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In the Bags Hand-beaded accessories have treated Christiana Lapetina-Johnson almost as kindly as she treats her employees.

By Michelle Prather

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Vital Statistics: ChristianaLapetina-Johnson, the 40-year-old founder and CEO of Chatsworth,California-based Christiana Enterprises Inc.

Company: Started inLapetina-Johnson's garage in 1994, the company makes acollection of hand-beaded bags, home furnishings and apparel.

2002 Projections: $6 millionto $8 million