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I was born in a small town in Connecticut called Stafford Springs. Born in May of 1956 - I am a Gemini. As such, I have two completely opposite sides. My father was a captain in the Marine Corps so we moved around a lot. I have lived in Massachusetts, Florida, North Carolina, Washington D.C., and Texas. I now live in the S.F. Bay Area in California. I obtained a B.A. in Economics from California State University - East Bay in 1987. I have had several occupations including: profesora de ingles (professor of English - Santiago, Chile), bilingual elementary school teacher; executive assistant; financial services rep; loan officer; notary; operations manager; and resume writer/editor. I speak Spanish conversationally (learned while traveling and eventually living in South America.) I have 2 grown sons and 6 grandchildren, ranging in age from 1 year to 20 years old (I became a grandmother at the ripe old age of 39!) I have a cat named Sophie. I love to sing, dance, read, and travel. I am fond of museums, the theatre, the ballet, and antique stores. Mostly an extrovert, I love meeting new people.


I love all things related to business, and my passion is women and small business. I believe women, in general, are awesome and women in business are amazing. That is why I named my coaching business Amazing Woman Entrepreneur. I am a Women's Empowerment Coach and my focus in on showing women how to stand up for themselves in business and in their personal lives. I truly believe that learning to stand up for yourself can change your life. My signature program is called Stand Up 4 Yourself and the number 4 stands for self-esteem, self-confidence, self-worth, and self-image.

I also have experience helping to build a small corporate start up literally from the "ground up." If you have queations related to the "infrastructure" of a small business, I am your woman.

My website is:


I have taught myself quite a bit of technology in order to create a foundation for my business. However, the one thing that I am not good at is graphic artistry. Also, I am currently redoing my website in WordPress and could use some help in this area.

Advice for women thinking about starting their own small business.
by catharine     US