Enterprising Women vol 11 no. 2 2010

Laura K.T. Schriver Language Services Associates , Horsham, PA. A professional language servic- es provider firm, Language Services Associates generated $22 million in sales last year. Under Laura’s leadership, LSA was recently recognized by Inc. magazine for the second con- secutive year as one of the fast- est growing privately-held com- panies in the U.S. with three- year sales growth of 140 per- cent. Laura volunteers at Abington Memorial Hospital in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and awards a $5,000 scholarship annually to a graduate student attending the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California. She is actively involved in “Dress for Success,” an international nonprofit orga- nization that promotes the eco- nomic independence of disad- vantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career develop- ment tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Laura says an entrepreneur must have complete confidence in her business and truly believe that failure is not an option. Kayhan Hellriegel Kayhan International , Schaumburg, IL. A dealer spe- cializing in commercial office furnishing and architectural products for office, healthcare and educational applications, Kayhan International ended 2009 with $20 million in sales. A native of Iran who immi- grated to the United States as a young girl, Kayhan earned a B.S. degree in Business from Wichita State University in Kansas while supporting her family as a single mother before launching Kayhan International in 1982. She hosted and mentored three Afghan business women who were part of the Peace Through Business program sponsored by the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women. She was invited to attend a special White House ceremony honor- ing those women at the end of their tour. Kayhan has earned the WBENC Women Business Star honor and was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008 by the Women’s Business Development Center. Lori Bacon Swimco for Swimwear , Calgary, AB, Canada. A line of swimsuits and resort wear for women and men, Swimco for Swimwear counted $20 million in sales last year. Her mother started the company in their basement in the early 1970s with nothing but an idea and a desire to find a lit- tle black and gold striped team suit, and today the firm employs more than 150 peo- ple and its creations are available in 13 stores in Western Canada, making it the region’s premiere swim- wear retail chain. Lori knows how all women dread having to buy swimwear so her stores feature for them their own “personal swimsuit shopping friend” holding their hands throughout the pro- cess to make it a fun, liberat- ing, confidence-building experience. Lori says there is nothing better than making a distraught customer’s day by helping her with a problem. Jennifer Smith Innovative Office Solutions , Burnsville, MN. A provider of office supplies, janitorial supplies and office furniture products to busi- nesses of all sizes which value a relationship oriented approach, Innovative Office Solutions finished 2009 with $20 million in sales. Since founding the firm in 2001 and making it one of the fastest- growing multimillion dollar office supply companies in the Midwest, she has received the Woman on the Way Award from NAWBO in 2004 and the Woman to Watch award in 2005 present- ed by the Business Journal of Minneapolis. Jennifer’s chari- table activities includes work- ing with several young women entrepreneurs through her local Women’s Venture Group, where she has found it rewarding to be actively involved in helping someone else achieve the dream that she is living. Jennifer wants Innovative Office Solutions to be a true office solutions con- sultant and to be a real part- ner to businesses and causes in the community that the firm serves. Over $10 Million and Up to $25 Million enterprising Women 43 2010 Enterprising Women of the Year Award Winners