In this town, women inspire other women. Yes, there’s the natural “thanks, Mom,” but there’s also layers of inspiration, like singer Ami Worthen being inspired by Kung Fu Clay owner Jennifer Goff, who’s inspired by Maria Papanastasiou, who’s inspired by… her mother. Here are a few similar tidbits from a handful of Asheville-area women sharing who inspires them, as well as the advice some would give to other women in business.

Laura Blackley
Her biz: Musician and radio host
Her inspiration: Kim Clark- Local Color Host
Her advice: Make peace with who you are.

Micki Cabaniss
Her biz: Grateful Steps
Her inspiration: editor Jean Ann Taylor (Sophie Magazine)
Her advice:

Christine DiBenedetto
Her biz: Wink
Her inspiration: interior decorator Hedy Fischer (Horizon Hill Properties)
Her advice: Know yourself.

Denise Hall
Her biz: Dee Dee Lee Cheese
Her inspiration: author Ashley Adams English
Her advice: Have confidence, go for it, and patience is very important.

Jen Mayer
Her biz: Charlotte Street Computers
Her inspiration: Jennifer Lauzon (LaZoom Tour Company)
Her advice:

Maria Papanastasiou
Her biz: Filo
Her inspiration: Mother (Helen Papanastasiou)
Her advice: Have courage, because it’s not easy.

Clare Reeder
Her biz: True Blue Art Supply
Her inspiration: The ladies at Bookworks
Her advice: Don't worry about what other people think.

Erin Scholze
Her biz: Dreamspider Publicity & Events
Her inspiration: Kitty Love (Arts 2 People), Jenny Greer (Sound Mind Media) and Melissa Smith (WNC Magazine)
Her advice: Find the strength to do what you love.

Lillah Schwartz
Her biz: Lighten Up Yoga
Her inspiration: Carol King- Carol King Associates
Her advice: “Create a team to guide you that has the gifts to round out your business.”

Ami Worthen
Her biz: Musician (Mad Tea Party)
Her inspiration: Stephanie Morgan (stephaniesid)
Her advice: “Don’t take advice from anybody.”

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