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Spotlight on Women Business Owners: Maria Cortes, Strappy Couture

Necessity is the Mother of Invention

Maria Cortes quit her Human Resources job in 2015 after getting sick from all the stress. She started her own business from one simple idea.

Maria has always worn heels and noticed her feet would often slip out. She tried a few products meant to solve the problem but they didn’t work. She fashioned her own solution from a ribbon and some velcro, and her friends kept telling her she needed to do something with it.
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Spotlight on Women Business Owners: Heidi Dunfield, Fear Factory

Opening Night Mayhem

When Heidi Dunfield opened Fear Factory in 2011 with her family, they were immediately thrown in the deep end. After receiving a lot of press anticipating the new haunted house in town, they finally opened their doors to the public on October 25, at the very end of haunted house season. What they didn’t expect was that everybody would read about them and show up all at once. They closed the first night with many negative reviews and a huge line through the haunted house. She felt like it had been such a disaster, she was worried the business wouldn’t be able to recover.
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Spotlight on Women Business Owners: Zara and Abby, Raclette Machine

Zara Ahmed and Abby Pfunder, owners of Raclette Machine, met in a cheese shop in 2011. They first served Raclette together at their wedding. Raclette is a popular dish in Switzerland and France where a wheel of cheese is heated and the melty cheese is scraped off and served.

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Spotlight on Women Business Owners: Angela Wright, Bingham Cyclery

When Angela Wright acquired Bingham Cyclery from the previous owners in 2015, it was the culmination of her career. Angela received her MBA from the University of Utah, had already owned a few businesses, and had been biking all her life. Her first job was at a bike shop, and she had come full circle.

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Spotlight on Women Business Owners: Helen Wade, The Stockist

Visit The Stockist Instagram page and you will see faces of local entrepreneurs all over. Owner Helen Wade began highlighting business owners when she was looking for new Instagram models. Victoria from Proletariat Barber volunteered to model some of her clothes. She got such positive feedback she decided to make it a regular addition to her social media. She highlights businesses she loves and uses, ones that she wants to see succeed.

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Spotlight on Women Business Owners: Melinda Meservy, Thyme and Place

For Melinda Meservy, opening her own business was a reprieve from a 20-year corporate career. She wanted to make herself happy while making others happy and plants had always kept her sane.

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Spotlight on Women Business Owners: Romina Rasmussen, Les Madeleines

Romina Rasmussen, as a child, dreamed of being U.S. Secretary of State. After growing up in Utah, she left for college and some post-college time abroad. She always loved baking with friends but didn’t consider it as a career until she lived in Hong Kong. When she returned to the U.S. she spent some time working in a corporate environment but felt bounced around and taken advantage of.

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How to Keep the Passion in Your Business!

In today’s hectic world, it can be very challenging to keep your passion and energy as an entrepreneur.  Business owners are being bombarded with daily task, challenges and strains on relationships that can lead one to lose focus and therefore, their passion in their own dream.  Over the many years of my own entrepreneurial endeavors and coaching hundreds of clients through their own crazy journey, the following are some ways to assist you in staying on track and enjoying every piece of your dream.

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