❋Way to go Women business owners
aim for $1 million or more
By Anita Thompson
WHEN COSTCO MEMBER Nadine Vogel started her business, she wanted to use her
expertise to help corporations reach members of the disabled community. When Kay
Woods started her child-care center, she wanted to provide a supportive environment for
children and their families. Laudable objectives, reachable goals. Pro;table? Sort of.
Today Vogel, Woods and thousands of other women business owners have expanded
their goals and taken aim at a new one: earning $1 million in revenue. According to the
Center for Women’s Business Research, only 3 percent of the 10 million women-owned
businesses in the U.S reach that level.
What launched Vogel and Woods toward this bigger vision of success was the Make
Mine a Million Business program (
www.makemineamillion.org). Launched in 2005,
M3, as it’s known, provides women-owned businesses with tools, mentoring and money
to help them break through the million-
Theresa Alfaro Daytner
Daytner Construction Group
Mount Airy, Maryland
Race level: Sprinter
What is your elevator pitch?
Daytner Construction Group represents investors, building owners and stakeholders on commercial construction projects. They hire us as
construction experts to safeguard their money. Most
projects tend to be in the $10 million to $75 million
range. We also transfer our expertise in construction
management to federal government projects as a
general contractor, specializing in at-risk construction projects ranging from $10,000 to $3.5 million.
Why did you start your own business?
I always knew I wanted to be in charge of my
own destiny. I just had to ;gure out what the
product or service would be and put together the
business model. I was interested in a product,
something you can stand back and look at. I had
worked with people in the trades and was comfortable in that environment.