Spotlight on Women Business Owners: Nailya Ragimova, Doner Kebab Express

Finding Independence

“The business plan is the most important part, you need to decide what you want out of your business” seemed to be Nailya Ragimova’s, owner of Doner Kebab Express, mantra when questioned about the steps she took to build her business. 

Nailya and her family immigrated to the United States in 1992 and while transitioning to American life, she recalled her own transition to business owner. Nailya knew that coming to the United States meant she needed to make a change in her life. Coming to a new environment and becoming independent and motivated became a crucial part of her transition. She understood that she needed to make this change in her life in order to achieve independence and develop her dreams and who she is meant to be. Read More


Spotlight on Women Business Owners: Alexandra Ortiz, Shades Brewing

Navigating Curveballs

Alexandra Ortiz started Shades of Pale Brewing with her husband Trent in 2010. Trent had been homebrewing for fifteen years. He was looking to change careers, and to Alex, it seemed obvious. He loved to brew and people loved his beer; he was open to the idea but he didn’t want to do it alone. For the first few years, he was handling operations and she was working on the brewery while keeping her other job on nights and weekends. She felt like they were both working in the business rather than on the business.Read More


Spotlight on Women Business Owners: Jennifer Davis, ERA Realty Center

On the Move

Jennifer Davis is practically a household name in the Iron County Area. She is an Associate Broker with ERA Realty Center in Cedar City. She has sold Real Estate for over 25 years in Southern Utah. In that time she has been named Iron County Board of Realtors Top Producer, and ERA Realty Centers Top Producer for several years consecutively. Jennifer has been honored as Cedar City’s Woman of the Year, and has ranked in the Top 25 Realtors nationally with ERA for the past 15 years with most of those years being ranked in the Top 5.Read More


Spotlight on Women Business Owners: Kate Meek, Pork Belly’s Eatery & Catering Co.

Using Her Expertise

Pork Belly’s Eatery and Catering Co. was established in 2014, by Eddie and Kate Meek, who have over 17 years in the restaurant and hospitality business.  They smoke their meats in-house and use it to create unique dishes. Pork Belly’s is a full-service restaurant and they also offer catering. Kate and Eddie recently decided to grow their business and now have a second location in St. George that opened about three months ago.  Kate says, “They enjoy making people happy and that being with food.” Read More


Spotlight on Women Business Owners: Kara Laws, Small Town Hub

Boosting Rural Economies

The Mission Statement of Small Town Hub is:  Creatively and collaboratively boost small, rural economies while embracing the lifestyle of local residents and supporting their local businesses.  Kara Laws CEO of Small Town Hub states: “We help small rural businesses expand and not just survive but thrive.” Kara’s business works with small rural businesses and their cities to help them get online, sell online and help them attract the right customers.  Essentially they help rural economies to grow. Read More


Spotlight on Women Business Owners: Sally Hunter, The Wizz

Finding Out What You Don’t Want

The Wizz is a truly eclectic little shop.  Sally Hunter has run this unique store for the last twenty-nine years in Cedar City.  She opened the doors in 1990 and she prides herself on sticking to her brand which means thinking outside the box.  Her store sells a mix of quirky, unusual, cool and unique items. The Wizz sells everything from lamps and decorations to clothing, jewelry, costumes and much more.  There is no one thing that defines her business and this makes it unique from any other business in town. This uniqueness is what sets her apart. She likes the unusual and is a very creative, open and fun person by nature.  Sally says, “it’s not just what I sell, but it’s the feel that brings people back.”Read More


Spotlight on Women Business Owners: Kaylee Spinhirn, CoachingWithKaylee.com

Not Your Average Accountant

Kaylee Spinhirn is a yogi, accountant, money coach, and nomad. She is taking her second cross-country road trip with her puppy (check out her adventures on Instagram!) while simultaneously helping entrepreneurs strengthen their relationship with money, increase business profits, and keep more of the money they make. She takes the person behind the numbers and leverages their business to create a life of wealth and freedom. She offers e-courses, planners, bookkeeping services, and coaching. When she isn’t working, you can find her at a local coffee shop or on top of a mountain. Read More


Spotlight on Women Business Owners: Judy & Geana Schachet, A Touch of Country Nails

A Mother & Daughter Business is Born

Judy and Geana Schachet are approaching a big milestone this May, one year in business.  Judy and Geana are co-owners of the business A Touch of Country Nails in Cedar City. The pair are originally from Las Vegas, Nevada but they had always wanted to live in Utah.  About nine years ago Judy was laid off from a good paying government job and she wasn’t sure what she wanted to do next, so she took a couple of years off to think about it and she moved to Utah. Her daughter Geana was a dog groomer and she was impressed with how she had been able to build such a loyal following of clientele.  Judy figured if Geana could do it with dogs, then surely people would be easy too.

Judy decided to go to nail school and become a nail technician and eventually got her instructors license.  About a year later Geana decided she had burned out on dog grooming and wanted to try something new, so she followed in her mother’s footsteps and went to nail school.  They both went to work together at a nail salon owned by someone else. During this time they learned a lot of lessons about what to do and what not to do in running a business.  They developed a loyal list of clients and started to dream. Read More


Spotlight on Women Business Owners: Julia Stolworthy, Sweet & Knotty Bakery

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Spotlight on Women Business Owners: D Sarver, Perfect Curve

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