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Maternal Instincts

Some entrepreneurs' moms are always in their business.

This story appears in the May 2007 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

It's the month in which we honor our mothers for bringing us into the world. These entrepreneurs have yet another gift to thank Mom for: the inspiration to start a business.

Kim Bolufé, 46, treasures childhood memories of watching her mom work in the fashion business. "I walked into this big manufacturing house and saw my mom at work, putting pieces together, fabrics, threads. I learned my fashion sense from watching my mom," she says. With fashion in her blood, Bolufé and her husband, Carl, launched their Boca Raton, Florida, retail chain, Bolufé Fashion, in 1993. Today, revenues are in the high six figures.

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