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Megan Duckett, Sew What? Inc.

Rancho Dominguez, California

2007 Sales: $4.6 million

When Duckett, 36, started her theatrical drapery manufacturing business, Sew What? Inc., in 1997, she found many companies eager to work with a woman entrepreneur. Still, she's learned the importance of tolerance, flexibility and dedication, as well as having an inner drive. "Find what makes you tick," she says. "You can be successful if you choose your business endeavor to suit who you truly are." --Lindsay Holloway

Lani Hay, Lanmark Technology

Fairfax, Virginia

2007 Sales: Approximately $15 million

In 2000, Hay founded Lanmark Technology while on active duty status with the U.S. Navy. Now she heads a successful technology enterprise that provides services and systems to strengthen the federal government as well as the private sector. According to Hay, 32, hard work, sacrifice and focus have been the keys to her success: "Hard work is the great equalizer that this country affords everyone who wants to be successful." --Sara Wilson

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