|Name: Stacey Kammerman
Name and location of business: KAMMS Consulting, LLC, Ventnor
About the Business:
KAMMS improves communication in the workplace by providing job-specific Spanish and English language training programs. It creates programs that teach the essential words and phrases needed in Spanish and English for a specific job or profession. It also creates, publishes and distributes two complementary series’ of audio programs.
Why this woman:
In 2002, Kammerman, while working and raising three children on her own, went into business for herself. Today, KAMMS products are available in over 1,500 retail stores across the country, including Wal-Mart and K-Mart. KAMMS has sold over 50,000 products in the last nine months and currently employs a COO, a Web designer, a computer specialist, a graphic artist, a linguist, translator and bookkeeper. This year, the company has increased revenues by 300 percent.
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The biggest mistake a woman entering the business world can make is…Not trusting her instincts. When you do not feel comfortable with something or feel like something is wrong, pay attention. I call these things little red flags. Things to which I need to pay attention.
In her own words:
“There is a joke that says. ‘You know why girls are bored in history? Because it’s his-story’…Superwoman and the Bionic Woman were my heroes…
I was never intimidated by being a woman in a ‘man’s world.’ I think you only feel intimidated if you don’t feel confident about yourself, your knowledge and your abilities. I don’t think being in the company of a man or a woman has anything to do with it…I guess it depends on your definition or connotation of the word feminist. I believe that women can do anything they want in their professional or personal life. I do not believe women’s nor men’s roles should be defined by their gender. I believe that woman and men are different and that we each have assets we can bring to the table…I am very lucky to get up every single day and look forward to what I may accomplish that day. I feel very strongly that everyone should do what makes them happy.”