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SARAH MIRTH

// ARTIFOX

Sarah Mirth is a St. Louis based designer who loves creating things — the idea of making something out of nothing has always excited her. Her background in architecture taught her the art of building buildings. She’s now translated that skill into building her business, Artifox, which designs and … 

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ALI SCHWANKE

// Simple Strat

Ali Schwanke has always loved creating and building things. From a young age, her passion for selling and marketing has been a natural extension of who she is, whether she was selling ideas to her siblings, concepts to her parents, or products for …

 

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BETH HANDRIGAN

// Lean Media

If you told Beth Handrigan she would be an entrepreneur thirty years ago, she wouldn’t have believed you. She went to school for elementary education and worked as a teacher but never believed that was her true calling. It may have taken … 

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DONALD HAWKINS

// First Boulevard

In the off chance you haven’t been positively impacted by Donald Hawkins, allow us to introduce you. Donald grew up in a small town in South Georgia and because of that describes himself as a country boy at heart. Growing up in a middle class household in a poverty-stricken city, Donald recognized … 

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CHRIS MOTLEY

// Mentor Spaces

Chris Motley grew up on the South Side of Chicago and was fortunate to be a part of organizations that helped put him on a path to access educational opportunities that he may not have experienced on his own. That access to education led him to … 

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JENNIFER McDONALD

// Jenny Dawn Cellars

Most importantly, Jennifer McDonald says she is a wife and a mother of two teenagers. Unrelated to those roles, wine has always been her drink of choice. She started making wine at home for friends and family in 2014. Jennifer hoped that maybe one day it would turn into something bigger …