sba awards 2011

Women-owned companies that need help with small business need look no further than software engineer Laurie Simon and her Kirkland, Washington Ombrella Consulting.  I had the pleasure of encountering Laurie because she beat me. 🙂 No, not literally, but figuratively in this year’s SBA Small Business Awards.  As some of you may recall, I had the […]


The U. S. Small Business Administration named me a Women in Business Champion of the Year, and I’m mighty pleased. As you may be able to commiserate, there are the dog days as a woman business owner (or just a business owner) where–like the tree-in-the-forest riddle–I wonder: if I stop doing what I’m doing, would […]


Tory Johnson has one of those rags-to-riches Cinderella stories that dance in the heads of entrepreneurs like sugarplums on Christmas. (Okay, truth be told–I’ve never had a sugarplum.  But they sound dreamy). According to her SparkAndHustle website, Tory Johnson was fired from a job she loved, which morphed her into an entrepreneur-by-necessity, rather than by […]