We wish we could add, “it’s that simple”—but we know it’s actually a little more complicated than that.
Anyone can be an entrepreneur. It’s also true, though, that not everyone has access to the same resources, same connections, same entrepreneurial role models to help them launch a business or level up. Women and people of color in particular tend to face extra barriers to starting and growing businesses of their own. And yet, there’s plenty of evidence that when they do (start businesses, that is), entire communities are better off, and our economy is, too.
“We’re so encouraged to see the increased involvement of female participants in outdoor recreation activities!” — Anne Mitchell, Owner
Knapps Creek Trout Lodge creates a friendly and welcoming fly fishing environment where all participants can feel comfortable in the outdoors. Guests stay in Anne’s father’s childhood home, designed by his mother and built in 1973 along Knapps Creek as an idyllic mountain retreat. The lodge offers the comforts of fluffy beds, big fires, home-cooked meals that reflect local heritage, and fantastic fly fishing opportunities. KCTL invites guests to reconnect with each other and the natural landscape, providing the support necessary for guests to be successful relaxers and adventurers—whether they’re reading, resting, fishing, hiking, biking, or birding.
Pictured: Owner Anne Mitchell and Business Partner Mark Hengemihle
“It’s been a kinda wild 12 years. Sure, getting a business off the ground can be stressful, but there have been so many good times. And we’ve learned a whole lot. We’re looking forward to lots of fun things in the future.” — Hillary Harrison, Owner and Co-Creative Director
A couple of artists who went from running a gallery to designing cozy apparel and home goods, Dan Davis and Hillary Harrison founded Kin Ship Goods in 2009. They now have a studio and retail shop in Charleston, West Virginia where they not only sell their own products, but also things made by other independent artists they admire. Kin Ship’s products are sold in over 60 shops across the country and have been worn by the likes of Patti Smith, Mindy Kaling, Tyler Childers, Jennifer Garner, Lucinda Williams, Reggie Watts, and The Strokes.
Pictured: Owners and Co-Creative Directors Dan Davis and Hillary Harrison