Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
When actress Patricia Arquette shined the national spotlight on wage equity for women in her recent Oscar speech, I was reminded of a major reason I decided to go into business for myself 19 years ago – to obtain more control over my financial security than I would otherwise find as a female employee in a traditional male-dominated workplace environment.
Getting started in business is tough for anyone, but especially for women and minorities, who historically have not held ownership positions in proportion to the population. Fortunately, I was able to attain my goal of becoming a small business owner by saving enough money to become a co-owner and operator of a Mr. Rooter Plumbing franchise in Sonoma County.
Without the franchise model, it would have been all but impossible for me to gain entry into an area of business – plumbing – that twenty years ago was the exclusive domain of men.
Nearly two decades since I made the leap, it is gratifying and humbling to report that I have not just survived, but thrived. We now employ 28 team members, and operate a 30-unit fleet that contributes over a million dollars of payroll to Sonoma County consistently year after year. I am proud of the work we do in our community and the essential services we provide.