Entrepreneurs Innovating 2017

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In recent months IF has featured stories of industry leaders whose vision of a ‘start-up’ probably didn’t begin with much more than pen and paper. This month’s Front -Runners is about modern industry mavericks; leaders who may have used pen and paper, but probably also worked out their visions with cellphones and laptop computers.

Follow the below Inc.com link to read inspiring stories about industry front-runners of today. The talent, careers, and companies of these current industry stars are making a difference in fields from technology to hospitality.

The article offers much to read and think about, so take some time to find a comfortable couch, read, and even dream a little…

INC.com- 25 Inspiring Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2017


Winning Women in Automotive History

Even outside the auto world of NASCAR, race driver Danica Patrick has made a name for herself. Becoming the first women to finish in the top 5 of an Indianapolis 500 race, her career and cultural recognition has grown and expanded ever since. To date, amidst her driving and spokeswomen careers, Danica is also the first celebrity to appear in 14 Super Bowl commercials.

Along with Ms. Patrick however, there have been several trailblazing women creating firsts and garnering wins in the automotive industry. From Mary Anderson developing windshield wipers to Helene Rother designing glamourous auto interiors, history shows that women have always had what it takes to succeed in automotive industries.

To learn more about amazing women of automotive, visit the link below and read their stories as featured on Esurance.com.

Winning Women in Automotive History

Additional Resources:

Feature Photo: Alice Huyler Ramsey- Smithsonian magazine, courtesy of Detroit Public Library

Danica Patrick’s website



Carl Benz (1844-1929)- Originator and Visionary of the Automobile and Mercedes-Benz.

While there have been and continue to be automotive visionaries from around the world, the forefather of automobile technology and design was Carl Benz.

Born in 1844 in Germany, Carl was a student of technology from a very young age. Through his studies he later came into focusing on his vision for a horseless carriage, garnering his first patent for the internal combustion engine in 1879.

Carl Benz assisted, designed, and produced several engines which eventually lead to the first production of a commercial automobile. This ground-breaking model was appropriately called the Benz Patent Motorwagen.  A further developed version of the Motorwagen was presented at the 1889 World Fair in Paris, France.

The most recognized of Carl’s visions grew from the very first Mercedes-Benz automobile, and has continued on in the manufacturing of some of the most highly-regarded automobiles of all time.

For more about the life and achievements of Carl Benz, click on the link below to a biography from the Carl Benz Academy website.

Carl Benz- Originator and Visionary of the Automobile and Mercedes-Benz

Madam C. J. Walker (1867-1919)- An Industry Leader in Pioneering Products for African-American Women

Madam C. J. Walker (1867-1919)- An Industry Leader in Pioneering Products for African-American Women.

Madam C.J. Walker was a women who transcended roles, from being a young, aspiring washer-women in her 20’s, into an elegant philanthropist at the end of her life. With entrepreneurial grit and determination, she propelled an idea born from her own struggles, into a fortune that made her one of the first self-made women millionaires in the United States.

Ms. Walker’s career is one that exemplifies vocational opportunity. She created hair products to care for her own hair, then expanded the ideas and products into a business that brought her personal success while helping other women.

For more about amazing Madam C.J. Walker, follow the link below to an in-depth and inspiring story with videos about her life at Bio.com.

Madame C.J. Walker- Leading Women Into Business