The Most Interesting Women-Owned Businesses
Here is your list of women-owned businesses that have caught our eye.
Women in business are changing the game. With innovative companies across the board, today’s women are tackling problems and finding new and unique solutions that better the world around us. From media companies to energy corporations, these women in business are updating the way our world works and challenging us all to improve in the process. Read on to learn about a few of the most interesting and fastest-growing women-owned businesses!
S’well was founded by Sarah Kauss in 2010. It aimed to help rid the world of plastic water bottles that clog up landfills and waterways. With the goal of creating an attractive, eco-friendly water bottle, Sarah and her team set out to make their fashionable, trendy, and functional water bottle. The BPA-free, high-quality stainless steel, vacuum-sealed water bottles reduce single-use plastic all around the world.
What also makes her a part of the most interesting women in business is that she runs one of the fastest growing companies in the United States. S’well has built its fan base through word-of-mouth promotion. The company also partners with UNICEF, (RED), American Forests, and BCEF to give back to communities in need, building infrastructure and providing education on the importance of clean water around the world.
Founded by Phyllis Newhouse, Xtreme Solutions is an IT services & solutions provider. The company’s primary goals are to analyze business processes and to design and apply secure, integrated information management systems and services. Xtreme Solutions wants to help distribute next-generation IT & cybersecurity services & solutions to businesses of all sizes in commercial, government, and academic sectors.
Newhouse doubled her company’s revenue in just two years. A disabled veteran, she doesn’t let any obstacle or fear hold her back, in life or in business. The success of Xtreme Solutions is due, in part, to her refusal to stay stuck in the past. She promotes rebranding every so often – vital especially for a technology company – and encourages communication, discipline, and energetic motivation in her workers and her clients. Making her a unique part of the most interesting women in business group.
Catherine Downey founded CATMEDIA under the name CATVIDEO in 1997, using her experience in television production, media, and project management. Her goal was to use creative ways to solve her clients’ problems while producing quality products and services. CATMEDIA prides itself on exceptional customer service, innovation, and integrity.
In 2011 the name of the company changed to include the expanding services the company offers. They specialize in creative services and media production, program management, training, and human resource management. Downey built her company while caring for her young family, and now works extra hard to bring double the care CATMEDIA gives to its clients. The fast pace of change in today’s world keeps CATMEDIA workers on their toes, and it has paid off: CATMEDIA is a leader among government services contractors, and it’s been on the Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America twice.
A group of students at Louisiana State University started the renewable energy company Renogy to sell solar products online in 2010. In the beginning, they sold their limited range of products on Amazon, eBay, and other similar suppliers. Today, they sell solar panels for homes, businesses, recreational vehicles, and more! Their products are manufactured with the highest quality standards and sold at the lowest possible price. They are also crafted for the individual needs of each customer. Offered as well are wiring diagrams and tech support so every customer is educated and well taken care of when using Renogy solar panels.
Now a recognized brand, Renogy has won many awards, including Best Entrepreneur or Founder (Woman) of the Year in 2016. Founder and CEO Yi Li leads her team in promoting their solar equipment to solar installers, developers and homeowners.
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