When something is fantastic and amazing and incredible, you want to shout it from the rooftops. Personally, I’m afraid of heights so my platform of choice is right here in these pages. I get asked about my job and I tell everyone that my favorite thing to do is highlight each successful woman in our community — her definition of success, not societies or mine.
Women have always been leaders. Back in the day, women would manage their families with grit and grace. Today, they bring dynamic abilities and communication skills that allow women to lead teams of people to excellence. Some women have a harder time than others tooting their own horns or basking in the glow of success. But, thankfully, we’re seeing more and more brave, tenacious women strike out to make a difference for themselves and possibly the world.
In the American Express report on the Business of Women in 2014, it is estimated that there are nearly 9.1 million women-owned businesses in the United States, generating over $1.4 trillion in revenues and employing nearly 7.9 million people.
The report also said that during the 17-year period from 1997 to 2014, there were an average of 591 new women-owned businesses started each day. In the years leading up to the recent recession, the net daily number of new women-owned businesses rose to 714, but in the years since — from 2007 to 2014 — that daily number is a lower 506 new women-owned firms.
Start-up activity is on the rise, however. The net daily rate of new women-owned firms was 602 in 2011 to 2012, 744 in 2012 to 2013 and in 2014, it is up to an all-time high: an estimated 1,288 new women-owned firms have started each day over the past year. I love that women are taking control of their own destinies and building something that is all their own.
Although this lady isn’t beginning a startup, she is taking control of her own destiny and building something bigger on a foundation of success. It is with great personal pleasure that we get to showcase the amazing Deb Muchmore in our “She Means Business” issue. If I had to pinpoint one person who should be a symbol of hard work, business brilliance and sassy political savviness, it would be this beautiful lady.
Personally, I’m proud of her. She had an amazing track record of success in her career and could have continued down that path working on great projects and producing results any professional would seek. Fiercely loyal and capable, she made the extremely difficult decision to begin a new chapter and fulfill the need she might have developed over time. Her example shows us how we need to be true to ourselves and can make a change in our lives at any time.
Of course, working can be stressful and we all need to take a minute to recharge. I highly recommend hanging out with some friends on the golf course during the next CAWLM Lady Classic golf outing on Sept. 17 at Timber Ridge sponsored by Independent Bank. Thanks Denise Wheaton for coming back every year! This event is very fun. We have a great Celebrity Caddy auction for charity. Just like last year, we are supporting C.A.R.E. (Capital Area Response Effort), a domestic violence network that supports women and children. And, this event would not be possible without the support of other sponsors including: MSUFCU, Shaheen Chevrolet, Independent Bank and Kellie’s Consignments. Please join us!
This summer my husband and I took an amazing journey to Ireland. It was a trip of a lifetime and absolutely ticked off one of my bucket list items. It was a special adventure where my husband was able to trace his heritage to a small town just outside of Dublin. I have a short article and many photos in this issue. I am thrilled to share it with you.
Have an amazing end to summer. Stay cool and be safe!
Tiffany Dowling | Publisher