxie’s” Mommy, an Orlando, FL businesswoman whose love of animals lead her to create a healthy line of organic pet products offered through Nava Pets;
- Pratima Aravabhoomi, owner of Craft Street Designs, Cupertino, CA, who turns inspirational quotes into meaningful art for the person who believes that the right words can change lives;
- Maryellen Finan of Savoy Bath & Home, an Annandale, NJ designer, illustrator and graphic artist who uses her artistic talents to produce chemical-free bath and body products and hand-poured soy candles;
- LeAnne of Peace + Love + Bling, a woman with a mission to support women and children in her community and beyond through the sale of ethically crafted jewelry handmade in her Columbus, OH studio;
- Anna Tew, owner of Mineral Springs, NC-based Spirit Hoops, a graphic designer and painter inspired by the spirit and enthusiasm of her daughters to create earrings that convey your passions and spirit;
- Sally Ahearn Effman of Trio Artisan Designs, Westport, CT who creates handmade essentials for home and garden;
- Kim Triol and Petrina DiOrio of Telford, PA, home brewers and pet parents who, after witnessing their rescue dogs “steal” bags of spent grain from their latest brewing efforts, turned those grains into healthy pet treats offered through their company, Brewscuits;
Kevan Christine of Bandon, OR, an artist, writer, photographer and proud Pug Mama who creates all-natural, small-batch, eco-friendly home products designed to simplify your life;
- Tam McClure of Buck Ridge Soap Co., Springfield, AR, a graphic artist began making soaps for her husband to “keep the bugs away” while he worked on the river; today she continues to craft soaps and bath products from fresh, natural ingredients for men, women and children;
- Kayo, founder of Austin, TX-based Mi Cielo started out making clothing for her own child and has since expanded to include clothing for babies, toddlers and adults, all made from 100% recycled felt and designed to inspire smiles from children and adults alike;
- Erica, owner of The Katz Meow Creations of Houston, TX, creates wearable art – individual jewelry pieces designed for every style: simple, daring, sophisticated, eclectic, bohemian.
Women like these local business owners have more in common than just their business sense; they’re resourceful, adaptable and resilient, and they’ve found a way to use their artisan talents to impact their local economies and inspire future generations. So, this Sunday, pop the champagne and join us in a toast to our favorite businesswomen!
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