When you’ve spent years as a makeup artist and personal stylist … well, designing fashion is a logical next step. But Krystle Marks’ Lev Apparel, which is launching this summer, isn’t just another clothing line: It’s a financial boost for women in New Delhi, India. For them, Lev Apparel is a pathway out of poverty. […]
Motherbility Mom is an ongoing feature spotlighting entrepreneurial moms. Find the whole series here. *** “If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard.” — Dorothy, “The Wizard of Oz” Sometimes our yellow brick roads meander a bit before leading us right back home. Thus […]
Motherbility Moms is an ongoing series that highlights entrepreneurial moms and their businesses. Dominique Zube is exactly where she wants to be. But, wow, it’s been a journey. Zube’s path began in Verona, detoured to New Orleans and North Carolina, but ultimately brought her back home, where she’s surrounded by parents, aunts, uncles, cousins and […]
Tami Schiltz can’t peg her insecurity and nutrition struggles to a specific moment. Certainly, being called a “whale” as a 138-pound high-schooler didn’t help. “You have that one comment that just sticks out at you, and it just kind of created a spiral effect,” Schiltz said. “I did a lot of interesting, not-so-healthy things in high […]
An overheard comment, a shocked reaction and a follow-up conversation with her daughter. That’s how Meghan Skrepenski’s venture was born. That, plus two months of a friend’s determined nudging. Launched last summer, Skrepenski’s Raising Strong Girls Boot Camps are “a mother-daughter workout program that empowers our girls to be stronger with each other, understanding that […]
Grace Ramirez chose the right state, albeit unwittingly. Technically, a friend chose Wisconsin for her. But “Forward,” Wisconsin’s motto, could be Ramirez’s as well: It’s the direction she always heads. “I want to break the same, boring concepts that you see of cakes in Walmart and all those places,” she said. “I want to bring […]
Gauri Bansal found her calling on a shelf at Michaels. “I’ve been looking at this instrument and their woodburning displays for years. And, like, another one of those things — ‘Oh, I’ll do it one day. I’ll do it one day,’ Bansal said. “And then I guess three years ago, that ‘one day’ just happened […]
Single mom Kay Kratochwill had her first paying client, plus two potentials. So she decided to leap, choosing to quit her waitressing job to focus full-time on her own business. A better life for her kids? That’s worth the risk.